Sometimes you just want something in nugget form but you also want vegetables and this is basically the perfect fusion of those two ideas. These are pretty easy to make if you use a food processor to chop up the vegetables and if you bake them in the oven they’re really low effort but they do taste much better when pan fried. Depends on if you’re willing to spend a little more effort for better tasting food.
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 recipe is a little time consuming but it’s worth the effort for a special occasion or if you really want something to wow guests. It doesn’t have many ingredients but the flavor is perfect. If you’re feeling a little healthy you can bake these instead of frying them but I haven’t tried that yet so your results may vary.
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 really similar to the cookies I used to get all the time in Italian bakeries / delis growing up in New York. I didn’t have a pastry bag so I simply rolled the dough into very small, even sized balls I would absolutely suggest using a pastry bag or spritz machine to make your cookies. The assembly of these is very simple but it really enhances the experience of the cookie itself so it’s worth taking the extra steps. The cookie is flaky and butter with a good snap but it’s not too brittle.
Italian Butter Cookie
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.
I have been dangerously lax about posting lunches this year and I’m not sure why. I’ve even had trouble keeping up with posting them on Instagram but I guess you can’t do all the things all the time? Either way there’s only a few more weeks left in the year (more like a dozen and a half but it feels like only a few) so let’s see if we can’t get back on track until 2020.
Surprisingly this is both a very simple and a very difficult cake to make but I can assure you that guests will be impressed even if you deliver a technically imperfect masterpiece. Since its just one cake recipe all the work is in the assembly so if you’re like me you’ll probably make a mess and it will take you a surprising amount of time from start to finish. This can sit for a few days though because its covered so just block out enough time before you commit.