dinner ideas 12.14.12

| dinner ideas

happy friday, friends! i discovered a new recipe haven this week, 101 cookbooks. i can't get enough of heidi swanson's recipes! i've tried 4 so far and none of them disappoint. these will be added to my regular favorites and i will no doubt start cooking my way through her blog.

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monday: i tried my hand at making this artisan rye bread and simple tomato soup- both of which were phenomenal. the bread calls for cocoa, caraway, carrots, coffee and maple syrup (among other delicious components) and the end result was rich and layered with flavor after flavor.

this simple tomato soup was indeed simple, but incredibly complex in flavor. i put a scoop of wild rice in each bowl and topped mine off with a dollop of vegan sour cream. with coconut milk, curry, coriander and cumin each bite is bursting with flavor!

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tuesday: we had leftover soup and rye bread (it was even better the second day!) to which i added this heirloom apple salad. i used my food processor to thinly slice the apples and celery which made this dish simple and quick to throw together. the dressing was by far the best part- it calls for rosemary, garlic, white wine vinegar and sour cream (i used tofutti's vegan version). it was amazing!

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wednesday was cold. it was so cold and all i could think about eating was chili by the fire. so that's what we did! i made my favorite sweet potato chili recipe and we bundled up by the fire and ate till our bellies were full and our bones were warm.

vegan dinner ideas

thursday i returned to a recipe that had piqued my interest earlier this week on 101 cookbooks. this miso sesame winter squash recipe was another home run, full of flavor. i topped it with fresh arugula, basil and toasted almonds and served it a wild rice and quinoa blend. delicious.

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friday i plan to make this pan fried tofu, kale, and stir-fried noodles dish but instead of regular noodles, i plan to try out these new (to me) organic black bean noodles.

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!


  • These all look delicious, but I want to try that bread recipe more than anything else! I love a dark, hearty bread. Eric’s not so much a fan, but that just means more for me, right :)

  • These look amazing! I started a one week vegan challenge today and these will help me out for sure! Hopefully, one week will turn into two and so on! Thanks for sharing!

    • congrats stephanie! let me know if you need anything at all, and yeah you!

  • Your blog inspires me to keep eating healthier. We’ll never be vegan, but eating more vegetables just makes me feel better. I’m looking at that bread and I want a piece!

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