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Crispy Baked Wonton Crackers with Cheese

Crispy Baked Wonton Crackers with Cheese // wishfulchef.com
We’re finally back from our holiday trip to Germany and I can’t believe it’s already 2015! And what better way to start the new year with a healthy quick snack you can whip up in 20 minutes. Luckily, Nasoya offered me the opportunity to try their wonton wrappers and wow, they work perfectly for a homemade cracker recipe! These baked wonton crackers are so light and airy, a great alternative to the over-processed, salty crackers you get at stores. They’re incredibly addictive too, my husband practically ate the whole batch! The Nasoya wrappers are easy to work with and available at most grocery stores.
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Crunchy & Spicy Baked Tofu Nuggets

Crunchy & Spicy Baked Tofu Nuggets // wishfulchef.com

Unfortunately I haven’t been eating the healthiest lately. It must be from the weather getting colder and I’ve been craving Fall comfort food. To get back on track, these veggie nuggets are one of the recipes I experimented with using Mori-Nu Tofu, a silken tofu that’s a smooth, delicate variety of tofu. It’s never pressed or drained so the texture is very creamy and custard-like. Tofu is low in fat, gluten-free and a good source of protein so it’s perfect as an appetizer or side dish.

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Homemade Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Tater Tots

Homemade Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Tater Tots // wishfulchef.com
A few months ago I posted a homemade tater tots recipe and it turned out to be a huge success! This time around I wanted to try another version using healthy sweet potatoes. And…wow, let’s just say I feel really sorry for my husband…because I ate them all! Believe me, homemade tater tots are so much better than store-bought and I’m never turning back.
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Cranberry and Pecan Couscous with Orange Vinaigrette

Cranberry and Pecan Couscous with Orange Vinaigrette // wishfulchef.com
I must admit…I’ve been neglecting WishfulChef and haven’t posted in months! This Summer has been hectic with work, family functions and a trip to Germany, I just didn’t find the time. But September has begun and now I can breath and finally post a recipe! So now that Summer is over let’s think about the Fall season. My cranberry and pecan couscous is the perfect healthy dish to ease into Autumn weather.
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Chinese Scallion Pancakes with 100% Whole Wheat Flour

Chinese Scallion Pancakes with 100% Whole Wheat Flour // wishfulchef.com
Scallion pancakes are one of my favorite Chinese take-out appetizers. Finely chopped scallions layered into dough that’s thinly rolled out then pan-fried into a crisp golden brown perfection…what’s not to like? Two years ago I made my own version but added seasonal ramps. This time I wanted to go the traditional route but with 100% whole wheat flour.
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Lentils with Pancetta and Rosemary

Lentils with Pancetta and Rosemary // wishfulchef.com
Lentils are great for a quick and healthy weeknight meal. When I cook with lentils, I usually add them to soups or stews, but there are many other possibilities. This recipe was one of my favorite Wishful Chef recipes of 2013. It’s super easy, flavorful and incredibly delicious!

I think lentils are one of my most used ingredients for vegetarian cooking – please excuse the pancetta cubes I threw in :). Lentils are healthy, delicious and cook faster compared to other beans. I adapted this recipe from David Rocco’s show on the Cooking Channel. This incredibly easy dish is so delicious, I wanted to eat the whole thing by myself. It has bits of salty cubed pancetta with the aroma of fresh rosemary and is great with a side of salad and some crusty bread.
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Farro Soup with Mushrooms

Farro Soup with Mushrooms // wishfulchef.com
This soup may not look or sound like anything special but WOW. It’s honestly one of my favorite soup recipes I’ve made by far! It’s packed with so much bold flavor you don’t even need to add any special garnishes. I mixed in some mushrooms, potatoes and farro, perfect for a hearty meal.
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