Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

When we’re looking for a meal that feels like a splurge, but is actually healthy, we normally turn to this recipe. These burgers take only a few minutes to put together before cooking, then baking. They’re especially good topped with avocado and served with roasted vegetables on the side. I put vegetables with a little olive oil and sea salt on a baking sheet in the oven as it’s heating up and allow them to continue to cook as I prepare the burgers. The vegetables and burgers are ready at the same time.
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Ratatouille

Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a hearty, one dish meal that’s equally good the day after it’s made. Reheat it, covered, in a 350F oven for ~30 minutes.

It’s nice to have a grain to serve with all these vegetables. Plain rice works well, but a rich risotto is even better. Place the risotto or rice in the bottom of a shallow bowl and top with the ratatouille.
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StuffedDates

Stuffed Dates with Pistachios

Stuffed dates create a big bang for the buck in terms of time investment. They take roughly 10 minutes from start to finish, but taste much more complex. I made these in 2 versions – 1 version used goat cheese and the second version used non-dairy cream cheese to accommodate someone with a dairy sensitivity. Either one works so use whichever you’d like.

Pistachios give a savoriness to the dates to counterbalance their sweetness. Pecans could be substituted, but the saltiness of the pistachios does seem to elevate the final product.

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Skillet Gnocchi

Skillet Gnocchi with Kale and Beans

When you need a one pot dish that’s ready in less than half an hour, this makes a great candidate. The ingredients are fairly flexible. I’ve made this with both chard and spinach with equally good results. Spinach gives a more mild flavor than the kale and chard is a much sharper green flavor.

You can also use canned tomatoes with other flavors mixed in if that’s what you have you have on hand. If you don’t have gnocchi, cook a box of pasta and stir it in – rotini works quite well.
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Smokey Tempeh Broccoli 2

Smoky Tempeh and Broccoli Pita

Stuffed pitas make a great lunch or dinner. This one packs a protein punch thanks to the tempeh and veggies fill in the gaps. The broccoli in this recipe is delicious on it’s own and a great way to mix things up while keeping it healthy.

If you use an oven safe pan, leave the broccoli in the pan when you go to broil it. Otherwise, spread on a cookie sheet before broiling.
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