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BBQ Meatball Sliders with Cucumber Radish Slaw

This coming Sunday is a big deal in America (to some). It’s the day when some sportsball team plays another sportsball team in a battle to the death! Ok, maybe there is no literal killing involved but it’s supposedly a showdown of epic proportions that only men wearing tight pants and huge fake shoulders could pull off.
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Potato Kale Leek Soup

The last time I made soup, I had to do an intricate blender dance in order to get everything mixed together nicely. Pour half the hot soup into the blender, blend, pour into another bowl, pour the rest of the mix into the blender, blend, pour back into pot along with the first batch and then continue to cook. It felt like one of those mind puzzles from an I.Q. test and I realized then that I could definitely make good use of an immersion blender. Luckily, I got one for Christmas and I knew right away I wanted to attempt another soup.
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Garlic Rosemary Apple Crostini

I’m going to give it to you straight, garlic and rosemary is one of my all time favorite savory combinations. The smell of each of them alone is the stuff dreams are made of, but put them together and wooo-doggy that’s some good stuff right there. So when I thought about making a warm apple crostini, it was only natural that those two were involved. And thus was born the fifth and final dish in the Week of Appetizers: Garlic Rosemary Apple Crostini.
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Black Eyed Pea Hummus

Hummus has become my go-to food when vegan options are few and far between. Even in the middle of nowhere you can usually find hummus in the grocery store or at a Mediterranean restaurant. For day 3 of the Week of Appetizers I’m bringing you a recipe for a non-traditional hummus using black eyed peas instead of chickpeas.
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Vegan Cheesy Sausage Kale Bites

It’s day two of Week of Appetizers! Yesterday I shared my recipe for Spinach & Artichoke Wontons and today I’m bringing you these delectable little savory bites of goodness. Smokey cashew cheese sauce and nutritious kale blend with vegan sausage to make an incredibly tasty appetizer.
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Spicy Potato Stew

Soups and stews are the epitome of comfort food to me. There’s something about a steaming bowl of soup with the aromas wafting in front of my face that brings me so much joy. I even have a happy soup song I sing (and sometimes there’s a dance to go along with it). Tortilla, lentil, tomato, black bean….if it has the word soup after, I’m probably going to be all over it. 
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Apple & Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash & VeeV Sage Cider

A couple months ago I was contacted by VeeV and asked if I wanted to make a dish to pair with one of their signature cocktails for an upcoming feature. Without hesitation I gave them an emphatic YES! I love VeeV. As you may remember, during the month of September I made weekly cocktails using this earth-friendly Açaí Spirit: my take on a mojito, pomegranate ginger concoction, citrusy basil spritzer and a warm apple cider. Needless to say I was stoked at the chance to work with VeeV!! 
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Warm Black Bean & Kale Salad

You guys know I like to keep it real so let me just start off by saying Vegan MoFo wore me out, big time! Doing 27 posts in one month is a lot of work. Planning recipes, grocery shopping, cooking, plating, taking pictures, editing pictures and writing the posts takes up a ton of time. Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast and it totally got my creative juices flowing, but I really needed a break after all that!
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Curried Lentils Over Jasmine Rice

I’ve decided to keep up with my current curry kick and bring you another recipe featuring my favorite spice. This time I’m going for curried lentils. I found this recipe on Wikihow and based my recipe off of it, only tweaking it slightly. I fell in love with lentils about 4 years ago when my stepmother Maria made a huge pot of lentil soup for Christmas. That soup is still one of the best I’ve had, ever. Now I’m sure I had lentils before that point, but they obviously didn’t make a huge impact on me because I can’t remember them before that moment. 
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