broccoli cheddar soup from smitten kitchen.com

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion, chopped small
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup half-and-half
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/4 pounds broccoli or 4 cups broccoli florets and stems, chopped small
1 large carrot (about 6 ounces) or 2 slim ones, chopped tiny (1 cup)
8 ounces (about 2 1/2 cups) coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese, plus a pinch extra for garnish

Melt the butter in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes, then gradually whisk in the half-and-half until smooth. Add thebroth, bay leaf, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

Add the broccoli and carrot to the broth mixture and simmer until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Discard the bay leaf and adjust seasoning if needed, but err on the cautious side with the salt because the cheese will add a bit. Puree the soup to your desired texture — I like mine fairly chunky, just lightly blended — with an immersion blender or in an upright one. Back on the stove, add cheese and whisk until melted, about 1 minute.

Serve in bowls, garnished with a pinch of cheese. We like a hearty slice of grainy toasted bread on the side, for swiping.

Deb’s notes: Instead of 1 cup half-and-half, you could use 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup heavy cream + 1/2 cup additional stock or broth. I like to use both broccoli florets and stems when I cook, and I find that the stems cook up with the best texture and at the same rate as the florets when I peel them first. I did so here.

asian noodles/soup instant pot

1/2 lb. fresh korean noodles
4 tbsp soy sauce
2-3 tbsp garlic/ginger paste
1/4 c sliced mushrooms
carrot, julliened
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 onion, diced
4 scallions, sliced
snow peas (opt)
1/2 tsp sambal
3 c veggie stock
2 tbsp sesame oil

1-2 min then QR
add green part of scallions after cooking
1 egg (optional) whisked and added to soup, stirring constantly

Russian salad from Ellie Krieger

2 med red/waxy potatoes, well scrubbed (about 12 ounces total)
2 med carrots, peeled and cut crosswise in half (about 7 ounces total)
2 med beets, scrubbed well (about 10 ½ ounces; see headnote)
1 cup canned white beans, such as navy or cannellini, drained and rinsed
½ cup sauerkraut, drained
⅓ cup diced dill pickles
½ cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 ½ tablespoons distilled white vinegar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons fresh dill sprigs, for garnish

Place the potatoes and carrots in a deep saucepan and the beets in a separate deep saucepan. Add cold water to cover each by about an inch and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the vegetables can be pierced with a skewer or paring knife. (They are best cooked until slightly underdone since they will continue to cook as they cool.) Remove the carrots with a slotted spoon after about 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and beets once they are done, about 25 minutes for the potatoes and 45 minutes for the beets. Refrigerate until cool.

Use your fingers and/or a paring knife to remove the peel from the beets, then cut the vegetable into ½ -inch dice. Peel and dice the potatoes the same way. Dice the carrots. Combine the potatoes and carrots, plus the beans, sauerkraut, pickles, onion, oil, vinegar and salt in a large bowl and toss to incorporate. Gently fold in the beets.

To serve, garnish each portion with dill sprigs.

Wild Rice Soup from pinchofyum.com instant pot recipe

  • 5 medium carrots, chopped
  • 5 stalks celery, chopped
  • half of an onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice (see notes)
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (see notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

For the Stovetop:
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cups milk (I used 2%)

  1. Instant Pot: Put all the ingredients in the first list into the Instant Pot
    Cook for 45 minutes (manual). Release steam using the valve on top.
  2. Stovetop: When the soup is done, melt the butter in a saucepan. Whisk in the flour. Let the mixture cook for a minute or two to remove the floury taste. Whisk the milk, a little bit at a time, until you have a smooth, thickened sauce. Throw a little salt in there for good measure.
  3. Together: Mix the creamy sauce with the soup in the instant pot. Voila! Mushroom Wild Rice Soup.

Veggie Pot Pie from 12tomatoes.com

  • 1 sheet frozen, store-bought puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup potato, diced
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard seed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  2. Bring a large pot of cold, salted water to boil and cook potatoes for 8 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside..
  3. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat and saute carrots and onion until tender. 8-10 minutes.
  4. During the last 1-2 minutes of cooking, add drained potatoes and garlic and cook until fragrant. Season with salt and pepper, thyme and oregano.
  5. Transfer vegetables to a separate bowl.
  6. Melt butter in the Dutch oven and stir in flour to create a roux. Whisk continuously to remove lumps and cook for 2 minutes to cook flour.
  7. Once smooth, whisk in vegetable broth and heavy cream and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until mixture thickens.
  8. Season with salt and pepper and ground mustard seed.
  9. Return vegetables to Dutch oven and stir to make sure everything is evenly coated.
  10. Take thawed puff pastry sheet, unfold it and gently press it into a large baking dish, making sure it comes up at least a little on all sides.
  11. Pour vegetables into puff pastry crust, place baking dish in oven and cook for 20 minutes, or until set and bubbly.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Walnut meat tacos from with lime cream sour cream vnutritionandwellness.com

