We might be on our way to a long winter, which is precisely why you’ll want to regularly craft a platter of party-ready apps, like these cashew cheese bruschetta with pear-thyme “compote!” In fact, I think it’s mentally healthy to have “parties” more often during times like these. That can mean tossing a virtual soiree or having one with your own social (yet socially-distanced!) “bubble.” Even if a party of one, make up the toasts and toppings separately, then top one at a time.
All the way from Ireland, my friend John sent me a recipe for salted miso brownies to try. Of course, I needed to Americanize the recipe measurements … because that’s still what we do here in the states. And, I added my own twists … because that’s what I do. For some reason, I can’t simply make a recipe the way the recipe is written. My creative side can’t seem to contain itself!
Meet my quick-fix Mexican caramelized rice and veggie skillet! Think of it kind of like veggie-loaded fried rice, but with a Mexican-ish instead of Asian-style twist. It’s a one-skillet dish that I’ve been making (and devouring!) regularly this month, especially as a post-workout meal since it’s rich in good carbs along with a decent punch of protein. However, if you prefer to curb carbs a bit, simply use riced cauliflower as a swap for brown rice. Either way, it’s a deliciously satisfying dinner for one (or side dish for two, if you wish).
I love sliders … double-decker falafel sliders! If you don’t already have a favorite plant-based recipe for mini “burgers,” you must try this one.
There’s no such thing as too much basil because … pesto! More specifically, this nuts & seeds plant-based pesto! While I always feel strangely guilty about pulling off so many basil leaves from my plants, leaving them rather naked, I never feel guilty when diving into a dollop (or four!) of freshly prepared pesto. I make it sooo many different ways—and make it really, really, really often in the summer, if you didn’t already know that about me! But, this 100% plant-based pesto is definitely one of my newest favorite versions. Enjoy it on anything … or just plain pasta!