I love a tangy slaw with lots of lemon and crunch from the cabbage. This one hits the spot, especially eaten along with BBQ beef sandwiches. I like to use less mayo for a lighter version, and this one uses considerably less mayo than many others. If you like your slaw less crunchy let it sit for a few hours before serving.
This is a classic creamy cauliflower soup recipe, lightened up. It has all the warm flavors that come with sweet cooked cauliflower and nutmeg, along with sautéed onions, leeks and celery for some added depth. I use milk, to lighten things up, but you can, of course, use cream if you’re feeling indulgent….
This is a mix between a soup and a stew. My favorite part about this Ribollita is the crusty garlic bread that sits on the bottom of the bowl and absorbs all of the amazing flavors of the sage, beans, vegetables and broth. This is a filling and healthy vegan meal that you can pull together in no time. (Adapted from Shira Bocar, Healthy Appetite)
This is a great pantry pasta that you can pull together in no time, with ingredients that you likely have sitting around in your house. I love the salty and spicy ingredients here, like capers, olives, anchovies and red pepper flakes, that give this pasta its kick. Feel free to include your own additions or take out those that don’t suit you.
Want an easy weeknight salmon recipe with about 4 ingredients? This pan seared salmon cooks, which cooks along with fresh lemon, rosemary and garlic, will impart flavor and be done in no time. I love to serve the fish alongside the roasted lemon slices and garlic – they are my favorite part of the dish. Serve fish with Mashed Potato salad with balsamic Vinaigrette alongside, or plate fish on top of a mound of the potatoes.
Mujadra is a classic middle eastern dish that combines warm spices with lentils and rice into a hearty vegan meal. What puts this dish over the top is the mound of deep carmelized onions that are served on top of this dish or mixed in. If you are up for making this dairy, you can serve it with some labneh or sour cream on the side…
Tagines are great winter meals. This one has meatballs that cook in a spicy sauce, that includes all the best of middle eastern spices, like cumin and cinnamon. If you are up for a twist on a traditional meatball dinner, serve this morrocan version meatball tagine with cous cous for a deliciously different weeknight meal.
When I need a quick dinner, I often turn to a breakfast recipe. This fritata is easy to make and packed with flavor. With the smoked salmon and dill, as well as the sautéed scallions and onions it’s the best combination of bagels and lox and your favorite omellete all in one. If you don’t have a large enough sautee pan to bake this in the oven, you can make it in a 9 by 13 pyrex dish instead! To round out the meal, serve this with a green salad and my easy crispy roasted herbed potatoes.
If you want a pasta dish that is a little off the beaten path and beautiful, this is the one! The pasta turns bright purple from the beets and the white ricotta on top creates a bright contrast. I’m calling this a pesto, but it has a very different flavor profile from your standard basil/garlic/pine nut pesto. The beets and walnuts, along with the sundried tomatoes create an earthy depth of flavor – but don’t leave out the ricotta on top. It really rounds out the dish with a creaminess that pulls it all together.
This sweet potato soup is super easy to make and is a great addition to your winter comfort recipes. Who can resist sweet potatoes in general? And with a base of carmelized onions and garlic, along with the rosemary that imparts its flavor while cooking, this soup has a complex flavor that works so well with the sweet potatoes. This soup freezes very well, so make a big batch and save some for later.