Thai Vegetable Quinoa with Spicy Peanut Sauce {Gluten Free & Vegan}

Full of veggies and flavor, this Thai Quinoa Bowl is bound to become a staple on your dinner table!

Full of veggies and flavor, this Thai Quinoa Bowl is bound to become a staple on your dinner table!

As I mentioned last week, Brendan and I have been on a bit of a healthy eating kick lately.  While lentils have become a total staple in our kitchen, I can’t neglect my tried and true quinoa.  It may be a bit pricier than the dried beans I buy, it’s just so freaking tasty and versatile!  Last week, we knew we wanted quinoa, but Brendan requested “something different.”  That didn’t really give me a lot to go on, but hey, I’m always up for a challenge. Continue reading

Choco-PB-Banana Oatmeal {GF & Vegan}

Creamy oats, with peanut butter, chocolate, and banana.  What better lunch could there be for a snow day?

Creamy oats, with peanut butter, chocolate, and banana. What better lunch could there be for a snow day?

When it’s cold and miserable outside (seriously, WHEN WILL IT END??), all I want to eat is something warm and – usually – full of carbs.  There’s something so happy about them.  My other comfort foods are, of course, chocolate and peanut butter.  But those two things in a bowl of spaghetti just sound nasty.  Oatmeal, though?  Now that’s a different story.

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Homemade Tagalongs {Gluten Free & Vegan}

These gluten free and vegan Tagalongs taste just like the original!

These gluten free and vegan Tagalongs taste just like the original!

I love Girl Scout Cookies.  Honestly, who doesn’t?  My freshman year of college, my little cousin was just a Daisy and I received a care package with a few boxes of cookies.  Oh, it was wonderful!  A day or two after receiving that package, my now-husband (then, just a guy on my dorm floor I’d hung out with a time or two) invited me to a movie night with some of his friends.  I went, and being the considerate person I am, I brought a couple boxes of cookies with me.  We had a nice time that night, but the guys had ordered pizza and we didn’t break into my cookies.  Movie night went late (like 2 AM late), so I went back to my room that night exhausted.  The next afternoon, I stopped by Brendan’s room hoping to get my cookies back.  He and his roommate looked at me sheepishly…they had eaten them.  All of them.  In the twelve hours I had been gone, these boys polished off my Tagalongs and Thin Mints!  The fact that these people became my husband and some of my best friends speaks volumes to how forgiving I am…

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Chocolate Swirled Peanut Butter Banana Bread {Gluten Free & Vegan}

Plain old banana bread gets kicked up a notch with peanut butter and a chocolate swirl

Plain old banana bread gets kicked up a notch with peanut butter and a chocolate swirl

When I made double chocolate banana muffins a few weeks ago, I mentioned that my husband was already asking me to bake more of them.  So when I mentioned last week that I was planning on making them again, I was surprised when he asked, “Can you make them in loaf form?  With peanut butter?”  Dude, I was going to make muffins…with a recipe I already have…now you want bread…with peanut butter?  I love him, but man he can be a pain 🙂

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies: Gluten Free & Vegan

A moist dark chocolate brownie, topped with decadent peanut butter frosting. Oh, yes!

A moist dark chocolate brownie, topped with decadent peanut butter frosting. Oh, yes!

I’m super excited to be featured over at Morsels & Moonshine today, while Aileen is enjoying a vacation!  I first teamed up with Aileen through A Vegan Holiday, and am happy to be continuing our partnership.  I’ve posted the recipe below, but be sure to check out the full post over on her blog!

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Thai Chicken Pizza with Honey Sriracha Crust: Gluten Free

Starting off the countdown to the Super Bowl right with this sweet and spicy Thai Chicken Pizza

Starting off the countdown to the Super Bowl right with this sweet and spicy Thai Chicken Pizza

I don’t know about you guys, but my household is getting VERY excited about the Super Bowl.  Despite deflate-gate, my die-hard Patriots fan hubby is pumped.  Me, I couldn’t really care less about the game itself, especially now that I’ve been subjected to press conferences by both Tom Brady and Bill Belichick discussing their balls.  However, the Super Bowl comes with two wonderful things: fantastic junk food, and creative commercials.  So, in gearing up for Sunday, this week is going to feature all sorts of football food recipes!

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Elvis Cookies: Gluten Free & Vegan

Much like Santa, Elvis would come out of hiding for these cookies

Much like Santa, Elvis would come out of hiding for these cookies

I don’t know about you guys, but we’re still swimming in Thanksgiving leftovers.  Well, we finished the pie.  And there was a bit of a battle over the last serving of stuffing.  But for the most part, we’re still sustaining ourselves on leftovers.  While I’m getting a little tired of this Thanksgiving themed Groundhog Day, it does have one major advantage: I’m free to use the kitchen for non-dinner pursuits.  And as Christmas season is officially in full swing, what better pursuit than cookies?

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten Free & Vegan}

Gluten Free, Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter CookiesDo you know what drives me crazy?  Automated customer service.  Yesterday, my cable box decided that showing video was an unnecessary burden.  After searching high and low for a phone number to call (because, apparently, the cable company would rather assist me online), a robot answered the phone.  Now, I’m all for advancements in technology.  But after repeatedly screaming “NO. VIDEO.” into my phone while the bot responded, “Please, in your own words, explain the issue you are experiencing,” all I really wanted was a person.  But to no avail.  Instead I was walked through a useless menu until the bot reported, “I am happy that we were able to resolve your issue” and hung up on me.  Seriously.  The robot hung up on me!  And it didn’t even fix my problem!  If it makes you feel better, I eventually was able to get through to a real live person who fixed my problem.  It made me feel better.  But not as much as these cookies did.

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C is for Chad: Beef in Peanut Sauce

Not the prettiest dish, but it was hot, hearty, and yummy.

The Earth has a circumference of roughly 25,000 miles.  And yet, my first three endeavors in cooking around the world kept me within 3,000 miles.  So really, at this point, it’s more like cooking around southwest Asia and north Africa.  Oh well.  For the letter C, I drew Chad.  Officially formed as a country in 1960, Chad is pretty much smack dab in the middle of northern Africa.  Prior to gaining its independence, Chad was a French colony.  Given my French ancestry, a large part of me hoped that a strong influence of French cooking would still be present in Chadian cuisine.  I had no such luck.

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