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!
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.
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.
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
Za’atar Roasted Green Beans with Green Harissa are the perfect side to any dinner on chilly nights. Green beans are roasted with herbacious za’atar, some sliced shiitake mushrooms, avocado oil, and pink salt. Then, drizzle with spicy green harissa, and top with sliced almonds and pomegranate seeds. This will definitely be the talk of any Thanksgiving menu!
If there is one thing that is absolutely my winter time staple, it is roasting allof vegetables. I swear, roasting a vegetable automatically makes it taste 10 times better, you know? And so, if you have some picky eaters in your family unit, might I suggest roasting all of the veggies.
These tahini truffles with chocolate drizzle taste like halvah. They are seriously the easiest treats to make! Five ingredients, 10 minutes, and a little patience stand between you and chocolate treat nirvana. They are vegan, gluten free, and beyond delicious. Don’t miss that flaky salt on top! Shall we?
If there is one thing I have learned this year, it is that meal prep saves lives. As a graduate student, if I do not have something in my fridge that takes more than five minutes to prepare, I will be eating popcorn for dinner. Not that popcorn for dinner is bad… just not all the time.
An apple cinnamon dream! Apples, almond flour, maple syrup, and spices combine to make the perfect fall treat. Make this paleo apple cider donut mug cake in less than 5 minutes and have apple cider goodness right at your fingertips.
You knew this was coming, didn’t you?
I needed to add in some apple cinnamon flavors for fall ASAP this year. I actually prefer apple to pumpkin but we just went on a major pumpkin/squash binge. Safe to say, this needed correction. But don’t worry. We are back on course with this cider donut mug cake.
Whipped sweet potato pie stuffed dates are pretty much the non-recipe recipe you didn’t know you needed! A dairy free sweet potato filling gets stuffed into juicy medjool dates before a quick drizzle in melted chocolate. Top with coconut whipped cream, close your eyes, and be taken to fall nirvana.
As a lady with not a whole lot of time (hello midterms!) but with a whole lot of basic-ness in my soul, I am always on the hunt for a quick and delicious no bake treat. Now, I haven’t really dabbled in the no bake dessert life. I am mostly a eat all the popcorn for dinner type of gal. But these sweet potato pie stuffed dates? Oh you better believe I am here for it
Sweet potato fries with tahini BBQ sauce are sure to put a smile on any face. I bake them in the oven until crisp, then served with a tahini BBQ sauce that is all kinds of sweet, spicy and creamy. It is the perfect recipe for your next tailgate, meal prep, or lunch.
The Whole Foods salad bar is such a temptation for your wallet I cannot even tell you. They have all of the salads that my brain space simply could not throw together. How does one make more than one type of tempeh salad? On one of those trips I saw in the hot bar these sweet potato wedges with tahini BBQ.