Tag Archives | Vegetarian Dishes

Broccoli White Bean Soup

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? I didn’t, until Craig came home yesterday with some ingredients and declared his intention to make some grilled cheese. His creation, turkey breast with munster, pepper jack and barbecue sauce was AMAZING. So amazing, in fact, that we gobbled them up without even thinking of taking photos. It’s cold and raining here in Boston. After taking Archer to the dog park where he got absolutely filthy in the mud I decided I really felt like soup. After the grilled cheese extravaganza the night before, I wanted to create a soup that would go really well with grilled cheese or any [...]

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Squash and Quinoa Chili – Cooking for the Week

After all the overindulgent holiday eating, it can be nice to enjoy something warm and filling, yet light. Looking at all the gorgeous fall squash still at the store, I wanted to create a healthy vegetarian chili highlighting this yummy veggie. I used quinoa, since it is packed with protein and fiber and has a lovely chewy texture that compliments the chili well. Add some beans, veggie broth and spices and you have a simple dinner that takes approximately 35 minutes to put together. This is the first recipe in a series I’m calling “Cooking for the Week.” It’s a simple recipe that you can put together Sunday night and [...]

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Curried Cauliflower and Chickpeas

As a recovering cauliflower-hater, I am enjoying coming up with new ways to enjoy it. Here is a laughable simple variation, that is both simple and super healthy. Combining chickpeas and cauliflower is a great way to whip up a protein and fiber packed dinner. Curry powder provides fabulous flavor without added calories or fat. Dry roasting the chickpeas bring out their natural flavor and compliments the smoky curry and paprika. Finish with parsley and serve with some brown rice or nan. Perfect to spice up a boring weeknight.Ingredients:1 large head of cauliflower, washed and cut into florets1 can of chickpeas, rinsed1 tbsp curry powder1 tsp paprika1 tbsp olive oil1 [...]

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Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables

When Craig travels for work, I get to cook with some of the things he doesn’t like. Tonight I decided to combine a bunch of those ingredients to make a simple and hearty fall dish. Farro is tossed with some tasty roasted veggies for a lean, filling and vitamin rich dinner. I chose mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini, but other veggies such as carrots, beets or sweet potatoes would work nicely as well. All you need is some olive oil, salt and pepper and you have an immensely flavorful dish that is light and easy to prepare. Full recipe after the jump! Ingredients:1 cup farro, dry2 medium tomatoes, quartered1 medium [...]

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Baked Pumpkin Pasta

Pumpkin puree is a flavorful and low calorie addition to any dish. I’ve been getting into the fall spirit and am loving adding pumpkin to everything these days. Tonight I decided to throw together a simple baked pasta dish that pairs creamy pumpkin with flavorful goat cheese and pesto for a delicious and simple vegetarian meal. Quick and easy to put together, this dish is filling but still light. This recipe makes enough for some tasty leftovers as well! Read more for the full recipe! Ingredients: 1lb whole wheat pasta (penne, fusilli, orecchiette) 1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling) 3 tbsp basil pesto 4oz herbed goat cheese [...]

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Cuban Style Rice and Beans

Rice and beans is an ultimate comfort dish. In Cuba, this dish is referred to as Moros y Cristianos, which translates to Moors and Christians. The traditional preparation requires cooking with a ham hock and white rice. I decided to make a healthier, vegetarian version, that uses dried black beans and brown rice. The complex flavors come from the addition of a jalepeno, tomato paste and red wine vinegar. This version is low in fat and sodium, and bursting with healthy protein and fiber. It makes a great dinner and leaves plenty of leftovers for lunch! Read more for the full recipe!Ingredients:3/4 cup brown rice, dry2/3 cup dry black beans, [...]

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