Persian Spiced Lentils with Roasted Cauliflower and Potatoes

Persian Spiced Lentils with Roasted Potatoes and Cauliflower | yupitsvegan.com

Remember that roasted delicata squash I talked about? I had every intention of making that dish again and photographing it to share here. But even though delicata squash came in the CSA the previous ~4 weeks, it did not come the week I made these Persian spiced lentils. Not the most fortunate for me, but hey, I can’t control Mother Nature! I just do what she says, and this week the instructions were to make potatoes and cauliflower. Of course, I love both potatoes and cauliflower so it’s pretty easy to see the silver lining with that one.

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Avocado Chocolate Fudge Tart with Pretzel Crust and Caramel Cream

Vegan Avocado Chocolate Fudge Tart with Pretzel Crust and Caramel Cream

If you’re tired of pumpkin right now, then I invite you to indulge in this seriously decadent chilled, no-bake, avocado chocolate fudge tart. Despite the rather long title, this is actually quite easy to make (but doesn’t taste that way!)

I enjoy cookies, sweet rolls, and all sorts of other baked goods. But no-bake desserts will always be up there in my list of favorites. For one reason, when you aren’t baking anything, you are more free to experiment with substitutions, lazy measuring, and the like. They’re very forgiving! For another, I like sweets that I can store in the refrigerator or freezer. The cold temperature helps me to eat more slowly and truly savor every bite. And trust me, with this avocado chocolate fudge tart, you WILL savor every bite.

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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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