Pickling’s a great way to prepare vegetables for a cold meal or snack. This is the fast and easy method that takes less than an hour and will give you something that will keep in the fridge for weeks. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to take some time on the weekend to cook for the coming week.
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An 80s trend with staying power, gazpacho’s quick, easy and comforting. In the positive column it’s versatile. It can be strained and served as a drink, paired with a salad for a meal, or served as a quick snack. On the negative side it’s associated with brunch.
These cupcakes have no butter or eggs in them, but manage to be fluffy and very chocolatey. If you still want more chocolate, try throwing some chocolate chips in, and don’t say that I didn’t warn you.
Chocolate/Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (about 5 cups)
Frosting or cake? I’m a cake person, hands down. I don’t even touch frosting unless I have to. I actually eat cupcakes from the bottom up to avoid it, but this frosting very well may have made a frosting convert out of me.
Crepes (Serves six)
For breakfast, lunch, dinner or any special occasion.
Just the thing when you’re in need of a Norman Rockwell moment, tomato soup can be on the table in less than an hour. The basic ingredients are simple and can be used to make a straight up soup (you’ll want to seed and process the tomatoes to get that Campbells soup effect). The additional vegetables and spice aren’t much extra work and they bring out a pronounced set of distinct flavors.
As for the tomatoes, there’s little difference between store-bought and canned. If you want, you can substitute two 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes or tomato puree. The advantage of this is that you won’t have to deal with the peeling and mashing. I use fresh because it’s fun (I like to play with my food ).
This one takes time but it’s worth the effort. The weather’s cold and comfort food is the perfect remedy for a dreary winter day.
This old-world classic takes a whole afternoon, so grab a book and make some tea, and settle into a little quality down time. Note: I’ve amended the stuffing to include tomato, which is not in the pictures. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out.
This is another great addition for the holidays. It’s also deceptive. Fillo pastry is easy and forgiving, and a selection of robust vegetables and spice provides an illusion of complexity.
In addition, fillo is vegan. This can serve as a main course for vegetarians or a side for everyone else.
For most large gatherings and holidays vegetarians have to suck it up – they’re lucky if there are enough sides at a meal to put three colors on a plate. This dish adds variety to the meal and doubles as a main course for vegetarians or a side for meatetarians.
If you’re cooking for vegans, you can substitute vegetable stock and olive oil for butter and cream in the mashed potatoes.