Shortcut Baharat Spice Blend

Shortcut Baharat Spice Blend - just one measuring spoon needed to make this delicious Middle Eastern spice mix!

Happy Tuesday! I’ve got a quick post today. This past Saturday I ran the Baltimore Marathon (race recap coming soon!) and I spent the rest of the weekend relaxing and recovering. I’ll be back in the kitchen soon, but for now I wanted to share the only thing I managed to cook on Sunday. Because cooking generally involves standing on your legs… and I did not want to do much of that. I’m incredibly excited about this spice blend, because it’s probably one of the easiest I’ve ever made. I know that sounds ridiculous, because how hard can it be to mix a bunch of spices together? Well, this Persian-inspired shortcut baharat takes it up a notch because it requires only one measuring spoon to make!

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Salted Date Caramel Apple Butter (in the Slow Cooker)

Slow Cooker Salted Date Caramel Apple Butter

Because I’ve posted over 100 recipes, sometimes I can’t believe it when I realize that one of our household favorites hasn’t made it onto the blog yet. This slow cooker salted date caramel apple butter is one of those recipes.

Last October, J and I went apple picking for the first time. It was kind of a bizarre day because it was over 90 degrees. That’s rare, but not completely unheard of for Baltimore in October. But the juxtaposition of sunglasses, shorts, flip-flops, and the smell of sunscreen with walking through a ripe apple orchard, multicolored leaves in the background, carrying a cute little basket of apples… that was endlessly funny to me.

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Spicy Basil Noodles

Spicy Basil Noodles - Yup, it's Vegan

Here in Baltimore we are lucky enough to enjoy a Thai restaurant with a fully vegetarian menu. They deliver, too! All of the dishes are also vegan unless they contain eggs, which they’ll leave out on request. They offer a variety of vegan faux meats as well as several types of tofu, and veggies galore. I am a sucker for their tofu larb, pineapple cashew fried rice, vegan sweet chili fried chicken, and veggie pad thai. But the dish I order more than anything else is the spicy basil noodles. I love spicy, I love basil, I love noodles. I have probably mentioned this before, but I kind of have a tradition of getting Thai food for dinner after my races. And sometimes after my long training runs, too. So that’s been a lot of noodles lately. =]

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Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Vegan Pizza-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash - Yup, it's Vegan

During CSA season it is common for us to make a weeknight dinner out of a roasted spaghetti squash, some canned pasta sauce, and a handful of arugula on top. This weekend I was craving that meal, but I wanted something a little heartier, so I put together this pizza stuffed spaghetti squash.

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Vegan Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Vegan Pumpkin Bread Pudding - Yup, it's Vegan

I’ll start by saying that this vegan pumpkin bread pudding is probably the only pumpkin or pumpkin pie-spiced recipe I will be sharing in the foreseeable future. I guess I’m just not really feeling the pumpkin this year. I don’t dislike it, of course, but I don’t feel motivated to buy another can of it right now. Especially when we have so many CSA goodies at the moment! More of that in the next post. So I hope this blog will be a safe space for pumpkin haters this autumn, haha. Or however long the pumpkin mania usually lasts? I’m not really sure…

This bread pudding recipe is based off of my classic version, which I actually have yet to share here. I will get around to it eventually! I do have a chocolate chip eggnog version posted, which in my opinion is one of the most underrated recipes on this blog. Anyway, I swapped out some of the milk for pumpkin puree, reduced the amount of alcohol, and tweaked the spices to be more pumpkin pie spice-y. The result is a decadent-tasting, but not heavy, pumpkin bread pudding that hits the spot with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream. Also, if I made this again, I would totally add chocolate chips too.

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