Vanilla Marshmallows (#27)

What crazy person makes marshmallows from scratch when one can just buy them at the grocery store?  Me!  Even though the thought of gelatin creeps me out, I really wanted to try a hand at these.

They were SO worth the effort and time!  They taste AMAZING and keep their softness for days.  I used mine as dippers for a fondue party.  I drool thinking of having a s’more using one of these!

I used a glass 9×13″ pan and wasn’t able to invert the marshmallows to a cutting board, they were stuck!  Instead I used cookie cutters and they came out just fine.

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Chocolate Soufflés

I bought ramekins during my Valentine’s Day raid at Sur la Table.  I had no idea what to make in them and I rarely have enough people over to make an entire recipe worth of special dessert.  I found this recipe that was for only two people, score!

When I’ve had soufflés at restaurants, they are usually served with a sauce or ice cream.  Therefore, I didn’t really know what to expect for the soufflé alone.  I decided not to make the raspberry sauce because I didn’t want to mask the flavor of the soufflé.  The flavor was great however texture somewhat dry.  Maybe that’s why they are usually served with something!

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Sweet Potato Fries (#24)

I know, I know….this isn’t exactly an intricate recipe that I had to follow.  But hey, it counts for me!  Sweet potatoes are one of my most favorite foods, believe it or not.  I will definitely pick sweet potato fries over any other type of fry.

I used to just bake my fries on a foil-lined baking sheet but they were never super crispy.  Obviously frying them in oil would make them crispy but that’s not really my style.  Then I saw a tip to bake them on a wire cooling rack.  Bingo!

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Beet Veggie Burger (#23)

San Francisco has such amazing restaurants – my list is forever growing of places to taste.  One of my favorites is Plant Cafe!  They have multiple locations, I’ve only been to the one in Pier 3 (twice!).  The first time I ate there I had to get one of the things they are famous for, the Plant Burger.

One of my most favorite food blogs made a replica version of this burger.  This recipe tastes JUST like the real thing.  Don’t be intimidated by the ingredient list, I promise it tastes amazing.  Especially when topped with melted cheese and avocado!

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Baked Coconut Oatmeal (#22)

Some people I know eat oatmeal every day for breakfast, most with the same toppings EVERY DAY!  I tend to get bored with the same meal every day.  Usually I have cereal for breakfast during the week because I’m in a rush.  However, this baked oatmeal is so much tastier than boring high fiber, low sugar healthy cereal.

Coconut oil seems to be the craze these days.  Even though it may have some health benefits, it is still an oil meaning it is still high in fat, meaning its high in calories.  That being said, this is not your healthiest of oatmeals but it sure is tasty.  I dialed down the sugar from the original recipe but next time I want to try decreasing the coconut oil.

This recipe as written is vegan.  I use chia seeds in my version as they are source of omega-3 fatty acids.  Baked oatmeal is usually something I like to make on a lazy morning so if you have real butter, cow’s milk, and a chicken’s egg lying around just use those!

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Tofu and Coconut Curry Soup (#21)

In this age of technology, I tend to get most of my recipes from food blogs versus paper cookbooks.  I have tons of cookbooks, probably around 20!  I even have a subscription to Cooking Light magazine which provides me with dozens of recipes each month.  One of my favorite cookbooks is Cooking Light: Way to Cook Vegetarian.

Here are some of my other favorites!

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This soup incorporates many Thai flavors and since I love Thai food, I figured this would be delicious!  It actually turned out semi bland and oily.  As I’ve said before, I usually follow recipes exactly the first time and then start to experiment.  I would definitely decrease the oil and maybe use full fat coconut milk (or 1 full fat, 1 light).  If you make this, please comment and let me know what adjustments you made!

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