• Tortilla Egg Bake

    Adapted from Food Dolls.

    Ingredients:

    • Cooking spray or a little oil for greasing the baking dish
    • 1 tortilla 8-10 inches in diameter
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1/3 c. cottage cheese
    • 1/2 tsp. dried dill
    • Salt, to taste
    • Black pepper, to taste
    • 1/4 c. chopped shallots
    • 2 c. fresh spinach
    • 1/4 c. crumbled feta cheese
    • 1/4 c. mozzarella cheese

    Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
    2. Take a round baking dish or a pie dish that’s approximately the same size as the tortilla. Grease the bottom and sides of the dish lightly with cooking spray.
    3. Place the tortilla at the bottom of the baking dish to create the crust.
    4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, cottage cheese, and dill until well combined. Season the mixture with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
    5. Pour the egg and cottage cheese mixture over the tortilla in the baking dish, ensuring it spreads evenly.
    6. Sauté the shallots and spinach in a skillet until the spinach wilts; then add the shallots and spinach to the egg mixture.
    7. Finally, sprinkle the feta and mozzarella over the top of the toppings.
    8. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the eggs are set and the top is golden brown.
    9. Once done, remove the tortilla egg bake from the oven, and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing it into wedges or squares.

    Tortilla Egg Bake:

  • Cauliflower Chickpea Chimichurri Tacos

    Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod.

    Ingredients:

    Cauliflower:

    • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
    • 1 tsp. ground cumin
    • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 TBSP olive oil
    • 1 large head cauliflower, washed and cut into bite-size florets
    • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

    Chickpeas:

    • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
    • 1 tsp. ground cumin
    • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 TBSP olive oil
    • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and dried
    • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

    Chimichurri Sauce:

    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
    • 3 garlic cloves peeled
    • 1 tsp. dried oregano
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. dried crushed red pepper
    • 1/2 c. fresh basil packed
    • 1 c. fresh cilantro packed
    • 1 c. fresh parsley packed
    • 1/2 c. olive oil

    Serve: tortillas filed with cauliflower and chickpeas, topped with chimichurri sauce, pickled onions, and guacamole.

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or foil and set aside.
    2. Cauliflower: In a small bowl, stir together chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Place the cauliflower on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss until well coated. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. Remove from the oven.
    3. Chickpeas: In a small bowl, stir together chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Place the chickpeas on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss until well coated. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until chickpeas are crispy. Remove from the oven.
    4. Chimichurri Sauce: Combine lemon zest through parsley in a food processor and puree until ingredients are combined and fairly well pureed. Leave just a bit of texture. Transfer to a bowl and add olive oil. Stir until well combined. If too thick, add a bit more olive oil or lemon juice, to taste.
    5. Assemble Tacos: top a tortilla with roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, chimichurri sauce, pickled onions, and guacamole.

    Cauliflower Chickpea Chimichurri Tacos:

  • Spanakopita Croissants

    Recipe adapted from Dimitra’s Dishes.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 2 tsp. olive oil
    • 3 garlic cloves, grated
    • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
    • 1 lb. spinach leaves
    • Salt, to taste
    • Pepper, to taste
    • 1 tsp. dried dill
    • 4 oz. cream cheese
    • 4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
    • Shredded mozzarella, gouda, or gruyere cheese, optional
    • 4 croissants

    Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
    2. Make the filling: Add the onion, olive oil, and a pinch of salt to a skillet and cook over medium-heat until soft and golden. About 8 minutes.
    3. Add the garlic and warm through until fragrant. Add the scallions and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened then add the spinach in a few batches along with salt and pepper (easy on the salt). Cook the spinach over high heat so that the liquid released can evaporate.
    4. Remove from heat and add the dill and cream cheese. Mix until the cream cheese is incorporated and then add the feta and mix until incorporated. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
    5. Slice the croissants in half lengthwise and place the bottoms on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
    6. Divide the filling equally amongst the croissants and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
    7. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese melts. Add the tops and warm through 3-4 minutes until toasted.

