You can make this as creamy as you like by adding an extra potato (or a potato with a higher starch content) and by blending as much or as little of the soup as you like but it’s clean taste and satisfying stick to ribs taste make this the perfect fall or winter soup. As a bonus it’s made of ingredients that are cheap most of the year and are generally in my pantry so it’s perfect for last minute or cheap night meals.
This thick stew is meat free and comes together in about 30 minutes. Paired with some bread or a salad it makes a really satisfying meal on a cold night but it has enough tangy flavor to be served on a spring or summer day instead.
Lemon Rice Stew
Perfect for a weeknight meal, made easily with things you probably have laying around the house and all you have to do is chop an onion this curry is filling and rich and can be vegan if you swap the yogurt for coconut milk instead. Really delicious with naan.
Chana Palak Masala
This is a really nice vegetarian twist on rice bowls. You can add in meat if you want or tofu or even chickpeas but I kept it really simple and just used mushrooms. You can add whatever toppings you like also, this would be really good with some shredded egg or other pickled items too.
I saw and ate a lot of Hawaiian food back when I lived in Seattle but I never had the privilege of eating moco loco which is basically something like a trash plate style dish: hamburger patties with mushroom gravy served over rice with a fried egg on top. Feel free to make this vegetarian by using any type of vegetable patty you want instead. I liked the mushroom sauce for this but I feel like I could have made it better with more of a kick, maybe some chilies or korean pepper flakes.
My husband loves mushroom dishes lately and he also loves stroganoff (which I hate) so I figured it was worth it to give this a try and what do you know? He loved it. I find it kind of weird but it comes together easy enough with things I usually have on hand that it might be a great new go-to recipe for odd dinners.
This is a really delicious salad even though I’m someone who usually doesn’t like savory applications of peanut butter. This has just the right amount of heat and sweet that makes it delicious. My suggestion would be to prepare everything ahead of time except the rice noodle and just make these right before you serve since they don’t really hold up over time.
Chicken Satay Salad
These are actually a lot easier to make then you’d think and while it’s a bit like pancakes (your first roll while likely not look great) each roll will keep improving. I’ve never particularly talented with my hands and these come out impressive anyway. The nice thing is that they have no fish or cooked parts except the rice so they can make ahead of time and are great for picnics and potlucks.
Carrot and Cucumber Sushi Rolls
I’m a big fan of spicy soups and this one is great with a really hearty spicy base and a lot of crunchy tofu and vegetables and noodles to make it extra delicious. You can add anything you like in including meat or seafood but I was in a crispy tofu mood when I was making it.
(You can make this ahead of time by keeping the pan fried tofu separate from the soup until serving so it doesn’t get soggy)
This is a super simple curry made from plenty of vegetables so that it is really filling. It’s a really dry curry so it’s especially good with some nice chewy bread or even yogurt as a side but it doesn’t end up with a gravy so there’s nothing to sop up. This would work really well as a filling for dumplings / stuffed breads.