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 is a pretty easy baked tagine with a lot of root vegetables and heavy spicing. I would suggest serving it over couscous but it’d be nice with bread, rice, or even as a side dish for a large meat platter.
Root Vegetable Tagine
This soup is really light but filling. It’s basically a tomato soup with noodles but because you toast the noodles beforehand they have this perfect texture with just a bit of bite on the outside. It’s perfect with a nice thick bread or roll. I like texture in my soup so I add chopped vegetables to the base but if you want less work you can simply make this with canned tomatoes and a good instant stock base.
Sopa di Fideo
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.
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.
Aloo Matar Gobi
A super simple side that takes vegetables to an absolutely delicious level. This comes together with just the chopping of a few vegetables and about 5-10 minutes of work making it a great side to make if you need something to spruce up a meal quickly.
Acar Kuning Timun
This no-cook salad is really perfect for hot summer months or lazy days when you feel like you need to get more protein and vegetables in your life but you don’t want to put in much effort. It’s basically a one step recipe (two steps if you count chopping everything up as a step) so I hesitated on posting it but it’s just such a good mix of food I figured it was worth it.