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Red Lentil Marinara Sauce

Red Lentil Marinara Sauce

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

It’s the most-asked question for vegetarians: “How do you get enough protein?”

The fact is, it’s easy to get enough protein in your diet – human protein requirements are not as crazy-complicated as many folks believe.

That said, I’ve come to the recent realization that, for me, I need more. It helps me feel satisfied; it keeps me full for longer. And thus, I eat less overall. Which, for a gal who’s always fought her weight, is a pretty big deal.

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Broccoli Raisin Salad Your Way (with Optional Bacon & Sunflower Seeds)

Broccoli Raisin Salad Your Way (with Optional Bacon & Sunflower Seeds)

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I try not to be a high-maintenance vegetarian. You know, the kind of vegetarian who demands loudly that things be made their way, all the time, no matter who else is eating?

Not that I’ve ever met that kind of vegetarian. In fact, such a vegetarian might not even exist. But in my fertile and dramatic little mind, they do. And I don’t ever want to be one.

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Mini Margherita Quinoa Frittatas (with Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, and Mozzarella)

Mini Margherita Quinoa Frittatas (with Cherry Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, and Mozzarella)

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I’m really not sure if I should call these margherita quinoa frittatas or caprese quinoa frittatas. Either way it’s not the easiest to say. I probably should just call them cherry tomato, basil, and mozzarella frittatas.

Or maybe I’ll just call them delicious. And easy. And perfect to freeze for quick, healthy, filling future breakfasts.

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Creamy Greek Salad Sandwich Wraps with Optional Chicken (+ a Food Writing Workshop!)

Creamy Greek Salad Sandwich Wraps with Optional Chicken (+ a Food Writing Workshop!)

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

There are some definite cliches when it comes to writing for food blogs, and after attending a food writing workshop with the inspiring Kathleen Flinn earlier this month, I’m more aware of them – and the fact that I have used every one ad nauseam – than ever before.

I mean, I really, really want to talk about the weather right now. (The calendar says summer’s all but here, but it’s freezing out there and now I’ve got a miserable cold – what?!) And I’m pretty much obsessed with farmer’s markets, but if I ever find myself writing that I picked up some delicious-looking peaches at one and then decided to make a tart with them, I’ll now know I’ve officially jumped the blog shark (um, again).

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Garlicky Stewed Green Beans & Tomatoes

Garlicky Stewed Green Beans & Tomatoes

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

It makes me feel uncool to admit this because she’s so dang popular, but The Pioneer Woman is one of my favorite food personalities. And you know what? I’m just going to say it. I think Ree is pretty awesome. I thoroughly enjoy so many aspects of her blog – her writing is engaging and her photography stunning – and I’ve always had success when I’ve tried her recipes. And her TV show is totally fun to watch.

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Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Mmm … soup. Loved, cherished, maybe even a little admired, and made very, very often around here once autumn comes around. It’s something that lends itself well to our mixed-diet kitchen: so many amazing soups start out already vegetarian, and so many more just need a little stock swap – a hearty, rich vegetable stock in place of chicken or beef broth. And then perhaps a little meat on top or simmered with half the batch for a few minutes at the end.

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Orzo Salad with Chickpeas & Cherry Tomatoes

Orzo Salad with Chickpeas & Cherry Tomatoes

Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

This salad became a fast favorite when I dug into the first batch a couple of years ago, and it remains a fave – especially this time of year when tomatoes are in season, sweet onions are plentiful, and the garden overflows with basil and mint.

Protein-rich chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) and hearty orzo pasta provide the basis for this delicious meal-in-a-bowl. Sprinkle in fresh halved cherry tomatoes, sweet onion, chopped mint and basil, then dress with a lemon vinaigrette and you’ve got a simple – and simply winning – salad.

(Wow. The word “winning” just really doesn’t work anymore, does it? Thanks a lot, Charlie!)

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Kale & Toasted Walnut Pesto Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Kale & Toasted Walnut Pesto Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

My friend Megan is a seriously hard-working mama of two adorable (and busy!) girls. A version of this recipe appears in her family’s regular simple-weeknight-meal rotation, and it’s easy to tell why: it’s a cinch to put together, it’s delicious, and, well … it’s delicious. She even brought us all the fixings to whip up a welcome batch of Pesto Pasta when we were fresh home from the hospital with our newborn a few months back. We love Megan.

Megan’s version uses basil pesto, and it’s terrific. For this variation, I used kale and toasted walnut pesto for a slight variation in flavor along with some nutrient-loaded, omega-3 superfood power.

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Magic Three-Ingredient Pasta Sauce

Magic Three-Ingredient Pasta Sauce

Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

The first time I read about this recipe, I was a doubter. Canned tomatoes, butter, and an onion? Sure, I thought, sounds okay and all. But it doesn’t sound like anything that would part the heavens and make the birds sing and force me to declare proudly that my life was now complete.

Which I guess it really doesn’t – it’s just food after all. But this sauce truly is more divine than you’d think upon reading the list of ingredients. Something about simmering these three ingredients together really does create magic.

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Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup

Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

This recipe is unbelievably simple, yet so utterly delicious that once you try it, you’ll likely never go back to canned tomato soup.

With just six ingredients – tomatoes, butter, an onion, vegetable broth, garlic, and a little cream – it’s a cinch to put together. Tomato soup – especially super-delicious creamy tomato soup – is something just about everyone loves, meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, so it’s likely to please every palate under your roof.

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Italian Tomato Sauce

Italian Tomato Sauce

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012 in Foundations, Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

This is one of those recipes that acts as a foundation for all kinds of great dishes. Lasagna, baked ziti, spaghetti, spaghetti pie. It’s even delicious as a breadstick dipping sauce.

About once a month, you’ll find a giant pot of Italian Tomato Sauce bubbling away on my stove, making the house smell scrumptious.

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