Eggplant is a beloved and frequently used ingredient in Turkish cuisine, and Imam Bayildi is one of the most iconic eggplant dishes. Translated as "the imam fainted," the story goes that when the imam's wife made this for dinner, he passed out when he found out how much olive oil had gone into it. This version has a bit less than the original! Take note that the eggplant cooks for a very long time, so simmer over very low heat.
A very simple fish dish made spectacular with Indian curry butter.
Simple yet complex, the tart-sweet flavor of the mango chutney in this turkey sandwich serves as a perfect counterbalance to the creaminess of the Brie.
Frozen puff pastry is a convenient kitchen resource, easily kept in the freezer until you need it. Thaw it in the refrigerator for 4 hours or so, and it will be soft enough to roll. The rich, flaky pastry makes a simple pizza into a real treat.
Grilling season is here! Made with homemade seitan, these grilled teriyaki rolls are stuffed with bright green scallions, and would be great served alongside a simple pot of steamed rice or with a cold gingery noodle dish. Much of this recipe could be done ahead of time - make the seitan, assemble the rolls, then grill when you’re ready to eat.
The Chinese street food version of these pancakes are often served for breakfast, but are more often served as an appetizer in North America. For a softer pancake, add a bit more water to the dough; you can substitute fresh garlic scapes for the scallions for a different flavor.
This is a grain- and gluten-free meal that cooks up really quickly on the grill. Serve with a big green salad, preferably outside.
Heirloom tomatoes and fresh leafy greens make this pasta dish great for a summer evening.
Summer’s tastiest blueberries are elevated with an out-of-the-ordinary whipped cream.
If you haven’t got an ice cream maker, don’t let that stop you from making ice cream! This recipe calls for just three ingredients, and you’ll have delicious, creamy ice cream using only a blender.
Lemon and blueberries seem made for each other, and these buttery, flakey scones are a perfect way to enjoy them. And they only take about a half hour start to finish!
This hearty salad is much more than the sum of its parts, and happens to be beautiful too. a great accompaniment to anything from the grill.
With lemon, thyme and radishes, this roasted chicken is tender, comforting and far from boring.
This is a special, but still simple, alternative to the basic breakfast you might have typical mornings. Tomato, dill and egg complement each other perfectly. Scale up for a group.
Sliced into rounds, roasted beets are surprisingly good in sandwiches, almost like vegetarian cold cuts. These sandwiches pair them with a layer of herbed cashew cheese, and hold up great in a packed or picnic lunch. The recipe yields more cheese than you’ll need for the sandwiches, so if you don’t devour it right away by the spoonful, you can freeze it in a covered container.
Serve this crumble with ice cream or whipped cream for dessert, or on its own or with yogurt for breakfast. Two types of ginger appear in both the crumble topping and the rhubarb filling, and the combination of sweet, tart and lightly spicy is unexpected and hard to resist. The butter is easily substituted with margarine if you’d prefer a vegan crumble.
This pasta dish is tossed with tender, roasted asparagus, and a creamy, lemon and garlic infused sauce that’s also dairy-free.
Store-bought puff pastry forms a buttery and delicious, but super simple, base for this savory tart. Be sure that the pastry is completely thawed before starting the recipe.
With a simple pot of steamed rice, this tofu dish makes a perfect weeknight dinner. The tofu is pan-fried, then tossed in a sauce fragrant with ginger, shallots, chiles and lots of green garlic.
If you’ve only tried sardines from a can, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by these. Roasted until crispy, and topped with a bright and punchy gremolata, these sardines make a great appetizer for a small group, or a dinner for two.
Young green garlic has a more delicate taste than the mature variety. Its mild flavor is highlighted in this chilled, fresh soup.
This pasta dish with caramelized onions and lots of garlic is a lovely way to use beets and beet greens. Use gold beets, or you’ll end up with pink pasta!
