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Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

This post was created in partnership with ALDI. All opinions are our own. It’s still stew season, and to us there’s nothing better than warm stews to fill our hearts and bellies. What are your favorite soup and stew recipes? Since March is still prime stew season, we want to collect your ideas. Could you let us know your favorites in the comments below? (Really–we want to know!) Our pick: this Moroccan chickpea stew, a spiced, comforting mix of sweet potatoes and chickpeas. We serve it with quinoa or another whole grain for a filling meal. Here are a few of the reasons we love it—it is: gluten-free and vegan (without the yogurt garnish), so it works for many diets. fairly simple to make, just follow the typical stew formula: chop veggies, sauté onions, dump ingredients, simmer. easy to transport—we brought it to some friends who just had a baby a while ago, and it was a hit. full of spices from your cabinet, in case you needed a reason to use them! pretty darn healthy, full of superfoods like sweet potatoes and chickpeas. very satisfying—the warm spices make it cozy, and the lemon and cilantro brighten it up. easy to […]

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Mexican Fried Rice Nachos

Mexican Fried Rice Nachos

Our world has been turned upside down this past week. If you follow us on Instagram or subscribe to our newsletter, you’ve already heard: our adopted son, Larson Ames, entered the world on February 19! I got to witness his birth (incredible), and we spent a blissful few days in the hospital. We owe everything to our sweet birth mama, who is an angel. He’s home now, and we are still pinching ourselves. Larson is absolutely perfect, and we are head over heels in love. His birth is the answer to thousands of prayers after 8 years of uncertainty of how our family would start. If you’re new to our story,  see these posts on cancer, miscarriage, adoption, and uncertainty. We made these nachos the day before Larson was born, and it couldn’t be a more fitting recipe to share with you today. It’s by our friend Jessica Murnane, who’s just published her first cookbook, One Part Plant, full of gorgeous plant-based recipes. I met Jessica around the time we were looking into pursuing adoption, and not only is she an incredible, passionate and talented woman, she is an adoptive mama too! (Her son Sid is quite the charmer.) She’s been a bit of an adoption […]

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4 Vegetarian Dinner Recipes for When You Don’t Know What to Make

4 Vegetarian Dinner Recipes for When You Don’t Know What to Make

This post was created in partnership with ALDI. All opinions are our own. We hear it all the time: “I just don’t know what to make for dinner.” Or, “It’s too hard to eat healthy on a weeknight, so I end up with takeout.” Don’t we know it. Believe it or not, 8 years ago we were the people who ate breakfast cereal or microwave dinners. Seriously. It makes me laugh when people tell me that’s not possible, because I was absolutely the girl who had no clue about cooking or food. Even making pasta seemed mysterious (where to start without the blue easy mac box instructions?). After 8 years of “research,” we’ve figured out a few things about how to eat whole foods, ditch our processed options, and actually enjoy it. It’s not perfect or glamorous, and we don’t have an Instagram-perfect plate every time. However, we make it work with simple concepts that we change up using the ingredients we have on hand. Our diet is about 80% vegetarian, so we’ve become accustomed to meals featuring eggs, beans, and whole grains to keep things filling. We’ve got a few ideas for you that aren’t groundbreaking, just simple concepts […]

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Skillet Eggplant Marinara

Skillet Eggplant Marinara

   This post was created in partnership with Newman’s Own. All opinions are our own. “We’ve had two generations of college bred people now who have really been indoctrinated with the idea that every big problem has a big solution. And I just don’t believe it! The big problems we have now will be solved by hundreds of people accepting local responsibilities for small problems.” -Wendell Berry    I grew up in the 90’s when being a “world changer” was the ultimate goal of the American suburban kid. Love the Earth and love all humans were messages that stuck with me. How to do it—well, that is quite another thing. We humans can be good-hearted and try to “help” solve big problems, but sometimes our egos get in the way. We think we know the right way to do things, so we don’t ask the people we’re trying to help what they need. Sometimes our selfishness gets in the way and we’re only willing to go so far. And sometimes the problems are just too big to really make a dent, so we get paralyzed and don’t do anything. I love Wendell Berry’s quote above because it gives me hope to […]

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10 Romantic Vegetarian Valentine’s Day Recipes

10 Romantic Vegetarian Valentine’s Day Recipes

Maybe it’s just us, but somehow “vegetarian” and “romantic” seem like polar opposites when it comes to recipes. However, romantic meals don’t have to be just sirloins and seared scallops. Let’s bring the love back into vegetarian eating too! We’ve compiled a few of our romantic vegetarian Valentine’s Day recipes as ideas for a cooking date. Yes, there’s a lot of pasta and pizza, but the Italians seem to know how to do it right. Tell us >What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day memory? Mine is from growing up: my mom used to surprise our family by decorating our dining room with balloons and gifting my sister and me with fancy Valentines and little treats. Heart Shaped Caramelized Onion and Brussels Sprout Pizzas What’s more fun that heart-shaped foods? This pizza is mighty tasty, heart shaped or not, with silky caramelized onions, gooey cheese, and a bit of shaved Brussels sprouts. Check out our pizza dough video to learn how to make dough. Cacio e Pepe This Italian cheese and pepper spaghetti couldn’t be simpler; the recipe is from our friend Ashley Rodriguez’s book Date Night In. Alex and I ate a killer cacio e pepe last time we were in Rome. The […]

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Tart Cherry Chocolate Galette

