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!

Beef and Barley Soup

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My kids love any soup with Barley and this one is a real hit in our house. The leeks, onions, carrots and celery contribute their veggie goodness, while the thyme and bay leaves add a great depth of flavor. I like to use beef bones with a good amount of meat on them, so that everyone gets to enjoy some real meat. This soup has all of the elements of a full meal: Beef, starch and veggies – so break out the big bowls and serve this soup up for dinner.

Sea Bass over Potatoes and Leeks

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This is my go-to company fish dinner, if I am having guesys on a weeknight. The creamy and buttery sea bass topped with crunchy garlic rosemary breadcrumbs is already a delicious mouthful. Plating the fish over warm potatoes, leeks and a pungent balsamic dressing pushes this dish over the top. It is rich tasting, and just filling enough for a special weeknight dinner.

Goat Cheese and Leek Quiche

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Quiche is one of those favorite dinners in our house and this quiche is just a little extra classy. Instead of some of the more traditional versions (like broccoli cheddar, featured on this site) this quiche combines sautéed leeks, with their earthy flavor, and creamy goat cheese, with its slight tang to balance the flavors. Make this for family dinner or when friends pop over for a last minute brunch. You can double this recipe and freeze one quiche for another occasion.
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Butternut squash and Sage are a classic fall combination. This pasta dinner with carmelized butternut squash, leeks and crispy sage, topped with parmesan cheese has that great combination of salty and sweet.

Pan Seared Salmon over Lentils

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Pan seared salmon is both easy and delicious. This recipe stands out due to the delicious lemony herb butter that gets mixed into both the lentils and melted on top of the salmon. Placing the salmon on top of a bed of lentils can turn this easy weeknight meal into a company worthy meal. If you’ve never used French green lentils, with their firm and chewy texture, try them in this recipe.