Vegan Hummus and Herb Pizza

For me, pizza is synonymous with Lent so even though this year’s Lenten series is vegan, I had to include a pie that fit the bill.

Instead of cheese, this pie has a layer of creamy hummus. Instead of meat or extra cheese, it’s topped off with sliced grape tomatoes, herbs, and toasted pecans.

The result is a beautiful pie – perfect crispy crust, creamy layer, and lots of toppings!

Continue reading

Individual Vegan Pot Pies

Since so much of the country is dealing with snow, it seemed appropriate to kick off this year’s Lent series with some cold-weather comfort food. These pot pies are warm and hearty – even meat lovers won’t miss the meat here!

With hearty veggies, a creamy sauce, and a flaky crust, this falls into you’d-never-guess-it’s-vegan territory. But it is, and it’s good.

Continue reading

15 Vegan Dinner Ideas

Today is Ash Wednesday, and the official kick off for my annual Lenten dinner series. It is my 10th year sharing meatless meals on Lenten Fridays and, my, have we come a long way.

When I started this series a decade ago, we were not good at eating meatless. Friday dinners consisted mainly of spaghetti with jarred sauce or pizza. I decided that I needed to get out of that rut, and turned it into a yearly blog project. These days, meatless meals are no problem – they’re regularly in rotation even when it’s not Lent.

Meatless Fridays are supposed to be a sacrifice, and I realized as I was planning this year’s series that in many ways, they wouldn’t be for us. I decided to take things one step further this year and make all of our Friday recipes vegan. While the extra restriction is surely not necessary for Lent, I wanted to be sure our Friday meals were something that required planning – like they were when I started this series.

Continue reading

Korean BBQ Egg Rolls in the Air Fryer

I received free products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

I’m always up for a challenge so I was excited to jump in when JSL Foods asked me to cook up something fun using their egg roll wrappers! We are big fans of traditional egg rolls – and Asian-inspired flavors in general – but I knew I wanted to switch it up and try something a little different with these!

I created these egg rolls with versatility in mind. They’d be a perfect appetizer for the big game or game night at home, but they’d also be a great option for lunch or lighter dinner paired with a salad.

Instead of the traditional chicken and cabbage flavored with soy sauce, these rolls are stuffed with chicken smothered with a Korean-style BBQ sauce, pineapple and red onion – and then cooked in the air fryer to keep them lighter.

Continue reading

17 Soup Recipes Perfect for Chilly Days

It’s no secret I’ve been on a soup kick recently. I’ve been making at least one pot a week, if not more. One of my favorite things about this warm-up meal is that it comes in so many different varieties.

From vegan options, to a soup version of your favorite burger; from soups that come together quickly to ones that simmer all day in the slow cooker, you’re bound to find something on this list to tickle your fancy!

Continue reading

Mini Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecakes

Two of my favorite Valentine’s Day desserts are cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberries. Combined, they make the perfect treat for your sweetie!

These are a fun take on the classic mini cheesecakes. Oreo cookies make for a great chocolate crust and strawberry preserves mixed into the cheesecake give it it’s strawberry taste and pink color. A simple ganache and strawberries make a perfect, simple topping.

Continue reading

Champagne Punch for 2

Champagne punch is probably my favorite cocktail. I have a fancy punch bowl and I love having it filled with a fun variation for girlfriend get togethers.

It’s also something I haven’t made since the pandemic started – with the lack of parties, there has been a lack of reason to make drinks for a crowd. It didn’t occur to be until now, 10 months into the pandemic, that I could make a scaled-down version.

Continue reading

Honey Oat Bread

If there’s one thing I’ve been cooking a lot lately, it’s soup. So. Much. Soup.

I can’t say I’m mad about it – it’s perfect for these chilly days and making up a big pot in advance has been great for quick lunches or easy dinners.

And what do you need with soup? A nice loaf of bread, of course.

This honey oat bread is my hands-down favorite. It’s soft and chewy with just the right tough of sweetness. It’s also fool-proof – every loaf I’ve made turns out beautiful.

Continue reading

Blueberry Pecan Baked Oatmeal

I wrapped up a yoga program right after Christmas and couldn’t decide what to do next – more yoga or something more intense? In true Kate fashion, I decided to not decide and tackle both. It’s been going pretty well, but it’s definitely made mornings more hectic so quick breakfasts have been clutch this month.

After a few days of grabbing a yogurt on my way to our homeschool classroom, I decided to revisit an old favorite: baked oatmeal.

Continue reading

Dill Pickle Soup

Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of soup? And if there’s anything we need more of right now, it’s comfort.

It’s National Soup Swap Day, so I’m sharing a new family favorite – Dill Pickle Soup. We are all pickle lovers and absolutely devoured this. And then the kids asked me to make it again. And again.

This soup is very much like a cream of potato – with pickle juice replacing some of the liquid and chopped pickles stirred in. The result is a completely addictive bowl you’ll lick clean.

Continue reading