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Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower Couscous

Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower Couscous

Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower Couscous Pilaf
One of my favorite new-to-me food trends this year has been cauliflower rice or couscous. I am 100% a fan. I started making this Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower Couscous in the summer and I haven’t stopped! We LOVE it. Like a whole bunch. Each time I give it a new little twist depending on what I have hanging out on the counter or in my fridge. It might be spinach or chard, it could be summer squash, and this time it’s deep, dark lacinato kale and cubed roasted butternut squash. If you told me you were stopping by for lunch, this is what I would make for you, especially if you claimed you didn’t like veggies. This.will.blow.your.mind.

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Each bite is different – you might get one with a crunchy almond and burst of sweetness from a piece of dried apricot, and the next has creamy roasted butternut with a salty kalamata olive. Oh, I love, love, love this. It just might be my favorite way to eat cauliflower couscous yet. (more…)

Vegetarian Chili Joes

Vegetarian Chili Joes

Vegetarian Chili Sloppy Joes
Some kids (my kids) request pizza for their birthday dinners, but not me! I requested sloppy joes. I’m not sure what it was about sloppy joes that I loved so much. We always ate them on buns with a thick sliced of cheddar and squirt of ketchup on top, and a side of oven-baked tater tots. Favorite meal as a kid, hands down. The last time I remember having them for my birthday was when I turned 16. Ha! But I haven’t really had them since then. We don’t eat a ton of meat anymore and my kids prefer their own favorite meals, so my favorite childhood meal fell by the wayside. With the help of the new McCormick Gluten-Free Chili Seasoning Mix, I decided to dust off that old favorite and give it a little makeover at the same time. If you love chili and sloppy joes, you’re gonna love this! It’s just spicy enough with a hint of sweetness. These Vegetarian Chili Joes were a huge hit!

Vegetarian_Chili_Joes-2Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes Launch as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes from McCormick mentioned in this post. I was compensated for my time. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. We appreciate the support of sponsors to help bring you new recipes and content.

The McCormick Gluten-Free Chili Seasoning is really flavorful on its own, so I didn’t need to add any extra herbs or spices. Because sloppy Joes are traditionally on the sweeter side, I added maple syrup to the mixture. To add a little bit of BBQ flavor, I also added some vegetarian Worcestershire and liquid smoke. Both are optional, but I loved the way they complimented the spices in the packet.

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Miso Caramel Popcorn Balls + 15 Sweet Ways To Use Miso

Miso Black Sesame Caramel Popcorn Balls

Ding, ding, ding! I think we have a winner! A few weeks ago, I received a whopping 5 pounds of Peter’s Caramel in the mail from Gygi. When that much caramel is staring you down, the problem isn’t what to make with it; it’s what not to make with it. After we carved off more than I’d care to admit, I tucked the block away for safe keeping in the garage. I erroneously thought I would be able to resist the urge to carve off a little more. So, I’m just gonna be honest with you – we keep a butter knife tucked into the box to make it easy on ourselves. Oh, my, that caramel!

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My kids love popcorn balls and I admittedly do not make them often enough because it’s really me who can’t stop eating them. Awhile back I saw a recipe for Miso Caramel Sauce and haven’t been able to get it out of my head. And so while I’d like to say I was the genius who came up with it, I’m not. I’m just the genius who turned it into Miso Caramel Popcorn Balls. (Am I the first one? I don’t know!) (more…)