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Friday Foodie Favorites: December 19, 2014

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I am so excited, friends!  It is Friday, this is the last day of the work week, we are so close to Christmas, and I only have one and a half days of work next week!  Oh, and I am a lucky duck and get to go see Beauty and the Beast: The Musical tonight with Joanna and Erin.  What could be better?  Outside of tonight, I don’t have a whole lot of elaborate plans for the weekend.  Just finishing my Christmas shopping, present wrapping, some cleaning, and some packing.  I can hardly wait for Tuesday to get here so, for once, I am hoping this weekend moves quickly!

But until then… let’s talk food.  I have four delicious recipes to share with you today that I tried and loved.  Believe me when I say that you are going to want to make these!

Friday Foodie Favorites: December 19, 2014

fff eggs potatoesIf you are a fried egg lover like I am, you are going to love this one!  I made Elizabeth’s Baked Eggs with Potatoes, Spinach, and Marinara for dinner a few weekends ago.  I followed the recipe exactly, but left out the cheese to cut down on some of the dairy.  I did not miss it one bit!  I also threw in some zucchini to beef up (no pun intended) the amount of veggies in the dish.  It turned out so good.  It reminded me of a lasagna/Italian casserole of sorts, and the eggs on top were an extra special treat.  I also really appreciated the fact that this recipe left me with two extra servings for dinners the next two nights.  It turns out that you can easily reheat baked eggs in the microwave and they still taste amazing!  Finally, I can SO see this working for breakfast, as well.  I am excited to try that in the near future!

fffThe first dish that I ate that turned me onto Indian food was chana masala.  A couple weeks back I had a major craving for this chickpea dish that I had to satisfy.  Chana masala is pretty simple to make, but I wanted to use an existing recipe as a guide for my version.  I cooked up a pan of chana masala based off of this recipe, but I added zucchini to mine, used canned diced tomatoes, and used fresh spinach.  The flavors were spot on and all of my longings for Indian food were met.  I was also, once again, reminded of how much I love seasoning food with garam masala.  If you have not cooked with this spice mixture yet, you need to!

fff kale chipsJoy’s Cheesy Kale Chips are a game changer.  A snack time game changer, that is.  Most people do not think of kale as a snack, but I sure do!  That is because I have discovered the deliciousness of kale chips.  I have bought them from the store for over a year now (and still do, but they get pricey), but after I received a dehydrator last Christmas, I have been making my own.  I was in search of a vegan “cheesy” version about a month back and came across this recipe.  It was labeled as “the best,” and I have to agree.  I literally licked the bowl of leftover cashew “cheese” it was so good.  My favorite thing to do is to make these kale chips on a Sunday so that I have afternoon snacks ready for the whole work week.  Who knew snacking could be so healthy AND delicious?

FFF Chickpea BurgersChickpea burgers are no-brainers for me when it comes to easy week night meals.  Whenever I run across a new recipe, I always save it for future lazy nights.  I probably have at least ten chickpea burgers recipes “bookmarked” on my computer 😉  The winner this last time around was Sarah’s recipe for Spicy Vegan Chickpea Burgers.  Any dinner that only takes five minutes to prep instantly scores major points.  It certainly did not hurt that these tasted delicious, too!  I followed Sarah’s recipe nearly to a tee, but subbed in red bell peppers in place of the corn.  Oh and for the heads up, these are fantastic dipped in hummus!

That’s all, folks!  Three lunch/dinner recipes and a snack to go with ’em.  I hope you enjoy!

Before I leave you this Friday, I want to announce the winner of the two tickets to Beauty and the Beast: The Musical this Sunday.  Congratulations to Paige, who entered over at Joanna’s blog.  Enjoy the show!

