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Adobo Black Bean Fajita Bowls with Avocado Yogurt

Adobo Black Bean Fajita Bowls with Avocado Yogurt

I’ve never met a grain bowl I didn’t like and this Tex Mex-inspired fajita bowl is no exception. Brimming with plant-based goodness like black beans, peppers, onions and brown rice, this recipe is as delicious as it is easy. To add big flavor fast, and skip wrangling multiple spice jars, I’m using an all-in-one Adobo […]

Simple Shrimp Pad Thai

Simple Shrimp Pad Thai

Pad Thai on a weeknight, no take-out necessary! This easy, approachable recipe comes together in about 30 minutes using familiar ingredients. Traditional Pad Thai calls for tamarind paste, but to minimize extra ingredients I’m showing you how to make a flavorful Pad Thai sauce using ketchup (trust me!) and a few other pantry staples as […]

Sheet Pan Snack Dinner

Sheet Pan Snack Dinner

Snack dinner is our favorite way to eat up the leftover bits and pieces from the week, especially during the holidays when little nibbles and noshes abound. Assembling all of the elements on a sheet pan (or serving platter) gives new life to ordinary ingredients. Place the tray in the center of your dinner table […]

Ham and Bean Soup

Quick Ham and Bean Soup

Nothing beats a from-scratch pot of ham and bean soup using a ham bone and dried beans, but this one gets it done on a weeknight in about 30 minutes using leftover cooked ham and canned beans. To thicken the soup (as if it’s been cooking for hours), I’m suggesting you puree one can of […]

Open-Face Vegetables Melts with Pesto

Open-Face Vegetable Melts with Pesto

Garlic toast meets grilled cheese in these quick and easy open-face sandwiches! Throw in some sautéed vegetables and basil pesto and you’ve got one totally satisfying dinner. While quicker cooking vegetables work best here (think bell peppers, mushrooms and zucchini), feel free to use any mix of vegetables you have on hand. This is also […]

Eggplant Caponata with Roasted Garlic Hummus

Eggplant Caponata with Roasted Garlic Hummus

Often featured as an appetizer, serving caponata atop store-bought hummus is an easy way to add protein and turn this hearty vegetable dish into a vegan entrée. The caponata can be prepped up to 3 days in advance and served warm, at room temperature or as a chilled, cooked salad. Be sure to serve this […]

Trader Joe’s Recipe: Melodius Masala Curry

Forget take-out. This vegetarian lentil and garbanzo bean curry is on the table in under 10 minutes thanks to a handful of ingredients (just 4!) from your neighborhood Trader Joe’s. It’ll also cost you less than $4 per serving! Look for Trader Joe’s Melodius Blend, a combo of cooked green and red lentils with green […]

Steel Cut Oat “Risotto” with Mushrooms and Kale

Oats aren’t just for breakfast! We’re swapping in steel cut oats for Arborio rice in this weeknight-friendly vegetarian main dish that will leave you wondering why you haven’t tried savory oats sooner. It’s everything you love about traditional risotto without all the work. Plus, you benefit from the health perks of whole grain oats, like […]

Roasted Delicata and Goat Cheese Pasta

Roasted Delicata Squash and Goat Cheese Pasta

As its name suggests, delicata squash has a “delicate” skin that is completely edible when cooked, which means you don’t need to peel it (so it’s perfect for quick meals). Here, roasted delicata is tossed with sturdy bucatini and a mild goat cheese sauce to allow the sweetness of the squash to really shine. It’s […]

Moroccan Mussels and Chickpeas in Spiced Tomato Broth

Moroccan Mussels with Chickpeas

With a handful of ingredients and about 15 minutes, you can prepare a show-stopping seafood dinner worthy of a special occasion any night of the week! I’m combining a jar of prepared shakshuka sauce – a spiced Moroccan-style tomato sauce – with vegetable stock to create a bold, delicious broth in minutes. Trust me, you’re […]

Cheese tortellini with roasted red pepper pesto and spinach

Tortellini with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

Swap in a jar of roasted red bell peppers for basil in this 20-minute weeknight-friendly pasta dish. Be sure to drain and rinse the red peppers to remove the brine (which can be a little too tangy). For an easy protein boost, top this garlicky tortellini with leftover roasted chicken or stir in a can […]

Sheet pan with acorn squash rings around cooked eggs

Squash Egg-in-a-Hole

For an autumnal spin on the classic egg-in-a-hole, try this. It’s great for breakfast-for-dinner night (or weekend brunch) and only requires about 5 minutes of hands-on time. Small to medium acorn squash work best. I’m suggesting you top these with “everything bagel” seasoning at the end, but good old salt and pepper works, too. Serve […]