Vegan

Red Curry Delicata Squash and Tofu

Making your own curry paste is surprisingly straightforward, and the resulting flavor and aroma blows the prepackaged variety out of the water. You’ll use just 5 tablespoons of the paste for the recipe, and you can freeze the rest. This squash and tofu dish is a relatively dry curry. Serve with brown or jasmine rice.

Butternut, Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Stew

Creamy winter squash, sweet potatoes and red lentils are cooked in a creamy coconut-tomato broth, and enlivened by spicy turmeric, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, garlic and a touch of apple cider vinegar. Best when allowed to sit for a day.

Avocado and Sweet Onion Salad

This salad is so good alongside anything grilled. Its dressing has a healthy kick from jalapenos, but the creamy avocado and sweet onion work to balance it out.

Grilled Peaches with Mint Pesto

This savory side dish goes nicely with grilled meats or kebabs, when it’s so hot out that you don’t want to turn on the stove. The mint and basil pesto is a unique accompaniment that you’ll want to make again and again.

 

Peach Sangria with Cava

When peaches are in season and the days are still long and sweltering, pour yourself a chilled glass of this refreshing sangria. 

 

Gazpacho

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the tomatoes in the boiling water for 4 minutes and use a slotted spoon to transfer to a cutting board to cool. When cool enough to handle, peel the skins and scoop out the seeds. Set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the bread olive oil, garlic, basil, fennel, paprika, half of the green peppers, half of the onion, and half of the cucumber. Add the tomatoes. Process until the mixture is smooth. Add the remaining green peppers, onion, cucumber and cherry tomatoes. Pulse to achieve your desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.

 

Grilled Watermelon with Lime and Red Pepper

The combination of lime zest and crushed red pepper flakes on watermelon is really lovely, but you can try other flavor combinations like brown sugar, lime and cumin, or nothing at all.  Be sure to slice the watermelon into wedges - large round steaks will likely fall apart when you try to flip them.

Yellow Watermelon and Mint Pops

While mint is probably the most kid-friendly, you can try using basil or tarragon instead. When the pops are frozen, they will seem less sweet than when you’re preparing the puree, so keep that in mind when you’re adding sugar to the mixture. 

 

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.

Goddess Bowl

Vegetables, whole grains and Sriracha-tahini dressing make this flavorful, easy, one-bowl meal a perfect addition to your weeknight dinner rotation.

Seitan Negimaki

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.

Scallion Pancakes with Spicy Dipping Sauce

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. 

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 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thai Salad with Peanut Tempeh

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.

Barbecue Jackfruit Tacos

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.

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.

Brown Rice Congee with Shiitake Mushrooms and Greens

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.

Mango and Avocado Salsa

This simple, fresh salsa is ready in about 10 minutes. Perfect accompaniment to tortilla chips, but also anything grilled.

Vegetable Cottage Pie

Cottage pie is a traditional Irish dish made with lamb and potatoes, much like shepherd’s pie. This vegetarian version is made with plenty of vegetables and lentils, simmered with fresh rosemary. It’s such a perfect dinner for a cold winter’s evening, don’t wait until St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy it.

Black-eyed Peas with Collard Greens

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.

Grapefruit Campari Sorbet

Rio Star grapefruits are at their peak now, so this is the best time to tuck into this liqueur-infused frosty treat. The Campari helps the sorbet stay scoopable, but if you want to substitute it with orange juice (or grapefruit juice), or omit it entirely, that is fine.

Vegan French Onion Soup with Homemade "Mozzarella"

French onion soup without beef broth? It can be done! To develop deep, rich umami taste, this recipe has you initially cook the onions on the stove, then transfer them for some time in the oven, and back on the stovetop to simmer with thyme, tamari, and balsamic vinegar. A lid of toasted baguette and homemade “mozzarella” take this to another level.

Cranberry Orange Pancakes

These lightly sweet, golden, and fluffy pancakes are topped with a simple citrus-y cranberry sauce.

Smoky Apple Veggie Burger

Sometimes a homemade veggie burger is the way to go. The extra care that goes into these will make having a burger feel more special than if you’re pulling it out of a box. These ones freeze really well - just freeze after you’ve baked them.

Easy Slow Cooker Apple Butter

With no sweetener, and just some spices to taste, this apple butter is pure, apple-y goodness. It’s delicious as is, but you can use this as a starting off point if you’d like to get inventive with more ingredients.

Cranberry Salsa

Lime and jalapeno liven up this fresh take on cranberry sauce.