Lacto-vegetarian

Individual Puff Pastry Tarts with Parsley, Tomato and Feta

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.

Chard Salad with Lemon, Parmesan and Breadcrumbs

Have you ever tried eating Swiss chard raw? This light, lemony salad might make you a convert. It’s got some crunch from garlicky breadcrumbs and is tossed with an easy dressing. Transform it into a hearty meal by topping it with chickpeas or a poached egg.

Cherry Almond Tart

This is the kind of tart that you might see at a fancy European pastry shop - it’s definitely a special way to treat yourself to summer cherries.

Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

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! 

Baked Egg with Tomato and Dill

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.

Double Ginger Rhubarb Crumble

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.

Asparagus, Mushroom and Cheddar Tart

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.

Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese

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.

Colcannon

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.

Mango Kulfi

Kulfi is a type of Indian ice cream. This is packed with mangoes, and doesn’t require an ice cream machine. Try the recipe as written, or fold in some chopped pistachios before it goes in the freezer.

Blood Orange Pound Cake

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.

Two-Potato Gratin

With their rich, buttery flavor, Yukon Gold potatoes hold their own in this simple, unadorned gratin.

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

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.

Collard Greens and Kale Pesto

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.

Mustard-Roasted Broccoli Pȃté with Leeks and Lemon

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.

Ginger Citrus Poppy Seed Muffins

These poppy seed muffins are far from basic, with lots of lemon juice and zest, freshly grated ginger, and an easy glaze with Satsuma juice.

Onion and Mushroom Tart

This savory tart could be served as dinner  with the addition of a green salad, or as an elegant appetizer for a larger group. Try an assortment of fresh mushrooms, like button and oyster and porcini, or just use one variety.

Plato's Polenta Pie

Here's a flavorful Mediterranean-inspired dish from the Willy Street Co-op's deli. 

Leek and Spinach Frittata

This hearty egg dish is lovely when allowed to cool a bit before serving, with a dollop of thick Greek yogurt and some torn basil on top. The recipe calls for 10 egg whites plus a couple of yolks, but you can use 8 whole eggs instead with good results. Serve for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Pumpkin Grilled Cheese

These grilled cheese sandwiches are truly decadent, and well worth the time it takes to roast the pumpkin.

Plum Crumble

This crumble is made with not too much sugar, so the sweet-tart plums can take center stage. Serve for dessert on its own, or with some melty vanilla ice cream. It also doubles as a lovely breakfast.

Green Beans with Almond Pesto

Try using a combination of purple, yellow, and green beans for an even more colorful side dish, perfect alongside grilled burgers.

Green Beans with Almond Pesto

Try using a combination of purple, yellow, and green beans for an even more colorful side dish, perfect alongside grilled burgers.

Turkish-style Braised Green Beans

Braising in olive oil is the traditional way of cooking vegetables in Turkey. The long cooking time here intensifies the flavors and turns the green beans tender, and creates a delicious sauce that’s perfect for sopping up with fresh bread.

 

Mascarpone Cream

This super easy topping is excellent on anything from fruit pie to cobbler to pound cake. 

Roasted Corn with Cilantro and Queso Fresco

If you’re going with fresh corn, choose firm, tightly closed, freshly picked ears of corn, you don’t want any dried out kernels. Frozen is just fine if the super fresh stuff isn’t available.

Green Garlic Crostini

These crostini are topped with an easy, creamy spread that's loaded with spicy green garlic and tangy fromage blanc. 

Coconut Mango Icebox Cake

In this icebox cake, whipped cream is enhanced with cream cheese and cream of coconut, and layered with graham crackers and lots and lots of mango, then topped with toasted coconut flakes.

Duck Egg Cake with Rosemary

This cake is very very easy to make. If you don't want quite as much "ducky" flavor, substitute the duck fat with butter. If you don't like rosemary, omit it altogether, or use lemon verbena, sage, or winter savory instead. For a sweeter cake, increase the sugar to a full cup. Served with whipped cream and fresh fruit, this is a dessert that's sure to please.

Grilled Scallions with Romesco Sauce

This Spanish sauce is also delicious with oven-roasted potato wedges, fries or even grilled shrimp or as a condiment for chicken, lamb chops or meatballs. It makes a great alternative to pesto as well: stir it into soups and stews or toss with pasta. 

Parmesan Drop Biscuits

A simple meal of soup or a roasted chicken becomes a divine repast with the addition of these meltingly tender biscuits. Drop biscuits may not look as perfect as biscuits that are rolled and cut out, but they are just as good, and require less cleanup. 

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!

Avocado Fries with Queso Dip

Talk about gilding the lily! Ripe avocados get sliced into wedges, battered, fried, then served with creamy cheese sauce. Note that you do need a fry thermometer for best results.

Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Morning Buns with Lemon-Blueberry Glaze

With layers of flakey dough, a filling of lemon-poppyseed-sugar with a hint of vanilla, and a bright purpley-pink glaze, these buns are well worth the effort of working with yeasted dough. This recipe is a much-speeded-up shortcut of the typical lamination process - it’s still somewhat complicated, but nowhere near as time-consuming as it usually is.