This fresh dinner salad is made with sweet, roasted carrots and beets, and spicy, peppery steak atop a bed of tender greens.
I like to double this recipe and keep them in the freezer. Just cook them first, and place on a baking sheet before freezing. When completely frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe bag. Voilà - convenient, homemade, delicious veggie burgers!
Pineapple adds a sweet, fruity flavor to these very easy baked beans.
Oats and coconut stand in for wheat and dairy in these fruity, moist, and tropical muffins. Perfect for breakfast or as a snack.
Thanks to a few different kinds of mushrooms and lots of warm spices, this rich and wholesome soup is full of deep flavor.
This is amazingly close to spinach and artichoke dip in sandwich form. Three different cheeses, fresh spinach, and really good bread make this a grilled cheese you’ll want to make again.
Spring has arrived, and with it rhubarb and strawberries! This almond cake with a sweet marzipan base is complemented beautifully by a simple, tart compote. For Passover, simply substitute the flour with finely-ground matzo meal.
Made with chickpea flour, socca is a large, gluten-free and vegan pancake. This one is made with Indian spices and sauteed onion and tomato.
Sweet caramelized onions, melted blue cheese, and crispy bacon are classic burger toppings for good reason.
Here is a tasty noodle salad that’s packed with vegetables and loads of protein. The longer you marinate the tempeh the better, so it makes sense to start that part the night before.
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made from mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage, with a million different variations. This take on it calls for Savoy cabbage, garlic, and leeks.
A couple of tips: full-fat coconut milk is a must here, and to keep the coconut cream bright white, use regular white sugar.
Grilling on a hickory plank gives beef a pronounced smokey flavor, and gives you perfectly tender results every time.
The method of cooking salmon on a cedar plank over an open flame goes way back. Soaking the plank first helps to ensure that the fish remains moist and tender, and it steams slowly, absorbing subtle smokiness from the wood itself, as well as any herbs or spices you use. This recipe is quite simple, calling for just some salt and pepper and optional dill and lemon.
With a pronounced berry finish balanced by a bitter undercurrent, blood oranges are a wonderful ingredient in baked goods. This easy pound cake is topped with a pink-flecked glaze that helps to keep it moist.
This chicken is cooked at 500℉ for about an hour, and is packed with flavorful garlic and citrus. Potatoes and carrots are roasted in the same pan as the chicken, so if you throw together a simple green salad while it’s in the oven, you have a filling, mostly hands-off meal.
This quick curry is perfect for a weeknight. Serve with warm flatbread.
With their rich, buttery flavor, Yukon Gold potatoes hold their own in this simple, unadorned gratin.
This simple, fresh salsa is ready in about 10 minutes. Perfect accompaniment to tortilla chips, but also anything grilled.
A lemony vinaigrette gives roasted parsnips, onions, and sweet potatoes a welcome brightness and freshness.
Classic appetizer, minus all the oil. These are great to have in the freezer - you can just bake them from frozen for a quick, cheesy treat.
Marinating in olive oil, lots of garlic, rosemary, and lemon zest makes these pork chops tender and flavorful.
Fresher and brighter than collards that are simmered for hours, this is a pesto that you’ll want to put on everything. Try on pasta, of course, but also stirred into minestrone, spread on toast, or as a topping for burgers.
For a decadent dessert that everyone will enjoy, try these chocolate peanut butter bars.
For good luck all year long, here’s what to eat on New Year’s Day. With bay leaf and dill, and no ham hock, this vegetarian version is Greek-inspired, not Southern.
This unique take on dal is loaded with broccoli and warm spices.
If you find yourself with a lot of broccoli on hand, try making a double batch of this pesto - it keeps beautifully in the freezer.
Here’s an unusual pȃté that would be an excellent addition to a vegetarian riff on a charcuterie platter. Add some good bread, a bowlful of olives, some pickled vegetables, a couple of nice cheeses and you would have quite the spread. It’s also really good on a piece of toast when you want a quick snack.
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