This Indian butter paneer is better than anything you can order from your local takeout restaurant! It is drenched in a creamy and lightly spicy coconut cashew sauce with peas and fried cheese in every bite. Plus, it pairs perfectly with a wine from Weekly Tasting who is sponsoring the amazing giveaway below!
Indian Butter Paneer with Creamy Coconut Cashew Sauce

I dare you to find me something better in life than fried cheese and good wine.

Okay, fine:

fried cheese sauced with the most perfect creamy curry flavors served with a wine that is perfectly paired with it on a Friday night will the full knowledge that there are TWO WHOLE weekend days ahead of you.

!!!!

The best.

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Calling all cookie dough lovers – this pie is for you! This chocolate chip cookie dough pie is made with a chocolate chip cookie crust that is filled with an egg-less chocolate chip cookie dough filling and then topped with homemade whipped cream and a chocolate syrup drizzle. So good!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie

To the person who invented eggless raw cookie dough:

I LOVE YOU.

And I hate you.

Let’s be best friends?

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If adding beer and tequila to your salsa sounds like a good idea to you, then you will LOVE this salsa borracha (aka drunken salsa). It’s got all the bright flavor of the tomatoes with a subtle pop from the tequila.

Salsa Borracha (Drunken Salsa)

You know what will drive you to put tequila in your salsa at 10AM?

Being home with your daughter (and her nanny) on spring break.

Especially when your daughter won’t eat if she thinks you’re in the apartment. And cries if she thinks you’re in the apartment. And pushes her nanny away (literally) if she thinks you’re in the apartment.

So you end up spending a fair portion of the day hiding in your bedroom so she thinks you’re NOT in the apartment.

It’s actually more stressful than being in the hospital taking care of critically ill patients. Really.

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Is anyone else as shocked and appalled as I am that it’s the FIRST DAY OF APRIL?!

And that I have an 11 MONTH OLD.

Bring the smelling salts because I definitely need some reviving.

Planning for Remy’s first birthday is definitely starting to get underway, despite my disbelief that an entire 365 days could have possibly passed since I pushed her out of me. We’re ordering invitations this weekend and I already have a Pinterest board devoted it. It’s going to be Pout Pout fish themed since that’s been Remy’s favorite book since she was probably a month old. Luckily there are a lot of great ideas for “under the sea” themed parties out there, so I have a lot of inspiration to draw from. Minus all the mermaid crap since I feel no need to expose my toddler (!!!) to coconut bras or midriff-baring. I think we’ll just stick with octopi, jellyfish, and clams thankyouverymuch.

On a lighter note, April also means it is undoubtedly spring and undoubtedly time to indulge in all of the fresh produce that is popping up everywhere. This week’s meal plan totally embraces that with a light spring detox salad, pesto-stuffed spaghetti squash bowls, black bean tostadas with a fruity salsa, curried chickpea salad, and veggie-full enchiladas. Happy eating!

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This loaded vegetarian tortilla soup is filled with smoky poblano flavor, hominy, corn, and black beans and then topped with all the best fixins’, including avocado, crispy tortilla strips, sliced radish, and queso fresco.
Loaded Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

The.boy has started rolling his eyes every time I tell him what we’re having for dinner.

Unclear if he’s actually irritated that we seem to be eating essentially the same meal 5 different ways (tacos –> quesadillas –> enchiladas –> burritos –> and now SOUP) or if he just thinks it’s funny.

He keeps licking his plate clean (<–literally), so I’m going to assume it’s the latter and keep on keeping on.

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Orange and purple sweet potatoes are sauteed with garlicky swiss chard, tossed with thick and chewy bucatini noodles and then drenched in a creamy blood orange goat cheese sauce.
Sweet Potato and Garlicky Swiss Chard Bucatini with Blood Orange Goat Cheese Sauce

There is a carb on carb situation going on here and I’m not even sorry about it.

Mainly because sweet potatoes are so nutrient-dense that in my mind I don’t even count them as a carbohydrate!

THEY ARE A VEGETABLE. End of story.

Besides, if I were super strict about how and when I allowed my food groups to cohort then I wouldn’t have dinners like this in my life. And that would just be too sad.

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