chick ‘n’ masala and homemade bone broth

This was my very first time EVER cooking a whole chicken! I know the recipe says to use a poussin, but the butcher I go to only had chickens. So chicken is what we ate. Also, if you’re like me and have no clue what a poussin is other than a funny word, it’s apparentlyContinue reading “chick ‘n’ masala and homemade bone broth”

golden coconut chia pudding

Good morning! I have been awake since 4:30 am, it’s currently 11:30 am and I am WIRED. I don’t exactly know why I couldn’t sleep, because I usually am out like a rock until my phone alarm jolts me out of my dreams. But it’s ok, because I had time to clean, organize, do aContinue reading “golden coconut chia pudding”

TVP STUFFED PEPPERS

Have you ever wondered what a love story would look like when a down-home southern belle falls in love with a hippie rebellious vegetarian dude? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t. But that’s basically this cookbook, Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy. It is so stinking adorable! It’s the love story between two unlikely people, toldContinue reading “TVP STUFFED PEPPERS”

chicken lettuce wraps

Cancel your dinner plans tonight, because I have them here for you. These chicken lettuce wraps are SO DELICIOUS OMG! The flavor of the sauce is incredible – like I don’t even know how to describe it other than wow, I’m eating the whole thing right now. And they are quite healthy and so fresh!Continue reading “chicken lettuce wraps”

Ghanaian Groundnut Stew

Peanut soup is an authentic African recipe that’s very popular in West Africa, and especially in Ghana. And not only are peanuts a good source of protein, fats and fiber, but they pack a mighty punch of B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Let’s take a step back in time together… According to the National Peanut Board,Continue reading “Ghanaian Groundnut Stew”

sloppy joe pizza rolls

YUM. YUM. YUM.You HAVE to try these. The flavor of the sloppy joe filling is so amazing! The melted cheese, the complex salty/sweet/spicy flavor of the filling… Mmmmm. And I decided to make my own pizza crust, since I have all of these random flours and gums and starches leftover :p The whole dough-rolling actionContinue reading “sloppy joe pizza rolls”

quarantine cabinet raid – recipes with expired food

I took some of the abundance of spare time I have right now during the quarantine to clean out my kitchen cabinets of food that is nearing or past its expiration date. Can someone please tell me how I moved into my apartment in the beginning of 2019, yet I have a package of seaweedContinue reading “quarantine cabinet raid – recipes with expired food”

vegan cashew nibble cookies

What other excuse do you need to make these cookies other than they basically taste like warm, raw cookie dough?! Make them. Right now. These cookies are from The I <3 Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook by Kris Peters. It’s full of recipes that use products from Trader Joe’s. Since we’re all on corona-craze, there isContinue reading “vegan cashew nibble cookies”

lentil soup with miso

You know those meals that get better the next day? Like some curries and chilis, when the flavors marinate overnight and you eat leftovers the following day and it’s like ten times better? This is one of those. You’re welcome. This lentil miso soup comes out of this giant book of miso that IContinue reading “lentil soup with miso”

hummus + roasted red pepper + feta gluten free crepes

It is time for crepes!!!! As I am working my way through cooking at least one recipe from each of my cookbooks, I saved my crepe cookbook for later in this journey. The time has come. *cue the epic music for this proud and long-awaited moment.* But let me tell you, the first attempt wasContinue reading “hummus + roasted red pepper + feta gluten free crepes”

focaccia “crackers” with immune-boosting herbs

I have a confession. These were not supposed to turn out like “crackers”… It was supposed to be soft, puffy focaccia bread! At least that’s what I envisioned in my head. But upon taking a closer look at the photo in the cookbook, I now see that mine is actually not that far off. IContinue reading “focaccia “crackers” with immune-boosting herbs”

curried sweet potato and carrot soup

When I lived away from my parents for the first time during college, they bought me this cookbook full of vegetarian recipes to make in a slow cooker. It was so convenient because most of the recipes are pretty simple, and I could find all the ingredients at the Trader Joe’s just a couple blocksContinue reading “curried sweet potato and carrot soup”

chicken and lime tacos with rice flour tortillas

Hi, friends! It’s taco time! Yay! Do you love tacos? I didn’t realize how much I love tacos until I tried Torchy’s Tacos in Dallas, Texas. Freaking bomb-diggity tacos right there. And their queso… *wipes drool off chin while snapping abruptly out of a daydream sailing in a sea of Torchy’s queso on a tortillaContinue reading “chicken and lime tacos with rice flour tortillas”

loaded mock potato soup

Is this weather amazing or what!? Like mid-sixties, bright sunshine, a fresh soft breeze… I could get used to this Back to our main topic now – food! More specifically, another pathetic kitchen fail. Why did my loaded mock potato soup fail? Well, I take full responsibility… Confession: my name is Carissa, and I’mContinue reading “loaded mock potato soup”

bacon sage cornbread stuffing

So, when I opened the package of the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix that’s been sitting in my cabinets for a while, I was so excited for cornbread until I smelled that familiar play-doh scent of stale flour. I thought to myself, well, I’m sure it’s probably okay to still eat, right? ItContinue reading “bacon sage cornbread stuffing”

orange + olive + fennel salad

Sweet. Salty. Spicy. Fresh. Crunchy. Chewy. Citrus-y. Yummy. This salad is like a mix of so many flavors and it’s so interesting. I liked this salad because even though it seems really simple, there is a lot going on with each bite. But for some reason, it didn’t agree with my sensitive little tummy. FennelContinue reading “orange + olive + fennel salad”

super french toast (best breakfast ever)

