Pizza Crescent Rolls

I’m not really sure how I found food inspiration before Pinterest.

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I guess that’s what cookbooks and magazines are for? Now don’t get me wrong – I love reading cookbooks. But only if they have pictures. It’s a requirement for me to even consider the cookbook.

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That’s what makes Pinterest so great. It’s all pictures. And I stumbled across these and stuck them on my Entertaining and Appetizers board. I am obsessed with crescent rolls, so it was a sure win.

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Now this is one of those recipe inspiration dishes. There are no exact measurements, just whatever you feel in your heart and stomach.

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Pizza Crescent Rolls
Inspired by Food is My Friend

Crescent rolls:
Can jumbo crescent rolls
Spinach
Bell peppers
Cheese
Black olives
Marinara sauce

Roll crescent rolls out onto a sprayed pan, then finely chop the ingredients to put inside. Spoon a little sauce onto the crescent roll at the wide end, and put a small amount of your ingredients on top of the sauce. Roll the crescent rolls and, if possible, tuck the side ends in.

Glaze:
Olive oil
Garlic pepper
Dried oregano
Dried basil

In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the glaze. Using a pastry brush, brush the olive oil mixture onto the crescent rolls and bake 10-13 minutes at 375°F, or according to the directions on the package.

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Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Well in case you need any last minute Thanksgiving recipes, I have some for you.

No meat, but lots of deliciousness that even carnivores will love.

Appetizers
Cranberry Pistachio Snack Balls

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Spiced Candied Nuts

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Beverages
Apple Cider Sangria

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Breakfast
Cinnamon Apple and Fig Muffins

fig muffins 4

Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Pancakes with a Maple Pumpkin Sauce

sweet potato pancakes 4

Pumpkin Gingerbread Pancakes

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Salad
Cranberry Pear Salad with Candied Spiced Almonds

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Hearty Butternut Squash Spinach Salad

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Honeycrisp Spinach Salad with Pecans and Cranberries

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Pear, Garbanzo and Quinoa Salad

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Main Dishes and Sides
Autumn Stuffed Apples

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Pomegranate and Walnut Quinoa

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Pumpkin Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

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Spiced Cider Apples and Sweet Potatoes Over Rice

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Butternut Squash Parmesan Pasta

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Have an awesome Thanksgiving! Eat your veggies!

Spiced Candied Nuts

Have I talked about how it’s crunch time? [And I don’t mean the leaves…]

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How my eyeballs are glued somewhere between my computer screen and my textbooks? How I have consumed a near-unhealthy amount of hot tea, and my nose probably won’t be able to smell anything by December due to the insane amount of candles I have been burning?

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Okay. Well. Yes, all of this is happening. Only TWO AND A HALF more weeks of school until I am DONE with my first semester of grad school. Hello, accomplishment.

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These nuts are the perfect snack while studying. They are crispy and crunchy and sweet and delicious. I see lots of spiced nuts in the future. Ones with cayenne, ones with dried basil and oregano. Could we make this TOTALLY epic and make like…. pumpkin or peppermint nuts?? So. Many. Options.

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Spiced Candied Nuts
Adapted slightly from McCormick

3 cups mixed nuts (I used almonds and pecans)
1 egg white
1/4 c brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
Pinch of salt

1. Whisk egg white until frothy, then add brown sugar and spices. Stir to combine.
2. In a separate bowl, add nuts. Pour sugar mixture over nuts and stir to combine.
3. Spread nuts onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour at 250°F. Stir once.
4. After baking, break the nuts apart and serve to parties or snack while studying!

Sweet Potato Fries with Cilantro Yogurt Dip

My dear friend posted something incredibly inspiring and personal on her blog yesterday.

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She, along with many of us, including myself, is addicted to sugar. I mean, hey? Who isn’t? I actually interned at a cooking demonstration yesterday that was hosted at a high fructose corn syrup manufacturing plant. Cool, Winston Salem. Didn’t know we were that bad. Between that and the tobacco, we might as well throw in the towel.

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Anyway. Back to the point. She has been a fab friend to me, between inviting me to New York City, experimenting with vegetarianism, and dropping assorted baked goods on my doorstep at various times of the day. I applaud her for being so courageous in sharing a personal tidbit about herself on her blog and I wanted to give her a motivational shout out.

Maybe I’ll consider lowering my sugar intake too? Maybe. Strength in numbers. We’ll start with some healthy sweet potato french fries. Sound good? Baby steps.

Also, sorry for the lack of pictures. My other two were blurry. We’ll just say I was hungry?..

Sweet Potato Fries with Cilantro Yogurt Dip

1 sweet potato
1 tbsp lemon pepper
1 tbsp garlic salt
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1/3 c plain Greek yogurt
3 tbsp cilantro
1 tbsp lime juice

1. Peel sweet potato and chop into thick slices, like fries.
2. Put fries in a bowl and coat with olive oil, pepper, and salt. Toss so that fries are coated equally.
3. Spread fries onto a wire rack, and place rack on top of cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes at 400°F.
4. In a food processor or chopper, combine yogurt, cilantro, and lime juice.
5. Dip fries into yogurt sauce.

Guacamole

1. If this isn’t the stinking cutest thing you’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is.

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2. One of my best friends just got engaged. For the win. Can’t even handle the excitement.

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3. All this rain is doing me in but these thunderstorms are freaking awesome. That deep, periwinkle, storm blue? I wish I could capture that in a color and paint my room in it.

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4. My boyfriend’s fabulous sister got this avocado slicer for me. People, you don’t know what you’re missing until you get one. It not only slices the avocado, but it also pits it. Hello, new favorite gadget.

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And just in time for guacamole! How handy, right? I’ve been wanting to make guacamole forever. It’s been on my recipes bucket list, my summer bucket list, my hungry belly bucket list…

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Guacamole

1 avocado
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tbsp chopped cilantro
Zest of 1/2 lime
Juice of 1 lime
Pinch of cumin
Pinch of cayenne pepper

1. Mash avocado and add remaining ingredients.