Dairy Free Zucchini “Ravioli” with Tofu Ricotta

If you are overwhelmed with all the zucchini, now look no further than these dairy free zucchini "ravioli." Zucchini "noodles" wrapped around a tofu ricotta filling and baked with tomato sauce make for a quick, delicious, and lighter dinner perfect for those who are dairy and gluten free. Have at it y'all! #thecuttingveg #eatrealfood #ravioli #plantbased

If you are overwhelmed with all the zucchini, now look no further than these dairy free zucchini “ravioli.” Zucchini “noodles” wrapped around a tofu ricotta filling and baked with tomato sauce make for a quick, delicious, and lighter dinner perfect for those who are dairy and gluten free. Have at it y’all!

Part of my favorite tasks as a food blogger is making a lighter take on some of my favorite childhood classics. Now, don’t get me wrong: I love a ravioli as much as the next person. However, when y’all asked me on Instagram to make a gluten free/dairy free take on this cheesy classic, I was ready for the challenge.

So let’s have at it!

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Vegan Gambian Peanut Chickpea Stew (Domoda) with Instant Pot Instructions

As the weather gets cooler (maybe not for a long time), all I keep thinking about is this Vegan Gambian Peanut Chickpea Stew. Based on a groundnut stew called Domoda, it is the perfect quick, plant-based weeknight meal especially for those fall chilly nights. Plus, the leftovers get better as they sit. We love that #thecuttingveg #eatrealfood #soup #africanfood #plantbased #vegan

As the weather gets cooler (maybe not for a long time), all I keep thinking about is this Vegan Gambian Peanut Chickpea Stew. Based on a groundnut stew called Domoda from Gambia, it is the perfect quick, plant-based weeknight meal especially for those fall chilly nights. Plus, the leftovers get better as they sit. We love that

Originally posted in January 2017. Updated with cultural context + photos

If you have been following me on Instagram or reading my recipes, I think y’all recognize that I LOVE me a good stew. Even in the summer, when everyone else just wants salad or some grilled chicken, I say bring on those roasty toasty kind of meals. Those meals that taste good sitting in fridge for a couple of days, the spices all mulling about for and playing off of each other. Those meals where you enjoy them more sitting in your leggings crossed legged on the couch with your fav blanket. Oh yeah.

It gets me tickled just THINKING about it.

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Green Tea Rice (Ochazuke)

A hack that will make your stale rice come back to life: Ochazuke or green tea rice. A traditional Japanese dish, it is so easy to prepare (we're talking less than 5 minutes, but comes packed full of flavor! #thecuttingveg #eatrealfood #leftovers #rice

This post is sponsored by Yogi Tea.

Honestly, leftover rice is one of those foods that I am just always at a loss. I love rice and it never tastes quite the same after a few days in the fridge. But almost on accident, I have found a little hack that will make your rice come back to life: Ochazuke or green tea rice. It is so easy to prepare (we’re talking less than 5 minutes, but comes packed full of flavor!

Time to give those leftovers an upgrade!

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Dairy Free Palak Paneer

Dairy free palak paneer that tastes better than your typical Indian takeout? Sign me up! Marinated tofu replaces paneer cheese in this healthy 30 min meal. #thecuttingveg #eatrealfood #vegan #indian #palakpaneer

Indian food has always been my favorite and this dairy free palak paneer might be my favorite dish yet! Marinated tofu cubes become an easy substitute for paneer and are submerged in a delicious spinach and coconut sauce. Say hello to your favorite new weeknight meal that will put takeout to shame!

Who said the healthiest recipes had to be salad? Seriously?

Because, you guys, we are heading into the home stretch of winter! And I know you are struggling to keep up with those New Year’s resolutions that you cannot bear to have another plate of cold vegetables. Let’s be real, the saddest thing to be ever said about a meal is it is another plate of cold vegetables.

Except I am a total freak and love me a good crudite platter. No? Whatever, more cold veggies for me!

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BBQ Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Keeping things comforting, but healthy with these BBQ Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Chickpeas are roasted until crispy and tossed in BBQ sauce. Plus, anything you put inside a sweet potato gets a yes from my dawg!

People ask me all the time what my favorite comfort foods are. The answer I give more often than not is potatoes in all of their forms. When I was a kid, comfort was going through the Wendy’s drive through to get a baked potato with broccoli and cheese. I never like burgers or meat as a kid, and this, to me, was heaven. Now, in these difficult times more than ever, I am leaning on some of my favorite comfort foods. And nothing says comfort like stuffing a sweet potato with all sorts of goodies.

Or maybe that is just me!

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Shawarma Chickpeas

These Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Shawarma Chickpeas are the coziest little meal for those chilly nights. Crispy chickpeas tossed in warming spices are stuffed inside roasted sweet potatoes and drizzled with a lemon tahini sauce. #thecuttingveg #sweetpotatoes #roastedchickpeas #vegandinner

In the mood for more color? These Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Shawarma Chickpeas are the coziest little meal for those chilly nights. Crispy chickpeas tossed in warming spices are stuffed inside roasted sweet potatoes and drizzled with a lemon tahini sauce. It is the perfect light dinner that makes you feel all the fuzzies inside!

Well… it is that time of year

I’ve hit that stage of the winter season when I begin to crave color, freshness, and exciting flavors. Well, in addition to more cozy recipes, of course.

If I am being honest, are you really surprised with this?

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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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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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Creamy White Bean Quinoa Risotto

Creamy White Bean Quinoa Risotto with Roasted Broccoli is the perfect plant based main dish for any holiday feast. #thecuttingveg #eatrealfood #thanksgiving #vegandinner

This Creamy White Bean Quinoa Risotto is the perfect meatless main for those cozy nights. Make it part of your holiday spread or bring it to a Friendsgiving potluck. It might become a part of your latest tradition

Can you believe we are so darn close to Thanksgiving? Yeah me neither. Yet, I have said this time and again on this platform that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s a holiday for cooking with the focus being all on family. Plus, I have to say that Thanksgiving food blows all other foods out of the water

I hope we can agree on that!

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