Savory, lightly spiced chickpea pancakes topped with mango paneer – addictive little bites that are perfect for a light lunch or appetizer.

Savory Chickpea Pancakes with Mango Paneer

Last December I challenged myself to cook my way through Meera Sodha’s Fresh India Cookbook. and I am sooooooooo close to being done. I mostly have a bunch of dessert recipes to make as well as a handful of savory stragglers. It’s been a really fun and gratifying experience, especially during this whacko year. We’ve fallen in love with recipes and ingredients we probably would have never tried and I now have a really well-stocked spice cabinet (lol).

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A butternut squash, blood orange, and sage galette made with a cornmeal-sage crust that is topped with a roasted garlic mascarpone cream, roasted butternut and carrot slices, and an orange-maple syrup – so incredibly delicious!
Butternut Squash, Orange, and Sage Galette

It’s savory galette o’clock!

Just in time to be your fancy DIY Valentine’s Day During A Pandemic meal.

You can cook it with your spouse (or not, if you want to still be married by the end of the evening), or for yourself just because. That’s always a good reason.

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Happy weekend!!

We had our first really big snowstorm this week since Remy was born….yes that means almost five years with barely any snow. (If you need any evidence for climate change, there it is.) She had so much fun playing in the snow with us and with her pod-mate, but it also meant two days of working from home without childcare, which was giving me flashbacks to March. Not interested in going back to that any time soon.

Just like every other weekend, we have absolutely no plans. We’ll probably go for a walk. I just spent an hour deleting spam emails. Exciting stuff.

On to the meal plan! This is what we’re cooking this week:

  • smoky vegan black-eyed pea soup – pass a bowl!!!
  • lentil lettuce wraps – for a healthier taco tuesday
  • rigatoni with spiced tomato sauce – ultimate comfort food
  • brussel sprout kale caesar salad – never has a salad looked so good
  • polenta enchilada bake – sign me up!
  • chocolate chip almond butter cookies – yes please

Happy eating!

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Peanut butter crunch brownies!! Rich chocolate brownies topped with a layer of peanut butter cream and, cacao nibs, and chocolate ganache.
Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

I’m feeling like I’m doing some real adulting today you guys, and here’s why:

I MADE A DENTIST APPOINTMENT. Willingly. I won’t tell you how long it’s been, and there is no sense in dwelling on this.

(Plus my mom reads this sometimes and she would kill me if she knew. So.)

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Spanakopita pizza pockets – filled with a delicious spinach and feta mixture encased in a buttery whole wheat pie crust these make the perfect party appetizer or snack.
Spanakopita Pizza Pockets

This is for all the 90s kids who LIVED on after school Hot Pocket meals.

Those things were horrible, right? But also kind of amazing? Do they even still make them?

Don’t answer that. I don’t need to know.

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A simple pasta with blistered green peppers and lots of pecorino.
Pasta with Blistered Green Peppers

Snow dayyyyyyyyy!!!!!

Well, sort of. Now that we know everything can be done virtually, will there ever truly be such a thing as a snow day again?

Or will it just be a “work from home while your child hangs all over you demanding snacks because you have no childcare day”.

That was a rhetorical question to which we all know the answer.

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