Sweet potato vindaloo is a vegetarian take on a traditional Indian dish that it is at once sweet, tangy, sour, and spicy from a richly spiced vinegar and tomato-based sauce.
Sweet Potato Vindaloo

Are you challenging your taste buds in this new decade??

And by that I do NOT mean by giving up carbs and all things delicious in this world. Haaaaalllllll no. I’m zero percent about that.

I mean by introducing them to new flavors/textures/cuisines that maybe you were too scared to try in the past? Or maybe these were foods that you already loved but were too timid to tackle yourself in the kitchen??

Please say yes because these are the BEST kind of resolutions. They’re all about enriching your life, and we could all use more of that.

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We’re getting our first snow of the year today!! Or so they say. I’m of the “I’ll believe it when I see it” mentality given how wrong snow predictions have been here the past few years. At least once a year all of the weather forecasters scream BLIZZAAARRRDDD over and over again and then we get exactly zero snow. I’ll keep you updated.

I almost hope it does snow because I could totally use a warm cozy day inside doing nothing but baking and cooking. That is like my ideal life situation. You too??

Then let’s get cooking! Here’s what we’ve got for you this week:

  • vegan chili beans – big YES to this
  • vegan lasagna soup – whoa, love
  • crispy black bean tacos with mango pico de gallo – for Taco Tuesday!!!
  • teriyaki veggie stir fry with rice – takeout at home
  • quinoa chickpea spinach soup – looks so amazingly fresh and clean

Happy eating!

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Homemade nutella babka – a rich brioche dough gets stuffed with homemade nutella, chocolate shards, and hazelnuts then braided and baked to a beautiful loaf that is buttery, chocolatey, and perfect for a breakfast treat.
Homemade Nutella Babka

Hi my name is Joanne and I am a carb addict.

As an endocrinologist who treats diabetes on a daily basis, this puts me in kind of an awkward (/hypocritical??) position when I spend half the visit yelling at my patients to JUST RESIST THE DONUTS. And by yell I really mean brainstorm all of the delicious fruits and veggies and whole grains they can eat to replace the donuts because it is so much better to think about all of the food you can eat rather than what you can’t when you have to be on a restrictive diet of some sort.

And then I go home and eat babka. Hmmm.

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All the best things about chili night get incorporated into this vegetarian frito chili cornbread slab pie. It’s cheesy, spicy, hearty, crunchy and perfect to serve for any winter celebration.
Vegetarian Frito Chili Cornbread Slab Pie

You think you’re doing a good thing for your toddler by taking her to the science museum to enrich her mind, make her smarter, tire her out on a Sunday so maybe she’ll go to sleep without fighting you until 10PM (especially because she has given up napping on the weekends, cue the violins)…

…and after seeing an exhibit on microbes she comes home terrified that bacteria are going to invade her body.

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Happy Saturday!

Here’s what we’re cooking up this week:

  • BEST vegetarian lasagna – so cheesy, it’s a glorious thing
  • quick one pan veggie curry – ridiculously easy
  • loaded lemony Greek salad – all the best mix-ins, great for meal prep
  • spaghetti squash stir fry – totally an eat the rainbow situation
  • detoxifying kale soup – love how green this is

Happy eating!!
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