Vegetarian

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.

Brown Butter Walnut Pie with Sour Whipped Cream

Walnuts replace pecans in this variation on the classic pecan pie. The earthy flavor of the walnuts is highlighted with brown butter, and the pie is topped with dollops of tangy sour cream topping. This will earn a welcome spot on your Thanksgiving table for years to come.

Pear and Buckwheat Pancakes

These pancakes are gently scented with pear. For best results, make sure the pears you use are ripe and fragrant.

Broccoli and Apple Crunch

This hearty salad is loaded with crunchy, lightly cooked broccoli and dressed in creamy almond vinaigrette.

Quinoa Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes

If you've been looking for a gluten-free pasta, quinoa pasta should earn a spot on your pantry shelves. It holds it shape, stays firm, and most importantly, tastes great.

Sweet Potato Tempeh Stew

Along with tempeh and sweet potatoes (a perfect pair!), this hearty stew is scented with warming spices and is served garnished with a dollop of yogurt and nutty toasted pumpkin seeds.

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.

Pasta Modena

This Mediterranean-style pasta dish is a snap to prepare.

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. 

Minty Stone Fruit Salad

This would be delicious with any combination of summery stone fruit - experiment! Use what looks good, and you'll have a fantastic salad.

Stone Fruit Bars

This is a versatile dessert: use your favorite combination of stone fruit, like peaches and cherries, or apricots and nectarines. 

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!

Peach and Cornmeal Upside-down Cake

Dried lavender is optional but highly recommended here - it creates a perfect trio with the summery, ripe peaches, and the crunchy, golden cornmeal. You can find dried lavender in the Health and Wellness aisle with the bulk teas.

Summer Peach Salsa

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

Corn and Tomato Stuffed Avocados

If you don't want to heat up your kitchen with the oven, you can skip broiling these stuffed avocados - they're just as delicious at room temperature.

Big Sur Bakery Hide Bread

This recipe will result in something similar to an English muffin - only dense, and packed with seeds and grains. They must be toasted to be fully enjoyed.

Grilled Tomato and Basil Pizza

Using the Co-op's pizza dough makes this so easy! The following recipe is quite minimal, so use this as a starting point - try a more traditional one with tomato sauce, or pesto, and add meat if you like, or more vegetables. Once you've grilled pizza, you won't want to turn the oven on for the rest of the summer.

Creamy Green Goddess Dressing

This versatile, super-quick dressing is great because of its many variations. Instead of plain yogurt, use sour cream, mayonnaise, cream, or puréed soft tofu. Make it with a combination of parsley and tarragon one day, and the next use basil.

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