Veggie Lasagna

Vegetable Lasagna

This veggie lasagna is full of all the things good and right in the world right now!

That means fresh produce from the Farmer’s market including zucchini, red peppers, baby spinach, onions and garlic surrounded by layers of fresh lasagna noodles, tomato sauce, stringy mozzarella cheese and my new favorite find, Farmer’s cheese…. 

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Baked Polenta Fries (Not-Potato Fries)

Not Potato Fries

Creamy polenta with Parmesan cheese is baked up into golden brown, crispy fries with warm tomato sauce or ketchup for dipping. My Italian answer to the french fry.

The method is easy but time-consuming because the polenta has to be thoroughly chilled to hold it’s french fry shape. I use 5-minute polenta and cook it for 10 minutes until it’s super thick then spread it flat in a pan and pat it down well to compact it and make it dense. … 

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Green Goddess Pasta Primavera

Green Goddess Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera is a spring dish full of green vegetables. Fresh asparagus, string beans, peas and linguine are tossed together in a light sauce with Parmesan, garlic and lemon. The emphasis is on the vegetables. The ratio is almost equal – the vegetables might even be winning.

They’re surely the main attractions with just a smattering of other ingredients to help it come together. The sauce is made from a little half & half combined with some of the starchy pasta cooking water along with Parmesan cheese and lemon zest. A sprinkle of pine nuts at the end gives it a soft crunch and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil adds a dash of luxury…. 

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Mom’s Ranch Potato Salad

Mom's Ranch Potato Salad

My Mom’s old-fashioned potato salad gets a new twist by simply adding ranch salad dressing into the mix. The potatoes are the stars alongside hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, vinegar, dill weed, green olives, red onions and my Mom’s secret ingredient: Worcestershire sauce.

This disappears faster than you can imagine at picnics and potlucks and has people asking for the recipe. … 

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Southwestern Mashed Potatoes

Southwestern Mash

Just five ingredients come together to make these zesty and delicious southwestern mashed potatoes! I started with Simply Potatoes Traditional Mashed Potatoes and mixed in cheddar cheese, corn, avocado and jalapeno peppers. You can create your own five ingredient fix using Simply Potatoes and enter them in the five ingredient recipe contest for a chance to win a grand prize of $3,000.

Simply potatoes are fresh, refrigerated potatoes that have never been frozen. They’re easy to prepare and made with only real ingredients like whole milk, butter and salt.

These are the creamiest mashed potatoes on Earth! The cheese melts right into them along with the mashed avocado making them rich and even more buttery than they are to begin with.

The avocado turns them a pretty shade of green and the corn gives them little pops of texture. The jalapenos aren’t overpowering but more on the subtle side. Everything comes together to make a flavorful side dish to spice up you meals. A new favorite in my house.

I hope I inspired you to enter your own five ingredient fix in the recipe contest! Simply potatoes makes it so easy and convenient for you, there’s no excuse not to. I can’t wait to see your creations!

Southwestern Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Southwestern Mashed Potatoes

Just five ingredients come together to make these zesty and delicious southwestern mashed potatoes! Simply Potatoes traditional mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, corn, avocado and jalapeno peppers.

Ingredients:

1 pound 8 ounce package of Simply Potatoes Traditional Mashed Potatoes
3/4 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup cooked corn
1 avocado, mashed
1/4 cup jarred or canned jalapenos, diced, with a little of the juice they're packed in

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Simply Potatoes Traditional Mashed Potatoes according to package directions.
  2. Scoop it into a large, microwave safe mixing bowl and stir in the cheddar and corn. Microwave 30 seconds. Stir well.
  3. Mix in the mashed avocado and jalapenos including a tablespoon or two of the juice. Serve immediately.

Notes:

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Mashed Broccoli with Ricotta, Parmesan & Garlic

Mashed Broccoli with Ricotta & Parmesan

If you want your family to eat their broccoli then try feeding them this! Broccoli florets smashed up with ricotta cheese and a whole lot of tasty things like Parmesan, garlic, lemon zest and walnuts. They’re creamy like mashed potatoes and make a great low-carb alternative.

