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Vegetarian Meals

Vegetarian Meals

Pineapple and Cashew Fried Rice

I lived in Seattle for four years while I was in university. I love Seattle for the gorgeous mountains and water views, the chill, easy going vibe, and the finest pineapple fried rice I have ever known. The sweet pineapple paired with the salty mixture of veg, rice and cashews was bliss. So why has it taken me so long to recreate it? Who knows. But when Uncle Ben’s Rice contacted me and asked if I wanted to collaborate, I quickly knew what I would be making!

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Vegetarian Meals

Potato and Cauliflower Chowder

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, clam chowder was inevitably a part of my childhood. The hot, salty broth, the soft, milky potatoes, and the chewy clams were heaven in a bread bowl. This vegetarian chowder has all the comforting goodness of the clam chowder of my youth, but it is quick and easy and also delivers a hefty dose of veg. That makes for a winning recipe in my book.


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Vegetarian Meals

Mushroom Bourguignon with Brussel Sprout Mash

I saw a recipe for mushroom bourguignon on my “Hungermama Meal Planning” Facebook group and knew I had to give it a go. We are big fans of beef bourguignon around our house and this vegetarian version was the first one I had seen that worth a try.

The original recipe was a bit too fussy for my (lazy) tastes, so I did what I could to simplify things. I also added more veg via the brussel sprouts in the mash. The most time consuming bit is washing and cutting all the mushrooms, but if you’re really pressed for time, you can always buy them chopped! (Or just have the kids do it earlier in the week when they are bored.) Continue Reading…

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Coconut Lentil Soup

Big news for The Hungerfords this week: our applications for British citizenship were approved. When Jason told me I nearly started to cry. Not out of excitement or sadness, but I’m pretty sure it was just pure anxiety. Our swearing in ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday. That is just a handful of days from today.

I have incredibly mixed feelings about becoming British and for a while I considered not doing it at all. What hit me when I found out that we were imminently becoming British citizens is that it just seems so unfair that we even get the choice at all. I think about the Syrian families desperate for a safe place to live. Families who would love to be given the choice between two (relatively) safe countries, and here I am feeling so conflicted about the luxury. It is pretty last minute, but I am considering having a happy hour soon to celebrate our new citizenship and simultaneously raise awareness (and money) for the refugee crisis our world is currently facing.

Gosh, that was a very serious introduction to this soup.

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Vegetarian Meals

Miso Noodle Soup

I went to look up my miso soup recipe on the blog and was surprised to see that I didn’t have one posted! Perhaps it is because it is one of those meals that is not really cooking, but more just assembling. Regardless, I feel it needs to make an appearance simply as a reminder that this is a quick, easy, and delicious dinner that is especially comforting during these cold winter nights.  Continue Reading…

Vegetarian Meals

Cheesy Broccoli Jacket Potato

I had never heard the term “jacket potato” until we moved to the UK. In America we would just call it a baked potato, but give it a cutesy name and it all of a sudden becomes a thing! You can find “jacket potatoes” on most cafe menus and they seem to be fairly common at dinner time as well. While I have indulged in a jacket potato at a cafe in the past, I have never tried them at home until this week (using this recipe as inspiration). The result? We’ll definitely be having them again soon!

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Delicata Squash with Blue Cheese and Shallots

By: Kate Davies

I must confess, squash can be challenging for me. It’s hard to get very worked up about a nice squash dinner. This recipe for roasted Delicata (oblong, yellow and orange with greenish stripes) came from Julian years ago, served as a side to some grilled meat when he was wooing me with his cooking skills. I’ve tweaked it over the years, and it has taken the place of meat or fish on our dinner plate on quiet nights like this one when a low-key dinner is just the ticket. The shallots and blue cheese (helped along by a few sprigs of thyme) bring big, savory flavor to the mellow, roasted, caramelly Delicata.

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