Sweet Potato Nachos with Sliced Jalapeños

Sweet Potato Nachos with Pickled Jalepeños are a healtheir, delicious take on my favorite football treat! They are easy to make and so tasty! #thecuttingveg #eatrealfood #footballtailgate #nachos #sweetpotatoes

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Football party time means NACHO time, and nachos are definitely a non-negotiable for any football party I throw! Sweet Potato Nachos with Jalapeño Slices for a delicious, lighter take on my favorite football game treat! Who cannot love these nachos? They are easy to make and so tasty!

I have a thing for nachos!

One of my favorite easy snacks or dinners to make as a kid were nachos. Now, my dad used to make them as a quick lunch or dinner on Sundays throughout the fall and winter months. He would pile the chips high with cheese and peppers and throw them in the oven. By the time we came inside, the nachos were ready for eating and enjoying the football game!

It sounds like a movie. I cannot believe it either.

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Chickpea Coconut Tomato Soup

This creamy Chickpea Coconut Tomato Soup is a delicious bowl of your childhood favorite tomato soup, with a bit of a twist. Tomatoes, coconut milk, and chickpeas are blended together to create the most creamy bowl that’s perfect for lunches or even for dinner. All it needs is some grilled cheese!

What are your favorite comfort foods?

Nothing brings me back to childhood quite like a bowl of tomato soup and some grilled cheese. I always beg my mom to crush up goldfish crackers on top because you always gotta add texture. Oh heck yes!

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Spicy Vegan Tempeh Cacciatore

As a Jersey girl, I grew up on chicken cacciatore and this vegan version is bringing me right back. Spicy and a bit saucy, this Spicy Vegan Tempeh Cacciatore is the perfect plant based dinner that practically tastes like your Italian grandma made it. This is quick, easy, extra colorful, super flavorful, and so delicious. The perfect dinner to serve any night of the week.

In the depths of winter, a meal like this excites me.

Because if there is one time of year that we crave saucy goodness, it is the cold depths of January. I always end up making warm stews and soups to try and help me get through this difficult time in my existence. Even this dish, however, takes the cake from me because it brings me right back to Jersey.

Bet you didn’t know this side of me, did ya?

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Honey Sesame Roasted Chickpeas

Honey Sesame Roasted Chickpeas are the perfect healthy way to start 2020. Make them at the beginning of the week for the most delicious snack, protein source, or salad topper you have ever had!

2020 is definitely the year of the chickpea. Or at least that is what I am declaring!

The new year always brings with it a tinge of diet culture. However, cutting foods out is not the way that I like to roll. It makes eating a balanced diet feel like a chore. Instead, I always approach the new year with ideas to ADD more foods: more veggies, more fruits!

And yes, let’s add more chickpeas

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Lemon Ginger Infused Veggie Soup with Orzo

This post was sponsored by Yogi Tea.

Feeling under the weather? This lemon ginger infused veggie soup has all of the ingredients you need to get you feeling in tip top shape. It is perfect for those cold winter months when all you want is to be nice and warm.

It’s soup season y’all! Let’s get at it!

I honestly could eat soup all day every day. It’s just one of those foods that is so cozy comforting during these cold winter months. My dad used to make one soup a week as a kid. That was as close to comfort food as you can get.

At least my version of it!

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Buttery Pretzel Shortbread Cookies

Festive, easy, and so much fun! I am always a sucker for salt and sweet so buttery pretzel shortbread cookies seemed like the best recipe for your cookie exchange! You can also just eat them yourself. I promise I will not judge.

We are overdue for a cookie recipe! Are you excited?

I am such a snacker. If I can find a way to get snacks in while, at the same time, eating dessert, you best believe I am going to do it. Pretzels and shortbread? Salt and chocolate? You best believe I am going to whip it OUT

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Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto Hummus

Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto Hummus might be a side dish, an appetizer, or an entree, but it is definitely a home run if you ask me! Once you try hummus on pasta (especially this hummus!) you might not go back!

Quite honestly, now that we are in the throws of December, I am looking for all the cold weather goodness that I can cozy up to a fire to. Well, not exactly if I am honest. More like I’m streaming a yule log on a television set!

Yeah, that is probably more like it.

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2019 Gift Guide Cooking Edition

This gift guide cooking edition is for that person that is the most Cutting Veg in your life. I’ve done gift guides before, but, this year, I decided to break it down by the categories of people in your life… not that we are categorizing people but you get me!