Tart Cherry Chocolate Galette

This post was created in partnership with the Cherry Marketing Institute. All opinions are our own. Chocolate and cherries seem a romantic combination, no? With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we dreamed up this rustic cherry pie as a sweet treat to celebrate the day. A galette is a rustic pie: “rustic” meaning no pie plates or crimping needed. Instead, simply roll out the dough, spread on the filling, fold over the crust, and bake. Alex and I hadn’t made a galette in a while, and I was reminded of how simple it is. (Why don’t I remember to make galettes more often?) In this galette, Montmorency tart cherries make for a superb filling, combined with the sweetness of maple syrup, a bit of lemon for brightness, and just a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Drizzled with a bit of semi-sweet chocolate to finish, the star is our rye galette crust: flaky and lightly nutty from the rye flour. My favorite testimonial: we enjoyed the galette with some friends, who saved a piece for their 7-year-old the next day. I received a text in the morning that Eliza thought it was “spectacular”! (This also proves that you can eat leftovers […]

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Rye Pie Crust Recipe

Rye Pie Crust Recipe

Whole-grain pie crusts are becoming more common, and this rye pie crust is top-notch. The crust is intended for a 10-inch free-form tart or galette, like this tart cherry chocolate galette. The advantage of galettes are that no pie plate or crimping is needed: simply roll out the dough, add the filling, and fold over the crust. In this recipe, rye flour adds a nutty complexity to flaky crust. Free-form tarts or galettes that work well with this crust: Sweet potato and red onion galette (savory) Apple pomegranate galette (sweet) Tart cherry chocolate galette (sweet) Rye Tart Crust Recipe   Print by: a Couple Cooks Serves: 2 10-inch tart crusts What You Need 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour ½ cup rye flour ½ teaspoon kosher salt 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled 1 egg yolk ¼ teaspoon cider vinegar 5 tablespoons ice water What To Do In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the all-purpose flour, rye flour, and kosher salt. Turn on the stand mixer to low with the paddle attachment, and gradually add the butter, cut into small chunks. Mix until the dough is crumbly, with some small bits of butter chunks remaining. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, place the flours […]

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All Natural Pink Chocolate Swirled Bark

All Natural Pink Chocolate Swirled Bark

Here’s a recipe we haven’t seen anywhere—yet. Meet all natural pink chocolate swirled bark! My mind’s eye had been dreaming up a natural pink chocolate swirled bark for Valentine’s Day, made without artificial food coloring or chemical dyes. Powdered beets are commonly used as a natural food coloring for pink cake frosting. But, I haven’t seen much about using beet powder for natural pink chocolate. I also wanted a swirled chocolate bark, marbled in that beautiful pattern you’ve seen on cheesecakes or brownies. Again, YouTube didn’t offer too many instructions for swirled chocolate bark, at least the kind I wanted. So, I set out to try it on my own. For the food coloring, we happened to have beet root powder on-hand, ordered online to make homemade all-natural blush. (Yes, makeup! That’s a post for another time.) My first attempt at chocolate swirls was rough. The pink chocolate was lumpy as the beet root powder clumped together. And the marbling pattern was messy since the pink chocolate had already semi-hardened. However, after a few more tries we finally met with sweet success! And, we made a video so that you can see just how to swirl chocolate into a marbled pattern. It’s not hard to do, just hard to describe in words. This […]

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Heart-Shaped Caramelized Onion and Brussels Sprout Pizza

Heart-Shaped Caramelized Onion and Brussels Sprout Pizza

Whatever your feelings about Valentine’s Day, can we just rally around a day to celebrate love? Here in the dead of winter with some serious goings on in the American political climate, we’re desperately in need of a love holiday. Not just romantic love, but straight up love-your-neighbor love. The kind that doesn’t care about skin color or ethnicity or orientation. The kind of love that doesn’t say anger-provoking words and instead is thoughtful and respectful. The kind of love that celebrates differences and lives in trust, not fear. The kind of love that is kind. Please say that kind of love still out there? We’re desperately in need of a love holiday. This Valentine’s Day, could it be less about the red roses and cheesy cards and more about the kind of love that extends grace to our neighbors? That welcomes people into homes and shares meals around a table? The kind of love that brings reconciliation despite long-held grudges? We originally created this caramelized onion and Brussels sprout pizza as an idea for a fun Valentine’s Day dinner for two, accompanied by a lovely winter salad maybe. There’s nothing more fun than making shapes out of your food, right? But as we’re pondering […]

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Healthy Superbowl Recipes That Will Wow Your Friends

Healthy Superbowl Recipes That Will Wow Your Friends

With the Super Bowl a few weeks away, we start thinking of healthy-ish gameday recipes. From savory to sweet, here are our top 10 recipes for the big day that are centered on real food and wholesome ingredients. Each recipe has been friend-tested and approved; all are vegetarian, some vegan and gluten-free. We’d love to know your ideas! Let us know in the comments below. 1. Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds Our number 1 favorite game day recipe are these loaded sweet potato rounds. Friends beg us to make them, and they’re gone in a flash. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free) 2. Hot Wings Hummus Jars Our new hummus flavor is made delicious with a simple addition: hot sauce. It’s creamy and tangy, and you can adjust the hot sauce to taste. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Vegan) 3. Roasted Delicata Squash Fries with Buffalo Sauce Have you tried delicata squash? If not, please get on it now. This unique squash roasts quickly and doesn’t need to be peeled, which makes for easy prep. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free) 4. Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dip One of our favorite recipes: roasted cauliflower covered in buffalo sauce. Pair it with a creamy, cooling blue cheese dip. (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free) 5. Mexican Loaded Sweet Potato Fries What’s not […]

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