Add this to the top of your To-Do List: carve out a couple hours on a free morning and make this SUPER FRENCH TOAST. It will change your life. No, that’s not an exaggeration. This is the best. breakfast. ever. Yes, there are a lot more steps than normal french toast. But that’s because thisContinue reading “super french toast (best breakfast ever)”

fruit crisp with strawberries & blueberries

When I was in high school, I started collecting recipes from magazines, newspapers, the internet, those little quarter-page recipes they have in the bulk section at grocery stores, and pretty much anywhere else I could go to get my hands on some recipes. I’ve now filled up an entire binder of recipes that are eitherContinue reading “fruit crisp with strawberries & blueberries”

chicken burrito bowls in the instant pot

Do you have an instant pot or an instapot too? Do you absolutely love yours too? I love mine because I usually forget to defrost meat before I want to cook it. So this little appliance is a total time-saver for me. And the fact that it can pressure cook, slow cook and saute inContinue reading “chicken burrito bowls in the instant pot”

fat-free fudge brownies

Well, well, well, we meet again my little fat-free baking book… I swear I probably got this cookbook when I was in high school and I believed the myth that fat is the enemy lol. I really don’t subscribe to that way of thinking anymore, because there are so many ways that fat is vitalContinue reading “fat-free fudge brownies”

two fails in the kitchen… vegetarian shepherd’s pie & dairy-free clam chowder

Okay. Let’s sit down for a little fireside chat here. It’s snowing outside (YES IN THE MIDDLE OF MARCH WTH) so it’s the perfect setting to snuggle up for some real talk together: kitchen fails. Fail #1 – Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. I was expecting something more… solid… than what got pulled out of the oven.Continue reading “two fails in the kitchen… vegetarian shepherd’s pie & dairy-free clam chowder”

Mini Mississippi Mud Pies

Hi friends! I’m still making my way through making one recipe from each of my 50+ cookbooks and last weekend, I got the chance to make THREE new recipes! I invited my adorable boyfriend, my little sister and her wife over for a game night and three-course meal, homemade from my kitchen! Long story short,Continue reading “Mini Mississippi Mud Pies”

crispy chicken schnitzel + roasted veggies

When we lived in Germany, my sister and I would almost always order the schnitzel and pommes when we would go out to eat. Breaded & fried meat with fried potatoes – what better meal for a little kid, especially when everything else on the menu looks weird! So when I invited my sister, herContinue reading “crispy chicken schnitzel + roasted veggies”

strawberry caprese kebabs

Look at how adorable these little babies are! Soooo cuuuuute :3 It’s like a bite of creamy/sweet/ fresh yumminess on a stick! These were super fun and impressive (lol!) appetizers at the very first dinner party I hosted I wanted to show off my new skills in the kitchen, and I prepared a wholeContinue reading “strawberry caprese kebabs”

two warming soups to end the winter – roasted root vegetable soup & beef chili soup

We made it to the last few weeks of winter! Spring is within sight! WOO HOO PARTY TIME OH YEAAAAH! The winter here in Portland this year has been pretty mild. There has been barely any snowfall – like a couple hours on a couple different days that didn’t even stick long enough to justifyContinue reading “two warming soups to end the winter – roasted root vegetable soup & beef chili soup”

Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter!

Happy National Read Across America Day [yesterday, March 2nd]! What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday than by making a treat from my FAVORITE BOOKS EVER?! Harry Potter and the Delicious Pumpkin Pasty!!! O_O I thought about making something like green eggs and ham to honor Dr. Seuss, but I have this thing whereContinue reading “Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter!”

Sweet Pepper & Turkey Bacon Frittata from Magnolia Table

Confession: I am obsessed with everything Magnolia. I just got back last week from a trip to the one-and-only Magnolia empire in Waco, Texas!!! This was literally a dream come true!!! I’ve been obsessed with the show Fixer Upper, and the family’s dedication to doing hard things &living a life well-loved is a huge sourceContinue reading “Sweet Pepper & Turkey Bacon Frittata from Magnolia Table”

Golden Beet Borscht + Smeared Chicken Breast

Welcome to another episode of Cooking from my Cookbooks! Yay! I have already consolidated my collection of cookbooks down by two. One was a tiny nutrition/diet book with recipes from a chiropractic office I used to work at. There’s barely any photos in it and the ones that are there are black-and-white and the recipesContinue reading “Golden Beet Borscht + Smeared Chicken Breast”

green tea lime pie smoothie bowl + vanilla super-seed granola with coconut chips

Check out the color of this smoothie bowl! I love love loveeee smoothies and when they can be eaten with a bunch of toppings with a spoon, it’s like a healthy bowl of ice cream/cereal/magic! This recipe is from one of my favorite cooking books, Oh She Glows Everyday by Angela Liddon. All the recipesContinue reading “green tea lime pie smoothie bowl + vanilla super-seed granola with coconut chips”

honey + cinnamon roasted almond butter

February 16th was National Almond Day! Did you get your fill of almonds!? These little nuts pack a punch of vitamin E, several B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and fiber. And to toot their little horns, almonds are a super heart-healthy food! <3 DID YOU KNOW – The almonds we eat are the edible seedsContinue reading “honey + cinnamon roasted almond butter”