If you are anything like me, you are always trying to get your holiday shopping done before the big Thanksgiving rush. To be honest, that normally does not happen for me. However, this year I decided to help give you guys a head start with a few gift guides I will be posting. Are you excited? Because I am!

All of these products are stuff I use on the regular or products that my mom or friends have that I wish I could take off their hands. These products are kitchen staples and would make great gifts for the couple, parents, or newlyweds in your life. Hello!

I hope you guys love this gift guide cooking edition for all the prospective chefs in your life. Have fun shopping!

MY 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE RECOMMENDATIONS

1) Stojo Reusable and Collapsable Coffee Cup ($15): This reusable travel mug is the best for busy days when you know you don’t have a lot of storage space. I like to rinse it out before collapsing it and taking it to go!

2) Fish Spatula ($14): I honestly use this every day in my kitchen. This is the perfect thing to flip pancakes, toss veggies, or make eggs.

3) Nespresso Vertuoplus Deluxe Coffee Maker ($199): This is actually on my wish list for the holidays! I’ve had the espresso made by this machine and it actually tastes so darn delicious. Also, THAT FOAM.

4) Weck 742 Mold Jars ($34): These jars make great storage containers, but they’re also how I choose to eat my smoothies. Delicious addition.

5) Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven ($240): This dutch oven was one of my mom’s favorite presents I got her a couple years ago. She loves making stews and soups in it and it’ll last her for years to come

6) State Cheese Boards ($48): I am always on the hunt for a cheese board to entertain, and this one is so darn cute! The question is whether I get Pennsylvania or New Jersey!

7) Himalayan Salt Tequila Shot Glasses ($28): I got these for my 21st birthday one year and am thinking of getting them for my sister this year! They are just so cute and also make taking tequila shots so fun!

8) Mini Waffle Maker ($18): This is perfect for the tween or teen in your life. My cousin loves using this to make her mom breakfast. We gotta start them young!

9) Bubble Tea Kit ($35): As a self described bubble tea fanatic, I feel like my college self would have loved getting this as a gift!

10) S’well Travel Mug ($35): The perfect gift for a friend, this keeps my coffee and/or matcha nice and toasty while I am out and about for classes!

11) Breville Smart Oven with Air Fryer ($400): Every time I go to my parents house, I do not know why I don’t get one of these for myself. I love roasting veggies without turning on the big oven, and it always makes perfect toast.

12) Kusmi Tea Sampler ($25): I received this as a going away gift one year and absolutely loved it! The teas are all Earl Grey inspired and each has their own unique, delicious flavor.

13) Cookbook Stand ($18): I have a knack for making a mess in the kitchen and this cookbook stand makes sure I don’t get the pages messy! It’s also a great hostess gift.

14) Personalized Family Recipe Board ($100): Don’t tell my mom, but I think this is what I might be getting her for the holidays. It makes for such a personal gift that I know I would love to receive.

15) Glass Oil Bottle with Gold Stopper ($6): This bottle will instantly make your kitchen feel fancy. PLUS it makes for a great hostess gift!

16) Instant Pot Pressure Cooker ($99): I’ve used my pressure cooker in so many ways on the blog. Plus, this time of year has so many discounts for the Instant Pot that there’s no reason you shouldn’t treat yo self.

17) Set of Cheese Knives ($24): Choose to break these up for individual gifts or serve these as a set. These cheese knives are a favorite of mine for parties!

18) Pie Dish ($30): We are all trying to be adults, so we all need to get a fancy pie dish! This would be a great hostess gift with a pie baked into it!

19) Bamboo Cutlery Set ($10): We all are looking to be a little less wasteful, so why not invest in a set of reusable utensils? These make the perfect stocking stuffer.

20) Porter Ceramic Bowl ($40): I tote my lunch to school every single day and this makes eating lunch I’ve brought from home even more enjoyable! I’ve gotten so many compliments on this!

Baklava Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

These baklava hasselback sweet potatoes make the best side to any holiday table. Pistachios, honey, and cinnamon makes this 5 ingredient dish easy. #thecuttingveg #eat real food sweet potato

These baklava hasselback sweet potatoes are the easiest thing to put on your holiday table. Six ingredients and a little knife trick are all it takes to make your potatoes go from drab to fab! No marshmallows are required!

We all love sweet potatoes over here on the Cutting Veg. Dang it I will do my best to bring sweet potatoes to you in all the forms. From sweet to savory, in breads or toasted, I have tried to do it all. But have I ever done the hasselback? I know. It has been a long time coming.

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