Chipotle Sweet Potato Red Lentil Soup

This is one hearty soup!  As it cooks up, it gets thicker, so if you prefer a thinner soup, stir in some extra water or broth right before serving.  This soup also has an identity crisis.  Is it chili?  Is it stew?  Is it vegetable soup?  It’s hard to answer that question.  Maybe it’s all…

Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Chickpea Eggplant Stew

This stew is inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine—pomegranate molasses, saffron, cardamom, and more. It smells absolutely heavenly while it’s cooking!  The flavor is warming, slightly tangy, and totally comforting all at once. And it tastes delicious served over a bed of fluffy couscous or short grain brown rice. Pomegranate molasses is a common ingredient in Persian…

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Cannellini Beans

Often confused with broccolini and broccoli, broccoli rabe has a very different flavor.  While broccoli is sweet and broccolini is even sweeter, broccoli rabe is slightly bitter.  The flavor reminds me of a more amped up collard green or Brussels sprout, but definitely nothing like broccoli.  In fact, it is more closely related to a…

Slow Cooker Sauerkraut Tempeh Stew

Growing up, I ate a lot of sauerkraut. Sauerkraut remains one of my favorite comfort foods, especially when it is paired with a heaping pile of fluffy mashed potatoes.  It’s the whole food equivalent to sea salt and vinegar potato chips.  Delicious. This stew takes some inspiration from Eastern European cuisine.  It uses simple ingredients…

Shiitake Mushroom Brussels Sprout Farro

Awhile back, my cousin was looking for Brussels sprout recipes.  I realized that I didn’t have any to share.  While we eat them roasted throughout the fall and winter season, that’s about the extent of it.  So, I challenged myself to think of a new way to incorporate Brussels sprouts into our rotation of family…

Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Tomatoes, and Spinach

When I am tight on time, this is one of my favorite meals.  It is quick, easy, and hearty.  And it has…drum roll…7 ingredients, including the salt!  Sometimes, simple is best, and leave it to Italian food to perfectly showcase this maxim.   Now, if you want to make it more complicated, that’s entirely up…

Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup

Butternut squash, spinach, sage, celery, onion, and garlic. This is a savory soup that’s perfect for the cooler months of the year.  Not only that, it cooks up fast, especially if you use frozen butternut squash.  The entire soup leaves you wanting more, and that’s the sign of a hit!  As a variation, stir in 1 cup…

Slow Cooker Cajun Kidney Beans and Brown Rice

Sautéing aromatics, like onions, garlic, and spices, goes a long way towards deepening the flavor of slow cooker meals.  While some slow cookers allow you to sauté right in the cooker, others do not.  It might mean dirtying a skillet, but it goes a long way towards developing a richer flavor.  I would argue that…