Greens & Beans Vegetarian Meatballs

Who says meatballs have to contain meat? These Greens & Beans Vegetarian Meatballs are made with spinach and white beans and are bursting with plant-based protein and flavor! Serve with your favorite dipping sauce for a simple appetizer or toss with pasta for a satisfying meatless meal.

 

Hi friends, happy Friday! Better yet, happy Friday-before-a-holiday-weekend!
Aka the best kind of Friday.

I don’t know about you, but the week before a holiday always seems so chaotic. I feel like I’m constantly running around like a chicken with its head cut off just trying to do all. the. things. In fact, as I write this at 10PM on Thursday, I realize that this is probably one of the first times I’ve really sat down for more than 15 minutes all day. I almost forgot how good it feels to just SIT. Then again, I have a feeling I’ll be singing a different tune tomorrow after sitting in the car for 6 hours.. 

Anywhooo, chances are I’m not the only one out there with a mile-long to-do list this week.. so let me just cut to the chase. These Greens & Beans Vegetarian Meatballs are pretty fantastic and you should probably make them ASAP. The end. (more…)

Peppermint Mocha Crinkle Cookies

Your favorite holiday beverage just got stuffed inside your favorite holiday cookie! Peppermint Mocha Crinkle Cookies are a fun, festive, and delicious addition to your holiday baking lineup. These tender, chewy, brownie-like cookies are dusted in powdered sugar and infused with peppermint and coffee flavors for a show-stopping holiday treat!

 

Hi there! Long time no talk!

Things have been pretty crazy around here lately. Between wrapping up my second-to-last semester of grad school (!!) and wrapping up Christmas presents (just kidding, I still have SO much shopping left to do), I’ve hardly had any time to devote to this little corner of the internet. BUT I’m back – and, in exchange for your patience, I’ve baked you some cookies…

Peppermint Mocha Crinkle Cookies to be exact.

Call it even?? (more…)

30+ Uses for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Don’t let your Thanksgiving leftovers go to waste! Check out these 30+ easy and delicious was to incorporate your Thanksgiving leftovers into your post-holiday breakfasts, lunches & dinners.

 

Thanksgiving is only 2 days away (yay!), so chances are you probably already have your pretty much menu set in stone. But, have you given any thought to how you’re going to use those leftovers in the days that follow?

It’s estimated that Americans throw away an average of $277 million worth of food EVERY THANKSGIVING! I don’t know about you, but that is one statistic that I do not want to be a part of.

So, today I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to incorporate Thanksgiving leftovers into any (or all!) of your post-Thanksgiving meals. And, to top it all off, I’ve also thrown in a few delicious recipes from fellow RD bloggers to get you started.

Of course, this is by no means meant to be a comprehensive or exclusive list. Rather, this is just meant to help you to start thinking outside of the box when it comes to using up Thanksgiving leftovers. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen and try new things – that’s half the fun!

I hope you leave feeling inspired (and hungry)! (more…)

Ricotta Mashed Potato Gnocchi

Give new life to leftover mashed potatoes with Ricotta Mashed Potato Gnocchi! A fun and easy way to instantly transform sad, neglected leftover mashed potatoes into a delicious entree or side dish you’ll actually want to eat!

 

The countdown to Thanksgiving is officially on (T-minus one week!!) and I could not be more excited. Bring on the food, family time, and much needed R&R.

If your family is anything like mine, then chances are Thanksgiving day marks the beginning of what can only be described as a week-long marathon of leftovers, leftovers, and more leftovers. But, I don’t mind one bit. In fact, I often look forward to the leftovers even more than the actual dinner itself!

The one exception to the above statement? Mashed potatoes.

I want to like leftover mashed potatoes. Really, I do. But something about the texture and consistency makes it real tough (no pun intended). I’ve tried reheating them in the microwave, reheating them on the stove, reheating them in the oven, reheating them with milk, and reheating them with butter.. but alas, nothing seems to do the trick. Until now.

As it turns out, those sad leftover spuds make the perfect base for tender, pillowy mashed potato gnocchi.. who knew?! (more…)

Pumpkin Pie Dessert Hummus with Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

Pumpkin Pie Dessert Hummus is everything that you love about pumpkin pie.. without all the fuss! This protein-packed dip comes together in minutes and tastes just like pumpkin pie filling. Serve with homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips, fresh fruit, or graham crackers for a healthy fall snack or sweet treat.

 

You know that saying, “as easy as pie”? Yeah, I never really got that.

To me, pies are some of the most laborious desserts out there. After all, it’s basically two recipes disguised as one (if you’re making the crust from scratch, that is).

First, you have to make the dough. Then you have to roll the dough. Then you have to transfer the dough to a pie plate. Then you have to go back and inevitably fix all of the holes that you tore in the process. Then you need to parbake the the crust. And then you need to make the filling. Then you have to transfer the filling to the cooled pie crust. Then you have to bake the pie for another hour. And then, THEN, after all that, you finally pull your labor of love out of the oven, only to realize that you forgot to cover the crust with foil, so the edges are burnt to a crisp. *Siiiigh*

The whole thing is nothing short of a broadway production.

Luckily, I’ve found a way to evade all of this unnecessary hassle (are you surprised?)

It’s called… PUMPKIN PIE DESSERT HUMMUS. (more…)