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Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!  All of those things.  We took the holidays to just REST.  It was so good.  I missed you.

So, I’ve been working hard to get life back on track.  Cooking, cleaning, planning, drinking coffee.  All the things you do when it’s cold and rainy (and almost snowy — which, by the way, unlike last year I am actually excited for).  So here is what I am making for dinner this week. Seven simple, healthy, and delicious vegetarian dinners that I can’t wait to try.

All our shopping is done.  I spent about $100 for all our groceries for the week.  I can’t wait to dig into these amazing recipes. Have a great week!

LEEK, FENNEL, APPLE + WALNUT SOUP  The First Mess

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This soup is vegan and gluten free while also remaining creamy and satisfying.  The yellow hue is from turmeric, an all-purpose body pick-me-up.  I love the sweetness of fennel and cant wait to devour this soup.

CURRIED CHICKPEA + AVOCADO SALAD SANDWICHES  Love & Lemons

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I love chickpea salad.  But this one is curried and uses avocado instead of mayo. And BASIL!  Heck yes.  Gluten free folks, use your favorite GF bread or serve over a bed of your favorite greens with some veggies.

MUSHROOM MASALA  Cook Republic

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Give me all the Indian food.  Whole mushrooms and a little fenugreek.  If you can’t find fenugreek, just use a tablespoon of curry powder.  It’s a common ingredient.  Gluten free and vegan.

RAINBOW POWER SALAD  Pinch of Yum

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This recipe look beautiful, but I can’t wait to try this pistachio based dressing.  OMG.  And roasted chickpeas.  Gluten free and vegan.  Want something hardier?  Toss in your favorite grain like farro.

POTATO SOUP  Alexandra Cooks

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Simple and creamy with some almost caramelized sweet onions.  Vegans, use unsweetened cashew or almond milk.  Gluten free folks.  Rather than making the roux, warm the milk and add a slurry of corn starch and water (2 Tbsp starch to 1 Tbsp water).  When the milk is pretty warm but not boiling, stir in the slurry.  Allow to come back up to temperature.  Then add to potato mixture.

VEGETARIAN MOUSAKKA  Larder Love

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A spin on a classic greek dish.  Packed with beans and veggies.  Vegans, try topping with some grated daiya cheese or experiment with some vegan yogurt and parm.  Already gluten free.  (P.S. an aubergine is an eggplant)

ONE POT CREAMY SPINACH LENTILS  Pinch of Yum

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Anything hearty and healthy is a win in my book.  Gluten free.  Vegans, use cashew cream in place of the half & half or just skip it.

 

There you go.  A full week of meal ideas from some pretty stellar blogs.  Happy eating!

xoxo

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Saturday Shopping List // FALL (now with vegan + GF options)

Friends.  I have decided to add a new feature to this Saturday Shopping List series.  Many of the recipes I pick out are gluten free, vegan, or both but not all of them.  So, to cater to those of you who take it a step further, I am adding vegan and gluten free alterations to all recipes as a note under each recipe for every post.  This will also be reflected in the shopping list.  I hope this can make this experience a little more inclusive.

I have been angry about fall, but this week the romance of autumn has swept me up.  Although I’m not excited about the cold, the warm days with crisp mornings and amazing light pouring through a kaleidoscope of changing leaves is just plain hard not to love.  So here you have a weeks worth of dinners, all singing autumn’s praises.  I hope this makes your weeks a little more warm and comforting.

Keep me updated on how your week is going or what recipes you enjoy by tagging your photos on Instagram with #keepingwillow.  Leave me a comment below telling me what you didn’t like, how much your groceries cost or what your kids really liked.

You can download your shopping list below.  Many of the things on the list you will already have.  Just check off the the things you need.  There is space below each category to add any other things you need to buy for the week.

You can find all of the recipes for this week in one place by following my “Saturday Shopping List” board on Pinterest here.

