Pasta Twists with Cauliflower and Spinach

Cauliflower & Spinach Pasta twists

One evening a while back, I had about one hour to make dinner for the family—and eat—between getting home from one activity and going out to another. I improvised based on what was in the fridge rather than following a recipe. This was the result; everyone liked this simple dish so much that I set down a recipe for it, and have followed it many times since. Serve with a salad of fresh greens and tomatoes (toss in some beans and chickpeas for extra protein), fresh bread, and your favorite wine. Photos by Evan Atlas.



Mediterranean Spinach with Pine Nuts and Raisins

Mediterranean Spinach with Pine nuts and raisins

Spinach with pine nuts and raisins is a traditional Mediterranean side dish that’s both elegant and easy. Its mild and slightly sweet flavor provides a nice counterpoint to boldly flavored Italian pasta dishes. But really, it goes well with most any kind of meal, including those featuring grain dishes and curries as well. more→


Contemporary Creamed Spinach (Dairy-Free)

How to make delicious dairy-free creamed spinach

In this vegan version of creamed spinach, you get the goodness of tofu instead of the bother of cooking a flour-thickened milk sauce. Easy and quick, it’s a feast for spinach fans! Photos by Evan Atlas. You can also see a step-by-step of this recipe at How to Make Delicious Dairy-Free Creamed Spinach. more→


Wild Rice Pilaf with Spinach and Almonds

Wild rice pilaf with spinach and almonds

Filled with earthy flavors, this wild and brown rice pilaf, enlivened with lots of spinach and parsley, is welcome as a side dish for everyday meals as well as special occasions. more→


Curried Lentils with Spinach

Lentils With Spinach

Here’s a simple, hearty everyday sort of dish; lentils and spinach are natural companions, and curried seasonings flavor them nicely. See the shortcut below for making this an even quicker dish using canned lentils. Adapted from Vegetariana. more→


Greens with Pinto Beans

Spinach on white

This simple Southwestern dish was inspired by a Native American recipe made with wild greens. More contemporary recipes call for spinach or chard instead. Try this side with tortilla dishes that don’t themselves contain beans, or with a big taco salad. more→


Udon Noodles with Spinach-Miso Pesto

This fusion pasta dish — the Asian flavor of miso with the bell peppers, tomatoes, and olives of Italian cuisine — makes a luscious warm-weather meal. Serve with fresh corn on the cob and a bountiful salad of greens and tomatoes. more→