Amazing Roasted Butternut Squash and Avocado Salad

I initially wanted to make a salad with raw butternut squash, and I started thinking about combining butternut and avocado. Then I thought that the textures might not work so well, so I decided to roast the squash. The rest just came together, and I found this salad to be perfectly balanced in terms of…

Vegetarian / Vegan Roasted Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole

I made 2 versions of this roasted veggie casserole. Both were tasty, though I think I might be partial to the vegan version in this case. The version with the custard topping came out something like a frittata or a crustless quiche, while the version with the tomatoes and lentils came out like an interesting…

Savory Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash

After a heavy lunch on a hot day, I was in the mood for a light dinner. I thought this up while driving and threw it together as soon as I got home. I am very pleased with the results, and I plan to make it again! I decided to accent the nutty, earthy, squash…

Lemony-Garlicky Fresh Fava Beans

Fava beans, broad beans, fool beans, or whatever you may call them, are a delicious, nutritious, and  unusual treat. I had recently tasted a lentil salad with lemon peel in it, which inspired me to try adding a twist to these hearty Middle Eastern beans. Note: Some peel the outer shell of the bean after…

Artichoke and White Bean Salad

This wonderful salad marinates in your fridge and tastes delicious all week (if it lasts that long). I use frozen artichoke bottoms, like these, which should be available in Middle Eastern grocery stores. If I couldn’t find them, I’d probably use these instead. Ingredients: 1 package frozen artichoke bottoms (or hearts) 1 cup cooked or…

Pantry Pasta Salad

The only fresh ingredient in this delicious, gourmet pasta salad is fresh basil, which I recommend you grow (in your garden, if you have one, a window box, or a kitchen planter), or, alternately, buy fresh, chop, and keep in your freezer, so you can have it on hand in a pinch. If you keep…