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.
This sassy recipe for cool peanut soba noodles with grilled sweet peppers is my newest nutty noodle obsession. (I know, I know … I do A LOT of noodle recipes.) But this cool version features a few Jackie-style cuisine tricks to make it extra special.
If you want to make your side dish as special – or more special – than your entrée, you’ll want to sauté up this Mexican-style cauliflower rice! And you guessed it … there’s actually no rice in it. This recipe features cauliflower that’s pulsed into the shape of rice kernels. That means it’s lower in calories and carbs and higher in fiber than when using regular rice … if that’s important for you. While I recommend both rice (especially brown rice) and cauliflower, having options is always a smart idea.