Food Adventures

Lately: Food Edition

Okay so! I thought I would share with you guys the recipes I’ve been making by other people – specifically, recipes I’ve been making from books in my cookbook collection! I LOVE LOVE LOVE collecting cookbooks! Especially books by my favorite bloggers.

My friend and I have started what we call “lunch club” or “cookbook club” and we hold it a few times a month. Basically it’s where we try a new recipe from one of my vegetarian/vegan cookbooks and make it for lunch. Since I love to bake, I try to eat pretty healthy most of the time to balance it all out and cooking out of these books has been a great way to work unique & wholesome dishes into my lunch routine. Often my lunch fall-back is roasted vegetables with hummus or eggs and avocado toast, so it’s been good to switch things up 🙂 It’s super fun and motivates me to get cooking out of my books instead of just staring at the pretty pictures (<– the best part of a cookbook, right?!) Basically every recipe we’ve tried has been absolutely, mind-bogglingly delicious. So much so that most have been added to our put-on-the-regular-rotation list – which is a pretty big deal. So! I’ve tried to take pictures of most of what I’ve made, but some I didn’t get to. Several of the recipes were made for lunch club, but some were made at other times for other purposes! So let’s get down to it.

First up! From Everyday Cooking by Minimalist Baker, Thai Quinoa Meatballs. These. are. INSANE. Absolutely, positively, wonderfully delicious. Such good flavor and texture. And those carrot ribbons! I don’t even like cooked carrots and they’re my new favorite veggie “noodle.” My friend actually makes big batches of the meatballs now and stores them in her freezer! Genius.

And from the same book –> Thai Baked Sweet Potatoes! I made this for lunch on my own one day and it turned out so well. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods and I eat them on a very regular basis. The spiced chickpeas & ginger-tahini sauce that go on top were perfect. Excessive amounts of green onions and cilantro to top it all off = mandatory.

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese – another recipe from Everyday Cooking 🙂 You guys, this book is seriously gold! I am not being dramatic when I say that I truly think EVERYONE needs this cookbook in their arsenal for quick, easy, delicious, healthy, plant-based dinners. I’m convinced even the biggest of meat-lovers would go for it, it’s that good. The last recipe I’ll tell you about (for now :)) from Everyday Cooking is unfortunately unpictured: the Garlic Pineapple Quinoa Stir-fry. My husband literally asked me if I could make it once a week from now on. Super yummy.

So the next book I’ve been obsessing over is The First Mess. First of all, the photography is absolutely STUNNING! One of the most beautiful cookbooks I own. I’ve made three recipes from this one so far & have, like, 25 more I want to get through for spring/summer! It’s another plant-based book, but so approachable and most importantly delicious. Pictured above are the burrito stuffed sweet potatoes which were DIVINE – definitely a repeater. Also a repeater is the whipped chipotle lentil dip – I spread it on my toast every morning for two weeks! I also made the sunshine everything crackers, which were really very good, but probably not a repeater for me *just because* I divvy up my energy wisely and would rather buy crackers from the store.

The last recipe we’ll talk about for today actually isn’t from a cookbook but is from my friend Rachel’s blog over at Bakerita!! These are her paleo chocolate chip cookies and THEY. ARE. EVERYTHING. I just feel like I have to mention them to you guys because they are just too good not to share. I love to store the baked cookies in my freezer and eat them frozen! Might sound weird but it’s seriously so good 🙂 I use the organic 72% dark chocolate bar from Trader Joe’s for the chunks, it is my FAVORITE! In the batch pictured above I added 1/4 cup of toasted coconut and 1/4 cup of sliced almonds and it was super good.

Okay, that’s all for now, folks!! What do we think – should I do these kinds of “food update” posts periodically?! I like that idea. Let me know! 🙂

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