Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Like most of the US population, potatoes are one of my absolute favorite comfort foods.  And while it’s definitely a food associated with North America, it has a much longer history with South America.  Cultivation of the potato in South America is thought to be somewhere around 10,000 years ago.  North America can thank Peru…

Brandy Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

With the holidays on the horizon, I felt like it was time to come up with a new gravy.  I tend to make the same one every year.  Why not jazz it up with a little brandy and shiitake mushrooms?  Why not, indeed?!  This gravy tastes amazing on mashed potatoes, stuffing, loaves, or really anything…

Hearty Seitan and Winter Wheat Berry Chili

I’m going through a phase with whole grains.  Maybe it’s because Bob’s Red Mill is right down the street?  Maybe it’s because I feel burnt out on brown rice?  Maybe it’s because the texture of whole grains are more interesting to eat?  It is probably all of these things.  And fall is the perfect time…

Sun-Dried Tomato Lentil Wheatballs

Lentils, toasted walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon peel, spelt, a little bit of oregano, a little bit of parsley, and some torn spinach.  Delicious, rustic, homemade “wheat”-balls!  Perfect for pasta night topped with your favorite marinara.  Tasty on a hoagie bun topped with sauce and melty cheese.  Or if you’re feeling especially ambitious, make them according to…

Chipotle Sweet Potato Red Lentil Soup

This is one hearty soup!  As it cooks up, it gets thicker, so if you prefer a thinner soup, stir in some extra water or broth right before serving.  This soup also has an identity crisis.  Is it chili?  Is it stew?  Is it vegetable soup?  It’s hard to answer that question.  Maybe it’s all…

Slow Cooker Sauerkraut Tempeh Stew

Growing up, I ate a lot of sauerkraut. Sauerkraut remains one of my favorite comfort foods, especially when it is paired with a heaping pile of fluffy mashed potatoes.  It’s the whole food equivalent to sea salt and vinegar potato chips.  Delicious. This stew takes some inspiration from Eastern European cuisine.  It uses simple ingredients…

Shiitake Mushroom Brussels Sprout Farro

Awhile back, my cousin was looking for Brussels sprout recipes.  I realized that I didn’t have any to share.  While we eat them roasted throughout the fall and winter season, that’s about the extent of it.  So, I challenged myself to think of a new way to incorporate Brussels sprouts into our rotation of family…

Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Tomatoes, and Spinach

When I am tight on time, this is one of my favorite meals.  It is quick, easy, and hearty.  And it has…drum roll…7 ingredients, including the salt!  Sometimes, simple is best, and leave it to Italian food to perfectly showcase this maxim.   Now, if you want to make it more complicated, that’s entirely up…