Black Bean Soup with Sichuan Peppercorns and 5 Spice

This black bean soup is a distant cousin of the classic tex-mex standard. Plump beans float in a thick and heavenly broth, spiced heavily with tingly Sichuan peppercorns and Chinese 5 spice. Top with togarashi and creme fraiche (or avocado) for a filling and easily vegan supper for a slow rainy Sunday. Sichuan Peppercorns –…

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Roasted Garlic, Mushroom, and Onion Soup

What do you get when you cross french onion, cream of mushroom, and 40 clove garlic soup? This baby is packed with roasted garlic, toasty mushrooms, and caramelized shallot flavor, and the classic french onion cheesy topping takes it to the next level.  Trust the process and don’t rush This isn’t a “get dinner on…

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Creamed Leeks with Navy Beans

Rich and comforting creamed leeks gets a pantry-friendly update with a few cans of white beans, lots of herbs, and citrus. Creamed leeks & Beans: Step by Step First, thoroughly clean your leeks by removing the green stems, cutting them in half lengthwise, and running under cold water. Leeks hide a lot of dirt in…

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Roasted sweet potatoes with yogurt and cilantro lime gremolata

Let’s get cozy with this perfect fall recipe: toasty roasted sweet potatoes, spiced with cumin and paprika, served with gobs of creamy yogurt and a piquant lime, cilantro, and pine nut sauce.   More sides…

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Crispy Shredded Brussels with Za’atar, Pomegranate, and Feta

We all know that shredded brussels are great for salads, but did you know you can roast them up nice and crispy as well? The brussels get sweet and tender in the oven, which pairs well with pomegranate, feta, mint, and lots of za’atar. How to Shred Brussels Sprouts You can buy pre-shredded brussels in…

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Tomato Tartine with Labneh, Toasted Cumin, Lime, and Mint

I love a quick and easy work from home lunch, and a tomato tartine is a perfect end of summer treat. Here, we top thick slices of country bread with a generous slathering of creamy labneh and tomatoes seasoned with toasted cumin, lime, and mint. Tomato Tartine: French Fancy Toast At its core, a tartine…

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Silken Zucchini Soup with Calabrian Chili Oil

This humble zucchini soup has a secret. It’s delectably creamy and silky without using any cream. The secret ingredient? Silken tofu! I like to use a little butter for flavor, but you can certainly keep this soup 100% vegan by using dairy free butter or olive oil. The silken tofu not only adds texture, but…

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Zucchini Tacos with Queso Oaxaca and Salsa Macha

Put this veggie taco in your weekly rotation! Crisp tortillas are topped with blistered queso Oacaxa, grilled summer zucchini, and lots of rich and smoky salsa macha. Salsa macha: Mexico’s “chili crisp” A rich oil based sauce from Veracruz, salsa macha typically features a mixture of nuts, seeds, and dried chillies. Its unctuous and subtly…

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Snap Peas with Buttermilk, Ginger, and Sesame Dressing

Snap peas, sliced thin and extra crunchy, are one of my favorite spring and early summer treats. Here, we dress them in a tangy buttermilk-sesame-ginger number for a sophisticated spin on ranch. Top with lots of chili crisp and extra sesame oil for the perfect healthy (but not too healthy) side dish. Chili crisp: the…

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Tomatoes with Preserved Lemon and Pepper Relish

I’ve waxed poetic on the magic of ultra plump and juicy summer tomatoes before, and this dish is perfect for showcasing the bright, punchy flavor of the fruit at its finest. Salted tomatoes, swimming in a vinaigrette of their own juices, are topped with a piquant mixture of preserved lemon, roasted red peppers, pine nuts,…

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Japanese Tamago Sando with Kimchi

Classic tamago sando, but add kimchi. That’s it! Luxuriously creamy, funky, and a bit spicy, it’s only as difficult to make as plopping some eggs in boiling water and setting a timer. Japanese egg sandwiches are not complicated or revolutionary, but their magic lies in their ability to transport you to childhood memories of mayo-laden…

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Fattoush Salad with Halloumi Croutons

An Arabic bread salad, Fattoush traditionally combines toasted stale flatbread and lots of fresh vegetables. Here, we replace the flatbread with crispy oozy halloumi for a stunningly easy and healthy dinner or lunch. What makes Halloumi Special Halloumi, a semi hard cheese made from sheep’s and goat’s milk, has a very high melting point. When…

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