Normally I am not a box-of-this, can-of-that type of cook, but sometimes you hit upon a shortcut that is truly tasty and healthy. And this black bean soup is one of those shortcuts for when we want soup, but haven’t soaked any beans. I hope you enjoy this as much and Rick and I have.
Most vegetarian enchiladas are simply cheese and onion. These enchiladas are stick-to-your-ribs hearty because of the faux meat. This is a dish that can easily be made early and popped into the oven for a quick meal. Great with a lager or ale. Serves 6. Ingredients: 6 6″ flour tortillas (Whole wheat, regular flour or
This easy side dish is a great way to hike up the nutrient content of any meal without adding extra calories. You can also substitute other hearty greens such as collards, spinach, bok choi, or chard. Serves 4-6. Ingredients 2 large bunches kale (or other greens) 1 large white onion, medium dice 2-3 Tbsp. balsamic
I first had this horseradish mashed potatoes dish when Josh made it for he and his wife Lori’s pre-Thanksgiving party. It was so easy and delicious I had to make it again a week later. It’s a great twist on traditional mashed spuds — the perfect way to perk them up for the holidays. Serves
This dish is great for when you want savory turkey without having to cook for hours—or deal with a carcass, if you aren’t making stock. It’s also good as a Thanksgiving dish for a small family or group. The bay leaves in the baste, and under the turkey breast, really do permeate the meat. Add
This Thai butternut squash dish is a fabulous recipe that works well served over basmati rice and with a nice cold beer. One can eliminate the seafood altogether or replace with tofu for a vegetarian version, although I personally have never tried it this way. This is adapted from a Nigella Lawson recipe, and you
If you are a vegetarian or they are attending your holiday dinner, why not make a delicious gravy? This meat-free gravy is a hit that will please vegetarians and carnivores alike! Makes approximately 2 quarts of gravy. Primary Ingredients: 6 cups vegetable stock (if buying prepared broth, get a low-sodium or no-sodium variety) OR 6
This spicy peanut noodles with kale dish is fairly simple and a great way to get more kale in your diet! Serves 2 for a main dish or 4 for a side dish. Ingredients 1 large or 2 small bunches kale, washed and de-stemmed 1/2 lb. pasta (thin rice noodles or regular spaghetti) 2 Tbsp.
Unlike most paprikashes or goulashes this dish has no meat in it. The dish can be made with the faux meat, or not, with similar results. Best served with a dark amber, porter or stout brew. Serves 4. Stew 1/2 cup sour cream 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/8 teaspoon salt, or to
Rick’s Aunt Mary (R.I.P. 2012) made this zucchini & pepper dish for us during a visit to Pennsylvania. It’s a quick meal that would be great for brunch or dinner, and works well with a side of roasted potatoes, or a crisp salad and warm bread. Serves 4. Ingredients 2 medium zucchini 2 medium bell