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Pan-Fried Pork Dumplings with Mushrooms

Pan Fried Pork Dumplings with Mushrooms // wishfulchef.com
The Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, is only a week away. It’s a wonderful time of year for family and friends to get together and celebrate. So for this post I wanted to showcase pan-fried Chinese dumplings. The best part (besides eating of course) is assembling them around the table with a good group of friends!
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Homemade Oven Roasted Tater Tots

Homemade Oven Roasted Tater Tots // wishfulchef.com
Why have I waited so long to make homemade tater tots? They’re SO much better than the frozen ones you buy at the store. I knew from the moment I was assembling them that this recipe would be a winner. These tater tots are perfectly fluffy on the inside and golden brown and crisp on the outside. Plus they’re healthier, baked and not fried with only a handful of ingredients: potatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper.
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Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding with Berries

Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding with Berries // wishfulchef.com
I enjoy a nice hearty breakfast but ever since we got back from our food-fueled holiday trip to Europe I’ve been eating lighter morning meals. This sweet chia seed pudding is vegan, dairy-free and the perfect healthy dish for breakfast, or even dessert! You can also easily double (or triple) the amount, make ahead of time and leave in the fridge for breakfast during the week.
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Easy Veggie Balls with Mushrooms and Carrots

Easy Veggie Balls with Mushrooms and Carrots // wishfulchef.com
This past holiday my husband and I went to visit his family in Germany and boy did we eat! I love all the German Christmas food like roast goose, gingerbread cake and vanilla crescent cookies, but we realized this indulgence could not last forever! So for the first post of 2014 I decided to make an easy vegetarian “meatball” recipe with mushrooms and carrots. We really needed something healthy to put us back on track.

Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year!
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Cinnamon and Cocoa Party Popcorn

Cinnamon and Cocoa Party Popcorn // wishfulchef.com
As I’m still recovering from our excessive two-day Christmas feast (we had two roast geese with my husband’s family in his German hometown), we needed something light to snack on, so I made this super addictive cinnamon and cocoa popcorn. Serve this for your New Year’s Eve party and as a healthier alternative to processed snack foods in the new year.
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15 Easy Holiday Drinks and Desserts

15 Easy Holiday Drinks and Desserts // wishfulchef.comOnly a few more days to Christmas and I’m getting super excited! Here’s my holiday recipe roundup of 15 delicious and easy recipes from the past two years.

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Asian Pork Meatballs with Oyster Sauce and Sesame Oil

Asian Pork Meatballs with Oyster Sauce and Sesame Oil // wishfulchef.com
I love meatballs but most traditional recipes leave me somewhat unsatisfied. I need bold flavors and these Asian-inspired meatballs deliver. A delicious mix of sesame oil, oyster and soy sauce turns these unassuming meatballs into the star of your next dinner party.
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