This summery salad is packed with herbs, spinach and heirloom tomatoes. It travels well and is great at room temperature, so it’s perfect for a picnic or packed lunches. Use a combination of red, yellow, green and orange tomatoes if you can.
This is simple and elegant meal, and the flavors of the varied ingredients remain bright and distinct. It’s a nice way to highlight very fresh herbs and a perfect summer tomato.
These over-the-top sandwiches are great for a crowd. Herb-marinated steak is piled onto buttery Texas toast and topped with juicy tomatoes and Chimichurri mayonnaise. Mince the herbs, arugula and garlic by hand or whiz in a food processor.
An unfortunate attribute of many tomato tarts is a soggy, tomato juice-laden crust, but in-season tomatoes are so full of flavor they deserve better! This recipe solves the mushy crust dilemma. A tart dough made with lots of hard cheese is par baked, sliced tomatoes are lightly salted to remove excess water and are then arranged in the tart shell just before serving. The uncooked tomatoes retain their vibrant summer flavor, and the tart shell retains its structure. Served with a leafy green salad (and a glass of wine) this tart makes a very special and unfussy meal.
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.
Vegetables, whole grains and Sriracha-tahini dressing make this flavorful, easy, one-bowl meal a perfect addition to your weeknight dinner rotation.
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.
Here’s a fragrant, satisfying one-pot meal that’s great for a weeknight.
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.
For a serious power breakfast (or lunch or dinner!), stuff corn tortillas with creamy scrambled eggs and rainbow chard.
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.
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.
These tacos take just minutes to prepare, and they’re packed with flavor. The easy radish salsa is peppery and crunchy.
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.
This is a stand-out summer meal, perfect for an evening when you have some time to spend firing up a grill (the actual cooking time is quite short though!).
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.
A compound butter with green garlic, parsley and shallots accompanies this tender rib eye.
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!
Bright yellow peppers are stuffed with a wonderfully seasoned brown rice and vegetable mixture. If you’d prefer, you can substitute your favorite grain for the rice.
Pineapple adds a sweet, fruity flavor to these very easy baked beans.
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.
Chickpeas and chorizo make this a hearty, substantial, and savory frittata, and it’s ideal when you want dinner on the table fast.
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.
This easy recipe is a typical Shanghai-style meal. Dried shiitake mushrooms impart deep, umami-rich flavor.
With creamy avocado, juicy mango, lime, and cilantro, this version of tuna tartare is unmistakably tropical.
With its tangy sauce and meaty texture, barbecue jackfruit makes a great taco filling. These tacos are Asian inspired, with a soy and sesame-dressed slaw.
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.
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 salad goes so nicely with so many meals, you might find yourself eating it every couple of days when blood oranges are in season. The bright pink color of the dressing is a welcome sight in the middle of winter, and the combination of crunchy, slightly bitter romaine with crisp hearts of palm and juicy blood oranges is one you won’t forget.
These fast and filling tacos are made with easy, pan-fried, cubed sirloin. The salsa features sparkling blood orange and creamy avocado.
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.
With pancetta, tomatoes, and plenty of fresh oregano, this roast chicken dish has lots of Mediterranean flavor.
Congee, or Asian-style rice porridge, has many variations. This version uses brown rice instead of the typical white, and contains lots of fresh shiitake mushrooms, warm garlic and ginger, and greens. Serve with optional toppings (see the note at the bottom for some ideas) at the table, and you’ll have a comforting meal that will please everyone.
Eggplant and shiitake mushrooms are cooked in a simple but super flavorful sauce loaded with garlic, ginger, and sesame.
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