Mushroom Rapini Gnocchi

Ready in no time, this Mushroom Rapini Gnocchi recipe is so simple and easy to make, yet so crazy tasty, you’ll probably want to add it to your regular rotation!

Ready in no time, this Mushroom Rapini Gnocchi recipe is so simple and easy to make, yet so crazy tasty, you'll probably want to add it to your regular rotation!

I’ve been all about quick and easy food making lately… For some reason, I just haven’t really been in the mood for cooking; More often than not, I find myself whipping up huge salads filled with tons of veggies, nuts, dried fruits and legumes. 

But this recipe, I came up with one night that hubby-2-be and I were at the cottage and decided to stay an extra night, so we didn’t have much of anything left to eat. I basically grabbed what we had on hand and tossed it all together. And then I had one bite and fell in love. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had this exact same dish, since. 

Of course, to make it I use store-bought gnocchis, otherwise it would be anything BUT quick and easy. But decent store-bought gnocchis can be found. The ones I use are organic and made mostly from potatoes, as well as a few other simple ingredients. They can be kept in the pantry just like dry pasta, and can be a major life saver for those nights when you don’t really have much to work with, you know. 

So grab a package of your favorite gnocchi, or make your own if you are so inclined, a bunch of rapini, a pint of mushrooms and a yellow onion, and try this simple, unpretentious but oh so delicious dish for yourself. I’m positive that you too, will fall head over heels for it. 

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Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

Rich, creamy, thick, comforting, soul warming, and crazy delicious! Yet, you will never believe just how nutritious this Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup actually is…

Rich, creamy, thick, comforting, soul warming, and crazy delicious! Yet, you will never believe just how nutritious this Vegan Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup actually is...

Looks like I’ve been in revisiting old posts” mode lately… Trust me, it’s not a bad thing; not a bad thing at all! In fact, I’m bringing a bunch of truly worthy recipes back to the top of the pile! This beautiful cream of mushroom soup, for instance… I’d created it a while back after I’d gotten inspired by one of my favorite fellow bloggers of the time, and to this day, I remember having fallen head over heels for it at first bite!

However, over the years, certain people had reported in the comments that they hadn’t had much success with the recipe. Some found their rendition turned out too watery, or grainy, while others found it to be kind of bland. I could never quite figure out why, as bland food is something I simply do not do. I would never post a recipe for something that tasted bland…

So I retested the recipe exactly as written — save for a minor change that I had to do to accommodate my new dietary reality — and frankly, I fell in love all over again. This soup, it tastes absolutely fantastic! It’s delicate, simple and earthy, just like any mushroom soup should be… but it tastes really, really good! And it’s crazy creamy, silky, and thick. So thick! Plus, it’s loaded with all kinds of pieces of creamy mushrooms and nutty, chewy wild rice. So good!

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Hearty Braised Beef Poutine with sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions

Think poutine can’t possibly be good for you? I dunno about that! This Hearty Braised Beef Poutine with sauteed mushrooms and caramelize onions might very well change your mind…

Think poutine can't possibly be good for you? I dunno about that! This Hearty Braised Beef Poutine with sauteed mushrooms and caramelize onions might very well change your mind...

I find it a bit ironic that I should be kicking off the new year with such a bold, beefy and meaty recipe, seeing as how I just recently decided that I wanted to transition towards a more plant-based diet. Or well, to at least give it a decent shot over the next couple of months and see where it takes me.

But hey, I’d already created this healthier poutine recipe just shortly before Christmas and simply couldn’t stand to see it go to waste. Cuz this thing, it’s pretty darn good, you know. And even though I feel I need a little break from meat and dairy products, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the rest of the world is in with me. So here goes…

In case you’re not familiar, here in Quebec, poutine is a true staple, a popular and well loved comfort food.

Sadly, though, in its original version, it’s not the healthiest! Traditionally made with French fries, which then get topped with oodles of cheese curds and drenched in rivers of gravy, it’s not exactly what you could call the epitome of health foods… But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be improved upon! This hearty version, made with oven roasted potatoes — as opposed to deep fried — and topped with chunks of slowly braised beef, sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions, totally qualifies as a complete, wholesome meal!

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Broccoli and Mushroom Quinoa

Delicious warm or cold, this Broccoli and Mushroom Quinoa makes for a delicious accompaniment to just about any meal… or, add a little bit of protein to instantly turn it into a complete meal!

Delicious warm or cold, this Broccoli and Mushroom Quinoa makes for a delicious accompaniment to just about any meal... or, add a little bit of protein to instantly turn it into a complete meal!

Here’s a quick and easy quinoa recipe that the whole family will love and that I think you’ll want to add to your regular menu rotation! Cuz not only is it super easy to make, it also happens to be crazy tasty, highly nutritious, and extremely versatile, too! 

Indeed, you could very well choose to eat it as a side dish   it’ll go good with just about anything  or add some kind of protein to it and enjoy it as a complete meal! 

What’s more, it’s equally delicious served warm just as soon as it’s ready 
 or chilled, right out of the ice box. Very convenient if you need to grab lunch quickly on your way to the office!

Of course, this also means that it can very well be made ahead of time, if necessary. And then you get to choose whether to reheat it, or eat it as is… 

How’s that, for options, eh? Can you say versatile?


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Brown Lentil and Mushroom Rice

Need a change from plain white rice? This Brown Lentil and Mushroom Rice makes for a very tasty side dish but would also be perfect as a light vegetarian meal!

This Brown Lentil and Mushroom Rice makes for a very tasty side dish but would also be perfect as a vegetarian meal!

If you’re tired of eating plain white rice as a side dish, I’ve got a fairly easy and super tasty alternative for you…

Even better yet, this Brown Lentil and Mushroom rice could even be served as a light vegetarian meal, if you felt like it! Just maybe serve it with a little bit of steamed broccoli or sauteed sugar snap peas on the side and you’d be all set! 

Or, if brown lentils weren’t really your thing and you were more in the mood for meat, you could even turn it into a complete carnivore meal by substituting cooked ground meat for the brown lentils! 

Frankly, this is the kind of dish that you can have tons of fun playing with and that you’ll always be happy to whip up whenever you’re feeling a little low on inspiration! 


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