Cheesy Quinoa and Spinach Patties

These were one of those happy accidents… I cooked my quinoa in too much water, no good for the salad I had planned, but I thought the texture might work well for patties. I’ve remade these a few times since – cheesy, spinachy, satisfying and delicious. This recipe makes 16-18 medium-large patties. These would make…

Vegetarian Stuffed Shells with Roasted Vegetable Antipasti

I made this once a year or two ago, and have been meaning to recreate it ever since. I’m glad I finally did – it’s an easy-to-make and delicious baked pasta dish. Following is the recipe for the stuffed shells. Serve with Roasted Vegetable Antipasti. Ingredients: About 25-30 jumbo shells (mine happened to be vegetable…

Perfect Oven-Roasted Vegetable Antipasti

So easy, so versatile, and so delicious! Ingredients (not all essential, feel free to mix it up): 2 Zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds or diagonal slices 1 onion, sliced into thin rings 1 bunch asparagus (optional), tough ends removed, cut into 2 inch pieces 1 medium sweet potato (optional), cut into 1/4 inch rounds…

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Goat Cheese, Spinach, and Walnuts

I was in the mood to stuff portobellos, and I was in the mood for goat cheese, and I always love spinach…. this is the result. They came out delicious. The flavors and textures are sublime… This recipe’s a keeper for me. Ingredients: 8-10 medium-large portobello mushrooms (if your mushrooms are huge, there may only…

Broccoli-Tofu Stir Fry with Peanut-Miso Sauce

This stir fry is delicious, nutritious, and takes just minutes to make. This recipe has just six ingredients (ok, plus water and oil), and is way more than the sum of its parts. The peanut-miso sauce is yummy, umami goodness, and mixed with the tofu and broccoli (and grain of your choice, should you  wish),…

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…

Vegetarian Couscous Soup (a.k.a Couscousoup)

This vegetarian version of the traditional North African stew served over couscous is incredibly easy to make, and incredibly comforting to eat. Ingredients: 2 medium onions, chopped into 1-2 inch chunks 2 medium potatoes, cut into quarters or eighths 1 big piece winter or butternut squash, cut into 1-2 inch chunks 3-4 zucchini, or other…

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…

Late Summer Lentil and Butternut Squash Stew

We recently began ordering seasonal organic vegetables, which has given me opportunity to get creative with seasonal ingredients. A bounty of leeks and squash inspired this light and delicate, yet satisfying and nutritious, lentil stew. Ingredients: 1 onion, diced 2 leeks, sliced 1.5 cups canned crushed/diced tomatoes Oil for sautéing (I used canola) 3 cups…

Homemade Pickles

For whatever reason, pickling always scared me. I thought it would take forever and be extremely fussy and complicated. Then, my grandmother made it sound really quick and simple, so I tried it, and, lo and behold, it is! I had also been afraid it was dangerous, but, apparently, it’s not. I am not providing…

Alt-Slaw

My new favorite salad. Hands down. Ingredients: 1/2 – 1 head red cabbage, shredded 1 large head broccoli 1/2 large/1 small red onion, sliced into wedge-shaped slivers Large handful toasted/roasted peanuts Sprinkling toasted/roasted sesame seeds 1 batch Sesame-Peanut Salad Dressing Instructions: Toss vegetables with dressing. Sprinkle with nuts and seeds. Enjoy!

Sesame-Peanut Salad Dressing

This dressing was invented for the Alt-Slaw, but would be good on other salads too, so I am posting it separately: Ingredients: 1/3 cup cider vinegar 2 Tbs tahini paste 2 Tbs peanut butter (preferably smooth, unsweetened, natural, but any will work) 1 Tbs dark sesame oil 1 Tbs soy sauce or tamari 1 Tbs…