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Sweet and Smokey Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili With Cornbread Croutons

Sweet and Smoky (Vegan) Chili With Cornbread Croutons

I don’t know about you, but vegetarian chili usually leaves me wanting more—but not with this recipe. Sweet potato takes the place of a meat because it’s hearty and filling. For that perfect balance of sweet and spicy, throw in smoked paprika, cayenne, and chili powder. Topped with the easiest cornbread croutons you’ll ever make, and you’ve got a delicious vegan chili ready in under a half-hour.

Sweet and Smokey Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili With Cornbread Croutons

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Minestrone with crispy kale

Super Soup!

With that New Year’s diet guilt creeping up again, it’s time to stock the fridge with super foods and lean protein. After indulging in every sugar-coated carb in sight for the holidays, January 1 is a sobering day for your waistline. But you don’t have to deprive yourself of a good meal to get back on track with your diet. Try this recipe that will fill you up and warm you up!  Full disclosure: I’ve never been a huge kale fan, but I’m addicted to it after preparing it in my new air-fryer. In this recipe, the kale adds a crispy, salty crunch to this hearty soup.

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Fregula sarda with butter beans and mushrooms

My Own Personal ‘Chopped’

I recently signed up for one of those grocery subscription boxes—you know, the service that mails you perfectly portioned ingredients and the recipes to cook 3 meals per week. It’s a luxury for sure when one plastic-wrapped garlic clove and the smallest bottle of olive oil you’ve ever seen arrive on your doorstep every week. I justified the cost of the service as a trial to be inspired by ingredients and dishes I wouldn’t otherwise spend money on at the grocery store or at a restaurant to try. I opted into the vegetarian subscription service—not because I’m vegetarian—but because I entertain a few vegetarian friends, and in my own attempt to eat a little less meat, I wanted to explore some heartier, non-meat sources of protein. It’s been a few months now, and so far, so good! I’ve discovered I actually like mushrooms and tofu (gasp!), and there are a TON of high-protein grains I never knew about, which is a huge relief for my pasta addiction, like bulgar, red quinoa, and fregula sarda (see below). However, I usually deviate from the recipes that the service provides and make my own creations, often adding other ingredients I already have on hand and subtracting some of the ingredients that don’t fit with the flavors I’m going for. So last week, I ended up with a few odds and ends that haven’t made it into any of my dishes. Wondering what to do with these mismatched ingredients, it dawned on me: wait, this looks familiar… it’s Chopped! This long-winded story was my way of sharing the inspiration behind this “whatever’s on hand” dish that turned out surprisingly wonderful! Nutty pasta, earthy mushrooms, both buttery and crispy beans, and a touch of lemon juice and grated cheese bring it all together into a light dinner or a savory side dish. I hope this recipe inspires you to star in your own personal episode of Chopped!

Fregula Sarda with Mushrooms and Butter Beans

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Quick and easy beef stir-fry with vegetables

No Wok Required: Quick and Easy Beef Stir-Fry

I finally found it—a use for that lonely can of baby corn that’s been in the pantry for 6 months. What’s great about this recipe is that you can modify it for your preferences. Using beef as the anchor, this recipe allows you to use whatever kinds of vegetables you like (and how much of them you like) and adapt the spice factor to your taste. OK, OK – before you call me out for using bottled sauce on this one, let me remind you that “simple” is central to the Hungry Editor philosophy. After consulting tons of Asian stir fry sauce recipes, I concluded that a sauce requiring roughly 52 ingredients—many of which I knew I’d never use again—was the exact opposite of simple. So take my advice and use this time-saving tip to get a quick, flavorful stir-fry dish on the table in under 30 minutes.

Spicy-Sweet Beef Stir-Fry With Veggies

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Sweet potato pillows, brown butter, sage

Sweet Potato Pillows With Brown-Butter Sage and Garlic-Herb Crumble

This recipe is a labor of love, and it’s so worth it. Warm, sweet, savory, melt-in-your-mouth comfort food doesn’t get much better than this. So much so, that despite being a self-proclaimed efficiency queen, I love this dish even though I can’t multi-task my way to completion within an hour. If I had one regret about the last time I made this dish, it’s that I didn’t make twice as much for my guests. Serve with a simple boiled or roasted vegetable, such as string beans or broccoli rabe.

Sweet Potato Pillows With Brown-Butter Sage and Garlic-Herb Crumble

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