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!
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’re like me and prefer a savory breakfast for dinner instead of a sweet one, this is an easy and flavorful breakfast for dinner. This recipe for huevos rancheros has a base of beans and is topped with a homemade salsa, fried egg, feta and cilantro, but feel free to play around with this and use your favorite vegetables and condiments. You can add sour cream, guacamole or anything else you have on hand. (Adapted from Sunny Anderson)
This recipes has your favorite bold Mexican flavors, chipotle and poblano peppers, with creamy Italian polenta. Talk about fusion! This dish was inspired by a recipe in Cooking Light magazine and my version bumps up the veggies to create a full meal.
Watercourse Foods, an amazing vegetarian restaurant in Denver made a delicious Tomato Coconut Curry Soup that was totally addictive. It had just the right amount of spiciness and sweetness and was full of veggies that melted in your mouth and a broth that was creamy and full of body. I tried to replicate it for years and this version seems to finally be right on!
Its always fun to have Soup for Dinner, and you get away with bringing out one pot to the table and you’re done. This is a hearty soup that covers all the bases in one dish - veggies, starch and protein – making it a full dinner meal. Make sure to place a variety of toppings in bowls for everyone to choose from – that’s the best part!
Curries are great ways to enjoy whatever leftover veggies you may have laying around the house. This curry features warm spices, along with coconut milk, for a delicious and comforting early fall meal. I use potatoes, eggplant and string beans, but you can be creative and substitute other vegetables instead.