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“PF Chang’s” Lettuce Wraps

“PF Chang’s” Lettuce W...

PF Changs may not be authentic Chinese food, but I must admit, I really really love it. I’m a HUGE fan of their veggie lettuce wraps and hot & sour soup. The wraps are warm, a little spicy, and filled with yumminess that you don’t have to feel too guilty about enjoying. Plus, lettuce wraps make an easy party appetizer! I’ve been making lettuce wraps for years, so I was surprised when I realized I had never posted the recipe. Ingredients: 1 T sesame oil 2 minced cloves of garlic 1 t grated ginger 1/2 onion diced 1/2 bell pepper diced 1/2 C diced...
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Rainbow Birthday Cake

Rainbow Birthday Cake

My best friend Margaret turned 26 on Saturday so naturally we needed to celebrate with a fun and tasty cake! I made her a whimsical rainbow cake with buttercream frosting and candy decorations. I baked each layer of cake with food coloring to create the rainbow effect. Then surrounded the cake with frosting and created a border of kit-kats and top layer of m&ms. It looks complicated, but I promise it’s easier than you think!   Pin...
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Tzatziki Dip

Tzatziki Dip

Tzatziki is like middle eastern raita… No wonder I’m obsessed with it. It’s really refreshing to dip pita or veggies into on a hot day and is SO easy to make. I’m pretty sure this doesn’t constitute cooking. It’s basically just an exercise in mixing things together, but it’s so good that I needed to share! Ingredients: 2 C greek yogurt 1/2 large cucumber, peeled & grated juice half a lemon 2 cloves garlic minced 1/4 C chopped dill 1 t each cumin, salt, pepper Recipe: 1. Great the cucumber finely. Some prefer to de-seed...
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Muhammarra Dip

Muhammarra Dip

Muhammarra is a dip originally from Syria. Its a delicious mix of pomegranate, red pepper, and walnuts and really is a great combination of sweet and tangy with an amazing textural composition. My friend Christina (& her mom) make an amazing version of this dip that I am absolutely obsessed with. I created a recipe based on the recipe they shared and this recipe;┬áI feel that this is the perfect make up for this dip in both texture and flavor. It’s a great party appetizer to serve with veggies or pita!   Ingredients: 1 large red bell pepper 1 C walnuts,...
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Baked Falafel

Baked Falafel

I loveeee falafel. Few falafel places could ever compete with falafel drive-in, but I crave falafel so often that driving all the way to San Jose to get a fix doesn’t make much sense. Plus, most middle eastern places fry their falafel, which makes them super delicious, but not very healthy. These falafel are a healthier option. You can easily make them at home, freeze them, and reheat later for a quick meal. They can be served on top of a salad or in pita bread for a quick lunch. Ingredients: 1 (14 oz) can chickpea 2 garlic cloves minced 2 green onions sliced 1/2...
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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

I love tortilla soup. I mean, in general I’m not a big soup person, but of soups- this one is definitely up there. Most restaurants make chicken or meat tortilla soups, but I decided to try to make a vegetarian one at home. Theres something about the crispy tortilla pieces in the hot soup that really is comforting. Anyway, last week I was really sick. I had a sore throat, a fever, the works. Usually this means that I would crawl to my parents house in agony wanting homemade┬árasam (oh wait, I did that too- thanks Appa!), but in the meanwhile, I decided that making a...
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Spinach Almond Pesto

Spinach Almond Pesto

I love love love fresh pestos- they taste fresher and are much healthier than store bought versions. You all probably know about my love for pesto given my previous Kale & Cashew pesto recipe. This recipe is similar, but has a slightly richer flavor given the almonds. It is also a beautiful, bright color which is fun! Ingredients: 2 C spinach (uncooked) 2 T olive oil 1/3 C sliced almonds 1 t salt 3 cloves garlic 4-5 basil leaves (to brighten up the flavor- can be omitted) 2 T water (room temp) Recipe: 1. Combine everything in a magic bullet or food processor...
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Tofu Masala Patties

Tofu Masala Patties

I absolutely love the vegetarian masala burgers from trader joes. They are easy (because the come frozen) and totally delicious. However, they’re super high in sodium which I want to try to avoid when possible. I decided to try and come up with a healthier version that allowed me to use ingredients I keep at home regularly. I haven’t tried freezing them yet (but will update this post when I test that out!) Make sure to cut up all the veggies small so that the patties stick together well and don’t hesitate to be creative with the...
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