These are so tasty, fast, and easy to customize: also great to prep ahead!
Hungarian Baked Cauliflower with Swiss Cheese – Rakkot Karfiol
I have nothing against plain cauliflower, but adding a light gravy and a good quantity of swiss cheese and breadcrumbs gives it a creamy-crispy golden deliciousness that’s pretty great. Also useful as a vegetarian foil to the sauerkraut and all the pork possible casserole I’ve already posted. Separating the cauliflower out into bite-size pieces is…
Polenta Cheese Bake – Polenta Pasticciata
Jump to Recipe This update to my “Ceci Polenta” recipe is now a casserole with melted cheese and caramelized onions and it’s super easy to make ahead. So yeah, that’s going to automatically make it one of my favorites. Also, having a delicious vegetarian gluten free Italian recipe in my arsenal is not a bad thing…
Favorite Picnic Salads
I just told my sister I could live on these salads. She said it wouldn’t be a well balanced diet, so I described the ingredients. She took it back: Broccoli and Bacon Salad, Deli-Style Pasta Salad, Avacado Corn Salad
Festive Christmas Salads
These two salads are delicious anytime of the year, but since they’re red and green they’re especially great for the holidays when you want something healthy and festive to balance all the sweets. I love how simple and flavorful both of these salads are – they both have a mixture of great textures, too. Both…
This garbanzo polenta is an easy, healthy dish you can put together ahead of time and broil quickly to have hot to serve with dinner. Corn, of course, was not a native grain in Italy, so this is technically a more authentic recipe anyway. I find the flavor of using chickpea flour more savory and satisfying than corn polenta, though both are delicious.
Delicious Summer Salads
I love salads that are packed with colorful fresh fruit or vegetables, but easy to make ahead and keep in the fridge. They’re handy for events or just when you want to make them to eat for several days. These salads, Tropical Fruit with Honey-Mint Dressing and Black Bean Corn Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing,…
This may not be as “American as apple pie” but it’s close, and a lot less work to put together. I made this last for our community garden’s bake sale, where it was very popular with the kids and the adults. It’s one of the easiest cheesecake recipes I have, especially if you decide to…
Corn Salsa Flapjacks
I’ve been making these flapjacks for years. They’re a family favorite recipe, easy to make with pantry ingredients and cooking up quickly. My only problem is not eating half the stack hot off the griddle before I serve them for dinner.
Tomato Rosemary Muffins
These muffins are a nice contrast to heavier, earthy soups. The tomato sauce in the batter keeps them tender with a slight tang and also gives them a lovely golden color.
This is definitely Midwestern American “comfort food”: a hearty potato soup fortified with hamburger and American cheese and other ingredients that make it rich and satisfying, if not the healthiest recipe in my repertoire. Perfect for cold nights when you’re craving something warm and familiar.
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