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    Orange-Vanilla Monkey Bread

    I am an avid food network viewer, have been for my entire life, and yet for some reason I often don’t make the recipes I watch on TV. Last week I saw a recipe on The Pioneer Woman that I could not resist. I made a few small changes and decreased the size for a brunch this weekend before the SF Women’s March. Super easy, delicious, and fun to make! Ingredients: 1 can biscuits 1 orange 6 T unsalted butter 1/2 C white sugar 1/2 C brown sugar 1 T vanilla 1 T cinnamon Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Cut each biscuit into sixths; the smaller the bites, the…

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    Vegan Ginger Ramen

    It has been really really cold for December in California. Yes, yes, I hear your sighs and eyerolls my east coast friends, but 45 degrees F and rain in San Francisco feels like stay-inside-and-hide weather. I’ve been making some soups to help with the cold weather and the crazy colds that seem to be going around. There are a decent number of ingredients, but honestly, this soup is really easy to follow. Try it and stay warm out there friends!! Ingredients 14 ounces firm tofu 10 shitake mushrooms 1 onion diced 3 cloves garlic minced 3 inches ginger cubed 2 carrots, peeled and sliced lime 2 green onions vegan fresh…

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    Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

    What do you do when there is a rain delay during Game 7 of the World Series? You bake cookies of course. Okay, maybe this isn’t what everyones first instinct is, but it definitely was mine last night. I actually came across this recipe when I was in college and then remembered it because it appeared in one of my facebook memories from more than 5 years ago. Made me think it was time to bring this one back for fall. This recipe is SO easy it hardly constitutes baking. I honestly could make these with my 4 year old nephew as long as I operated the oven. I totally…

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    Roasted Eggplant Lasagna

    It’s been a very wet, rainy weekend in San Francisco which means its the perfect time to start making some Fall appropriate dinners. With weather like this, it is particularly nice to make a recipe with plenty of leftovers that can be reheated for lunch or dinner later in the week. This recipe 100% fits the bill. I always love lasagna (see a pumpkin lasagna recipe here), but this is a nice variation with a roasted eggplant filling base. Definitely can be prepared ahead and then baked the day of serving for an awesome prep ahead meal you are sure to like. Ingredients: 1 large eggplant 8 oz low-fat ricotta…

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    Almond Coco-Choco-Bites

    I love snack foods, but sometimes it’s hard to resist opening a bag of chips and feeling hungry again 20 minutes later. This recipe fulfills my (constant) chocolate craving and still doesn’t make me feel like I’m cheating.  I especially love them on weeks like this where I am exhausted and constantly running around. Ingredients: 1/2 C old fashioned oats raw 1/2 C almond butter (I used Justin’s almond butter which I got free from Thrive!!) 1/2 C sweetend coconut flakes, toasted 1/3 C flaxseed meal 1/2 C semisweet chocolate chips 1 t vanilla extract Also, shout out to my friend Nick who introduced me to the website Thrive Market. Thrive is…

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    Sweet ‘N Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

    I’ve been told over and over that I eat like a rabbit. I like to snack on small things and if you visit me in lab you’ll often see a bowl of nuts, fruits, trailmix, etc on my desk. I think I get this habit from my dad; he rarely eats full meals especially lunch. Though this snack is not Murrali (my dad) approved since he is allergic to chickpeas. The combination of roasted chickpeas with soy, honey, and sriracha make this snack delicious and totally addicting. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed olive oil spray 2 t honey 2 t soy sauce (low sodium) 2 t…

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    Almond & Date Energy Bites

    I never would have considered myself a date person, but I seriously love these little energy bites. They are a great snack at my desk or before/after a workout and they’re healthy. My cousin had asked me how to make them, so I finally got around to writing this up; it’s so easy it hardly counts as cooking! Ingredients: 10 dates (pitted) 2 T almond butter (can substitute an alternate nut butter- I love cashew!) 1/3 C cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder Recipe: 1. Remove the seed from the dates using a sharp knife. 2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or magic bullet until smooth. Small bits…

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    Spicy Vegetarian Wontons in Chili Sauce

    Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy lunar new year of the Monkey! I thought the new year was a prime opportunity to post the recipe for veggie wontons in chili sauce. Traditionally, these wontons are served at filled with pork. They always look so spicy and yummy, but since I don’t eat pork, I had to search out a vegetarian alternative. I found one place in Palo Alto (Jing Jing) that makes a great vegetarian version and fell in love with these ever since. This recipe yields about 40 wontons. Wrapping them is a bit time consuming, but you can do it with a movie or music on in the background…

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    Lemon bars (First they’re sour, then they’re sweet)

    I first published this post in 2012, but decided to update the recipe a little bit. Enjoy! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE all things lemon. You can almost always find a bag of sour patch stashed somewhere in my room because I crave sour flavors constantly! These bars have (in my opinion) the perfect amount of sour and sweet and are super easy to make. Ingredients: 1/2 C softened butter 1 C white sugar 1 and 1/8 C all-purpose flour 2 lemons juiced (about 1/4 C juice) 2 eggs 1 t. vanilla Recipe for crust: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F 2. Combine butter, vanilla, 1/4 C sugar, 1 C flour and press into an…

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    (Slightly) Less-Guilty Muddy Buddies

    Let’s face it, during the holidays we all cheat and eat totally sugary foods. And chocolate sweets are absolutely my favorite way to cheat. Not that I feel that guilty honestly anyway, but this recipe is a (slightly) less-guilty version of a childhood classic, muddy buddies! For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about (or who call these another name), this snack is a delicious combination of chocolate, peanut butter, cereal, and sugar. Sounds healthy right? Well, maybe not. But, I promise these things are delicious and totally addictive. Ingredients:  9 C of whole grain “chex” – I use barbara’s brand because they are lower in sugar…

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