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Black Pepper Gnudi With Peas and Mint

What’s a gnudi, you ask? Think of it as a lighter, fluffier version of gnocchi, with a hefty serving of delicious ricotta cheese in the dough. In fact, gnudi is a reference to the filling inside a ravioli; these dumplings have just enough flour to thicken the cheese into a dumpling. Take note! When the gnudi are cooking, keep an eye on the water—you’re looking for just barely simmering, since a rolling boil will make them fall apart. Eat these fresh out of the pot, so that they don’t become gummy.

Sesame-Crusted Snapper

Great healthy recipes manage to be delicious without relying on over-the-top methods or expensive ingredients. This sesame-crusted snapper is a great example: the seeded crust has both cumin and coriander to add rich flavor, and the sesame seeds add a nice crunch. Leftovers would be delicious flaked on toasted flatbread and dolloped with tzatziki (a cucumber-and-dill yogurt sauce), or even turned into a fish dip with sour cream and olive oil. If you can’t find snapper at your grocery store, halibut and bass substitute equally well.

Sesame Cookies With Cardamom and Orange Zest

A combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar is the key to the chewy center of these beautiful, sesame-flecked cookies. One simple way to add intense flavor to any dough is through a citrus zest and a spice. Here, orange zest and cardamom result in fragrant floral notes. If you love the recipe and want to give it your own spin on a second batch, grapefruit zest and ground ginger would marry well, as would lime with ground turmeric. Shopping tip: some grocery stores sell sesame seeds in the bulk section. Buying them here—rather than in jars—can be more affordable.

Roasted Eggplant With Miso and Sesame Seeds

Eggplant is the best kind of vegetable, which is to say, a multi tasker that can take on many different forms. It’s as equally at home breaded and fried or, as it is here: roasted until it has a deliciously melted center. Topped with a rich miso dressing, this recipe works equally well as an appetizer course or as a side dish for salmon or chicken. Cooking tip: Watch the sesame seeds while you toast them in the skillet. They can quickly turn from perfectly toasted to burned.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

These vegan chocolate chip cookies are gooey and chewy in the center and slightly crispy on the outside—just the way we like it. If you’re having trouble rolling the dough into balls, place it in the refrigerator for a minute or two to allow it to firm up. For the very best vegan chocolate chip cookies, we suggest using Barney butter almond butter and Enjoy Life non-dairy chocolate chips. For vegans who avoid honey, use equal parts agave or coconut nectar. And though you may be tempted to devour one as soon as it comes out of the oven, let it sit for 10 minutes on the baking sheet to ensure it holds its shape. You’ll be rewarded for your patience with with chewy vegan chocolate chip cookies.

In terms of nutrition, these vegan cookies are a healthier choice than a traditional chocolate chip cookie because they don’t contain butter or refined sugar. Look for almond butter that doesn’t contain any added sugars.

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

If you’re searching for the best vegan banana bread recipe, the hunt is over. While we were initially stumped as to how to make vegan banana bread (seeing as how traditional banana bread is filled with butter and eggs), we quickly learned that adding coconut milk yogurt and vanilla soy milk makes for a moist, flavorful, and easy vegan banana bread. We love the addition of coconut milk yogurt so much, in fact, that we want to add it to all our quick breads—vegan or not. To take it up a notch and turn this recipe into vegan banana nut bread, we stirred in ½ cup chopped walnuts. To make gluten free vegan banana bread, use a gluten-free flour blend in place of the all-purpose flour.

Though undoubtedly delicious, you may be wondering, is vegan banana bread healthy? Because this vegan banana bread recipe calls for canola oil in place of butter, it’s lower in saturated fat. However, both the coconut milk yogurt and soy milk contain sugar, so the bread should still be eaten in moderation.

Coconut Flour Pancakes

Coconut flour pancakes are our favorite gluten-free, low-carb alternative to a traditional buttermilk shortstack. Pancakes with coconut flour cook up into fluffy, golden beauties—just remember to patient after ladling the batter onto the griddle. Because they don’t contain gluten, which gives classic pancakes their structure, these coconut flour pancakes take a little bit longer to firm up enough to be ready to flip. The second side, however, cooks quickly, and then you’re ready to plate them up and serve with the works—butter, maple syrup, fruit, coffee, orange juice, etc. For extra coconut flavor, serve with toasted coconut flakes on top.

Turkey Rosemary Bolognese

Who doesn’t love a hearty Bolognese sauce? This Italian classic simmers low and slow until it becomes a rich, thick sauce that coats every strand of pasta. You’ll likely have most of the ingredients on hand leftover from your Thanksgiving prep (carrots, celery, and onion)—and maybe just enough red wine from the night before, too. As it cooks, the turkey breaks down to resemble the ground meat typically found in bolognese. Don't forget to serve each bowl of pasta with crusty bread to soak up every last bite of sauce. Paired with a simple green salad (and maybe more wine), this will become one of your new favorite ways to enjoy leftover turkey.

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Italian-Style Braised Leg of Lamb

This tender leg of lamb is served with a rich and flavorful wine sauce, complete with briny capers and salty olives. When braised low and slow, the halved heads of garlic becomes soft and tender—perfect for squeezing out of the skins and enjoying alongside the lamb slices. If you can’t find a semi-boneless leg of lamb (a leg without the shank attached), you can use lamb shanks or lamb shoulder. Turning the meat during the cooking process helps it cook evenly, and bastes it in the sauce. Serve with crusty bread and the rest of the bottle of red wine.