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…

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 Ginger-Harissa White Bean Stew

This stew has it all–fresh herbs, fresh ginger root, spicy harissa paste, lemon, garlic cloves, sweet potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, spelt berries, and cannellini beans  Together, it is balanced, hearty, and delicious.  With about 15 minutes of total prep time and 4 hours to simmer in the slow cooker, it delivers on flavor. Spelt berries add a…

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…

White Bean Jackfruit Chili

As the kiddos go back to school, I can’t help but think of chili.  It tastes great on it’s own, or loaded up with non-dairy sour cream, scallions, avocado, or with a bit of shredded non-dairy cheese.  For the contrast in textures, I like a few crushed tortilla chips in mine.   For this recipe, I…

Vegan Broccoli Pasta Salad with Fresh Italian Herb Dressing

When I was a kid, my mom would let me pick a pasta salad from the deli counter at our local grocer every week.  I always looked forward to it, and I almost always picked the same pasta salad.  It had broccoli, sliced black olives, and a tangy vinaigrette.  While I was coming up with…

Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Harissa Dressing

This recipe works well roasted in the oven or cooked out on the grill.  I love the way the harissa dressing mingles with the carrots, red onions, chickpeas and garlic.  Served on a bed of quinoa and topped with fresh mint and parsley, it is sure to delight! Harissa is a hot chili pepper paste…