    Spanakopita Croissants:

  • Tofu and Brown Rice Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

    Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum

    Ingredients:

    Filling:

    • Olive oil
    • One 14-oz. block extra firm tofu, minimally pressed to remove water
    • 1 can of water chestnuts, chopped
    • 2 c. cooked brown rice or quinoa
    • Butter lettuce, leaf lettuce, or iceberg lettuce for wrapping
    • Top with Yum yum sauce or spicy mayo, chopped peanuts, green onions, and/or crispy onions for topping

    SOS Peanut Sauce:

    • 1/2 c. teriyaki sauce
    • Juice of 1 orange
    • 1/4 c. peanut butter
    • Squirt of Sriracha sauce

    Spicy Mayo:

    • 1/4 c. mayo
    • 1 TBSP Sriracha, or to taste

    Directions:

    1. Cook the tofu: Heat a few swishes of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the tofu and crumble in the pan. Cook until slightly browned and then add the water chestnuts. While that’s cooking, whisk up all sauce ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Add rice and sauce: Add the rice and most of the sauce to the pan. Sauté for 5 minutes or so – just enough to get some browning/light caramelization. Season with salt to taste.
    3. Spicy mayo: Mix mayo and sriracha.
    4. Fill and serve: Spoon your tofu and brown rice filling into crispy little pieces of lettuce or serve atop a bed of lettuce. Top with peanuts, green onions, and/or crispy onions and drizzle with a little extra sauce and yum yum sauce/spicy mayo.

    Tofu and Brown Rice Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce:

  • Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles

    This dish is perfect for a quick weekday dinner.

    Recipe adapted from The Modern Proper.

    Ingredients:

    • 3 (3 oz.) packages instant ramen noodles, flavor packets discarded or 14 oz. fresh noodles
    • 1/4 c. soy sauce
    • 1/4 c. oyster sauce or hoisin sauce
    • 1 TBSP rice vinegar
    • 1 TBSP brown sugar, optional
    • 1 tsp chili sauce like sambal or sriracha
    • 1/4 c. water
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced about 2 tsp
    • 1 TBSP ginger paste
    • 2 TBSP toasted sesame oil
    • 1 small onion, large chop
    • 1 sweet red pepper, large chop
    • 6 oz. baby spinach
    • 1 TBSP chili crisp
    • 4-6 green onions, thinly sliced
    • 1 tsp sesame seeds
    • Top with fried egg, crispy tofu, or cooked chicken

    Directions:

    1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook noodles according to package; drain well.
    2. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce through ginger paste.
    3. In a large skillet, heat sesame over medium heat.
    4. Add the onion and peppers and sauté for 2-3 minutes; then add the spinach and sauté until spinach is wilted.
    5. Pour in the bowl of sauce and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the chili crisp, and then add the noodles until heated through and evenly coated in sauce, about 3 minutes.
    6. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
    7. Top with fried egg, crispy tofu, or cooked chicken, and extra chili crisp, if desired.

    Sesame Garlic Noodles:

  • Fresh Ricotta Cheese

    Recipe from Laura Cocoran and PJ Hinkel of Sweet Freedom Cheese.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 gallon of whole milk (Ozark Mountain Creamery cream line, Kalona milk, not homogenized)
    • 1/2 vinegar
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1-2 TBSP heavy cream, optional

    Directions:

    1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat milk rapidly to 180-190F while gently stirring to prevent scalding. Do not boil.
    2. Once milk reaches temperature, turn off the heat, add the vinegar, and stir until fully disbursed.
    3. When milk begins to foam, stop stirring to allow curds to form a thick mat. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
    4. Gently skim curds from surface into molds, drain bag, or a lined colander.
    5. Allow curds to drain for 10-20 minutes for a fluffy consistency or up to 1 hour for a drier curd.
    6. Stir in salt and also may stir in 1-2 TBSP of heavy cream for a richer ricotta.
    7. Use immediately or store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

    Fresh Ricotta Cheese:

  • Pesto Pasta

    Recipe adapted from Chef Vince Pianalto.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 c. (1.5 oz.) fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
    • 3/4 c. Italian parsley leaves, lightly packed
    • 1/4 c. pine nuts or toasted walnuts
    • 3 garlic cloves
    • 1/2 lemon, juiced
    • 1/2 c. olive oil
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 c. Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
    • 2 TBSP salt for potato/green bean/pasta water
    • 3 medium (about 12 oz.) Yukon gold potatoes, cut in 1 inch cubes
    • 12 oz. green beans, cut in 1 inch pieces
    • 1 lb. dried fettuccine (can use fresh)
    • Reserved 1/2 c. pasta water, optional see below

