Zesty Pesto and Artichoke Ricotta Lasagna

It seems like there are a lot of faux ricottas out there.  I challenged myself to think of a faux ricotta that was not made from tofu or nuts, and came up with artichoke ricotta.  It’s soy free, nut free, and totally plant based!  Having experimented with it for a previous recipe, I decided it…

Italian Herb Risotto Stuffed Zucchini

Right now, I am going through a slight obsession with fresh oregano.  While it’s a member of the mint family, it tastes nothing like it.  With a bit of bitter flavor and giving off a smell that’s somewhat like thyme and somewhat like sage, oregano is a staple in many Western pantries.  When I think…

Italian Tempeh and Peppers

In my quest to think of more creative recipes with tempeh, I bring you Italian Tempeh and Peppers.  Grilled red and green peppers and red onion mingle with tempeh seasoned with fennel seeds, crushed red pepper, garlic and oregano, and all of it served over a bed of toasted farro with fresh basil, parsley and…

Zucchini Basil Soup

One of my best friends used to make me zucchini soup.  He would go to the farmer’s market, and load up on farm fresh zucchini and basil.  Even in the height of the summer, this soup made complete sense.  It was creamy without any cream.  It was savory.  And it even tasted good lukewarm.  …