It’s December! I’m partly in shock and partly really excited. Mostly because Remy is really excited. Toddlers can be contagious in ALL THE WAYS. She seriously has the best Christmas spirit I’ve ever seen. It’s so honest and innocent and adorable.

Let’s get to cooking! Here’s what we’ve got on our meal plans this week:

  • tuscan white bean soup
  • TWENTY MINUTE sesame ginger noodles
  • roasted garlicky kale spaghetti squash with sundried tomatoes
  • pad thai stir fry
  • white bean and chard ragout

Happy eating!

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Easy pasta salads are the saviors of weeknight cooking and this roasted butternut and brussels sprout pesto pasta salad is no different! It combines seasonal autumn vegetables with a quick pesto, cooked pasta, and brie to make a meal that is healthy and satisfying.
Roasted Butternut and Brussels Sprout Pesto Pasta Salad

It’s never the wrong season for a pasta salad.

And by pasta salad I absolutely DO NOT mean a gloopy mayonnaise-y mess. I like my mayo exactly one way and that is in a sriracha-tinged drizzle on top of my sushi. Putting it on any other form of complex carb just seems wrong to me (yes, including bread. I’m weird about my condiment usage.)

BUT a pasta salad that is actually A SALAD with vegetables and cheese and (yes!) carbs?!?! I can get behind that. Always.

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This chocolate and candy candy cane crunch layer cake is a delightful holiday treat. Chocolate peppermint cake layers are filled and frosted with a crunchy candy cane swiss meringue buttercream and then topped with seasonal Oreos and sprinkles.
Chocolate and Candy Cane Crunch Layer Cake

I’m still not sure I’m ready to look at sugar again what with baking (and eating) three pies in as many days BUT I’ve been holding back this chocolate and candy cane crunch layer cake from you since last year and I JUST CAN’T ANYMORE.

It’s time.

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Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!! We experienced a full on Thanksgiving MIRACLE on Thursday and hit absolutely ZERO traffic on the car ride from Manhattan to New Jersey and back. UNHEARD OF. And now we’re totally in Christmas mode! We may even go see Santa today. Remy claims she’s not going to cry but no one believes her. We’ll see…..

I’m sure you’re tired of cooking but if you get a little bit done this weekend you’ll be SO happy to have healthy options in the fridge come Monday. Here’s what we’ve got on the menu:

  • cheesy VEGAN broccoli soup
  • sheet pan gnocchi, butternut squash, and broccoli
  • creamy VEGAN tomato basil soup
  • the BEST easy vegan lasagna
  • moroccan chickpea and carrot stew

Happy eating!

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This swiss chard and caramelized onion goat cheese galette tackles the trend of upcycling foods by using both the chard leaves and the stems. The result is a gorgeous #TrendingInTheKitchen savory pie that is a perfect vegetarian main dish for the holiday season.

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pompeian. As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me inspired in the kitchen.]
Swiss Chard and Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Galette

My ultimate DREAM in life is to host Thanksgiving.

A turkey-less, side-dish-only, pie-filled extravaganza of a Thanksgiving.

As it stands, the only thing standing between me and my lifelong goal is that dang bird. My family just can’t seem to let go of it!

Someday, somehow I’ll convince them. I just know it.

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It’s Thanksgiving week!!! Arguably the best week of the year.

Last year I wasn’t off so I didn’t bake or cook A SINGLE THING. So this year I’m making up for it by planning to bake ALL THE THINGS. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, cornbread stuffing, and some sort of vegetarian main course for Remy and I to eat. Maybe we’ll share….maybe not.

We’ve got a lot of light and healthy meals planned for this week in anticipation of all the food we know you’ll be eating on Thursday:

  • butternut squash pear soup
  • EASY vegan meatloaf
  • butternut squash and chickpea chili
  • rosemary roasted potato, mushroom, and lentil salad
  • chickpea shawarma burgers

Happy eating!

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