Think soft pretzels are too difficult to make at home? Think again. The dough comes together quickly in the stand mixer, and you’ll have fun forming the signature pretzel shape. A baking soda bath gives them their deeply golden crust, and a sprinkling of coarse salt is an authentic final touch. Serve warm, with spicy brown mustard.
This spicy chili is bursting with so many filling ingredients, including peppers, black beans, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes, you won’t even miss the meat. Serve topped with sliced radishes, tortilla chips, and a dollop of sour cream. The chili can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
Mustardy Kale Salad With Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple
Packed with protein and fiber, this hearty main course salad is a nutritional powerhouse. Combine the kale, roasted sweet potato, chopped apple, and almonds in a large bowl and drizzle with a tangy mustard vinaigrette. Once dressed, massage the kale with clean hands to make the salad more palatable.
These meatless tacos are bursting with good-for-you ingredients, including corn and spinach. Crumbled extra-firm tofu provides a great source of protein, while goat cheese lends a creamy tang. Make sure to warm the tortillas before filling, then top with salsa for a fresh, flavorful finish. The best part? No utensils needed.
It’s not game day without a bowl of guacamole, and if you’re the one hosting, you don’t want to disappoint. This quick and easy recipe requires just five ingredients, and you can whip it up mere minutes before the guests arrive. If you prefer a milder dip, omit the jalapeño.
Give baked sweet potatoes a delicious makeover by adding crunchy pecans, creamy goat cheese, and ripe avocado slices. The combination of toppings make it hearty enough for a meal. If you’re short on time, pierce the potatoes with a fork and cook in the microwave, which will significantly decrease their cook time.
Everyone’s favorite dip is transformed into an elegant starter when nestled in a buttery phyllo shell. To ensure that the crust stays nice and crispy, it’s essential to drain the thawed spinach and artichokes very, very thoroughly. Place them in a colander and press down firmly, or wrap them tightly in a thin dish towel and squeeze out as much liquid out as possible.
Lager adds a delightful bitterness and subtle sweetness to this thick starchy soup, which takes just 35 minutes to make. Charred jalapeños, tossed with cilantro and lime juice, provide a deep, smoky flavor to the salsa spooned on top. Serve with tortilla chips, a green salad, or homemade cornbread.
The tender texture and the slightly sweet flavor of cauliflower make it ideal for rounding out a pizza. Look for heads that are tight and compact, with no dark spots and fresh, firm leaves fanning around them. Slice thinly before adding to the pizza, then bake until the cheese is bubbling.
Give eggplant parmesan a twist—literally—by rolling the ricotta mixture inside each pre-baked eggplant slice before topping with marinara sauce and freshly grated mozzarella. It has all the cheesy, sauce-y goodness you’d expect from lasagna, but without the heaviness of pasta noodles. Bake until browned and bubbly, then serve warm to guests.
This meatless recipe calls for roasted mushrooms, zucchini, and bell peppers, but you can substitute any combination of vegetables you like. Not a squash fan? Try swapping eggplant for the zucchini. Love sweet corn? Add it in in place of the bell peppers. To ensure there’s gooey cheese in every bite, you’ll melt the Cheddar straight onto the tortillas before topping with the veggies.
Mushroom pizza is made more interesting with quirky, yet easy-to-find varieties, like king oyster, enoki, and maitake. Store-bought pizza dough cuts down on prep time, and goat cheese adds a delightfully creamy tang. Finish the pizza with a drizzle of chili oil, then top with parsley right before serving.
Here’s a pro-tip: When you’re planning a party, having a sheet of versatile all-butter puff pastry in your freezer is like having money in the bank. One of our favorite ways to use this multi-purpose staple is to make a pile of golden, savory pies—like these, stuffed with creamy sweet potatoes, tangy parsnips, and earthy mushrooms.
The broiler mimics the direct, searing heat of a grill, so ingredients like eggplant get a charred, smoky flavor while the insides stay soft. For optimal browning, place the rack 4 inches (for an electric oil) or 6 inches (for a gas flame) from the heat source. Serve the dip with a variety of veggies.
Pomegranate seeds are high in fiber and potassium, but the crimson color and the sweet-tart flavor are the real draws. A ripe pomegranate should feel heavy in your hand, since its seeds are loaded with juice. They add a sweet pop to this creamy bean dip, which is drizzled with olive oil before serving.