Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

I’m trying to work on my casserole game, especially since I have recently acquired a few new beautiful baking dishes and I want to make use of them! Fit Foodie Finds inspired me with their recipe for a broccoli and cheese casserole, which I have adapted here to better fit our tastes and our pantry….

Kung Pao Cauliflower

I was recently gifted a wok as a housewarming present and I was super excited. I had never cooked with a wok before and I immediately started looking up recipes to make use of this great tool. Obviously it is ideal for stir fries of any kind, but this recipe for Kung Pao Cauliflower by Inquiring…

Creamy Pasta with White Bean Sauce

This recipe is inspired by a Bon Appetit recipe I saw a few weeks ago that looked like a delicious and dairy free way to achieve a creamy pasta sauce, using the cheap and hearty white bean. I love that this recipe doesn’t involve blending or any fancy tools or ingredients. Anyone can make this…

Pan Fried Polenta Gnocchi

I’m always trying to find new ways to cook old favorites. This was an experiment to turn creamy polenta into crispy bite-sized gnocchi. It was a summer’s evening and we ate on our balcony, so these photos show my plate al fresco! It takes a little forethought since your polenta has to be room temperature…

Curry Lentil and Sweet Potato Patties

Summertime is arriving! It cannot come soon enough. My favorite season always makes me want burgers and dogs and all types of barbecue goodness. This curry veggie patty helped curb that craving, and was a new flavor take on the ubiquitous veggie burger! This patty is made with cooked green lentils and sweet potatoes, mashed…

Lemon Asparagus Pasta

Lemon + garlic + basil is like the trio of the heavens. I am *hands down* always in the mood for these flavors, and always will be. All three are super bright, fresh, and vibrant. Whenever I want a light pasta dish that tickles the taste buds, I head to lemon/garlic/basil town and call it…

Lentils Masala

I wanted to make daal, or Indian red lentil soup, but I won’t dare to call this dish the same as the daal from my favorite Indian restaurant. It isn’t as soupy as my idea of daal, but it is, however, warm and aromatic, comforting, and delicious. I used garam masala, dried coriander, and cumin…

Spanish Beans with Tomatoes

I’ve never cooked with dried beans before. I have always relied on the convenience and time-saving nature of pre-cooked canned beans. I have a lot of time on my hands these days, so why not start from scratch and see how it goes? I soaked the beans for 20 hours in plenty of water (they…

Charred Broccolini with Polenta and Chickpeas

Sometimes I like to feel fancy when I cook, and mostly all it takes is a splash of balsamic and some geometric shapes; case in point here and here. This dinner involved making some very tricky polenta triangles (just kidding they were the easiest part of the meal), roasting stalks of broccolini, and quickly sauteing chickpeas with…

Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Onion Dijon Relish

Truthfully, we don’t often cook green cabbage in our house. Sometimes we buy a bag of cole slaw mix, but I rarely buy a head of green cabbage. So this week I went out on a limb at the grocery store in the spirit of trying new things. Roasting seemed like the best cooking method…