Posted 6 days ago

Baked Black Bean Croquettes: Boyfriend Cooks Series

What happens when I go to yoga and my boyfriend has the day off? He cooks dinner! That’s right, here’s another entry into the Boyfriend Cooks series, where the loving Chris makes a healthy, vegetarian dinner for us, and makes me proud!

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He again found this recipe all on his own, picked up the ingredients, and adjusted a few things to make it a perfect meal for us to enjoy post-yoga. I’ve imparted…

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Posted 1 week ago

Vegan Peach Mango IPA Cake

Vegan Peach Mango IPA Cake #reciperedux

It’s time for another Recipe ReDux! Our challenge this month was to create a recipe featuring….drumroll please….booze! Any alcohol of our choosing. And I chose beer! Peach Mango IPA, to be exact.

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I cook and bake a lot with alcohol – it’s fun (duh), allows for an extra splash of creativity, and often times lends itself to the science of cooking, by adding carbonation, depth of flavor, and…

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Posted 1 week ago

Vegan Peach Mango IPA Cake

Vegan Peach Mango IPA Cake #reciperedux

It’s time for another Recipe ReDux! Our challenge this month was to create a recipe featuring….drumroll please….booze! Any alcohol of our choosing. And I chose beer! Peach Mango IPA, to be exact.

Vegan Peach Mango IPA Cake | xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com

I cook and bake a lot with alcohol – it’s fun (duh), allows for an extra splash of creativity, and often times lends itself to the science of cooking, by adding carbonation, depth of flavor, and…

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Posted 1 week ago

Spicy Vegan Mexican Risotto

I think most people tend to hold risotto as an exclusively Italian dish, that’s loaded with butter and cheese. And while that version IS delicious, it doesn’t always have to be so heavy! I whipped up this “Mexican” risotto, with the initial intention of making Mexican rice. But a few ingredients later, and a healthy glug of wine in the pan, and this basic meal transformed into a spicy, healthy,…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Healthier Poblano Mac and Cheese: Boyfriend Cooks Series

This is the inaugural post for a new series on the blog! The Boyfriend Cooks series will feature recipes that my loving boyfriend, Chris, cooked for us, on his own, from start to finish. He often helps me in the kitchen with veggie prep, stirring, and taste testing, but he knows his way around it well enough to cook by himself too! It all started when he had the day off when I didn’t, so I asked…

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

Summer is full of get togethers, especially the type that involve a grill and lots of cold brews. When everyone else is cooking up brats and burgers, you don’t have to feel left out in your meatlessness – you just might have to bring your own deliciousness! And that’s exactly what I did for a recent block party cookout.

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These burgers are chock full of veggies, flavor, and nutrients. They don’t…

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Posted 1 month ago

Microwave Omelet

I try to bring my lunch (and breakfast) to work as often as possible. You’ll notice that most of the recipes on this blog are for more servings than I have people to eat them! But that is done by design: it ensures at least a day or two of lunches from the same tasty, healthy meal.

But that is not always possible. And in those instances when you want to stay healthy and bring something from home,…

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Posted 2 months ago

Spicy Cornmeal Onion Rings with Sriracha Dipping Sauce

It’s finally warm outside (after what feels like 9 months of cold!) and what do I do? Turn the oven on, of course! But for a good cause: baked onion rings.

Spicy Cornmeal Onion Rings

A craving for something oniony prompted me to slice up a large one, dredge it, and bake in the oven. The mixture that makes these crispy is made of half cornmeal and half bread crumbs, with a healthy dose of spices to kick them up a notch.…

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Posted 2 months ago

Black Tea Risotto

It’s time for another Recipe Redux! This month’s challenge was “cooking with tea.” And boy, was it a challenge!

I love to drink tea, and have since a very young age. My Opa ALWAYS drinks tea, and in my family, tea is a cure-all potion. Stomach ache? Drink tea. Headache? Drink tea. Foot ache? Drink tea. Ok, you get the point. We were taught that tea is a beneficial, tasty, and versatile drink, and…

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Posted 3 months ago

Balsamic Onion and Asparagus Frittata

Happy #FrittataFriday! It’s like #ThrowbackThursday…but with eggs. No? Ok, maybe it’s not a thing yet (fetch will also never become a thing), but let’s not discount the wonder that is a frittata (or a Friday!). If you visit my blog regularly, you probably know how much I adore eggs + veggies. And this recipe is no exception!

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Balsamic-glazed onions, paired with tender asparagus, cooked together…

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Posted 3 months ago

Healthier Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

It feels like I grew up in the kitchen. Whether that was making German Kuchen (cake) with Oma, homemade pies with dad, dinners with mom, cookies with grandma, or eventually meals all on my own. I viewed the kitchen as a place to play, experiment, stir, learn and of course eat! And I still do.

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This is my first month participating in Recipe Redux, a healthy food blogging challenge. For April,…

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Posted 3 months ago

One-Pot Veggie Pasta

When your counter and sink are already piled high with dirty dishes, and dinner still needs to be made, the last thing you want to do is create another pile of dirty dishes. Such was my predicament the other night. The solution: one-pot pasta! Technically, one pot + one cutting board + one knife + one bowl + one spoon. But that’s still pretty darn simplistic!

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The trick is this: you first saute…

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Posted 3 months ago

Liebster Award: Discover New Bloggers

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award! Thanks to Kailey at Still My Superman for the nomination :)

Liebster Award | xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com

The Liebster Award is designed to introduce bloggers to other bloggers. The idea is that through nominations, new bloggers can connect, meet virtually and expand their networks. Part of the process is to share information about ourselves, and respond to the questions posed by the nominator.

Th…

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Posted 3 months ago

Warm Buckwheat, Chickpea and Roasted Veggie Salad

It’s still cold outside, so roasting vegetables is my solution for warmth! Not only does roasting enhance the flavors of vegetables, it does a fine job of heating the kitchen!

Warm Buckwheat, Chickpea and Veggie Salad | xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com

Chop up a big bowlful of veggies, toss in some chickpeas, and finish off your meal with hearty buckwheat. This recipe is quick to prepare, and lets you go about your business while it cooks! This is also a great way to use…

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Posted 3 months ago

Taco Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday everyone. Well, *cold* Tuesday for us in the Midwest…it SNOWED last night! Is it April, or November again?! Regardless, tacos are a great way to brighten up any day, and spicy vegan tacos are a healthy way to do so at the same time! You’ll probably even have most of these ingredients in your fridge and pantry, so set up a toppings station, cook up this bean-filled vegetable filling…

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