Tagged: vegetarian

Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad

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If you need a restaurant recommendation, I used to be your go-to gal. With a 4-year-old, my priorities have changed, but you won’t hear me complaining that I don’t get out as often as the

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Ingredients
  • For croutons
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed sourdough bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • For vinaigrette
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Rigatoni with Tomato Sauce

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I don’t like to make a big deal out of tomato sauce. Canned tomatoes are a pantry staple, so I think of them as a weeknight/whenever go-to ingredient. I know there are people who spend

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • Parmesan rind, optional

Sheet Pan Nachos

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We had football on TV yesterday afternoon, but I didn’t care who won either game. My team didn’t make it to the playoffs, so that allowed me to have my full attention on snacks, the

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Ingredients
  • 1-9 oz. bag tortilla chips
  • 1-15 ounce can black beans
  • 1 cup canned or frozen corn
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced

Fresh Roasted Beet Pasta

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Besides cookies, pasta from scratch is my favorite thing to make with my son. The kitchen counters are guaranteed to be a flour-dusted mess, but he loves feeding the dough through the rollers of the

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Ingredients
  • 2-3 medium beets
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Curried Lentil Tomato Coconut Soup

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When the temperature hit 30 degrees yesterday, it felt borderline tropical. We’ve been in such a deep freeze in Chicago, like lots of other places, that I felt grateful to be able to go outside

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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 2-1/2-inch piece ginger
  • 1 tablespoon medium curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup red lentils
  • 1-14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes

Kale Apple Salad

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I’m definitely not a resolutions person. I already have an ongoing list of things in my life that I’m trying to improve like eliminating mindless snacking and working more fruits and veggies into my diet.

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Ingredients
  • 2 bunches lacinato kale
  • 3 Pink Lady Apples
  • 3/4 cup halved red grapes
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 ounce Manchego cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar

Roasted Carrot Feta Salad

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There’s a battle going on at my house: cookies vs. vegetables. My pantry is stocked with flour, sugar, sprinkles and everything else needed to bake up holiday treats at a moment’s notice. Then I have

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Ingredients
  • For carrots
  • 1-1/2 pounds rainbow carrots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • For vinaigrette
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Cheese Tortellini Pasta Bake

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It’s no secret that we are obsessed with pasta at our house. This is definitely not an exaggeration. My go-to family dinner no matter the night of the week is pasta. I love that it

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups Bertolli Organic Tomato & Basil Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Bertolli Organic Creamy Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 pound fresh cheese tortellini pasta
  • 1-14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, juice drained

Kale Barley Risotto

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It actually felt like winter this week, and I wasn’t very happy about it. Gone is the charming crisp air of fall. Now we bundling up in puffy coats complete with scarves, hats and gloves.

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Ingredients
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 cup torn lacinato kale leaves
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 ounce grated Parmesan
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil

Tuscan Ribollita Soup

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Life has felt pretty hectic ever since a few days before Thanksgiving. Our little guy turned 4 over the weekend, so post-holiday it’s been party planning and celebrating with family & friends. It feels like

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Ingredients
  • 3 slices crusty bread, torn into pieces
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled & roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic coves, minced

Roasted Rainbow Cauliflower

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As expected, the grocery was a total madhouse the day before Thanksgiving. I thought I was playing it smart getting there before 10am, but everyone else had the same brilliant idea. My three-year-old and I

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Ingredients
  • For chickpeas
  • 1-15 ounce cans chickpeas
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Golden Beet Soup

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Pureed veggie soups have been on repeat in my kitchen ever since the weather started to turn a little bit chilly. I have a formula—olive oil + some kind of onion + vegetables + spices.

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Ingredients
  • 4-6 medium golden beets
  • 4-6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 cups water