vegetarian

Veggie Lasagna

Veggie Lasagna

Cheesy, filling, and packed with veggies, this vegetarian lasagna is the real deal. It’s bursting with fresh flavors from herbs and three different kinds of cheese, and it’s sure to please adults and children alike. The casserole makes 12 servings! It’s perfect for meal prep, or freeze leftovers in individual portions and reheat for an easy dinner when there’s no time to cook.

Roasted Fennel and Farro Salad

Roasted Fennel and Farro Salad

This jewel-toned side dish will have everyone talking. The nutty farro, fennel, and bell peppers get sweeter with roasting, the briny notes of Kalamata olives add depth, and the texture is heightened by the juicy pomegranate seeds. The Mediterranean dish is pretty and hearty enough to be the centerpiece of a meal, or pair it with roast chicken, turkey, or fish for a dinner that makes any night a special occasion.

Spinach Salad with Quinoa, Chickpeas, and Paprika Dressing

Spinach Salad with Quinoa, Chickpeas, and Paprika Dressing

This colourful salad is a show-stopper. Make it for your next potluck or picnic, or amaze your family for dinner any night of the week. The recipe makes 12 portions, and you’re going to want to eat them all. Even after it’s dressed, this salad stores well for up to three days. Quinoa and chickpeas give it a hearty serving of protein. We love the juicy tomatoes and cucumber, but the stars of the recipe are the piquant paprika dressing and the full cup of torn mint leaves. We think once you taste this salad, you’ll want to add mint to all of your salads.

Jack-o’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

Halloween is around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. According to lore, Halloween (or formerly Hallows’ Eve) represented a time when the ghosts of the dead would come back to earth. People feared that if you left your house, you might come across one of these ghosts; so to avoid being recognized, people would wear masks to blend in with the disembodied spirits.

Cucumber Avocado Roll Ups

Turn an average gathering into a culinary extravaganza with these Cucumber Avocado Roll-ups. These vegan-friendly appetizers are filled with a blend of avocado, fresh basil, and tangy lime, and they’re deceptively simple to put together. A sprinkling of smoked paprika adds color and a gentle spiciness (a no-no for me though). Each roll has less than 35 calories, so you can enjoy a few without filling yourself up for the main course.

Tip: This recipe suggests making the avocado mixture in a blender, but if you’re whipping up a batch of these for yourself, a good mashing with a fork will do the job.

Total Time: 15 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 4 servings, 3 roll-ups each

Ingredients:
1 medium avocado, cut into chunks
¼ cup fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
2 tsp. fresh lime juice
Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
2 large cucumbers
Toothpicks
Ground paprika (for garnish; optional)

Preparation:
1. Place avocado, basil, garlic, and lime juice in a food processor (or blender). Season with salt and pepper if desired; pulse until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
2. Use a vegetable peeler to peel off long, thin slices of cucumbers.
3. Spread avocado mixture evenly on each cucumber slice.
4. Pick up one end of the cucumber slice and roll cucumber loosely around the filling. End with the seam on bottom and secure with a toothpick.
5. Garnish with paprika if desired.

Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes and Mushrooms

Total Time: 1 hr.

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cooking Time: 45 min.

Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients:

1 medium spaghetti squash (about 3 lbs.)

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

½ cup sliced mushrooms

½ cup white wine

½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut into halves

4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

3 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese

Chopped parsley (for garnish; optional)

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

2. Place squash on parchment-lined baking sheet. Poke squash 2 or 3 times with a fork. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until tender. Cool for 20 to 30 minutes.

3. While the squash cooks, heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.

4. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until translucent.

5. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

6. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until mushrooms release liquid.

7. Add wine, cherry tomatoes, and basil; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft. Set aside.

8. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Remove seeds. Scrape flesh into stringy noodles.

9. Evenly divide squash between three bowls. Evenly top with onion mixture, cheese, and parsley (if desired).

Roasted Cauliflower Mash

This twist on mashed potatoes is made with a non-starchy veggie, no cream and butter—and yet, it’s every bit as yummy as your traditional mashed potatoes.

Total Time: 50 min.

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cooking Time: 45 min.

Yield: 8 servings, ¼ cup each

Ingredients:

1 (2-lb.) cauliflower, cut into small florets, discard stem

4 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. sea salt

¼ tsp. granulated garlic (optional)

2 Tbsp. low-sodium organic vegetable broth

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 400° F.

2. Wash cauliflower and pat dry.

3. Place cauliflower in large baking pan. Drizzle with oil; toss gently to coat.

4. Season with salt and garlic.

5. Bake, stirring halfway through, for 40 to 45 minutes, or until tender.

6. Place in food processor; add vegetable broth. Pulse until smooth.