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Spicy Vegan Jambalaya

I am a huge fan of dinners that are quick, easy, and don’t involve a last-minute trip to the grocery store. This spicy (vegan!) jambalaya definitely falls into that category.

Spicy Vegan Jambalaya

I grew up on jambalaya that was loaded with shrimp, chicken, and andouille, but when I went vegetarian I had to improvise a bit. Turns out jambalaya is just as good without the meat and fish! Even now that I’m back to being an omnivore, this recipe is still one of my favorites for a quick dinner or a Meatless Monday dish.
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Thyme Roasted Mushroom Grilled Cheese

OHHHHHHH, my goodness. You guys. I have been trying to tell you about these grilled cheese sandwiches ALL. WEEK. But some updates with some things I do on le blog here got all twisty and I ended up having to wait patiently (NOT my strong suit) for a bunch of OTHER updates to be available before I could post another recipe. BAH! It was terrible. Mostly because I’m kind of a brat and I hate waiting for things. So I just sulked around my apartment and baked cookies and lamented my internet life.

 

Thyme Roasted Mushroom Grilled Cheese

 

But now it’s fixed! Which means YAY. It also means I get to show you these grilled cheese sandwiches. And, um, I love them. I mean, I love ALL grilled cheeses. But these grilled cheeses? I. LOVE. THEM. Mostly because mushrooms and goat cheese rank very, very high on my list of favorite things. So does bread. And these grilled cheese sandwiches have ALL OF THOSE THINGS.

Which is why I feel zero guilt about eating three of them.

Right in a row.

Plus a handful of those cookies I mentioned earlier.

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Pesto and Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes

I am so super into these smashed potatoes. Like, to the point of obsession. Not that that surprises anyone here, I’m sure. Since an (unhealthy? nahhhh) obsession with food is kind of my thing. No big deal.

Pesto Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes
But seriously. These potatoes combine all of my favorite things. Goat cheese? Check. Pesto? Check. Balsamic vinegar? Checkity check. POTATOES? You betcha. It took everything I had not to eat them all by myself à la this chicken pesto orzo soup and save a few for Kyle. [read more...]

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Goat Cheese Pasta with Spring Vegetables

Ahhhh, spring. That special time of year when the calendar tricks you into believing that sunshine is headed your way, only for you to find yourself in April, FREEZING, with a side of snow and misery. And wishing you could remember what it felt like to leave the house without a jacket or to wear sandals instead of boots and two pairs of socks. You get my drift.

Goat Cheese Pasta with Spring Veggies
My coping mechanism is to trick myself into thinking it’s warm outside by cooking a bunch of bright, beautiful spring vegetables and wrapping myself burrito-style in a comforter. And, of course, refuse to leave the house unless it is absolutely 100% necessary. Like if the house is on fire. Or if I have a midterm that I’d get kicked out of grad school for missing. Or if we run out of beer. [read more...]

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Confession: this is a copycat recipe from Noodles and Co. You probably know it as Pesto Cavatappi – but they trademarked that ish, which means my title is forced to a bit more creative. We didn’t get Noodles and Co. unless we went up to Chicagoland when we lived in Illinois, and there isn’t one here, either. But I was craving some good ol’ pesto-y cavatappi-y goodness the other day. So I figured, who needs Noodles and Co.? Have pesto, will eat. Or something like that.

 

Pesto Cavatappi

 

I actually didn’t even Google a recipe before I threw this together to make sure I was getting it “right.” Only after I’d eaten it all did I think to check my accuracy with the great collective knowledge of the interwebs. Turns out, a lot of copycat recipes out there use cream and butter, but I think they’re totally unnecessary. If you want a creamier sauce, go for it – but I think pesto is pretty perfect all by itself. I made my own pesto by swapping basil for the arugula in my favorite arugula pesto and adding a handful of toasted pine nuts to the mix. I actually stock up on basil during the summer when I can, either basil I’ve grown myself or (far more likely, because I kill plants) from farmers in the area who are drowning in the stuff at the end of the season. Then I go on a pesto-making spree and keep it in the freezer in small containers (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup per container) so I can pull some out whenever I want pesto macaroni and cheese or this amazing chicken pesto pizza.

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