I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you can never have enough quick meal recipes up your sleeve. Quesadillas make for a super easy and speedy meal, and adding in an extra plant (beans, veggies) can pump up the flavor and the fiber content. Beans are chock-full of fiber, protein, B-vitamins, iron, and minerals, and I love that so much nutrition can be packed into such a humble (and cheap!) food. 

My favorite recipes to share aren’t the ones that look extravagant or take hours of prep to make. They’re the practical ones: the ones that I myself make on a regular basis, the ones that can be whipped up on a weeknight, the ones that take under an hour to prepare. Sometimes it’s fun to spend hours cooking something new and elaborate, but most of the time, I want to cook something that’s tasty, fast, and gets the job done. Like this pasta. I started making this pasta when I had my first real garden and my Super Sweet 100 tomato was going crazy, vining all over the neighborhood. Picking cherry tomatoes by the bowlful,… View Post

  This grain salad was exactly what was needed after a steamy couple of weeks in the Midwest. It’s hearty enough to be filling but tastes light and cool on a hot day. Grain salads tend to make great dishes for advance preparation; they can typically be served cold, warm, or room temperature, they last several days in the fridge, and they only get tastier as they sit and their flavors meld together. So many thumbs up.  This dish will be even better if you can find a really good feta. I stumbled across the most delicious Greek feta when I was testing this recipe, and I think you should find some for yourself. International food stores are gold… View Post

A good pot of soup is such a good thing. I love to make a big batch at the start of the week and have enough leftovers for days of packable lunches. Pair with a loaded-up salad and a big slice of crusty bread and done! This soup does well with this make-ahead method: the vegetables hold up to reheating, and a fresh drizzle of pesto and grating of Parmesan easily brings it back to life.  Prepping meals in advance can be extremely helpful when you are trying to keep your eating “on track” – whatever that means for you. Cooking in bulk not only allows you to spend less time in the kitchen during your busy… View Post

During the week, we’re all about quick meals that require little prep but taste delicious, and this is certainly a dish that fits the bill.  If you’ve ever wondered how restaurants are able to achieve that saucy, glossy, sauce-clinging-to-noodles effect that makes the dish so good, this is one way to to do it. When the pasta is several minutes away from al dente, it gets moved to the sauce with a ladle full of pasta water. As you finish cooking the noodles in the sauce, you toss, toss, toss, adding more starchy pasta water as needed to provide enough of a bath for the noodles to cook in. Finely shredded cheese is slowly added… View Post