Somehow I always end up making this Chowder on a Sunday. I think it’s a great way to end the weekend and get ready for the week ahead. It bubbles on the stove in the late afternoon, sending delicious aromas of sautéed onions and peppers throughout the house, and then the family sits down for a nice warm bowl of this hearty soup and enjoys the last few hours of calm before the busy week begins…. Serve this with some good crusty bread on the side.
Cous Cous is a staple in the Israeli kitchen and has become one in mine. You don’t have to cook this grain, just add hot water and let it sit. Once I found whole wheat cous cous, in my local store, I started using this as the base of various dishes. This one uses a mix of fall veggies, like butternut squash and cabbage and protein rich chickpeas, alongside a flavorful broth with saffron and turmeric. This is a great meatless main that is flavorful and filling. (Adapted from Janna Gur’s Jewish Soul Food)
I have been in search of a really delicious (and easy to make) veggie burger for a long time, and so far, this is the one. It has great smoky flavor, a nice variety of vegetables and best of all, it bakes in the oven or on the stovetop, so there’s no grilling involved. I like to make extra and freeze them on a parchment lined sheet tray. Once frozen, you can put them in a ziplock bag and rewarm for another dinner down the line.
I grew up eating those frozen individual portion chicken pot pies – they were a special treat and I loved them! The crispy dough top crust and the creamy chicken and veggies inside were a great combination. When I make chicken pot pie for my family, I usually make one big pot pie in a 9 by 13 dish, but if you are really motivated, you can make individual pot pies in ramekins. Either way, they will love them!
I remember ordering this at our local Chinese restaurant as a kid – it was so fun to
spread the plum sauce over the pancakes and then add as much of the filling as I
wanted to each pancake. This is a vegetarian version, which features crunchy
veggies, a delicious Asian sauce and tofu or chicken, for some added protein. You can feel free to swap out the tofu for chicken or another protein. I don’t have time to make my own chineese crepes, so I use warmed tortillas, but you can also make these in lettuce cups… Let each eater shmear their tortilla with their favorite teriyaki sauce, fill with the veggie filling and roll up and enjoy!
Beets and feta have become a classic pair. What I love about this beet salad is that it uses both the beets and the greens. I love being able to use a nice bunch of beets with the tops and using them both on the same dish. While you can also make this salad without the greens, try it just once with the greens – I think you’ll like it! (Adapted from Bon Apetit)
Mac n cheese is THE comfort food, for both kids and adults. This mac n cheese has all of the creaminess of your standard recipe, but instead of cream, you can use skim milk or any reduced fat milk you have. To add some color, throw in some frozen peas at the end. And you can also flake in some tuna, if you want to turn this into tuna mac n cheese.
Instead of grabbing Indian takeout, try this flavorful vegetarian recipe. This recipes has all the great spices you would find in your favorite Indian restaurant, but you can whip this up in a short time and adjust the spiciness to your eaters liking. Serve this with the spicy Indian Lentils, for a well rounded meal!
Sometimes, its fun for the kids (and adults) to have a platter or raw veggies with a great dip, at dinner. I love this green-goddess dip, adapted from the Barefoot Contessa, with its fresh basil, scallions and lemon. This recipe makes a good amount, so place the extra in a ball jar – you will want to dip everything in it!
I know I say I’m not a dessert person – both because it’s not my go to crave-able food and I don’t like to measure… But, every once in a while, I do bake. Even more rare, is for me to serve a dessert (that is not fruit) on a weeknight…Now that I’ve gotten all of the apologies out of the way, I had to share this recipe. I had never heard of a chocolate cobbler, but came across this one from The Pioneer Woman and it is a great and EASY throw together dessert for a special weeknight meal.