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9 Vegetarian Quinoa Recipes

Today I'm sharing 9 Vegetarian Recipes Featuring Quinoa in hopes that it helps you find some weekend cooking inspiration. I love adding quinoa to my recipes when I can because of it's higher protein content compared to other starchy ingredients you might use in a similar way (such as rice or pasta). Hi! I hope you are holding up okay out there - it's pretty weird[...]

Winter Citrus Salad with Rosemary Candied Walnuts & Red Endive
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Winter Citrus Salad with Rosemary Candied Walnuts & Red Endive

This Winter Citrus Salad with Rosemary Candied Walnuts & Red Endive was inspired by going RED for Heart month with Diamond of California. The bitter endive mixes with juicy blood oranges and sweet candied walnuts to create a balanced and bright winter salad. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Diamond of California. The opinions and te[...]

5 ingredient dip recipes
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Dip Trio: 3 No-Cook 5 Ingredient Dip Recipes

Looking for easy dip options for The Big Game  or a way to help eat up an entire vegetable tray? Look no further than these 5 ingredient dip recipes! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Earthbound Farm. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possible. It’s that time again – t[...]

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7 Easy & Homemade Hummus Recipes

Say goodbye to that boring store-bought hummus you always wish tasted just a little bit better. I've got 7 easy and homemade hummus recipes to up your hummus game this holiday season: This Roasted Beet Hummus with Hazelnut Oil & Rosemary recipe is a bright snack worthy of serving to guests but simple enough to enjoy with weekday meals. The beautiful pink[...]

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Sweet Potato & Gorgonzola Crostini + Honey Gimlet

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hangar 1 Distillery. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possible. The weather has finally turned chilly here in the Midwest which not only means that I can officially throw on some eyeliner and a sweatshirt without melting, but it also means it's time[...]

Apple Pumpkin Cornbread
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Apple Pumpkin Cornbread

This Apple Pumpkin Cornbread is best enjoyed sliced up and dunked in a fall soup (like my Butternut Squash Farro Minestrone or Vegetarian Chickpea Noodle Soup). Last week I posted a Vegetarian Butternut Squash Farro Minestrone that is basically my new fall soup obsession. But I wasn't done there - I wanted to bring it to new heights but also serving it with f[...]

Cottage Cheese Toast
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Cottage Cheese Toast Ideas

On today’s Simple Sunday feature we are covering cottage cheese toast ideas! It's time to bring this cheese out of the low-fat 90's diet world and into the modern fresh food movement! Simple Sunday is a feature where we deep dive into simple recipes, spotlight ingredients, and/or feature recipes for specific occasions. I know right out the gate that t[...]

Cucumber Salad Recipe
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Cucumber Salad Recipe With Strawberry Yogurt & Pistachio Za’atar

This Cucumber Salad Recipe With Strawberry Yogurt & Pistachio Za'atar is an easy and delicious summer salad! Made it to enjoy at your next picnic or grill out! With Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, it's time to officially start talking about summer! Do you have any plans for the long weekend? Maybe a little pool time and a grill out or picnic? This eas[...]

Gremolata vs Chimichurri: What is the difference?
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Gremolata vs Chimichurri: What is the difference?

On today's Simple Sunday feature we are covering Gremolata vs Chimichurri: What is the difference? Simple Sunday is a feature where we deep dive into simple recipes, spotlight ingredients, and/or feature recipes for specific occasions. Today we are diving into gremolata and chimichurri sauces! Although both are known for being served with meat, they both a[...]

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Brunch Board With Jarlsberg Cheesy Popovers & Dill-Lemon Butter

This Brunch Board with Cheesy Popovers & Dill-Lemon Butter is the perfect Easter brunch meal to feed your hungry family! This post is made in sponsorship with Jarlsberg Cheese– thank you for supporting the brands that support VV! For this year's Easter brunch, can we please say goodbye to the boring egg casseroles and instead say hellooooo to a vibrantl[...]

Vegetarian Breakfast Mezze Spread with Tomato Cucumber Salad & Za'atar Eggs
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Vegetarian Breakfast Mezze Spread with Tomato Cucumber Salad & Za’atar Eggs

This Vegetarian Breakfast Mezze Spread with Tomato Cucumber Salad & Za'atar Eggs is the ultimate easy breakfast. Everything can be prepped and assembled in under 15 minutes and most items are easy to swap out with whatever you have on hand! Let's be honest - it's been a minute since I posted a board or platter and we all miss it (...at least I think you d[...]

