Farro and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

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Yotam Ottolenghi is an Israeli-British chef whose vegetarian recipes are some of my favorites. With a strong focus on fresh, varied flavors, his dishes are always more that the sum of their parts.

If you’re not used to cooking with farro, give it a try, it’s an “old world grain” that is becoming increasingly popular. It’s […]

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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This recipe is apparently a take-off on a dish served at P.F. Chang’s, a Chinese restaurant chain. The recipe is easy to throw together and you get a big bang for your buck in terms of flavor. It reminded me of an Asian sloppy Joe (Sloppy Joe’s were one of my favorite school lunches growing […]

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Veggie Balls

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Although the photo doesn’t do it justice, this is one of my new favorite recipes. Because my husband and I were the only ones in the family to eat these, and the recipe makes a generous quantity, we ate them for several days in a row and I didn’t get sick of them at all. […]

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Burrata with Lentils and Basil Vinaigrette

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This is one of my all-time favorite vegetarian main dishes. It’s perfect for Fridays in Lent or Meatless Mondays. It doesn’t look like much in the photo, but it’s packed with flavor from the homemade pesto-like sauce, and it’s incredibly satisfying. I haven’t found de puy lentils at any of my grocery stores, so I […]

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Empanadas

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Empanadas have been part of our regular dinner rotation for a while now. The boys LOVE them – well, three out of four boys love them. One still primarily eats yogurt and peanut butter sandwiches. Now, wouldn’t you think it was easy to make a meal that three out of four boys eat? Well, it […]

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Shrimp Scampi with Spiralized Zucchini

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We have friends visiting from Atlanta and one of them prefers to avoid gluten, so I have been making some gluten-free dishes. As I mentioned in another post, I have found that Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour is a very good substitute for regular flour. In lieu of flour in some of […]

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Black Bean Burgers

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These are the best black bean burgers I have ever made. You have to plan ahead because they need to rest for at least an hour before cooking them, but they’re well worth the planning. Many bean burgers have a mushy consistency. Not these. In a bun, they hold up like a hamburger. I like […]

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Pistachio-Crusted Cod Fillets

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If you like fish, this is a very simple dish to make and it’s elegant enough for company. The recipe calls for cod, but any thicker, mild white fish like halibut, for example, should do. I love this recipe because you can make the topping in advance. You can even spread the mustard and the […]

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Baked Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Curry Chickpeas

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I love a good, hearty plant-based meal. ┬áThis one fits the bill and it’s full of flavor. It comes together very quickly, especially if you microwave the sweet potatoes, so it’s a great candidate for a healthy weeknight meal.

This recipe makes 4 stuffed sweet potatoes, enough for 2 as an entree, or 4 as a […]

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Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)

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We ate this last night for dinner. After all these years, do you think the boys shared it with us? Nope. Do you think the boys wanted to try it? Um, nope. Some things never change. I even made it vegetarian, so it would potentially appeal to my vegetarian son. No luck.

This dish was delicious […]

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