In this Japanese-style soup, udon noodles in a hot broth are topped with crisp raw vegetables, making for an offbeat and pleasing presentation. It can be made minutes before you wish to serve it. The traditional way to eat this is to “slurp” the noodles with the help of chopsticks, then finish off the remaining soup with a spoon. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
We’ve rarely gone out for Indian food without including this classic cauliflower and potato curry among our selections. It’s a vegetarian/vegan standard. This simplified rendition comes together quickly, and the tofu mimics paneer, the bland, soft cheese found in some Indian dairy dishes. Photo courtesy of In My Box: An Exploration of My CSA Box. more→
Characteristic of certain Indonesian vegetable dishes are colorful vegetables (in this case, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and bell pepper), this stew is enveloped in a rich, spicy peanut sauce and embellished with rice noodles. This has so much going for it that you need only a simple salad to complete the meal. more→
Traditionally, what makes Creole “dirty rice” dirty is the addition of fowl gizzards. Um, no thanks. Chopped eggplant, a Louisiana crop, takes its place in this super-satisfying veggie version. Not spicy in itself, but you can make it that way. That’s what Tabasco is for. Recipe contributed by Ellen Kanner. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
This is a simplified variation of an eggplant dish appears that frequently on Indian restaurant menus as Baingan Bharata. Once the eggplant has been roasted and is cool enough to handle, this dish comes together quickly and easily. Adding some chickpeas makes it a main dish. This is a good make-ahead dish. Make up to the point before adding the greens and cilantro. Let cool and keep covered or refrigerate until needed, then add the greens and cilantro and heat through. Photos by Evan Atlas.
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→
Here’s a classic combo of corn, bell peppers, and tomatoes, Creole style. This veggie side dish was adapted by Creole cooks from a dish made by the Native Americans who populated southwest Louisiana. Make it when there’s a bumper crop of fresh corn; and also it’s a great choice for a Thanksgiving side dish. Adapted from Great American Vegetarian by Nava Atlas. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
These simple, traditional Indian flatbreads are especially good served with curried soups and stews. From Breadtime: A Down-to-Earth Cookbook for Bakers and Bread Lovers* by Susan Jane Cheney. more→
In Liguria, they call it farinata, in Provence, they call it socca. In both cases, it’s a Mediterranean pancake made with garbanzo flour, so it’s not just luscious, it’s gluten-free. Crispy crusted with a tender inside, it’s great by itself or with the red onion jam linked to this recipe in the ingredient list following. more→
This flavor-packed interpretation of Harira, a Moroccan soup combining high-protein lentils and chickpeas, can be enjoyed any time of year when you want a way to warm up, fast! Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas. more→
I love the unusual combination of flavorings in this dish. The tastes of the cinnamon and ginger really come through, and the bittersweet mixture of lemon and honey, with a sprinkling of currants, adds a perfect finish. Serve this over whole-grain couscous to complement the Middle Eastern flavors. Add spinach or Swiss chard to complete the meal. Use a medium to large (3 ½ to 5 quart) slow cooker. Excerpted from The Vegetarian Slow Cooker* by Judith Finlayson. Reprinted by permission. © 2010, Robert Rose, Inc. All rights reserved. more→
This simple recipe is a wonderful addition to your repertoire of summer vegetable dishes. The sweet tomatoes and pungent flavor of olives, both oil-cured black ones and brined green olives, wake up any appetite. It is also good tossed with short pasta and served hot or at room temperature. Recipe adapted from My Italian Garden* by Viana La Place. more→