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Food Favorites (November)

Time for monthly food favorites again!! It’s been a great month for food. We’ve had some ah-mazing meals out, both in our own city as well as on vacation. Hello, gluten-free burgers  and pizzas and blood orange olive oil truffles and waffles and hush puppies…

Gluten-free burger | Trés Belle

Gluten-free burger at Farm Burger


French Broad Chocolates | Trés Belle

Chocolates and French macaron at French Broad

But back to my own less-than-gourmet kitchen. Here are all of the food goodies and recipes I’ve been loving this month:

Baked Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Pie. I love all of the great nutrients in this baked oatmeal (chia seeds, flax, hemp seeds, oh my!), and it’s downright easy to make, too. I baked it at the beginning of the week and had a delicious and nutritious breakfast just waiting for me in the fridge each morning. I also froze some to pull out later on (it made more than I could eat on my own before I went out of town four days later), and that worked well also. I veganized it by using soy milk and Ener-G Egg Replacer.

Roots Lima Bean Hummus. Oh my gahhhhh so good. It has a whipped texture and is just so fluffy and flavorful. Wes likes the Mango Sriracha flavor as well. And it’s made in NC!

Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers. These have so much flavor and are relatively easy to make. The nutritional yeast is key! A keeper recipe for sure.

Mi-Del Gingerbread Men Cookies. My sweet MIL bought some of these for me to have while we were vacationing for Thanksgiving. So good! And festive. But y’all already knew that I adore ginger anything.

Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki. The very first of the month, I went crazy one Sunday afternoon/evening and made a bunch of freezer meals to have on hand. It actually took me a little longer than I had hoped to get everything purchased, prepped, and in the freezer, but it’s still something I’d do again given how convenient it made dinner prep after work. This crockpot chicken teriyaki was beyond easy and quite tasty (and healthy!). My lazy tail used ginger powder instead of fresh ginger root.

Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki | Trés Belle

The Best Chili on Earth. This was one of the other aforementioned freezer meals. Hubs had been talking about chili for weeks, so it was time to bite the bullet. I omitted the jalapenos, green pepper, and sugar, on account of I want none of those things in my chili. I loved how easy it was…no slaving over the stove for hours on end. Really good topped with avocado, too. If I make it again, I will halve the amount of beef, though. It was a bit too meaty for this vegetarian wannabe.

And of course, we’re still loving homemade pizzas like crazy.

What are y’all eating lately? Tell me so I can steal your ideas!

xoxo Laura

Food Favorites (October)

October has been an absolute whirlwind, and I can’t believe it’s almost over! As I mentioned in my last post, Wes and I kicked off the month by buying a house. It’s taking us awhile to get unpacked and organized! Because of all this craziness, food has had to be two things for us this month: easy and fast. Yes, this sometimes means cereal for dinner. Here are the products and recipes I’ve been loving in my kitchen this month:

Tofu Chickpea Stir Fry with Tahini Sauce. On one of the rare evenings when we actually had 10-20 minutes to devote to cooking, this recipe was a winner. So easy and healthy! The key is baking the tofu ahead of time (I did it the night before). This is the only way I will eat tofu from now on. The only “weird” ingredient is the tahini, but thankfully we already had some in the fridge from when Wes attempted to make homemade hummus a few months back. In typical lazy form, I omitted the onion and pepper because I didn’t want to take the time to go buy them. I threw in some garlic to make up for it.

Art of Oil balsamic vinegars. My entire family has a love affair with Art of Oil in Boone, NC. I could probably spend hours in the store sampling all of the different flavors of olive oil and vinegar. I am a huge balsamic lover, and by that I mean that I enjoy drinking it straight from the bottle (yes, I’m a freak). Mixing the vinegars with a little EVOO makes for a perfect homemade salad dressing without all the nasty preservatives and other scary ingredients. Lately, I’ve been dabbling with the vinegars in my cooking as well. This week, I used the Pumpkin Spice White Balsamic Vinegar in a green bean and pumpkin seed pasta that I took to work for lunch. Perfect fall flavor!

Green Bean and Pumpkin Seed Pasta | Trés Belle

Raw Honey. I’ve been reading a lot lately about the health benefits of raw honey, so this month I bought some and started taking a small spoonful with my breakfast each morning. I stopped taking my allergy medication about 6 days ago and while I haven’t been dying, I’m still a little itchy and sneezy. I just bought some local raw honey from the neighborhood farmer’s market today and can’t wait to try it out! Hoping it will help ease some of my allergy symptoms.

Enjoy Life Gingerbread Spice Cookies. I’m jumping the gun a little bit on Christmas cookie season, but these are too good for me to care. I was already in love with the Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle version, so these were an easy sell for me.

Homemade Pizzas. Easy and yummy. We make separate pizzas since I need gluten-free crust (and because Wes likes his pizza SPICY). He buys ready-to-bake dough at the local Kroger or Whole Foods deli counter, and I typically use a pre-made gluten free crust sold by our local farmer’s market food truck. My mom just gave me a GF pizza crust mix that I’m dying to try out next time, though! I like to top my homemade pizzas with lots of spinach to up the health factor. Don’t mind the lopsided shape of our pizza crust in the photo below…we aren’t professional dough stretchers just yet.

Homemade Spinach and Jalapeno Pizza | Trés Belle

What recipes are y’all loving lately? Send me some easy peasy ones!

xoxo Laura