shiitake & napa cabbage gyoza

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These days, our idea of a “date night” rarely involves restaurant reservations. First, we never think ahead to actually make reservations, and then (way too often) we find ourselves waiting 2 hours on a Friday night for a meal. Some people might be ok with that, but this girl gets hungry.

Gyoza (Japanese dumplings) are one of our favorite things to make together at home. They’re not difficult but they take a little time – the assembly is definitely quicker if you have 4 hands and a bottle of sake on the side.

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We often eat these as a light meal on their own. Other times, I’ll serve them with soba noodles or a version of this sesame kale salad (both could be made ahead). If you wanted to get fancy, this citrus cod would be a nice main course.

Dip in soy sauce, or my personal preference: ponzu. Pick it up at the store or make your own.

Kanpai!

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baked parsnip fries

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Happy Fri-day! (pun intended, I’m so sorry).

What I’m not sorry about are these parsnip fries – they’re awesome and super simple to make. I recommend making extra because you (or your significant other - I’m not naming any names here), will likely eat most of them right off the baking sheet and you’re going to want a few left to enjoy with your burger.

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black bean & quinoa burgers

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I’m not sure where to begin here. I can’t decide if I’m more excited to tell you about this vegan veggie burger that I’ve been working on for quite some time, or if I should start by talking about this to-die-for chipotle mayo. I could also go on and on about the typography on that (spiced!) ketchup bottle. There are a lot of drool-worthy things are happening for me here.

Ok, twist my arm, I’ll start with the ketchup bottle. (I mean how cute is that!)… Beyond the sans-serif, Sir Kensington’s ketchup is also sans-additives, stabilizers and other artificial ingredients… it’s made from real tomatoes (not concentrate) and it just tastes fresh. (Jack hates ketchup and he loved this). It also has less sugar, which is good for me because I easily use twice as much ketchup as any normal person.

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I set some strict veggie burger criteria for this recipe: no eggs, no cheese, no oats, no rice. I really wanted to make this vegan so everyone could enjoy. I didn’t want to use oats or rice because I feel like those things make heavy gummy burgers and I wanted a better texture and a little more protein. Black beans & flax make it cohesive while the walnuts create a nice bite and the quinoa makes it a little crisp around the edges.

If you’re a “sometimes vegan,” like myself, I also encourage you to slather your burger with chipotle mayo. That is… if it makes it to your burger. This stuff is so good you’ll most likely want to lick it straight off the knife.

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raspberry crumble bars

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Warning: these are highly addictive and way too easy to make. I’ve been meaning to post these for awhile… the problem is that every time I’ve made them we just eat them. There’s a lot of restraint involved in taking pictures of food.

These are inspired by one of my favorite treats – those raspberry bars at Whole Foods (the super delicious buttery ones). My version here uses coconut oil and walnuts which makes them a tad healthier although they’re still pretty indulgent. A perfect little 3 o’clock snack.

You likely have all of these ingredients in your pantry already. I used store-bought raspberry jam, nothing fancy. (In the summer I might try fresh fruit). I used spelt flour, but regular or whole wheat flour would be fine. If you’re gluten free, try gluten free oat flour.

Enjoy!

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“ricotta” stuffed cabbage

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This is my gluten free solution last week’s stuffed shells. You’ll notice it’s also pasta-free but trust me – this “cheesy” cashew filling – tastes just as indulgent.

This little creation was a total happy accident… while I was shopping, I had filled my cart with everything necessary for the stuffed shells, with one ingredient left to go: the shells. And just my luck, no shells. I figured, I’d go searching for them somewhere else the next day. But when I got home I noticed a lonely cabbage in my fridge and voilà.

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When I remade these (for this post) I found this beautiful savoy cabbage, but regular large green cabbage leaves worked just as well. Large halves of chard leaves (without the stems) were also delicious. In the summer, I’ll roll this filling with thin strips of zucchini or eggplant.

I grated a little bit of pecorino on top for a bit of a cheesy crust (but if you’re vegan just leave that off).

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