For veggies that are a meal highlight, rather than a side-dish afterthought, you’ll want to make this recipe for roasted carrots with spicy coriander avocado puree. It’s packed with savory and sweet tastes and full of color. And it’s simple enough to prepare on a weekday, but special enough to serve on a holiday table.
If you want a salad that can wow – and one that you can even make without a recipe – this vegan Mediterranean BLT salad is a scrumptious pick! The key to it is paying attention to every single ingredient like each is the most important part of the salad.
What was your favorite food in college? Pizza? Burritos? Ramen noodles? Some strange, cheapo concoction? Mine was spaghetti alla checca … which is kind of like a basic version of this pasta with heirloom tomatoes, plant-based mozzarella, and basil! I know, I know … not your typical college pick! But it was so simple to fix — especially the easy version that I made by tossing plain spaghetti w/diced fresh tomato, chopped fresh basil, diced mozzarella cheese, garlic and salt. I got one of my roommates hooked on it, too. (She tells me she still makes it!)
This tahini caesar-style salad with roasted carrot chips is so enjoyable, it has become my go-to plant-based salad when I want something special (and when I just want salad!). What makes it special? It skips the egg yolks, anchovies, and parmesan cheese of traditional Caesar and swaps it with loads of plant-based flavor from tahini, tamari, lemon zest, and more. And then it gets topped with roasted carrot chips for a pop of color. You can sprinkle on extras, like toasted pine nuts and carrot tops, for extra crunch, flavor, or overall intrigue, too.
My new snacking philosophy is that hummus is always a good idea, especially if it’s a food scrap hummus garden! It’s a quirky, yet delightful way to use up produce parts and leftovers from your fridge. I started whipping up this garden-style hummus after being inspired by the many focaccia versions popping up on social media. Luckily the bready concept translates really well with hummus. As a bonus, there’s no baking involved.