Soups, Salads, Sandwiches

Easy, healthy recipes for quick midday meals.

cabbage salad

In this cabbage salad, a simple dressing of sesame oil, vinegar and soy sauce results in delightfully complex flavors. The dressing ingredients make a small amount of dressing for the amount of cabbage, but it’s a very strong-flavored dressing, so as long as you mix it well into the cabbage, it will be delicious.
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eggplant sandwich

Eggplant sandwich – a delicious, filling vegetarian sandwich filled with roasted eggplant, goat cheese and basil. A wonderful combination of flavors and textures. I imagine that a sliced tomato would be great in there as well, I just didn’t have any in the house.
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pumpkin soup

Just like my easy tomato soup, this pumpkin soup recipe was inspired by my strong desire, during lunch this past weekend, to avoid chopping, sautéing and pureeing. I wanted to just throw a few things in the stockpot, cook to allow the flavors to meld, then enjoy. I also knew that I wanted a relatively thin pumpkin soup with Thai-inspired flavors, rather than a thick, sweet soup. And that I wanted to develop a recipe that would use the entire cans of pumpkin puree and coconut milk instead of leaving me with leftovers that I might end up throwing out.

We all loved the result – a light, creamy, mildly spicy and very flavorful soup. In fact I got an immediate request to add pumpkin puree and coconut milk to my shopping list, to ensure that I make this soup again very soon!
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lentil soup

Hearty and flavorful, this thick lentil soup is wonderful with crusty whole-wheat bread or with whole-wheat dinner rolls.
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pea soup

A delicious, thick, satisfying pea soup. You can keep it vegan by not adding sour cream, but the small amount of sour cream used here does add creaminess and flavor.
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creamy tomato soup

I wanted to make tomato soup, but I didn’t feel like frying, pureeing, straining… so this is what I came up with. Simmering the tomato puree, the broth and the spices allows the flavors to meld, and the Greek yogurt and small amount of butter make this soup delightfully creamy and silky. Serve this creamy tomato soup with cheesy croutons (see recipe below) or with a grilled mozzarella sandwich.
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onion soup

Light, cheesy croutons float atop a rich, golden broth of beef and caramelized onions. I love French onion soup, but I dislike the slab of thick melted cheese that often lies on top of it. So I make mine with small, cheesy croutons instead.
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