Vegetables

My challenge? Convince my ten year old that vegetables are not “gross.” I’m glad to report I’m succeeding!

Roasted Green Beans

Green beans are roasted in a hot oven until just-tender, then seasoned with garlic, red pepper flakes and Parmesan. Click for the recipe

tomato sauce

I’ve got nothing against using a store-bought tomato sauce, as long as it doesn’t contain added sugar, flavoring, preservatives, or the all-mysterious “spices.” If the list of ingredients is clean, I go ahead and use it – it’s a huge time saver, and I really enjoy Rao’s spicy tomato sauce.

Having said that, sometimes I like to make my own quick homemade tomato sauce. It’s ready in 10 minutes, it’s very flavorful, and you can use it in so many ways – the obvious are as pasta sauce or pizza sauce, but you can also use it as a base for shakshuka or for baked eggs; cook meatballs in it; or use it as a topping for bruschetta.

I use the Pomi brand of chopped tomatoes for this recipe. I like this brand because it’s BPA-free, has no added sugar or salt, and also because the Italian tomatoes are sweeter than American canned diced tomatoes. Click for the recipe

Bok Choy Recipe

A delicious bok choy recipe, that highlights the Chinese cabbage’s delicate flavor. Click for the recipe

cabbage stir fry

This cabbage stir fry is incredible. Seriously. I know it’s just cabbage, but cabbage has a way of absorbing other flavors, and the sauce here is phenomenal. Just try it, OK? It doesn’t look like much, I know, but it’s one of my favorite vegetable dishes these days. Click for the recipe

Baked Cauliflower

Cauliflower florets are tossed in olive oil and garlic, baked until just tender, then topped with Parmesan and baked until golden brown. Click for the recipe

Baked Pumpkin

Delicious baked pumpkin, seasoned with olive oil, garlic and chili powder. One of my favorite side dishes this time of year. Click for the recipe

cauliflower gratin

Of all the many ways to prepare cauliflower, this creamy cauliflower gratin is one of my favorites. Granted, adding sour cream and gruyere to almost anything would make it taste good, but this is especially true for cauliflower. As versatile as potatoes, but healthier, it readily absorbs the richness of cream and cheese and is then elevated from a tasty veggie into a delicacy. Click for the recipe