Creamy Corn and Zucchini Chowder with Tempeh Bacon

Creamy Corn and Zucchini Chowder with Tempeh Bacon

Creamy, filled to the brim with fresh veggies, simple to make, and oh-so-nutritious, this vegan corn and zucchini chowder will keep summer memories alive in your kitchen all year long. Buttery tones and delicate flavors of the corn and zucchini are highlighted with garlic and herbs, umami rich miso and a touch of smokiness from tempeh bacon. Quick and easy to prepare, this chowder is sure to be one of your new favorite last-minute meals!
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Portobello, Broccoli, Chickpea and Grain Salad with Fresh Lemon Basil Dressing

Portobello, Broccoli, Chickpea and Grain Salad with Fresh Lemon Basil Dressing

Juicy, toothsome portobellos rest on top of a savory salad of roasted broccoli, chickpeas, nutty grains and tart apple tossed with fresh lemon and basil dressing. The components for the salad are easy to prepare ahead of time so this nutritious and delicious meal comes together in a snap. Continue reading “Portobello, Broccoli, Chickpea and Grain Salad with Fresh Lemon Basil Dressing”

Creamy Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Crispy Topping

Creamy Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Crispy Topping

Comforting noodles swimming in a creamy, savory and nutritious sauce studded with roasted tomatoes and topped with a crispy “buttery” breadcrumb topping. We’re blending ready-made Romesco or Marinara sauce with a creamy cashew base to bump up the nutrients and to get things extra lush, which also means this meal comes together in a snap! Continue reading “Creamy Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Crispy Topping”

Crispy Sweet Potato Wedges with Guacamole

Crispy Purple Sweet Potatoes Wedges with Guacamole

Check out the gorgeous color of these tubers! This is the first thing I ever made with purple sweet potatoes. When I saw them at the grocery store, I was immediately attracted to them as they were such a stunning shade of purple. When they bake, they do mellow out a bit to almost a burgundy but still beautiful nonetheless. For anyone wondering like I had before trying them, I can’t detect any difference in flavor between these and the more common orange sweet potatoes.

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Roasted Vegetable & Kale Salad with Avocado Caesar Dressing

Roasted Vegetable & Kale Salad with Avocado Caesar Dressing

Say hello to one of your new favorite salads, with all the right flavor and texture notes being hit! Roasted veggies and fresh kale are tossed with an avocado Caesar dressing, and then sprinkled with bright red cabbage shreds, sunflower seeds and tempeh bacon. This makes a great prep-ahead lunch, just keep the dressing air-tight and separate until serving.

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Lemon Orzo with Asparagus, Cranberries and Almonds

Lemon Orzo with Asparagus, Cranberries and Almonds

Elegant AND easy? Yes, please! Serve warm for a quick dinner and pack up the rest to eat chilled for lunch the next day.

It’s funny how pasta shape can impact a dish. While I’ve always enjoyed eating noodles, we’ve been eating them much more often since having kids. I dress them up with so many combinations of sauces, veggies, nuts, and legumes. While our kids love this, it just feels a little fancier than say mac and cheeze and it I think it’s because the orzo is such an elegant shape. There’s cheezy flavor here with by adding nutritional yeast, garlic and olive oil are the background flavors, the cranberries give a burst of sweetness and tartness, while the asparagus and lemon make this dish fresh and bright. Add a sprinkle of toasted almonds, you’ve got a bit of crunch I hope you enjoy this easy recipe, and perhaps it’ll become part of your meal rotation like it has become part of ours!

 

Lemon Orzo with Asparagus, Cranberries and Almonds

Serve warm for a quick dinner and pack up the rest to eat chilled for lunch the next day. Pretty, yummy, satisfying and so easy to prepare!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Crumbs & Caramel

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orzo, uncooked
  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2" pieces
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • zest from 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp toasted, sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • pinch crushed red chili flakes, if desired

Instructions

  • Prepare the orzo according to package directions, popping the dried cranberries in to soften during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat 1 tbsp olive oil a large cast iron pan or skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus and sauté for about 6-8 minutes until bright green and cooked but still a bit crisp and not browned, tossing in the minced garlic during the last minute of cooking.
  • Add the cooked orzo, cranberries, lemon zest, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, remaining olive oil, salt and chili flakes. Toss to coat. Serve with a sprinkle of toasted almonds.
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