November 22, 2013

Recipe Round-Up: Comfort Food & Cookies

It's been a while since I've posted a round up of recipes I've tried from other blogs - other than all the pumpkin recipes that I've enjoyed this year!

My meals lately have definitely transitioned from fresh and light salads to warm and comforting bowls of roasted veggies and hearty soups and stews. I've also tried out a few vegan cookie recipes recently that I wanted to share with you too!

Warm Chickpea and Artichoke Salad  from the taste space

I've made this dish a couple of times in the past and it's just as good every time I go back to it. All you need is some canned artichokes and chickpeas, slivered almonds, and some flavourings in the form of garlic, lemon juice, and dried herbs. It seems like a simple combination, but when you eat everything together warm, it tastes a lot more special!

Sweet Potato Broccoli Bowl from Coffee & Quinoa

Sometimes all I want for dinner is a bowl of veggies, but to make it a bit more dinner-worthy, I'll whip up some kind of sauce to pour over top - usually with tahini and lemon juice. I didn't follow this recipe exactly, but this is the kind of creamy-yet-still-healthy sauce that I think goes perfectly over roasted veggies. To save more time, you can steam the veggies like I did, and use leftover quinoa or even leave out the quinoa.

Red Lentil and Squash Curry Stew from Oh She Glows

When I thought I might be coming down with the flu last week, I made this healthy stew that had lots of nutritious ingredients in it: garlic, ginger, onion, squash, sweet potato (which I added because I didn't have enough squash), red lentils, and spinach. I even added extra spinach (I used a whole bunch rather than 1 cup) because it cooks down a lot. This was just what I was craving, and while I'm not making any claims as to the powers of this stew, I did manage to fight off any sickness!

West African Peanut Stew from Sing for Your Supper

Another easy stew that I tried recently was a variation on this african peanut stew, which I made for my parents the last time I visited. I love anything with peanut butter and spices so I knew I would like it, but I wasn't sure if my parents would. Turned out I was wrong - they both raved about it! The only changes I made were to replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth and I added a hot pepper and some black beans to make it a bit more filling. I liked it just on its own, but it would also work well over rice or couscous!

Mini No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls from Krissy's Creations

Out of all the recipes in this post, these were probably the least healthy, but I made them as a treat for a special occasion (my mom's birthday). I was looking for a no-yeast cinnamon roll recipe because I didn't have a lot of time in the morning, and these were perfect. Plus they were a nice small size so we could still eat a couple for breakfast and not be too full for lunch later! While they weren't quite as tasty as the yeast kind, I thought they were a really close substitution, especially fresh from the oven! 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bites from Minimalist Baker

I may have posted these cookies before because this is the second time I've made them, but I can't resist a healthy cookie with the combination of banana, peanut butter, and chocolate chips! These are super easy to make and you probably already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen, so you can whip them up anytime as a snack!

Chocolate Banana Cookies from Katy's Kitchen

I've recently discovered Katy's blog and I'm constantly bookmarking or pinning her recipes to try! These cookies are pretty healthy and had the perfect balance of banana and chocolate flavours. I also liked that they were nice and soft and fluffy - my favourite kind of cookie!

Skinny Snickerdoodles from Chocolate Covered Katie

Another healthier cookie that didn't taste "healthy" were these snickerdoodles. I loved the texture - pillowy and soft inside with a bit of crunch on the outside from the sugar, and they're a nice small size so you can eat lots of them! I changed up the spices a bit, adding some chai spices to the coating for a bit of a twist on the usual cinnamon-sugar combo.

I might consider adding these to my holiday baking wish list, or if you have any other good cookie recipe recommendations that I could make for our annual cookie swap next week, feel free to let me know in the comments!

Have a great weekend!


  1. I always love these round-ups, as I scour other blogs for incredible recipes, too. Nice to know they were as goos in your kitchen, too. That simple dal is calling my name, too. :)

    1. Glad you find round-ups helpful too! I have so many bookmarked recipes that it's hard to keep up with trying them all...not to mention remembering to cook from my cookbooks too! I liked that the dal was easy to customize with different veggies and spice level :)

  2. Your dishes and Cookies look very inviting, I think I need a couple of those right now. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.

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