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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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Spinach and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Breadcrumbs

Spinach and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Breadcrumbs // wishfulchef.com
So I know some of you don’t like mushrooms a whole lot, and I hear you. I couldn’t stand them for the longest time. But this recipe, I guarantee you, will change your perception of mushrooms once and for all! And if you’re trying to cut down on meat the way I do and have more veggies in your diet, mushrooms are the way to go. They are the perfect meat replacement with their bold umami flavor. To me, stuffed mushrooms are the perfect appetizer!
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Corn Guacamole with Tomatoes and Lime

Corn Guacamole with Tomatoes and Lime // wishfulchef.com
My husband and I lived in California for 5 years and I remember eating avocados almost everyday! They’re so good for you and I just love the smooth and creamy texture. I would always make a simple guacamole dip along with some veggie sticks as my midday snack. For this recipe, I wanted to amp it up a bit by adding in some sweet yellow corn, red cherry tomatoes and lime juice. So delicious!
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Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Chips // wishfulchef.com
I love sweet potatoes. Whether they’re made into fries, oven roasted or mashed, I can’t get enough. Oh and they’re also super healthy, so there’s nothing not to like! This recipe is really easy and all you need is ONE sweet potato, olive oil, salt and pepper. That’s it! But I strongly advise to have a mandoline for making homemade chips, using a knife will take forever. A mandolin is a lifesaver when slicing up super thin veggies.
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