Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Does anyone else think it should be illegal for snow to fall before December?

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It’s barely halfway through autumn and already its been snowing on and off for the past few weeks. Sure, it hasn’t stayed on the ground yet, but the increasingly cold weather is a scary reminder that I need to start mentally preparing myself for winter. And fast.

That being said, the best thing about cold Canadian weather is the copious amounts of soups and stews that can be made. This stew = coziness that can warm up any cold day.

Packed with chickpeas, fennel, cumin, and cinnamon, this stew is my way of running away from cold weather and knocking on Morocco’s door. I’ll just close my eyes and pretend I’m on the beach instead of in a place where it snows too early.

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Another reason why this stew is the best: the most satisfying meals are the ones that only use one pot.

One pot x 4 servings = food for nearly a whole week = less time spent washing dishes. Now that’s some math that I can wrap my head around! If you don’t feel like eating leftovers all week, you can easily freeze individual portions and pop them in the microwave for a quick meal when you’re short on time.

This recipe is hearty, comforting, warm, and will definitely fill you up. If you really want to do yourself in and go into a food coma, serve this stew over rice or with a piece of pita. Although that kind of defeats the purpose of the whole saving-time-by-making-copious-amounts-of-leftovers idea. But hey, what is time-saving for anyways?

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Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Behold the newest addition to the list of greatest hits.

This recipe is without a doubt one of the best to ever grace my kitchen. Perhaps any kitchen. I’m just very pleased with how delicious and healthy these are and I ate like three straight out of the oven and I’m really into superlatives right now.

The beauty of these muffins is that they’re completely flourless and the batter is made right in your blender! This means no work on your part and a super easy clean up. But do be careful around that batter though. It’s insanely delicious. I’m seriously considering creating another recipe just based on the batter. Okay I am definitely doing that.

My favorite kind of food is the type where I eat so much of it because it’s so darn good, but having it be fine because it’s so darn healthy. With these muffins, I devoured the entire batch in a day with zero skinny jean impact because they’re only 56 calories each. We have a winner.

While we’re adding things to lists, let’s talk about the one Santa has for you. (Yes. Thanksgiving is now over, therefore it’s Christmas.) The fabulous folks over at Blendtec sent me one of their Designer 725 models and I want to marry it. It’s not only the best blender I’ve had the pleasure of using by far, but it’s probably the best gadget in my kitchen period. And I play with kitchen gadgets for a living folks.

The blades in our trusty Blendtec are 10 times stronger and 80% thicker than those in regular blenders. Also, it is brilliantly designed. The blades are shaped and placed in the jar so perfectly that the food doesn’t get stuck.

No more stopping and stirring! No more tampers! Blending freedom as last!

And don’t even get me started on the touch screen. That’s right. It’s a blender. With a touch screen. It’s great for practical reasons in that there are no buttons to clean, but it’s also just pretty darn cool.

There are all these settings laid out intuitively for your various blending needs and it’s basically a dream come true. And to close the deal, IT’S DISHWASHER SAFE.

You should buy one now because, honey, you’ve earned it.

Even my cat agrees. She came over especially just to pose in hopes of convincing you.

Blend the filling in your Blendtec. I’ve named mine Raphael because he’s a member of the family now.

Chop up half an ounce of good dark chocolate. That’s really all you need! Chopping up chocolate makes it go so much farther. We’re talking bang for your caloric buck here.

Eat an insane amount of batter.

Devour batch.

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This is the crowning jewel in my cookie crown. From now on, this is the it cookie. We will accept nothing less. 1 cookie = 25 calories of rich, chewy yet slightly crunchy, sweet yet slightly salty, peanut buttery perfection.  This changes everything. And no words can do them justice.