You can use fresh or frozen broccoli that you will need to cook real well – until it’s fork tender and on the brink of falling apart. This will make the creamiest mash. A food processor works best at pureeing everything together so it’s smooth.

This is one of those recipes I like to have up my sleeve for . . . I hate to say “tricking” people . . . changing their minds is a better way to put it. This can entice a broccoli hater to try it and chances are they will end up liking it. I’ve seen it with my very own eyes.

I love when that happens.

Mashed Broccoli

Mashed Broccoli with Ricotta, Parmesan and Garlic

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings as a side

Mashed Broccoli with Ricotta, Parmesan and Garlic

Broccoli florets smashed up with ricotta cheese and a whole lot of tasty things like Parmesan, garlic, lemon zest and walnuts. They're creamy like mashed potatoes and make a great low-carb alternative.

Ingredients:

2 pounds broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
3 shallots or a small onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1 cup Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pine nuts
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (just the yellow part, not the pith)
a pinch or two of red pepper flakes

Instructions:

  1. Steam the broccoli until fork tender - cook it well.
  2. While the broccoli cooks in a medium sized frying pan (preferably non-stick) heat the oil and butter together over medium-low heat, add the onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender, stirring often. Turn the heat down to low and add the ricotta and Parmesan, cook just until warm.
  3. Place everything in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed.
  4. Season - well - to taste - with salt and pepper - if you don't add enough it will be bland tasting.

Notes:

Inspired by The Chew

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Baked Broccoli Cheese Rice Fritters

Baked Broccoli Cheese Fritters

The most irresistible oven-fried cakes you will ever meet! Golden brown on the outside with cheesy middles, they’re filled with broccoli, brown rice and sharp cheddar cheese. No frying required for great results.

The fritters come together easily using cooked brown rice, chopped broccoli florets, sharp cheddar cheese, eggs and a touch each of Parmesan and flour to help bind them together. Surprisingly, they crisp up nicely in the oven when baked on a lightly greased, nonstick baking sheet. Flipping them a little more than halfway through helps them get nicely browned on both sides.

I made these in two different sizes resulting in different outcomes. The smaller ones you see here are more like latkes, flat and thin with lots of crusty, chewy edges and just a tiny amount of creaminess to the centers. These are easy to eat with your hands, qualifying them as great appetizers.

Then I doubled their size making them considerably thicker. This gives them lots of soft middles with the same golden brown, crispy outsides. You can eat these with your hands too but not as easily. Since you have to bake them in two batches you can try them both ways, if you like, and decide for yourself which ones you prefer. It just so happened I liked both equally. I would.

One of my favorite things in the world is broccoli rice au gratin, so wrapping all that up inside a crusty little hand-held patty is certain to make my heart beat a little quicker.

It’s safe to say these will be a staple in my diet. Forever and always.

Broccoli Cheese Rice Fritters

Baked Broccoli Cheese Rice Fritters

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: about 15 large or 30 small

Baked Broccoli Cheese Rice Fritters

The most irresistible oven-fried cakes you will ever meet! Golden brown on the outside with cheesy middles, they're filled with broccoli, brown rice and sharp cheddar cheese. No frying required for great results.

