Vegetarian Meatballs with Spaghetti

This plant-based alternative to classic Italian-style meatballs is packed with flavor and nutrition and not quite as challenging as our veggie burger recipe. We enjoy them over spaghetti with homemade marinara sauce.

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Risotto

While this Italian rice dish takes time to become creamy and velvety, it’s easy to make and pretty versatile. Add tofu or shrimp to it, different amounts of vegetables and spices, or simply keep it plain with parmesan cheese like we do. And no, you can’t pull it off in 30 minutes on Chopped!

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Zucchini Fritters

Our garden is bursting with zucchinis in the heat of the summer, and these fritters are a perfect way to put them to good use. Served with a homemade dipping sauce, they’re a seasonal treat.

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Sesame Peanut Noodles

Julia is not a fan of peanuts and still likes this dish with its subtle peanut flavor. It can be served warm or cold and is on the simpler side, so it’s a great recipe for when time is limited or it’s too hot to cook in the kitchen.

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Veggie Burgers

This recipe is a bit of an undertaking but well worth it so you can say that you made and enjoyed your own plant-based burger! It’s loaded with nutritious ingredients that are creatively combined to form a flavorful and firm patty.

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Baked Ziti

What’s not to love about pasta, sauce, and cheese all baked together? Homemade marinara sauce with garden herbs adds an extra freshness to this dish. We don’t love ricotta cheese, so we replace it with a homemade white sauce called béchamel. Adjust the recipe if you prefer a different pasta shape, other cheeses, or more or less of any ingredient.

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Pad Thai

This popular Southeast Asian dish makes for a delicious and vibrant meal. We love its simple ingredients and that it can be augmented and adjusted to our taste.

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Pizza

This favorite weekly meal of ours is easy, delicious, and so basic that you can add any toppings that suit your taste. The way we prepare it is New York-style thin crust, but by using a smaller pan, the crust can easily be the thickness of your choosing.

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