Potato Tahdig Afghan Rice with Cauliflower

This recipe will be featured in an upcoming Middle-Eastern/Mediterranean inspired How-to piece on the blog… but with so many recipes accompanying that piece, I want you all to be able to enjoy (and perfect!) this now.  Seriously, its one of the best dishes ever!     If you are of middle eastern descent, I LOVE your cuisine.  In fact, its my favorite.  ALL of it!  But, here is where you will probably want to look away.  Because I love ALL of it so so much.  I’m not terribly concerned about preserving the national identity of a dish.  So you will want to ignore the fact that my goal with this dish…

Decadent Skillet Mac ‘N Cheese

As a kid, my brother requested Kraft macaroni and cheese for his birthday every year.  Bonus points were given if my mom added chopped up hotdogs.  Even as a kid, I wasn’t a fan of a sauce based largely on a day-glo orange powdered substance we are supposed to believe is somehow derived from cheese.  Mind you, my mother actually makes lovely mac ‘n cheese from scratch, but my brother used to specifically request “the kind from the blue box.”  He is one of the most food nostalgic people I know, but thankfully, his tastebuds have matured beyond powdered cheese. While I may question his orange powder request, I can’t…

Chickpea Flour Pancake with Caramelized Onion and Spiced Mushroom

Have ya’ll tried chickpea flour?  Its origins are in India and various south asian cuisines.  Similar to ground flax, it can be used as a vegan egg substitute, and apparently, can be used as a facial exfoliant (who knew!). While it may be versatile, I’m old fashioned and like to use it as flour.  Its high in protein, low in fats, and has great flavor!  For something made from a chickpea, its surprisingly versatile!  In these savory pancakes, its combined with turmeric, cumin, and coriander.  But, I also add it to my fave morning glory muffins ever (recipe coming later this month!). But back to these pancakes… I got the…

Red Lentil Dal on Baked Sweet Potatos

Please let it be noted that not all foods are photogenic.  Red lentil dal is definitely one of those foods;)… When the husband travels for business, I get oddly excited about solo meal planning.  I know most people just make a salad, eat a bowl of popcorn, or eat some fancy cheese and crackers.  But there are so many things that I LOVE and miss eating on a regular basis since no longer being just me. While some of the items I crave may be on the lighter side (see: poke bowls), sometimes I want some healthy comfort food.  When thats what my body is craving, I make this.  A…

Maple Banana Bread with a Chocolate Swirl

Banana bread!!!!!  Maple banana bread with a chocolate swirl.  This banana bread makes me want to give you all air high fives and fist bumps.  Because I am a complete dork, but also because its super bomb.  Paradigm shifting banana bread kind of bomb. Prior to this loaf of super moist wonderfulness, I believed all banana breads that are worth their salt needed either butter or yogurt to be delicious.  This banana bread, and contained no refined sugars!!  Instead, its sweetened with good old fashioned mashed banana (duh!) and a touch of maple syrup. Can I please just add that this isn’t one of those banana breads thats pretty good…
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