Sun-Dried Tomato Lentil Wheatballs

Lentils, toasted walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon peel, spelt, a little bit of oregano, a little bit of parsley, and some torn spinach.  Delicious, rustic, homemade “wheat”-balls!  Perfect for pasta night topped with your favorite marinara.  Tasty on a hoagie bun topped with sauce and melty cheese.  Or if you’re feeling especially ambitious, make them according to…

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…

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…

Slow Cooker Lemon-Thyme Soy Curls

Very easy to make, and super flavorful.  This recipes makes delicious soy curls that can be incorporated into a grain bowl, a pasta dish, or within a salad.  Personally, I like to make a whole grain bowl with it–barley, roasted cauliflower with lemon tahini sauce, olives, and topped it with some za’atar.  If you are gluten…

Pasta Marinara

What could be easier to make than marinara?!  The ingredients are so simple, and it cooks up fast.  The most important thing is buying “good” canned tomatoes.  I’m thinking of brands like Pomo, Mutti, or San Marzano. Or if your garden has been generous, make your own tomato puree, and cook up loads of this…

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…

Vegan Shells and Cheese

On very rare occasions, my mother would purchase Velveeta Shells and Cheese.  We were a Kraft Mac and Cheese household, but this didn’t change my love for Velveeta Shells and Cheese.  I was all about the creamy, smooth sauce! Today’s recipe takes vegan shells and cheese to the next level.  The vegan cheese sauce is…

Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

Orzo pasta, spinach, cannellini beans, lemon, garlic, and a hint of vegan cheese.  This recipe is the perfect meal for warmer weather.  It cooks up fast in a skillet, and is packed with savory flavors.  It works well as a side or as a main entree. The first time I had orzo, I thought it…