Soy-free

Pearl Couscous Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil Pesto

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. 

Imam Bayildi

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.

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.

Grilled Chicken with Swiss 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.

Cherry Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Have one for breakfast, dessert or a snack - these muffins are packed with fruit and enough chocolate to make them feel indulgent. The muffins are made with oat and whole wheat flours, just a touch of brown sugar, and without dairy or eggs. They bake up perfectly light and moist. 

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.

Cherry Bounce

This irresistible cordial has just three ingredients, and was famously one of George Washington’s favorite treats. The leftover boozy cherries can be served on ice cream or over pound cake for a decadent dessert. Note that the active prep time is about 30 minutes, but the bounce won't be ready for 40+ days!

Blueberry-Coconut Ice 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. 

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.

Roasted Beet and Creamy Dill Cashew Cheese Sandwiches

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.

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.

Creamy Lemon Asparagus Pasta

This pasta dish is tossed with tender, roasted asparagus, and a creamy, lemon and garlic infused sauce that’s also dairy-free.

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.

Roasted Sardines with Green Garlic Gremolata

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.

Green Garlic Vichysoisse

Young green garlic has a more delicate taste than the mature variety. Its mild flavor is highlighted in this chilled, fresh soup.

Bistro Beet Burgers

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!

Sweet and Sour Stuffed Yellow Peppers

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 Coconut Muffins

Oats and coconut stand in for wheat and dairy in these fruity, moist, and tropical muffins. Perfect for breakfast or as a snack.

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.

Almond Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

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. 

Socca with Tomato and Onion

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.

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.

Grilled Salmon on a Cedar Plank

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.

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.

Lemon and Blood Orange Roasted Chicken

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.

Hearts of Palm and Blood Orange Salad

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.

Two-Potato Gratin

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