Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

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You didn’t actually think I would let Valentine’s Day come and go without some sort of sweet, did you?

In the world of candies and sweets, baked goods and other treats, in my opinion, these Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates for sure fall somewhere in the world of a “healthy sweet”. Sure, sugar is sugar, but if the options include these naturally sweetened treats, than I am all in, especially considering I have been avoiding all traditional sugary sweets the last handful of weeks.

Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates // @tastyyummies // www.tasty-yummies.com

Stuffed dates have always been one of my favorite ways to indulge in something sweet, without the guilt. Generally I opt for coconut butter, coconut oil or almond butter, but I also love a little crunch, too. The best part about this recipe, is that it’s more of a guide and you can easily make these tasty dates however you would like. Stuff them with whatever you fancy, top them with whatever makes you most happy, but however you make them, I suggest you enjoy them with some warm Valentine’s Day love in your heart and share them with those around you, whom you adore the most!

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Butternut Squash Noodles with Harissa Cashew Cream and Crispy Brussels Sprout Chips // @tastyyummies // www.tasty-yummies.com

I have had a long and very romantic love affair with my spiralizer, since the moment we met. It just gets me and it has never, ever let me down. So, it only seems appropriate to share another spiralized recipe, this Valentine’s week! This post is part recipe for Butternut Squash Noodles with Harissa Cashew Cream and Crispy Brussels Sprout Chips and part ode to my spiralizer!

Butternut Squash Noodles with Harissa Cashew Cream and Crispy Brussels Sprout Chips // @tastyyummies // www.tasty-yummies.com

Every single time I pull my spiralizer out to use it, I find myself blown away, not just by how simple it is to use, but also by all of the fun and creative recipes I can create with it. I find myself making the ever-popular zucchini noodles (aka noodles) on a nearly daily basis when I have zucchini growing in my garden, but I am also quite obsessed with yellow squash noodles, as well. Some of my other favorites are sweet potato noodles, cucumber ribbons and celeriac noodles. I have also been known to spiralize apples and pears, onions, and the list goes on and on and then on some more.

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Charred Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Charred Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto

For me, carrots fall into the category of vegetables that I simply don’t give enough love! I find myself thinking of the boring, mushy steamed carrots we were served as kids and I find myself bored before I even take a bite.

Charred Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto

I tend to forget how amazing roasted and charred carrots can be. That roasted goodness, where the carrots get tender but still retain a bit of their bite in the middle. The slightly caramelized brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots.

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How-to Make Harissa Paste

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

 

Tutorial Tuesdays // Tasty Yummies How-to Make Harissa Paste // @tastyyummies // www.tasty-yummies.com

I am so excited to share this simple tutorial showing you How-to Make Harissa Paste, because I fully believe everyone should have a jar of this stuff in their fridge at all times. This spicy red pepper paste is so incredibly delicious and so versatile. Think of it as a more refined sriracha. This aromatic and spicy, Tunisian hot chile sauce can be used to liven up dishes as you would any other hot sauce, it can also be used as a dip or a marinade. It brings a great depth of flavor to fish, meat, roasted vegetables, egg dishes, soups, stews, potatoes or rice. Add it to sandwiches, pizza, condiments like hummus or a homemade mayo. The list goes on and on and on some more. OK I’ve got one more, spread some of that harissa paste on some toast, add a lil avocado, maybe a fried egg. You are welcome.

Harissa is made by blending chiles into a thick paste with aromatic spices, a good quality olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and from there, the optional add-ins are endless. You can add roasted red pepper, roasted carrots or sun dried tomatoes, fresh herbs and so on.

Tunisia is the biggest exporter of pre-made harissa. In fact, harissa is often referred to as the National Condiment of Tunisia, so it’s perfect to go with my Terra Delyssa Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. But, no need to fly halfway around the world, for either one, harissa is quite simple to make this at home and customize it to your liking. You can easily adjust the level of heat by increasing or reducing the number of chiles or choosing chiles base on their spice. But do remember, harissa is meant to be hot!

How-to Make Harissa Paste // @tastyyummies // www.tasty-yummies.com

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