    Directions:

    1. Pesto: In a food processer add the basil through the Parmesan cheese and pulse, scraping down the sides with a spatula until the herbs are tiny specks. Add pesto to a serving bowl.
    2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the 2 TBSP salt.
    3. If using fresh pasta: Add the potatoes and green beans to the boiling water and bring back to a boil. Once the water is boiling again, add the fresh pasta and stir so it does not stick together. Boil, stirring frequently until pasta is al dente.
    4. If using dried pasta: Add the potatoes, green beans, and pasta to the boiling water and stir immediately so the pasta doesn’t stick together. Boil, stirring frequently until pasta is al dente.
    5. Option 1: Reserve 1/2 c. of the pasta cooking water and then drain the potatoes, green beans, and pasta. Add the reserved pasta cooking water to the pesto and stir to combine, and then add the potatoes, green beans, and pasta and stir to combine. Top with additional Parmesan cheese.
    6. Option 2: Scoop the potatoes, green beans, and pasta out of the cooking water and add to the pesto and stir to combine (equates to adding 1/2 c. reserved pasta water). Top with additional Parmesan cheese.

    Pesto Pasta:

  • Instant Pot Goulash

    Take on Aunt Arlene’s goulash and adapted for the Instant Pot.

    Ingredients:

    • Olive oil
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 4-6 garlic gloves, minced
    • 1 green pepper, chopped
    • 1 zucchini, chopped
    • 2 TBSP Chili powder
    • 1 TBSP salt
    • 4 TBSP sugar
    • 2 15 oz. cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
    • 2 15 oz. cans tomato sauce
    • 2 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes
    • 3 c. water
    • 1 c. sour cream

    Directions:

    1. Turn Instant Pot on to saute; then heat the olive oil; then add the onion and garlic and saute; then add the green pepper and zucchini and continue to saute.
    2. When veggies begin to soften add the chili powder, salt, and sugar.  Toast the spices for a bit and then add the beans.
    3. Turn the instant pot off.
    4. After the Instant Pot is turned off, add the pasta, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes, water, and give it a quick stir.
    5. Turn the instant pot to manual for 1 minute.  After 1 minute, do a 5 minutes natural release and then add the sour cream and mix to combine.

    Instant Pot Goulash:

  • Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

    Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 4 sage leaves, minced
    • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
    • 2 1/2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
    • 3 large carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
    • 1 celery stalk, but into 1 inch pieces
    • 1 Granny smith apple, cored and chopped
    • 4 c. chicken stock
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1/3 c. heavy cream
    • 2 TBSP chopped fresh chives

    Directions:

    1. Set Instant Pot to the saute setting. Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in garlic, sage and thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    2. Stir in butternut squash, carrots, celery, apple, chicken stock, 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 12 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions; remove and discard thyme sprigs.
    3. Stir in heavy cream. Puree with an immersion blender until desired consistency is reached; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    4. Serve immediately, sprinkled with chives and a little extra cream.

    Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup:

  • Risotto Alla Vodka

    Recipe adapted from Caro Chambers.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/4 c. olive oil
    • 4 shallots, thinly sliced
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
    • 6 oz. tomato paste
    • 1/3 c. vodka
    • 2 c. half and half (can use fat free)
    • 5 c. chicken or vegetable broth
    • 2 c. Arborio rice
    • Salt, to taste
    • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/3 c. basil, chiffonade

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. In a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over low to medium heat and then add the shallots and pinch of salt; cook until shallots are soft and lightly golden brown, about 7 minutes. Then add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 more minute. If the pan gets too dry, add a splash of oil.
    3. Add the tomato paste and stir it in until it starts to stick to the Dutch oven, about 1 to 2 minutes; then deglaze the Dutch oven with the vodka and scrape up all of the stuck bits from the bottom of the Dutch oven. When the vodka has evaporated after 1 minute, stir in the half and half, 3 c. of the broth, and the rice.
    4. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then cover and transfer to the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
    5. After 40 minutes, remove Dutch oven from the oven, stir in 1 c. of remaining broth along with the Parmesan cheese, and stir to combine. Add more broth until you reach your perfect risotto consistency.
    6. Serve topped with basil.

    Risotto Alla Vodka: