Happy Easter!

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Given the holiday today it was a fine time to add Alicia Simpson’s Quick and Easy Vegan Celebrations to our 52 cookbooks list. We don’t use this book too often but we do open it up from time to time to get ideas for holiday meals. There are lengthy recipe collections for each major holiday and from the Easter chapter we made the Broccoli Frittata and Hidden Treasure Muffins (which are sweet potato and applesauce muffins made with whole grains). Either or both of these recipes would work equally well for breakfast or brunch but they made a fine dinner too.

To those who celebrate Easter we hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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More Chili

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We make a lot of chili around here. It’s easy to throw together in the slow cooker and it’s something healthy that we know the big kid will eat. Books by Robin Robertson will make many appearances in our 52 cookbooks list and she always has great chili recipes. The Smoky Red Bean Chili with Chipotle-Cornbread Dumplings from Vegan on the Cheap was one we hadn’t tried before but it sure was delicious. And it was easier than making a batch of cornbread separately, though that’s always good too.

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Sweet Stuff

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Time to add some more sweet treats to our 52 cookbooks list. First – Better Banana Nut Muffins from My Sweet Vegan. There are most certainly more interesting and decadent recipes in this book (Chocolate Peanut Butter Bombs anyone?) but this is the first recipe in the book and we had some overripe bananas so I went with it.

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Next up is what has become my go-to cookie recipe – Wholesome Chocolate Chip Cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. There are definitely more impressive recipes in this book too but the kids love chocolate chip cookies and these are made with 100% white whole wheat flour. I cut way back on the sugar too because honestly, the amount of sugar in the recipe isn’t so wholesome. The kids still love ’em though and I’m sure they’d eat an entire batch if I let them (I don’t).

Happy snacking!

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