Total cost (for all groceries I bought including other food): $95

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Another delicious looking recipe by Minimalist Baker.  We love pad thai and can’t wait to try this comforting variation.  (Use tamari for soy sauce if you are gluten free.  Already vegan) RECIPE

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I love how I know all recipes from My New Roots are crazy healthy.  Full of color and fresh vegetables, this salad gives all the comfort you need for a cool fall day as well as the vitamins to deal with less sunshine. (use gluten free bread for croutons if GF.  Use coconut oil for ghee if vegan) RECIPE

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Check out this clean and fresh blog, Brooklyn Supper.  I don’t usually love wild rice but this recipe looks so divine.  (already GF. Sub coconut oil for butter and vegan creamer or cashew cream for half & half if vegan) RECIPE

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There is something magical about the combination of sweet potatoes, black beans and avocados.  And the green rice Cookie + Kate came up with looks yummy! (already vegan & gluten free!- unless you throw some feta on top) RECIPE

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A beautifully fragrant and comforting lentil dish by Naturally Ella.  If you don’t have a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, you can always buy the ground versions of the spices and just toast lightly in a pan.  Serve with your favorite grain — I put on the shopping list rice or quinoa. (already vegan & GF!) RECIPE

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This recipe by Green Kitchen Stories looks crazy beautiful.  Like, maybe you’ll want to invite friends over on Thursday night. If you can’t find romesco broccoli you can also use cauliflower or regular broccoli as a substitute. (already vegan & gluten free!) RECIPE

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You will find a lot of these pureed soups on here because they are serious the easiest and fastest meals to make.  And to top it off this one by Feasting at Home is rich & aromatic.  (substitute coconut sugar or maple syrup for brown sugar if vegan & already GF!) RECIPE

 

Happy Saturday folks!!!

xoxo

 

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Saturday Shopping List

You guys it’s fall.  I might be 95% in protest of it, but there is 5% of me that is very excited.  I mean warm fall days, apple cider, pumpkin doughnuts, chai, cinnamon and nutmeg aromas pretty much everywhere… it’s kind of great.  It would be much better if it meant that winter was not close at hand.  And while normally, I am all “Winter is coming!” and “embrace the cold” this year I am not.  This year I wish I lived in Arizona.  But right now, pumpkin and squash and everything nice.

This week is Thanksgiving up here in Canada so there are lots of pumpkin and squash inspired recipes.  Maybe not traditional Thanksgiving fare, even for a vegetarian, but absolutely fall inspired.

This week’s recipes are:
Easy
Quick
Delicious
and with exception of the gnocchi, Healthy (I told you I like to throw one in there as a treat).

Let me know how your week is going or what recipes you really like by tagging your photos on Instagram with #keepingwillow.  Leave me a comment below telling me what you didn’t like, how much your groceries cost or what your kids really liked.

You can download your shopping list below.  Obviously, some of the things on the list you will already have.  Just check off the the things you need.  There is space below each category to add any other things you need to buy for the week.

You can find all of the recipes for this week in one place by following my “Saturday Shopping List” board on Pinterest here.

Total cost (for all groceries I bought including other food): $95

Shopping List (download)

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I am so in love with Naturally Ella right now.  These tostadas look divine.  I can’t wait to devour them.  RECIPE

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This dish would also make a stellar Sunday brunch.  A stunning display for entertaining friends by Lyndsey Eden. RECIPE

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This salad from To Her Core is divine.  I like to throw some diced tempeh in with the chick peas to add some more protein to the mix.  RECIPE

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Pinch of Yum always puts out amazing recipes, and I can’t wait to try this stir fry recipe.  Since asparagus is out of season, try substituting broccoli or eggplant. RECIPE

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I love corn chowder but this thai inspired version by Half Baked Harvest looks irresistible. Ignore the shrimp and try substituting thin slices or cauliflower. RECIPE

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Pumpkin Chili?  Ok.  This fall inspired lentil chili by Nourish Atelier has the flavor or a curry but can stand on it’s own without rice.  So rich and creamy.  The instructions are a little hard to follow, so forgive me for that. RECIPE

