Chi Chi Dango Mochi
Chi chi dango, a mochiko dessert confection, is a soft, chewy Japanese treat that's traditionally served at Girl's Day or Boy's Day celebrations. It makes a great snack for picnics or parties. This recipe is easy to make, but don't double the directions — follow them exactly as written.
Masala Chai Brownies
These brownies are dairy-free and egg-free which makes them vegan. They have a subtle spice flavor and are delicious. If you enjoy chai lattes you will love these! To ensure your final product is vegan, use vegan sugar. The coconut is easily omitted if you aren't a fan. Be careful not to overcook them.
Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon are an easy and tasty caramelized side.
Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
A delightfully rich-tasting soup. My husband likes this soup so much he refers to all butternut squashes as soup now. I recommend this with the silken tofu instead of milk - it adds protein to a fiber-rich soup, and no one will know it's there if you don't tell them! Serve warm with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan or Romano and some crusty toasted bread on the side.
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