Vegetarian Winter Cobb Salad

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of OXO and California Olive Ranch. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possible. You all still on your New Year’s resolution kick to eat healthier? Or did the polar vortex (for my Midwest and East Coasters) or Snowpocalypse (for my west coasters)[...]

hese Smoky Quinoa Vegetarian Nachos
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Smoky Quinoa Vegetarian Nachos

Looking for a munchies recipe to make for your next movie marathon or game night? These Smoky Quinoa Vegetarian Nachos are easy to make, addicting, and super versatile so you can easily adapt the recipe to what you like most about nachos (cheese...lots of melty cheese). You all ready to eat your hearts out on Sunday during the Super Bowl? I have no idea who is play[...]

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Marinated Goat Cheese with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Olives

This Marinated Goat Cheese with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Olives recipe is an easy appetizer that can be made ahead of time and is a great starter to serve at your holiday parties! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Day Owl Rosè. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possible. Msg 4 21+[...]

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Pumpkin Cheddar Cheese Ball Appetizer Recipe

This Pumpkin Cheddar Cheese Ball Appetizer Recipe is perfect For Halloween themed parties and any fall entertaining you are planning to do! As you may remember, we completely redid our backyard this past spring and I am SO SO SO excited that it's finally cool enough to have a fire back there and not break into a sweat. This also means it's time to host! I'm p[...]

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Chai Apple and Almond Puff Pastry Tarts

Today we are covering how to enjoy ‘me’ time this fall before the holiday busyness begins. Plus, I’m sharing a recipe for these delicious and easy Chai Apple and Almond Puff Pastry Tarts. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Oregon Chai®. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possible.[...]

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Fresh Greek Nachos with Herbed Tahini Sauce

Is your garden or farmer's market overflowing with herbs and tomatoes? It's time to make this quick and easy Fresh Greek Nachos with Herbed Tahini Sauce recipe! I eat it for lunch all the time but it would also be great to serve to a crowd. My eating shifts with the seasons so it's not surprise that I go through phases with recipes. This particular recipe was[...]

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15 Recipes To Make While Summer Fruit is in Season!

15 Recipes To Make While Summer Fruit is in Season! From drinks to sweets to savory items, these recipes will have you making fruit recipes all summer long!   If you are anything like me, you can't resist all the colorful and juicy fresh fruit currently stationed at your local farmer's market. Summer fruit can be fleeting so here are some recipes to mak[...]

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Burrata with Plums Tomatoes and Mint-Basil Oil

This Burrata with Plums Tomatoes and Mint-Basil Oil recipe can be whipped up in under 15 minutes and requires zero cooking time. Perfect summer entertaining appetizer? I think so. It's recipes like this one that make me wish summer produce was always in season. I love this time of year because I can walk outside and pick half the ingredients from my garden an[...]

Summer Salads For A Crowd
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Fruit Salad with Tahini Granola and Creamy Yogurt

This Fruit Salad with Yogurt and Tahini Granola is a modern hybrid between a parfait and fruit salad for a crowd. It's cooling, crunchy, tangy, and juicy, making it the perfect light dessert on a warm summer day. This fruit salad recipe with yogurt was the product of having people coming over for an impromptu grill-out and me wanting to whip up a dessert[...]

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10 Vegetarian Recipes To Make Before Spring Is Over!

10 Vegetarian Recipes To Make Before Spring Is Over: Starters, Drinks, Entrees, and Desserts to make the most of the season! I shared a round-up of my favorite vegetarian spring recipes over on Instagram Stories the other week and realized I should probably go ahead and share them here in case you don't follow me on IG. Spring is zipping by and before you know[...]

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Roasted Cauliflower & Dates Couscous Salad with Creamy Tahini

This Roasted Cauliflower & Dates Couscous Salad with Creamy Tahini is a great vegetarian side dish or easy lunch for any season. Well well well - what do we have here? Is this a new recipe post? A post about more than just my new book and busy busy life? Wow - just like the old days! ; ) But first, I'm going to talk about my busy life and book because that[...]

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Platters & Boards is out TODAY!

Yay! It's a big day around here because Platters & Boards is out TODAY! In case you missed it, here are all the details: What is this cookbook about again? This visual cornucopia of a cookbook is the guide to entertaining with effortless style. Celebrated author and food blogger Shelly Westerhausen shares the secrets to creating casually chic spreads anyone can[...]