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Grace Dickinson

Baked Herbed Chickpea Bites

Baked Herbed Chickpea Bites

This is essentially a recipe for baked falafel. But to me, if the batter is not crisped up in the deep-fryer, it’s not falafel.

That’s not to say these flavorful bite-sized discs aren’t delicious. I just felt that they deserved their own name, as falafel deserves its own identifying title. So, let me introduce you to Baked Herbed Chickpea Bites (or if you prefer, baked falafel), a healthy and homemade accompaniment for your next tub of hummus.

Baked Herbed Chickpea Bites

I chose to pack these with flavor using not only a heaping dose of cumin, but also a good amount of herbs.

The herbs add some freshness to what’s a fairly dense dish, and even a hint of color, too.

Baked Herbed Chickpea Bites

These are definitely served best aside a creamy tahini-based sauce, whether you opt for hummus or baba ganoush or your own sesame-garlic-lemon creation.

For the latter, all you need to do is finely mince a small clove of garlic and whisk it with several large spoonfuls of tahini and a pinch of salt. Squeeze in a wedge or two of lemon, add some warm water to thin it out, and you’re left with a ready-to-drizzle sauce that took five minutes or less to make.

Baked Herbed Chickpea Bites

I recommend grabbing some pita for these bites, too. Although, you could also serve them as a party app, with toothpicks and tahini dip on the side, and forgo the sandwich idea altogether. Enjoy.

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Vegan Enchiladas

Vegan Enchiladas

Enchiladas are one of those dishes I dream of often, but rarely think to make.

At first glance, the idea seems complicated, requiring layer upon layer of…labor?

Make these, however, and you’ll learn, as I did, that the dish needn’t be more challenging than crafting a good taco night. In fact, some might consider it easier, as the oven does a good majority of the work involved in meddling all of the flavors.

Chili peppers

After doing a little research, I discovered the sauce — perhaps the most critical component to enchiladas — is actually quite easy to make, too.

You could certainly go the store-bought route, but I assure you, this requires little more than picking up the right ingredients, most of which you likely already possess, and giving them all a quick whisk on the stove.

Many recipes call for flour, but I opted to keep this on the lighter side and simply used tomato paste as a thickener. I really didn’t notice the difference, especially once everything came out of the oven.

Cilantro

I also wanted to do a vegan version.

Excessively cheesy enchiladas turn a healthy dish into a hefty one, and with all the spices involved, that’s simply not necessary.

I did want to add a little bit of richness though, so you’ll find Daiya layered in this recipe. Feel free to use as little or as much as you desire.

Vegan Enchiladas

I’m looking forward to crafting more of these casserole-style dishes, perfect for stretching throughout the week and also adding warmth to a Sunday night meal. Give me a shout in the comments if you have any special requests.

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Farro and White Bean Vegetable Soup

Farro and White Bean Vegetable Soup

Hey there blog fam. It’s been awhile.

I’m unsure how nearly an entire year has gone by without a single new recipe post, but I assure you that my kitchen has remained equally as active as I’ve been over these past few months. A lot of impromptu meals have replaced calculated ones, but cooking is still happening daily, and I’m hoping to start livening up this blog again as we move into winter.

Someone hold me to that.

Farro and White Bean Vegetable Soup

First up is this vegetable-loaded soup, a detox-inspired creation stemming from just a little too much prior holiday feasting. If you’re like me and turn into a cookie monster whenever sweets are in sight, likely you’ll benefit from a recipe like this right now, too.

It’s light, yet warming and hearty from ingredients like farro, one of my new favorite grains, and serves as a one-pot meal you could make on both weeknights and/or for a quick, cozy weekend lunch.

Farro and White Bean Vegetable Soup

Feel free to serve this with a side of crusty bread. However, each bowl can easily function as a meal in itself, with beans, grains, and veggies all filling every bite.

Use less water for more of a stew, or add an extra cup and an additional dash of salt if you seek a lighter end result.

Kale

Here’s to hoping I have a new recipe for you before the year’s end. In the meantime, thanks for sticking with me.

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White Beans with Kale, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Olives

White Beans with Kale, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Olives

One of my favorite fellow Philly food blogger friends, Emily, recently made a big move to New York.

I’ve been missing dinner dates with her ever since.
White Beans with Kale, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Olives

After numerous failed attempts to plan a “Skype cooking session” together, the chance finally presented itself for me to head up and see Emily’s new place and get back into the kitchen with her.

We immediately got to scheming up dinner plans — soup for the first snowy night of the year!  — and Emily kickstarted the blender to create some homemade almond milk for the next morning’s breakfast.
White Beans with Kale, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Olives

As two food bloggers, of course we also set out to create a new recipe for y’all, and this Italian-inspired white bean dish over quinoa is what we settled upon.

The salty combination of olives and sun-dried tomatoes is one I could eat on the regular, and for me, acts as the centerpiece of this meal.
White Beans with Kale, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Olives

A generous helping of kale gets added to the mix as does a splash of acidity from some lemon and a punch of garlic, all together working to take white beans to the next level.

We loved this meal because it’s so full of flavor (shout out to the toasted pine nuts, too!) but also incredibly healthy — a welcoming addition to a holiday season full of richness and decadent treats.

We used quinoa as the base for this dish, but feel free to play around and get creative with the grain!

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Vegan Brussels Sprouts Sliders

Vegan Brussels Sprouts Sliders

Sliders, in Brussels sprout form?! Grainy mustard, marinated tempeh, and most importantly, roasted Brussels sprout buns…how clever!

I stumbled upon a version of this recipe over on the New York Times a few years back, and quickly decided it was Friendsgiving material.
Vegan Brussels Sprouts Sliders

Upon bringing the sliders to a holiday gathering of friends, I was quickly welcomed with similar enthusiasm to that which I held upon hearing of the idea.

“Brussels sprout buns? Genius!”

The plate of sliders was empty almost immediately, and I was both happy (recipe success!) and sad (all that effort gone in a snap!), but mostly happy with how well these turned out.

The recipe was destined for a repeat.

Vegan Brussels Sprouts Sliders

This year, when I was brainstorming what to make for my family’s Thanksgiving, I decided to pull this recipe out of the archives.

Once again, the sliders were an instant hit at the Thanksgiving table and gone long before we sat down to feast. (Although I admit, at least a few of them in went into my stomach before transporting from my kitchen to my sisters.)

I’m sharing this recipe with you now to bookmark for your next holiday feast — whether it’s a Christmas dinner, a New Year’s Eve dinner party, or anything else in between.

These are hands-down delicious. They do take a bit of tedious assembly. However, it’s certainly worth it when you look at the end result — so cute and so tasty, a double win!

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