An appealing vegetable trio — asparagus, zucchini or summer squash, and red bell peppers — is enlivened by a wine-scented sauté. This colorful veggie side dish is perfect for embellishing everyday meals as well as spring holiday dinners.
The preparation of this tasty Slavic-inspired dish can be greatly simplified by using pre-shredded coleslaw cabbage, but for flavor, I prefer a fresh green cabbage. For a complete, easy meal, serve with a simple bean dish and a salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, peppers, and carrots. Photos by Rachael Braun.
Here’s a simple, classic potato salad made vivid with beets. If you have access to golden beets, by all means, use them. They’re even sweeter than red beets, and keep their vivid color to themselves more than red beets do. Is this salad really Russian? I have no idea; it is really good, though, especially if you like beets! more→
If you’ve gone vegan or are lactose intolerant (which a majority of humans are, logically — we’re not calves, after all!), it’s heartening to observe the growth of nondairy alternatives to milks and cheeses. There are a number of the latter that give you that nice melted quality that makes pizza, mac ‘n cheese, and quesadillas so yummy. If you’re missing the sharper flavor and pleasantly hard, dry texture of artisanal style cheeses, fortunately, those options are expanding, as well. more→
As a change of pace from the classic strawberry-banana, try this easy chocolate raspberry banana smoothie. Use frozen raspberries any time of year (keep them frozen for a frosty treat!) and fresh raspberries whenever possible. more→
These generous quesadillas, filled with black beans, broccoli, and portobella mushrooms, make a substantial one-dish meal that’s easily completed with a simple salad on the side. Using a judicious sprinkling of vegan cheese make these extra yummy, but if you object to vegan cheese, skip it. Note, however, that there will be nothing “queso” about these quesadillas, which are essentially embellished grilled cheese sandwiches made with tortillas (and usually embellished with other ingredients). more→
Here’s a simple soup of quick-cooking red lentils, embellished with tender greens. It’s a warming homemade soup you can have on the table in less than 45 minutes. Once you’ve done the onion-garlic sauté, there’s very little additional work to do! Serve with fresh pita, croutons, or crispy pita chips that you can crumble right into the soup. The recipe yields a flavorful but mild soup; see notes on seasonings following the recipe if you’d like to kick it up a few notches.
These brown rice cereal bars, filled with seeds and dried fruit, are super-quick to make and provide a nutrient-dense treat that tastes decadent. My gosh, these are yummy, if I do say so myself! No baking or machines required, just a bit of patience as they set up in the refrigerator.