Vegan

Blood Orange-Braised Cabbage over Barley

Red cabbage is braised in blood orange juice and aromatics for a very simple, wholesome dinner. Barley is a great winter food: hearty and filling without being heavy, and very high in fiber and selenium.

BLT Salad

Forget what you know about kale salads! Tossed in creamy dressing with skillet-roasted cherry tomatoes, his may be the most delicious kale salad you've had - it really is like a (veggie!) BLT in salad form.

Gumbo Z'herbes

Gumbo z'herbes is a southern Louisiana dish that's traditionally served on Good Friday durning Lent. Traditional recipes called for seven different types of greens for good luck. This version starts wih a roux base that will add a lot of depth of flavor, and you won't miss the meat.

Ambrosia (Citrus Salad with Coconut)

What a perfect winter dessert! Seasonal citrus pairs up with pineapple and shredded coconut in a simple, not too sweet fruit salad. Note that it only takes a few minutes to prepare, but it's best when allowed to sit for a couple of hours to let the flavors develop.

Radicchio, Carrot, and Cara Cara Orange Salad

This crunchy, brightly-colored salad has a touch of spice from fresh ginger and shallot dressing. If you don't have any bulgur on hand, feel free to substitute rice, quinoa, or couscous, and if Cara Cara oranges aren't available, use navels.

Persimmon Salsa

You can make this tasty and unique salsa up to 4 hours ahead of time. Just keep covered in the refrigerator, and bring to room temperature before serving. Serve with tortilla chips or roasted chicken.

Coconut Snowballs

Tender, buttery, and not too sweet, these simple no-bake cookies will be welcome at any gathering!

Chestnut Butter

This chestut butter would make a lovely home-made gift for the holidays. It's very adaptable to your tastes: try adding a pinch or two of cardamom or cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon or so of vanilla extract, and if you'd prefer something sweeter, drizzle in 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup at the end. 

Pumpkin Tortilla Soup

Here's a great, flavorful, creamy soup that doesn't require a blender - only a can of pumpkin. 

Cranberry, Jicama, Cilantro Salsa

Naturally tart cranberries pair nicely with lime, cilantro, and jalapeño to make an unusual and tasty salsa that goes well with tortilla chips, but can also be served instead of (or alongside) cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving.

Apple Hemp Muffins

High in protein, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants, hemp seeds pack a serious nutritional punch.

Roasted Tomatoes and Cipollini

Besides the task of peeling the onions, the oven will do most of the work for you here, bursting and concentrating the tomatoes, and turning the onions silky-sweet and tender.

Coconut-Chile Dressing

Perfect over barely cooked crunchy vegetables, like green beans, broccoli, or cauliflower. If you like more heat, leave the veins and seeds in the chile pepper.

Miso Glazed Eggplant

Broiling the eggplant after coating it with miso turns it crispy and creamy all at the same time.

Vegetarian Furikake Rice Seasoning

Furikake is the salt & pepper of Japan, often sprinkled on rice to make it more flavorful. It's a crunchy, salty seasoning that typically contains bonito flakes or salmon bits, as well as MSG. This home-made version is simple to make. Try it on rice, as they do in Japan, or on popcorn for a yummy treat!

Balsamic Onion Dip

This delicious dip, with deeply caramelized onion, tart apple, and fragrant thyme, just happens to be gluten-free and vegan!

Guacamole with Papalo

Papalo is an herb which is a staple in Mexican cooking, and is often set out on the table at mealtime with bunches of parsley and cilantro. It has a unique, distinctive flavor that is similar to cilantro and goes well in dishes where you would use that herb - but be aware that a little goes a long way.

Maple Bourbon Peach Butter

Use this delicious fruit butter on buttered toast, as a topping for waffles, or as a glaze for meats.

Cherry and Plum Preserves

Dark, sweet cherries and black plums make a delicious, rich jam, and the addition of bourbon or brandy makes it luxurious.

7-Day Sweet Pickles

These yummy, sweet, tangy pickles take a little bit of work over the course of a week to prepare. They do not need to be processed in boiling water, but are shelf stable and will keep for 1 year. 

Homemade Spicy Ketchup

If you are not a ketchup person now, this spicy and sweet spread is likely to convert you! A little jar would also make a great gift in the summer.

 

Bruleéd Pluots

Stone fruits are transformed when cooked. The fruit sugars are intensified, and they hardly need any sugar to make an indulgent, but still fairly healthful dessert. They're delicious on their own, but try with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a spoonful of creme fraîche on top.

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

This light, cold soup makes a great meal on a hot summer night, and turning on the stove isn't even a requirement!

Stewed Plums

These stewed plums are lovely to eat at any time of day. Have them with hot cereal or spoon them on toast with some cream cheese or butter.

Mexican-Style Peach Salad

This is a fun summery fruit salad to play around with. Make it as written, or substitute the peaches for mangoes or another stone fruit. 

Stone Fruit Chutney

Serve this chutney with roasted meats or alongside a charcuterie or cheese platter. 

Red Fruit Salad

This fruit salad is great immediately after assembling, but if you have a day to let the flavors develop in the refrigerator, it's even better!

Summer Peach Salsa

This peach salsa is nice with tacos and tortill chips, but try it alongside anything grilled, too!

Hibiscus Lemon Cooler

Refreshing, tart, and fruity, this delicious summer drink is great on a hot night. And I don't need to tell you how yummy it would be with a boozy addition!