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Almond Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies

Standing here in front of the keyboard, thinking about how to describe these pretty little gems to you, on comes a crushing case of writer’s block. My brain is focused on walking around to the kitchen and helping myself to a couple more of these addicting almond cranberry thumbprint cookies. Help!

Almond Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies | Letty's Kitchen

The little confections will charm their way into your life. Ruby-jeweled cookies, made with equal parts almond flour, oats, and flour, naturally-sweetened with maple syrup and a judicious pinch of cinnamon, egg and dairy free–these are wholesome cookies. You say they’re actually good for me?

Almond cranberry thumbprint cookies are some of the easiest holiday cookies to make–7 ingredients dirty just 2 bowls, one for maple syrup and oil, the other for the flours, cinnamon, and salt. The finger indents are filled with cranberry jam, which is simply a thickened cranberry sauce. Continue Reading…

Instant Pot Breakfast Egg Muffins with Parmesan, Spinach, and Tomatoes

Happy muffintalk Monday! Today’s muffins are breakfast muffins, vibrant easy-to-make healthy Breakfast Egg Muffins with Parmesan, Spinach, and Tomatoes!

Instant Pot Breakfast Egg Muffins with Parmesan, Spinach, and Tomatoes | Letty's Kitchen

A mix of eggs, fresh veggies, and salty cheese, cooked, sort of poached, in individual cups–call them savory personal custards. And guess what? They’re cooked in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.

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This was my very first time cooking eggs this way. At our house, many a legume, creamy risotto, and all my favorite soups come out of the pressure cooker, just never, until now, eggs. I figured it was time to give them a go. With a second wire trivet for stacking the cups, 6 custards cook in one batch.

Instant Pot Breakfast Egg Muffins with Parmesan, Spinach, and Tomatoes overhead plated

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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Savory Mushroom Gravy

Rich vegetables and vegetarian gravy baked under a golden garlic mashed potato blanket, this dish warms both tummy and soul. Vegan shepherd’s pie with savory mushroom gravy is stick-to-your-ribs hearty comfort food at its finest.

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Savory Mushroom Gravy | Letty's Kitchen

Like a cross between a pie and a casserole, shepherd’s pie was first an economical way to use up leftovers–simply dibs and dabs of meat mixed with gravy, topped with mashed potatoes, and baked  until the potato “crust” turns golden.

In this meatless rendition, cook an entire bulb of garlic with the potatoes, either in a steamer or Instant Pot pressure cooker. The potatoes and garlic practically fall apart and the garlic mellows so its presence is practically undetectable. With olive oil, salt, and some of the cooking water, they easily mash into smooth, creamy potatoes.

Each of the three components to this dish, garlic mashed potatoes, herbed mushroom gravy, and vegetable filling, can be made ahead. If it’s more convenient for you, assemble the pie, refrigerate, and bake it later. Continue Reading…

Potato Chickpea Curry with Pineapple

Generous in buttery toasted cashews and healthful turmeric, positively bursting with zingy ginger and garlic flavors, this colorful potato chickpea curry with pineapple is an outrageously delicious curry that gathers blue ribbon praises from family and company every time you bring it to the table!

Potato Chickpea Curry with Pineapple | Letty's Kitchen

Last week here in the mountains, the foliage colors were as intensely brilliant as this vegetable curry. This week, the wind ruthlessly strips those bright yellow aspen leaves from their branches. Leaves blowing and falling around like it’s raining gold, curry gold. So beautiful…

Several summers ago, Robbie and I spent 18 days with good friends on a self-supported Grand Canyon river trip. We all took turns cooking, and our kitchen team was on duty the last dinner of the trip. We fed everyone this spicy sweet potato chickpea curry along with quick-cooking quinoa. Continue Reading…

16 Healthy Vegetarian Halloween Picks

From bloggers around the world,  for America’s third favorite holiday, here’s a spooky bunch–16 healthy vegetarian Halloween picks and treats, a tempting mix of ghost and goblin real food, some savory, some sweet!

16 Healthy Vegetarian Halloween Picks | Letty's Kitchen

The thing is, I don’t even like Halloween. What a strange holiday. What are we celebrating? Free candy?

There, now you know.

Except I can’t resist Halloween theme food. Here are 16 healthy recipes that caught my eye. Continue Reading…