  • 1.5 cups de-shelled walnuts
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tb tamari (or soy sauce if not gf )
  • 6 Taco shells

Toppings

  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup red cabbage, chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • cilantro, choppped

lime cashew sour cream

  • 1 Cup cashews soaked overnight (or soaked at least 10 mins in boiling water)
  • 1/3 cup water (more if needed)
  • 2 Tb lime juice
  • 1 TB apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Add walnuts to a food processor and process until mixture is kind of “meaty”.
  2. Put mixture in bowl and add seasonings and mix.
  3. Add rest of the ingredients (up until tamari) and stir until incorporated
  4. Fill taco shells with walnut mixture and top with toppings of choice.
  5. To make the lime cashew sour cream put all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Add more water if needed to get a sour cream consistency.

  6. Top tacos with sour cream and enjoy!

Beer-Can Cabbage from epicureious.com

  • 1 large purple cabbage (about 3 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more
  • 1 (12-ounce) can pale lager
  • 2 cups homemade or store-bought barbecue sauce (preferably Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce), divided
  • 1/2 large white onion, cut into 1/2″ rings
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey
  • 1 medium carrot (about 6 ounces), coarsely grated using the grater disk on a food processor or the largest holes on a box grater
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 6 seeded Kaiser rolls or sturdy hamburger buns
  • 12 slices cheddar cheese
  • Sliced pickled jalapeños (for serving)
    1. Prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Cut a 3×3″ square around core of cabbage at the base. Carefully remove core with knife. Using knife and a spoon, create a 3″–deep cavity in cabbage, big enough to hold a beer can. Discard core but reserve leftover cabbage from hollowing out cavity. Using a brush, coat cabbage with oil, then season generously with salt and pepper.
    2. Pour out (or drink) half of the beer. Place beer can in cavity of cabbage so cabbage sits upright. Transfer to grill. Using brush, generously coat cabbage with 3 Tbsp. barbecue sauce. Cover grill and cook cabbage, brushing with sauce every 15 minutes, until outer leaves are crispy and dark brown and cabbage is cooked through and tender when pierced with a paring knife, 45–50 minutes total. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, grill white onion rings until charred.
    3. Meanwhile, whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a medium bowl. Thinly slice reserved cabbage. Add to bowl with dressing along with carrot and red onion; toss to combine.
    4. Remove cabbage from grill and discard can. Let cool slightly. Cut grilled cabbage in half lengthwise, then slice each half crosswise into 3/4″ strips. Coarsely chopwhite onion rings and toss with cabbage in a medium bowl with remaining 1 1/4 cups barbecue sauce (you should have about 6 cups barbecued cabbage).
    5. Halve rolls and grill until toasted, about 30 seconds. Arrange 1 cup barbecued cabbage on each bottom bun. Top each with 2 slices cheese, 1/4 cup cabbage slaw, and pickled jalapeños, if using. Top with top buns.
  1. Do Ahead
    1. Barbecued cabbage and coleslaw can be made 3 days ahead; cover separately and chill. Reheat gently in a covered pot on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Fresh and Easy Vietnamese Noodle Salad from foodiecrush.com

  • 12 ounces thin Asian vermicelli noodles such as rice stick or mung bean
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 2 cucumbers, seeded and shredded
  • 4 green onion, chopped
  • 1½ cups fresh bean sprouts
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup fish sauce
  • ½ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Lime
  1. Soften the vermicelli noodles in a large bowl by covering with boiling water and soaking for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Rinse under cold water, drain, and add to a large bowl. Add the shredded carrots, cucumbers, bean sprouts and chopped cilantro to the noodles.
  2. In a glass jar fitted with a lid or a bowl, mix together the fish sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, garlic and crushed red pepper. Pour ¾ of the dressing over the noodles and toss to coat. Add more dressing if desired. Sprinkle with more cilantro and green onion and a squeeze of lime if desired. Salad can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight, however if making ahead, add the cilantro just before serving.

Chickpea Burgers

  • 3 cups chickpeas (drained, 1 large can)
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup dill pickles (chopped)
  • 1 small carrot (blanched, diced)
  • 2 tablespoons scallions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon white mild miso
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • cornmeal (for dredging)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (for dredging)
  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil
  • In a large bowl, mash chickpeas with a potato masher. Mix in oats, olives or pickles, diced carrot, and scallions. In a separate bowl, blend together miso, soy sauce (or tamari), mustard, and maple syrup and add the blend to the chickpea mixture. Form the mixture into palm-sized patties and dredge them in cornmeal and salt.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons of safflower oil over medium heat. Fry each patty on both sides for 5 minutes. When oil is gone, re-oil the pan for the next round of patties. On the bottom bun place the lettuce, then top with the patty, pickle slices, tomato and onion. Spread tahini on top bun and place bun on top of burger. You can also serve the burger without a bun.
  • Tip: This burger mixture freezes well for later use.