smashed pea & smoked cheddar quesadillas

delicate spring herbs:

basil, parsley, cilantro,

chives, mashed with green peas

1 serving

2 small tortillas, 2/3 c frozen peas+sea salt+lemon juice+herbs+red pepper flakes, 2 slices miyokos smoked english farmhouse cheese

microwave pea mixture until warm, mash with fork; divide peas & cheese between tortillas, cook on panini press

cauliflower & pesto

after a spring snow

the fields are white but steam comes

from the flowing pond

source, 4 servings

1 cauliflower rubbed with olive oil, s&p; 1 T olive oil, 2 sliced onions, s&p; pesto: zest & juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 c cilantro & parsley, 1/4 c olive oil, 1/4 c walnuts, 1 clove garlic, kosher salt & pepper

in a cast-iron pan, heat onion, oil, salt, cook 10 minutes, add 3/4 c water; add cauliflower, wrap with foil, 400 F, until soft; make pesto in food processor; uncover cauliflower, 450 F, until browned, basting with juices; top with pesto

maple pinto beans & rice with spring herbs

small yellow globes of

flower buds will be covered

with snow tomorrow

4 servings

2 c wild rice, cooked with a pinch of sea salt; 1 lb pinto beans, soaked overnight in 2 inches water+1 t sea salt+pinch soda, simmered until tender; 1/4 c maple syrup, 1/4 c spring herbs

cook down beans and syrup, allowing a bottom crust to form; serve with rice, top with herbs

one pot pasta & sauce

on the equinox

white islands of ice and snow

shrink into the field

1 serving, 550 calories

1 c halved small tomatoes, 1 c pasta, 1/2 c frozen kale, 1/4 c balsamic, 2 c hot water, kosher salt & pepper, red pepper flakes, 1 T herbs, vegan parm

heat all but parm, cook until pasta is done, top with parm

balsamic beans on toast

the satisfaction

of a dish that requires

a fork, knife, & spoon

1 serving, 570 calories

2 slices toasted ezekiel bread, 1 can white beans, drained & rinsed; 1 c small tomato halves, 1/4 c balsamic, 1 T herbs, black pepper

microwave all but toast 4 minutes, stand while bread toasts, pour beans over toast, top with more herbs, flaky salt

blackened potato bowls

potatoes as black

as 6 am at the start

of daylight savings

3 servings

1/2 lb white beans, soaked overnight in 2 inches water, simmered until tender, drained, lightly salted; 6 oz spinach wilted with 1 T lemon juice & 1/2 t kosher salt; kimchi; potatoes: 4 sliced potatoes, 1 big sliced onion, 5 peeled cloves garlic, 2 T olive oil, 1/4 t sherry vinegar, 1 t rosemary, pinch kosher salt

fry potatoes, onion, garlic in oil, salt, rosemary until blackening; deglaze with vinegar, reduce heat, cook until tender; arrange beans, spinach, potatoes, kimchi in bowls

sesame noodles & cucumber salad

cool the noodles when

cooked and then serve them cold or

at room temperature

source, 4 servings

1 lb noodles, cooked, rinsed with cold water, tossed with sesame oil; sauce: 3 T toasted sesame oil, 3 T tamari, 2 T rice vinegar, 2 T tahini, 1 T peanut butter, 1 T maple syrup, 1 T fresh ginger, 2 t minced garlic, 2 t chile crisp; salad: cuke wedges, rice vinegar, salt, sugar, peanuts

mix sauce, microwaving to soften ingredients; combine noodles & sauce; serve with salad, kimchi

lentil stew with saffron

fry the leeks and then

deglaze the pan with saffron

and diced tomatoes

source, 6 servings

1.5 c lentils, 1 onion, halved; 2 bay leaves, kosher salt & pepper, 5 sliced potatoes, 3 T olive oil, 2 sliced leeks, 1 clove garlic, 1 sprig thyme, 2 T smoked paprika, pinch cayenne, pinch saffron+1/4 c cold water, 1 can diced tomatoes, 2 T sherry vinegar, parsley

boil lentils in 8 c water, bay leaves, onion, pinch salt, partly covered, 20 minutes; add potatoes, boil 10 minutes; cook leeks in oil, salt & pepper, paprika, garlic, thyme, cayenne until brown; add saffron & liquid, tomato & liquid, vinegar to leeks, simmer 5 minutes; add leeks to potatoes, cook down; top with parsley, more olive oil

bok choy & noodle soup

no fancy spices

but brown mushrooms and soy sauce

make savory broth

3 servings

3 sliced scallions, 3 c mushrooms, kosher salt, 1 medium bok choy cut up, 3 T tamari, 2 T toasted sesame oil, 4 oz noodles, 1 c cubed tofu+1 t tamari, 1/4 c diced celery, kimchi

cook oil, scallion whites, mushrooms, salt until brown; add 4 c water, noodles, cook until noodles are done; add tamari, tofu, celery, & bok choy, wilt; top with scallion greens, more oil, kimchi