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  • Jessie December 19, 2014, 4:51 am
    Oh I'm super excited to try the egg recipe. As easy as it is for me to just eat omelets with toast & fruit for dinner, Joshua needs an egg dish thats a bit more substational. This one will be perfect! Jessie recently posted...The Ultimate Christmas Cookie Round-UpMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2014, 8:57 am
      It is SO delicious! I bet the two of you would really enjoy it!
  • Elizabeth @ Bowl of Delicious December 19, 2014, 4:57 am
    Thanks so much for linking to my egg post! I'm so happy you liked it! It's definitely one of my favorites as well. And I love the idea about the zucchini! Can't wait to try those chickpea burgers- I've been looking for a new veggie burger recipe :-) Elizabeth @ Bowl of Delicious recently posted...Healthy Vegetarian Tortilla SoupMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2014, 9:00 am
      It is SO good! Thank YOU for sharing it!
  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables December 19, 2014, 6:55 am
    This just reminded me that I need to make kale chips, soon!!! I haven't made any in awhile. They never last long! Liz @ I Heart Vegetables recently posted...Vegan & Gluten Free Shepherd’s PieMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2014, 9:05 am
      They are SOOOO good! I'm obsessed right now. Unfortunately, you are right. They never last as long as I hope.
  • jennifer f December 19, 2014, 7:28 am
    cheesy kale chips . . sign me up! jennifer f recently posted...40 Fun Ways to Burn 100 Calories + #SpecialKSnackBarsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2014, 9:09 am
      Oh my gosh, they are SO good! You definitely need to try them!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 19, 2014, 10:00 am
    For real, Chana Masala is my favorite dish of all time, no joke! I love Indian food and chana masala is just the perfect dish! ....now I need to go make some!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2014, 4:48 pm
      It is SO awesome! I love Indian food, but do not eat it nearly as often as I should. I need to change that!
  • Leah December 19, 2014, 10:26 am
    The Kale chips looks super interesting. I might have to give those a try. I have always been interesting in Kale while not really knowing what to do with it!! Thanks for the idea! Leah recently posted...2014 Blog Hop: Your Most Memorable ChristmasMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2014, 4:49 pm
      Oh my gosh, kale chips are my FAVORITE way to eat kale! You definitely need to give them a try!
  • Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious December 19, 2014, 10:37 am
    Those eggs...yum! It's like egg lasagna. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted...Oatmeal Chocolate Chip CookiesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2014, 4:50 pm
      Haha, that is the PERFECT description! It tastes just as good, too!
  • Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog December 19, 2014, 12:26 pm
    Those baked eggs look SO good! I've never had chickpea burgers but I do love hummus so I probably need to give them a try! =)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2014, 4:51 pm
      Oh yes, you definitely do! They are the perfect easy dinner/lunch!
  • Justine Y December 19, 2014, 7:53 pm
    Oh man, jealous you get to go see Beauty and the Beast; I was in a production of it, but still haven't actually seen it for myself, how lame is that? And those chickpea burgers looks awesome, I've been wanting to try some! Justine Y recently posted...paper stocking care packagesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2014, 4:10 pm
      I had such a good time! It was definitely one of my favorite Broadway shows so far!
  • Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating December 19, 2014, 8:08 pm
    Oooh, thanks for the great recipe ideas. I've been kinda in a recipe rut and need to try some new ones for dinners that can double to carry over as leftovers. I am looking into those baked eggs and chana masala! Have fun at Beauty and the Beast! It's one of my favorite Disney tales. :) Hope you get to do a review, I'd love to see how it goes. Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating recently posted...Butterscotch Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies: The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2014, 4:13 pm
      I definitely get what you are saying about recipes. I hardly ever make dinners that don't result in at least 1 to 2 servings of leftovers. Anything to save a little time, right? ;)
  • GiGi Eats December 19, 2014, 9:18 pm
    I need to try the chickpea burgers! Love me some chickpeas!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2014, 4:13 pm
      They are SO good and super duper easy to make. Basically, it is a winner of recipe. Let me know if you try them out :)
  • Courtney Violet Bentley December 20, 2014, 3:35 am
    Yum those cheesy kale chips look fantastic thank you for such a great roundup! Xo C Courtney Violet Bentley recently posted...5 Tips for a Healthy New YearMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2014, 4:14 pm
      They are seriously the BEST homemade kale chips I have ever had. If you get a chance, you'll have to make them.
  • Jamie | Jamie's Recipes December 20, 2014, 9:51 am
    Those eggs really caught my eye! What wonderfully quick and delicious dish. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes recently posted...Cranberry Goat Cheese BallMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2014, 4:15 pm
      You can't go wrong with adding eggs on top, right? I feel like they always make dishes EXTRA delicious!
  • Ashley December 20, 2014, 7:45 pm
    Those cheesy kale chips look awesome! I haven't made kale chips in the longest time! Hope you are having a great weekend so far! Ashley recently posted...Pear, Walnut and Goat Cheese TartMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 21, 2014, 11:31 am
      They SO are! I actually have a batch in the dehydrator right now! They are my favorite. Thank you! It has been great, so far. I hope yours is wonderful too :)
  • Sarah Argo January 5, 2015, 8:28 am
    I am so thrilled to hear you loved the chickpea burgers! They are such a quick easy meal to throw together!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 5, 2015, 11:27 am
      They were SO good and SO easy! Thanks for the recipe :)

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