Posted 2 weeks ago

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta: Boyfriend Cooks Series

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta: Boyfriend Cooks Series #unprocessed

It’s time once again to post a recipe made by my loving boyfriend! He has entered into October #Unprocessed along with me, so this recipe is not only easy, delicious and vegetarian, but it’s void of any “junk” ingredients. Everything is real, wholesome and unprocessed!

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And it tastes like autumn in a pot. This was warm, comforting, and felt like it was super unhealthy, but fear not! It’s packed…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Vegan Taco Casserole

Vegan Taco Casserole #unprocessed

Happy October! With the new month comes a challenge: October #Unprocessed. I’ve mentioned it before, but this will be my third year participating in the challenge, and I couldn’t be more excited! The spirit of the challenge is to avoid any food item that is “processed,” which is defined by any ingredient you could not reasonably make by yourself (think chemicals, food dyes, and additives with…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Tomato Soup Biscuits

Tomorrow begins October #Unprocessed, but today…today we make biscuits with canned soup. Because I like to be a little weird sometimes.

The classic pairing of tomato soup and grilled cheese is one that takes me right back to childhood. These days, I opt for fresh tomatoes to make soup, and whole grain breads with melty artisanal cheeses for the sandwich. But my childhood was filled with…

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Chia Raspberry Overnight Oatmeal

My Oma and Opa never let me leave their house empty-handed. It IS their job to spoil me, after all, and they do a wonderful job of it! Combining Opa’s gardening skills, with Oma’s baking, I also never leave there hungry :) A recent visit to them left me with two large containers of freshly-picked raspberries and some tasty streusel cake.

Well, the cake didn’t survive long, but the raspberries, oh…

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Oregano-Basil Lemon Pesto

Fresh herb season is coming to an end, which is sad. Put your flowering oregano and basil plants to use with this fragrant, flavorful pesto.

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The combination of oregano and basil, with lemon juice, makes for an amazing pairing, that is bright and vibrant on the tongue. The fresh garlic and chili flakes add a bit of kick, and the walnuts add a nice deep nutty flavor.

I tossed this with some whole…

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Posted 3 weeks ago

White Bean “Meat”balls with Creamy Lemon Pasta

Becoming vegetarian has made me soooo much more creative. Without meat as a crutch, I’m forced to devise other sources of proteins, and make them tasty and appealing to not only me, but my meat-eating boyfriend, family and friends. And that’s not always easy.

Sometimes you’re just plain lazy. It would be way easier to throw together a patty of beef, than it is to make a veggie and grain burger.…

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Posted 1 month ago

Healthier Pumpkin Mac and Beer and Cheese

Healthier Pumpkin Mac & Beer & Cheese

The jackets come out of storage, the scarves get wrapped around necks, and the windows which once let in a warm summer breeze are now shut tight. Yep,it’s fall. And I’m pretty happy about that. Baking, cute coats, boots, sweaters, hot tea, and….PUMPKIN! All things pumpkin.C’mon, jump on board the gourd train and join in the obsession. At least it’s a healthier one! Healthier Pumpkin Mac and Beer and Cheese | xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com

Yep, it really is that orange…

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Posted 1 month ago

Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Hi, I’m Christina and I’m a Gooner. For those who don’t know, that means I’m a fan of Arsenal Football Club – a London football (soccer) team in the Premier League. The season started a few weeks ago, and now we’re in full swing with weekly games! And it’s SO MUCH FUN. There are a few “soccer” bars in my city, and my boyfriend and I have chosen The Highbury Pub as our go-to. And this past…

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TARDIS Blue Velvet Cupcakes

Doctor Who is back!!!!! Are you as excited about this as I am? You should be. Because from what I can tell, Peter Capaldi is going to be an amazing 12th Doctor. To celebrate the start of Season 8, I whipped up some TARDIS cupcakes – they have blue velvet cake base, frosted with blueberry cream cheese buttercream, and topped off with the light on that old time machine, in the form of a white…

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Posted 1 month ago

Fruity Oaty Bars - Firefly Dinner Party, Part II

Fruity Oaty Bars - Firefly Dinner Party, Part II #reciperedux

Yesterday, I posted about the Firefly dinner party my friends and I enjoyed, complete with themed foods and drinks! Here’s the continuation of that: Kaylee and River’s foods!

This post is also in conjunction with the August challenge of Recipe Redux: bars and bites for brown bags. These fruity oaty bars are the perfect snack bar for school lunches, after school snacks, mid-day nibbles at the…

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Posted 2 months ago

Firefly Dinner Party

Yep, that says Firefly. That amazing Joss Whedon show that lasted only a season, sadly. To celebrate its awesomeness, and ours, my friends and I had ourselves a Firefly dinner party. We marathoned the show, while eating & drinking themed menu items we made from scratch!

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The setup on my friends’ deck – how perfect!

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Matt, Ashley and Chris. We were all pretty happy about this arrangement.

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Let’s get…

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Posted 2 months ago

Sweet and Spicy Tofu with Roasted Veggies

Tofu can be a scary thing, but it can also be a great protein substitute! And, if you coat it in flour and bake it, then pour spicy sauce over it….well now we’re talking! I only say it’s scary because, well, it has the weirdest texture, color and smell. But that’s what is so great about it – it’ll take the flavor of anything you put it in. While it’s not something I opt for all the time, it IS a…

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Posted 2 months ago

Spicy Pasta: Boyfriend Cooks Series

My boyfriend loves spicy food, and luckily I do too! He recently infused vodka with jalapeños, serranos and garlic. And wow is it hot! Makes a heck of a Bloody Mary. But he ingeniously dashed a bit of it into this spicy pasta dish, which he made us for dinner. This simple pasta dish combines big swirly noodles, sweet tomatoes, and spicy ingredients, topped with cool cheese.

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If you really like to…

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Posted 2 months ago

Freekeh, Chickpea and Crunchy Veggie Stew

Freekeh – what a freaky word! Haha, ok, that’s not very funny. But it IS an interesting foodstuff. Freekeh is a Middle Eastern grain that’s made from green wheat, which gets roasted in production. In its dry state, it looks like regular brown rice. Once cooked, it has a nice chewy texture that absorbs flavors wonderfully! It’s naturally low in fat, high in protein, and exorbitantly high in fiber…

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