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

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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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Vegan Queso Dip (Nut/Dairy Free)

It's summertime and I'm ready to eat my weight in Vegan Queso Dip! Dairy and nut free, it comes together in 15 minutes and is the perfect addition to your summer party. Get on it! #thecuttingveg #summerparty #eatrealfood #queso #whatveganseat

It’s summertime and I’m ready to eat my weight in Vegan Queso Dip! Dairy and nut free, it comes together in 15 minutes and is the perfect addition to your summer party. Get on it!

It’s here! A queso for the ages.

To be honest, I never really LOVED queso, mostly because in college, I felt so gross after eating it. I mean, jarred cheese always sounds good in theory until you eat the entire jar yourself. Lactose intolerance for ya! However, after making this Vegan Queso Dip, I promise to convert even the queso skeptics into LOVERS.

Because The Cutting Veg is for queso lovers.

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Toasted Moroccan Quinoa Salad

You will feel like it is spring time with this Toasted Moroccan Quinoa Salad. Quinoa. Quinoa cooked with spices and done in 30 minutes. It makes for the perfect lunch, whether you eat it at home or take it to go! #thecuttingveg#eatrealfood#quinoa #mealprep

You will feel like it is spring time with this Toasted Moroccan Quinoa Salad. Quinoa. Quinoa cooked with spices and done in 30 minutes. It makes for the perfect plant-based lunch, whether you eat it at home or take it to go!

It’s spring! Kind of. Which means it is time for salad season!

Here’s the thing, you guys know I do not do boring salads. Like if I’m going to tell you about a salad, you’d better believe it’s going to be GOOD. Especially if it’s a quinoa salad. I refuse to perpetuate a stereotype when it comes to the health food everyone love to HATE.

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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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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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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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