Entrée

Cilantro Noodle Bowl

Without a doubt my favorite cilantro-centric recipe. Soba noodles are tossed in a fresh, garlicky, cilantro-heavy sauce, and topped with barely blanched Romanesco broccoli and golden tofu matchsticks. The Romanesco is easily substituted with another vegetable.

 

Simple Omelet

This easy omelet is delicious as is, but is also a great jumping off point if you feel creative or have vegetables you want to use up, it lends itself so well to improvisation.

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

This elegant brunch recipe for Eggs Benedict replaces the English muffin with a portobello mushroom, making it gluten-free and Paleo-friendly.

Portobello Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

These grilled mushroom tacos are delicious, with avocado and shredded red cabbage - but the star of the show here is definitely this sauce. It’s cashew-based, with roasted jalapenos, garlic, and cucumber, and you’ll want to have it on everything.

Lemon Asparagus Risotto

A creamy and rich risotto that highlights one of the best vegetables of spring, minus the cheese.

Tuna Asparagus Salade Nicoise

Tender blanched asparagus joins seared tuna, hard-boiled eggs, and wedges of golden potato for a very springtime Nicoise salad.

 

Soba Noodles with Eggplant and Mango

This dish will require a decent amount of prep work, but much of it can be done ahead of time (make the dressing a day or two in advance, cook the tofu and cube the mango and have those ready in the fridge). It is well worth the effort - this is certainly one of the most memorable meals I’ve had in ages. Soba noodles are coated in a sweet, spicy, and lime-kissed sauce, then tossed with little cubes of pan-fried tofu, eggplant, chunks of fresh sweet mango, and handfuls of fresh herbs.

 

Duck Egg Scramble

Rich and creamy duck eggs are higher in protein and fat than chicken eggs. A simple scramble highlights their flavor.

Beef and Scallion Rolls

These savory bundles make a delicious shared appetizer at a casual party. Substitute goat or feta cheese if desired. Add caramelized onions to the rolls for a rich, sweet earthy flavor. 

Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Gratin

If prepping the Swiss chard is too time-consuming, using 5 or 6 cups of frozen spinach would be a good shortcut - just be sure to squeeze out excess water!

Green Goddess Chicken Sandwiches

If you grilling won't work for you, you can broil the chicken breasts instead. See the note for cooking instructions. This take on Green Goddess sauce calls for 1/2 cup of fresh herbs, and you can use any combination you like. Some good ones to try: basil, chives, cilantro, and parsley, or chervil, mint, and tarragon.

 

Meyer Lemon Under Two Bricks

For a golden, crisp crust and moist meat, this chicken is first weighted down with two bricks, then seared for a few minutes and finished in the oven.

Cilantro Lime Noodles with Shrimp and Snow Peas

This quick and easy noodle dish is light and flavorful, perfect for the first days of spring. Whether served as a hot entrée or cold salad, eggrolls or spring rolls are a great accompaniment for this dish, along with Thai iced tea and mango sorbet.

Spiced Broccoli "Couscous" Salad

Cauliflower stands in for couscous in this warm winter salad that will please everyone. Zesty curry powder makes it a flavorful companion to braised chicken or baked tofu. Garnish with crumbled feta cheese if desired. Add cubed marinated and baked tofu to any leftovers and stuff into a pita for tomorrow’s lunch. 

Chicken with Grated Beets, Beet Greens, and Orange Butter

This is such a straightforward recipe (and only dirties one pan!), you’ll want to make it again and again. It’s easy to double, and if you want to up the orange flavor, try cooking the grated beets in orange juice instead of water at the end. The orange butter is amazing slathered on the beets and beet greens as well as the chicken.

Beet Risotto

This colorful risotto is deceptively simple to prepare, but be warned that if you go with red beets instead of gold, it is a bit messy.

Crispy Peanut Tofu Stir-Fry over Cauliflower Rice

This crispy tofu is baked, not fried, and glazed with an easy sauce that only has five ingredients. If you’ve never tried cauliflower rice, it’s a game-changer - so fast and yummy, and a great way to get more vegetables in your diet! Use gluten-free soy sauce, and this recipe is gluten-free as well as vegan.

Cauliflower Steaks with Cauliflower Puree

This recipe is a complete celebration of cauliflower, with crispy-edged roasted steaks and a creamy, intense puree. For a vegan meal, use unsweetened nut milk instead.

Tangerine Beef with Glass Noodles

This recipe calls for broccolini, but sliced bell peppers, broccoli, zucchini, or asparagus (when it’s in season) would all be excellent substitutions.

Chia Seed Pancakes

Studded with chia seeds, the wonderful superfood, these pancakes are really easy to whip up. 

Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

High in protein, gluten- and dairy-free, these pancakes cook up golden brown with crispy edges and a soft, custard-like center. They are very delicate while cooking, so be sure to keep the pancakes small so they’re easier to flip, and be patient when flipping them. See the note for ideas for variations.

Spicy Ground Pork and Vegetable Stir-fry

This is the kind of simple, savory stir-fry that you’ll want to make over and over. It’s a versatile template for a meal, so you can substitute or add vegetables that you have on hand or are in season. Make a pot of rice, and you have a dinner that will please everyone.

Shrimp with Kale and Shiitakes

Thanks to shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, white wine, and garlic, this easy dish is intensely flavorful. Try serving over egg or udon noodles, or with steamed rice.

Sweet Potato Kale Grilled Cheese

This sandwich gets everything right:  roasted sweet potato, kale, Havarti cheese, sautéed red onions, and fresh rosemary. This is your go-to cold weather sandwich!

Pot Roast with Rutabaga and Parsnips

When the weather turns chilly, a recipe like this is great to turn to - the roast cooks for hours in the oven, warming your house and whetting your appetite for dinner.

Mustard and Shallot Roast Chicken

With only a handful of ingredients that you probably already have around, this is so simple, and ready in under an hour and a half.

Sake Steamed Mandarin Fish

Tart satsuma provides the perfect balance to rich white fish. Ginger-scented rice is an excellent way to soak up sake-based steaming broth. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled, too.

Brussels Sprout Salad

When you come across perfectly fresh, bright green Brussels sprouts, shredding them paper thin for a salad is a wonderful treatment. Use a mandoline for very fine, feathery slices. Omit the cheese for an equally pleasing vegan dish.

Quinoa and Fig Salad

This is a hearty salad with an unexpected and satisfying combination of ingredients.