This bowl is a bit of an adventure, inspired by a vegetarian cookbook gifted to me (thank you Elke!). It starts with a base of quinoa, and is topped with flavorful and spicy black beans, earthy sautéed mushrooms and leeks, creamy avocado and lime and fried plantains! Be sure to buy ripe sweet plantains that are yellow and brown, not the green ones that are very starchy. Make sure to serve with lots of lime wedges, and some salt to sprinkle on top. The lime brings it all together!
Endive is a great spring vegetable. I love the bitterness of the endive, which is not too powerful. I simmer the endive in broth and balsamic vinegar until it gets soft and the liquid makes a thick syrup that I drizzle on top. The sweet balsamic glaze pairs very well with the slightly bitter endive.
This is one of my favorite middle eastern street foods. There is nothing like a warm pita, stuffed with crispy falafel balls, crunchy fresh Israeli salad and tahini. You can, of course, add a myriad other toppings, like spicy sauce (harif), pickled turnips and fried eggplant, but this recipes goes for that bite of simple and delicious authentic falafel. (Adapted from Joan Nathan)
This Indian classic can be made at home for your whole family to enjoy. The creamy spinach with the Indian flavors of turmeric, coriander and cumin, is a comforting winter supper. If you are feeling adventurous, try making the paneer at home the night before. (Adapted from Aarti Sequeira)
If you are looking for a light, one dish meal, that has all of your protein and veggies, try this fresh and delicious steamed sole dish. If you’re not a fan of sole (dover or lemon) use any of your favorite light white fish. The fancy way to cook this dish is en papiotte, where you bundle each portion inside of parchment paper and seal them and each person gets their own little package, cut open and steaming hot. I have simplified this, and bake it all on a sheet tray or pyrex, covered tightly, and served family style. Make sure to cut you veggies super thin, so that the fish and the veggies cook in the same amount of time. Serve on a bed of cous cous to sop up the delicious juices.
Who can resist Pad Thai? This recipe is a home-made vegetarian version of the much loved Thai dish. It has all of the sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavors that you crave – and you don’t have to leave the house to enjoy it!
This is a great light yet hearty dinner, when you want to curl up with a warm bowl of hearty chili. Instead of beef, this chili uses chicken and even some kale at the end to round out this healthier version of the classic. Depending on what’s in season, add you favorite veggies. I like to serve this with some crusty bread.
This is a warm and comforting chicken soup, with a delicious Mediterranean twist. The addition of cilantro, dill and parsley as well as the Hawayij spice mix with cardamom, coriander, and turmeric turn this chicken soup into a Yemenite feast. If you like spice, try adding a teaspoon the homemade Zhug to your bowl before taking your first bite - or eat this with a side pita and zhug.
If you are a fan of sushi, this is a great way to experience all of your favorite sushi ingredients, without all of the tricky rolling. The rice forms the base of this bowl and then you add all of those great sushi toppings, like avocado, nori and edamame. I like to use marinated tofu as the protein for this bowl, but you can also use some salmon broiled with teriyaki sauce. Top the bowl with some panko crunch, spicy mayo and some extra soy sauce or teriyaki sauce. This recipe is more of a formula than an exact recipe, so use your favorite veggies and toppings.
This recipe is for salad lovers out there who dream about a hearty salad for dinner. The barley is nutty and chewy and coated with a sweet and bold Mediterranean spice mix. Combined with the salty feta, tangy pomegranate seeds and scallions, this salad brings together lots of great flavors and textures. This is also a great dish to bring to a potluck! (Adapted from Cooks Mediterranean Cooking)