My favorite soups are the ones I can put together quickly yet are deeply flavorful. Simple yet able to be the centerpiece of a simple meal. Hearty soups, like Roast Broccoli Cheese soup with Roast Garlic, are perfect as the days grow short and the nights cold. I’ve made broccoli cheese soup for years but only recently have I discovered how much richer the flavor is when you roast the broccoli and a few cloves of garlic along with it.
Vegetarian and Vegan
Just 5 ingredients. Fresh basil, garlic, toasted pine nuts (or almonds or walnuts), olive oil and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Pine nuts can be ridiculously expensive so feel free to use almonds or walnuts for equally delicious Pesto!
It’s summer and your basil is deeply green and vibrant and just begging to be turned into pesto. It’s a classic sauce that adds amazing flavor and zing to so many dishes and best of all, it’s ridiculously easy to make! Five ingredients and 10 minutes and you can indulge in one of summer’s easiest and most versatile treats.
Toss your pesto with hot whole grain pasta, use with sauteed chicken breasts, make pasta salad, drizzle over sliced tomatoes and mozzarella or slather it on toasted ciabatta bread with slices of grilled eggplant, roasted peppers and provolone cheese. It’s unbelievable on hot corn on the cob. Seriously. The possibilities are endless.
My favorite and most beautiful way of eating beets is in this luscious, fuschia, dill infused lemony beet borscht. Most people think of borscht as a hot winter soup rich with beef and cabbage and indeed, it is. This is the light, cold and summery version. The best part of this soup is no cooking other than the beets. Enjoy!
Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, stuffed with cheese, breadcrumbs and parsley (or chives) and bathed in butter. Pure potato heaven. A little labor intensive but when they open up into that lovely accordion shape it really is exciting as you are anticipating every crispy, cheesy bite!
Kale chips – easy, healthy, delicious, crispy and addicting!