Ahhhh Gnocci. They're like, pillows from heaven. There are so many ways to utilize gnocci and it really tastes fabulous regardless of how you prepare it. I've strayed from a creamier sauce and went with something a bit fresher. Sauteed peppers, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, and spinach, make up the veggieful "sauce" that when combined with butter, pepper flakes, and EVOO, are magic. This gnocci recipe is one to keep handy!
I've actually only had butternut squash a handful of times and it was always in a soup. I love the flavour and colour especially of the squash, it's so vibrant and gorgeous. I knew I was going to attempt to use it at home and I just had to have it in a soup.
I've roasted the squash bringing out its subtle sweetness and enhancing its overall flavour. Roasting prior to blending it into the soup really gives the soup a pop of flavour. I've paired the creamy soup with just the right amount of heat to make every bite extra special.
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I'll be busy in the kitchen that's for sure. Stay tuned for pictures and posts to come!
Shepherd's Pie is such a classic dish in that it has been around for ages. Shepherd's Pie is traditionally a layer of meat, veggies, and a top layer of creamy mashed potatoes that are all baked together until brown on top. It is then sliced and served with gravy which is thoroughly enjoyable and so hearty and comforting.
I decided to try something a little different and put a tex mex twist on it. The "meat" layer is actually seasoned chick peas and the supporting cast of veggies includes corn, peppers, and tomatoes. I've finished with an enormous layer of creamy, chili spiced, cheesy mash and baked until perfection. No gravy needed for this dish!
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Note: I am a lover of potatoes so I went a little crazy with the potato layer. To keep the layers comparable, reduce the potatoes by 3 or 4 for the mash layer and things will be a touch more even. Keep it my way if you're a lover of cheesy mashed potatoes like I am!
ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
I have actually only had butternut squash a handful of times but all of those times I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's extremely nutritious and versatile as well.
I've prepared a roasted butternut squash soup that I'm sure you're going to love. Roasting the butternut squash brings out its sweetness and intensifies its flavour making it even more delicious. The soup is blended which leaves it velvety, vibrant, and so rich and creamy. I've also added some pepper flakes for a complimentary heat that just makes the soup so special.
TEX MEX SHEPHERD'S PIE
My love for potatoes makes Shepherd's Pie one of my absolute favourite dishes when it comes to comforting meals. It's so incredibly hearty and satisfying with its layers of deliciousness.
I've taken the traditional shepherd's pie and given it a little tex mex flare. Seasoned and smashed chickpeas take the place of the meat layer with veggies including corn, tomatoes, and bell pepper. The potato layer is thick and fluffy with hints of chili flavour and baked under a layer of sharp cheddar for the perfect finishing touch. If you make it to seconds, keep a pair of comfy sweatpants handy !
I love smoothies. Since starting at my current job, I enjoy smoothies often and am always looking for new recipes or add-ins to really get the best out of my smoothies. What kind of add-ins are we talking about?
The article above lists 10 add-ins that help with inflammation. Foods and herbs ARE medicine and if we utilize them properly, we can see some seriously amazing benefits. I've been taking turmeric pills now for a few months and the arthritic cramping I was experiencing in my fingers has nearly diminished. The only difference in my diet would be the addition of turmeric regularly. Finding new ways to get more super foods is difficult but whipping them into smoothies is one of the easiest ways to get an abundance of nutrients and antioxidants.
Some of the top smoothie add-ins include turmeric, fresh ginger, and almost every variety of berries. All of these products fight inflammation while providing other health benefits as well.
Check out the full list above and keep these in mind the next time you blend yourself up a delicious smoothie!
Jonathan - Happy Veg
Dedicated Foodie. Proud Vegetarian. Recipe Creator. Friend to all Animals.