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.

Moroccan Meatball Tagine

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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.

Mujadra

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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…
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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.

Sweet Potato Soup

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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.

Beef Borscht

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Borscht comes in lots of different varieties. The common denominator is the beets that form the base with its dark purple color. This borscht is a hearty beef soup that in addition to beets uses, leeks, celery cabbage, potatoes and flanken, which all come together in a melt in your mouth rich soup with tons of flavor. I love to add marrow bones or beef bones for extra depth. This is a great one pot meal when you are craving a bowl of hearty soup for dinner. (Adapted from Jewish Soul Food)

Fish with Crispy Crumbs

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Want an easy weeknight fish recipe? This is it. The crumbs have lots of punchy flavors, that come from the lemon zest, garlic, and sun dried tomatoes and these crisp up in the oven for a great crunch. You can make the crumbs (and double them) ahead of time and keep them in the oven, which turns this into a dinner with basically no prep.
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This dinner salad has a delicious mix of salty and sweet, crunchy and smooth. The salty feta and pungent pickled onions are balanced by the sweet raisins, delicata squash and balsamic dressing, while the smooth avocado contrasts with the crunchy nuts. My kids love this salad and polished off the entire tray – you never know what might happen when you serve a filling salad for dinner…!
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Easy (and Healthy) Rice Pudding

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When I made this last night, I told my kids: “this tastes like home!” I grew up eating rice pudding that my mom made. This version is a super simple and lighter version, where what you taste is the creamy and nutty rice along with the sweetness of the milk and a little vanilla. There are only a few ingredients here, so make it with your pantry staples. It is pure comfort food. I love to eat this warm, right after it is cooked, but it tastes great the next day as well.