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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.