Chef John's Falafel
Unlike most of America's other favorite fast foods, falafel is rarely attempted at home, which is a shame, since it's very simple to do, and even a relative novice like me can get some very decent results. One word of warning: you do need to know you're going to have a craving for this a full day before you actually want to eat it.
I created this recipe from looking at a few different ones online and choosing my favorite aspects of each. This is vegetarian but there are many bibimbap recipes with beef or chicken marinades, if you want to add beef or chicken to this dish.
Creamy Shrimp Pasta Primavera
This is a fun recipe that me and my family developed ourselves. It is really flexible and you can swap out ingredients and change measurements to your liking.
This is a wonderfully bright and healthy recipe that I created one day when I was looking to use up the rest of my red lentils and fell in love with this flavor combination. Brown lentils could probably also be used, but would require more cooking time and more water for simmering as the tiny red lentils cook much faster than brown. You can add your own spices to your taste preference. I think crushed pineapple would work well in this recipe for more of a tropical flavor.
Garlic Shrimp & Rice with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes
This quick, healthy meal is bound to become a part of your regular dinner rotation. Everyone will love the combination of shrimp, tomatoes, and rice for an all-in-one-meal, and cooks will appreciate the ease and simplicity putting this meal together.
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Coconut-Curry Lentil Stew Served over Quinoa
This hardy, flavorful lentil stew is very nutritious and filling. Even my kids love it, which is surprising because they are picky. It is both vegan and gluten-free, so just about everyone can enjoy it. I like to spice mine up with garlic-chile sauce on the side. If you don't grow your own tomatoes, ripe ones can be hard to find. Ask your local produce grocer to set aside their damaged and overripe tomatoes for you when they restock and you can get them for a bargain.
We usually recommend preparing the beans at home, but using canned chickpeas allows for a fast, convenient dish.
These tacos are full of fresh vegetables and lime. They're quick and easy to make and they manage to be both healthy and very budget-friendly!
Tuna Zucchini Elbow Pasta
This simple pasta dish with tuna and zucchini is incredibly delicious and so easy! It's not fancy, it's just dinner.