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Last but not least by any means whatsoever, this gnocchi with a rich arugula walnut pest.  Thank you Pinch of Yum and heck yes! RECIPE

 

Happy Saturday friends, and for you Canadians, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

xoxo

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Saturday Shopping List

I don’t want you to think I’m a perfect person.  I don’t cook from scratch dinners every single night.  I try to.  But there are the “it’s too hot to stand up not to mention make dinner” days and days when I’m just too exhausted to prep and cook dinner.  Sometimes we go out to eat and sometimes we buy a jar of Indian curry simmer sauce, something quick and easy.  So, while I want to provide nutritional, home cooked meals for my family every night, that doesn’t always happen.

I just wanted you to know that before we go on.

So here is the menu I have picked out for this week.  I threw in a dangerously rich pasta dish, which we don’t usually eat, but sometimes you need to treat yourself.

Let me know how your week is going or what recipes you really like by tagging your photos on Instagram with #keepingwillow.  Leave me a comment below telling me what you didn’t like, how much your groceries cost or what your kids really liked.

 You can download your shopping list below.  Obviously, some of the things on the list you will already have.  Just check off the the things you need.  There is space below each category to add any other things you need to buy for the week.

You can find all of the recipes for this week in one place by following my “Saturday Shopping List” board on Pinterest here.

Total cost (for all groceries I bought including other food): $112

Shopping List (download)

M E N U //

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These stuffed sweet potatoes by How Sweet It Is blog look absolutely divine.  RECIPE

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One of my early recipes but one of my favorites.  Perfect for a slow Sunday. RECIPE

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This recipe by Little Broken is very delicious, easy and filling.  Willow devours it.  RECIPE

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Green Kitchen stories is always coming out with beautiful dishes full of beautiful flavor combinations.  You can use any kind of mushroom you love.  RECIPE

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Decadent, rich and simple.  Pinch of Yum is always cooking up flavorful, romantic dishes.  RECIPE

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Smitten Kitchen is one of the best food bloggers.  A healthy, simple and family friendly meal idea. RECIPE

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So much healthy in here.  Sombre Mesa is a new blog (to me) and I’m finding so many of the recipe look extremely appealing.  Most likely more to come.  RECIPE

HAPPY EATING AND HAVE A BEAUTIFUL SATURDAY!!!

xoxo

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Saturday Shopping List

Hey friends!  It’s been a week (well almost considering my last post was on Sunday).  It’s time for a new shopping list.  There are some seriously delicious meals for dinner this week.  I hope you love them.

Let me know how your week is going or what recipes you really like by tagging your photos on Instagram with #keepingwillow.  Leave me a comment below telling me what you didn’t like, how much your groceries cost or what your kids really liked.

 You can download your shopping list below.  Obviously, some of the things on the list you will already have.  Just check off the the things you need.  There is space below each category to add any other things you need to buy for the week.

You can find all of the recipes for this week in one place by following my “Saturday Shopping List” board on Pinterest here.

Total cost (for all groceries I bought including other food): $95

Shopping List (download)

M E N U //

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Brilliant with a salad or favorite vegetable dish.  RECIPE

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Jamie Oliver is always cooking up awesome food. Also perfect for brunch. RECIPE

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This recipe by Will Frolic for Food is easy and rich, but you know, crazy healthy. RECIPE

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You will constantly find recipes on here by Minimalist Baker.  Always easy, healthy and simple.  RECIPE

SATURDAY SHOPPING LIST

This pizza is so good and Cookie + Kate makes the fastest, tastiest, and easiest to use whole wheat pizza dough recipe ever.  I use it all the time.  RECIPE

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These are delicious.  This recipe by Feasting at Home is a little more work but not daunting.  I served them over a salad or peppery arugula.  RECIPE

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Willow loves tomato soup and this recipe by Strudel and Cream is a knock out.  RECIPE

HAPPY SATURDAY!!!

And happy eating all week long.

xoxo

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