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked brown rice (2 + 3/4 cups cooked)
12 ounces broccoli florets (2 heaping cups cooked)
2 eggs
1 + 1/3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for sprinkling on top
a dash or two of black pepper
2 tablespoons flour, plus more if needed
olive oil, for greasing the pan
sour cream, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Cook the rice according to package directions. Steam the broccoli until tender, then place in a colander to drain off any excess water. Allow both to cool off. Pat the broccoli dry with paper towels.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a large non-stick baking sheet with olive oil.
  3. In a large mixing bowl whisk the eggs with a fork until well beaten. Chop the cooked broccoli into little pieces and add to the bowl with the cheddar, Parmesan, salt and pepper. Mix to combine.
  4. Add the rice and mix well then add the flour and mix well. If the mixture is too wet to hold together add more flour, a tablespoon at a time. The mixture should still feel moist but stick together when you form the patties.
  5. You can make small, thin fritters or a bigger pancake type of patty. {Or some of each.} For the small patties scoop up 2 tablespoons of the mixture and form into a patty, place it on the baking sheet and flatten it out slightly. Repeat, placing them about a 1/2-inch apart. You will have to cook them in 2 batches. Cook 12 minutes or until golden on the bottom then flip and cook 8 more minutes.
  6. For the larger pancakes scoop up 1/4 cups of the mixture and pat into a round patty about 1/2-inch thick. You will need to cook them in two batches. Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom, then flip and cook 10 - 12 more minutes.
  7. Sprinkle coarse salt over them when they come out of the oven. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature with sour cream.

Notes:

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Spicy Sweet Potato Fritters with Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Savory Sweet Potato Cakes

Pan-fried sweet potato cakes, golden brown on the outside and creamy in the middle with a sour cream and yogurt sauce for dunking. The sweet potato is the star here – there’s not much more to them aside from a little soy sauce, green onion and a spicy pop of ground red pepper for one of the easiest potato cakes I’ve ever made.

You have to start with cooked sweet potatoes, and that is the most time-consuming part of the entire process, waiting for them to cook when all you want to do is stuff piping-hot, crispy cakes into your pie-hole. If you have leftover baked sweet potatoes you can use them instead and if you’re not against using a microwave to cook your potatoes you can go that route too.

I’m a big fan of pan-frying, in case you didn’t know. You can get some nice crispness to them that way without full-on deep-frying. If you have a cast iron frying pan, use it. Cover the bottom with a generous amount of oil and let it get nice and hot. Not red-hot, mind you, but hot enough so that when the cakes hit the pan they sizzle right away. Then don’t move them for about 2 minutes or so, when the edges start to brown flip them with a thin, sharp-edged metal spatula. That is my secret for scraping the cakes off the bottom of the pan without having them break.

Sweet Potato Pancake Stack

The dipping sauce couldn’t be easier to make by whisking Greek yogurt, sour cream, olive oil, fresh lemon juice and cilantro or parsley together. I love the cooling effect it has on the crusty little cakes. It’s tangy and herby and altogether delicious.

You can serve these as appetizers or turn them into a meal just by adding a leafy green salad. Or you can eat them just as they are. All day long.

Like it’s my your job or something.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Spicy Sweet Potato Fritters with Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Spicy Sweet Potato Fritters with Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Pan-fried sweet potato cakes, golden brown on the outside and creamy in the middle with a sour cream and yogurt sauce for dunking. The sweet potato is the star here – there's not much more to them aside from a little soy sauce, green onion and a spicy pop of ground red pepper for one of the easiest potato cakes I've ever made.

Ingredients:

2 + 1/4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 teaspoons soy sauce
scant 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt + a few dashes fresh black pepper
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
olive oil, for pan-frying
Sauce:
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro or parsley, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Put the sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover the tops of them. Bring to a boil over high heat, then turn the heat down to maintain a simmer. Cook about 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are fork tender. Drain and add back to the hot pan set over medium heat. Shake the pan and let the excess water cook off of the potatoes.
  2. Meanwhile add all the sauce ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together. Refrigerate.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, smash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the oil) and mix it together with a fork or your hands. It should be a little sticky to the touch and should hold together easily. If the mixture seems too soft mix in another tablespoon or two of flour.
  4. Generously cover the bottom of a large frying pan (cast iron if you have one) set over medium heat with oil.
  5. Lightly wet your hands and scoop up rounded tablespoons of the mixture, pat into cakes and cook about 2 - 3 minutes on each side or until lightly golden, working in batches. Use a thin, sharp-edged metal spatula to get right under the cakes when you turn them - this will prevent them from breaking. Remove to a paper towel-lined platter or cutting board to drain.
  6. These are good served hot, warm or at room temperature with the sauce on the side.

Notes:

Adapted from Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

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