Ok folks, this one is definitely easy enough for a weeknight (I made sure it would be a one-pot recipe), and we are talking pure comfort food here…delicious carby creamy cheezy pasta goodness with broccoli – vegan and gluten free but tastes just as good as the real thing! And no neon-orange powder either. Serves 2 ravenous adults, or 4 people eating it as a civilized main dish with some sides.
Unlike 99% of the time, I woke up this morning actually wanting a sweet breakfast instead of my usual savory go-to fare (toast/eggs/veggies)…so here is the very tasty result of some experimenting (and some recent gingerbread cookie cravings). Mind you, I still wanted a breakfast that would be hearty and high in fiber and protein. These waffles are just what I was hoping for. The secret is to grind rolled oats into flour, and the rest is pretty much a piece of cake. Your kitchen will smell heavenly, just like when you have gingerbread cookies in the oven. Very easy to make (notice that they only require the use of a single mixing bowl), and healthy too! I haven’t tried freezing them yet, but I think it would work well for convenient reheating in the toaster. Makes about 4 waffles. Adapted from the brilliant Cookie + Kate.
It is so fun to see the springtime produce in the stores – especially all the lovely green asparagus! In the aftermath of Passover I am always craving grainy carby dishes so here’s a healthier variation on a classic that is surprisingly easy to make. Sub brown rice for the traditional white (I used a short grain sweet brown rice from Lundberg Farms which worked perfectly) and you give it a nice nutty flavor plus all the health benefits of whole grains. Roasting the asparagus brings out its flavors so beautifully, and slow-cooking the rice in veggie broth with periodic stirring gives it a nice creamy texture without the addition of gobs and gobs of butter and cream as they often do in restaurants. Yes, you do end up standing at the stove a bit making this one, but it is easy to multi-task and put together other parts of your meal (a nice green salad, perhaps?) between stirring and adding broth. The results are well worth it! Serves 6.
This is the perfect recipe for when there are a few too many lovely tomatoes threatening to go past their prime on your counter – an elegant guest-worthy dish full of fresh spring flavors and it’s gluten-free, super healthy and Passover friendly too! Not to mention, the stuffing is so delicious that it can easily be a quinoa pilaf side dish all on its own, if you like! Serves 3-4 as an entree.