Braised Collard Greens (vegan recipe!)

I’d never tried collard greens before, but I have been intrigued by them for a long time so I decided to take a shot. Since they are a little tougher than kale, I decided to braise them instead of pan frying, to add a bit of moisture to the mix.

Fried Eggplant Recipe: A Vegetarian Main Dish

Here’s a great main dish that my mother used to make every Thursday night which was our “vegetable dinner night.” This eggplant recipe makes a hearty main dish with a salad or some greens on the side.

Cold Soup: Tomato Veggie Soup

This cold soup is sort of like a gazpacho, but not really. It is a great cold soup that can be served for lunch or dinner, and works as an appetizer or as a main dish. It is very refreshing on those hot summer days and you can make it days ahead. The cold soup will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Dotty’s Famous Cucumber Salad

This is a great appetizer or side dish especially for those hot summer days. It’s so simple and tastes so good. Northern Europeans have been eating versions of this for hundreds of years.

Eggplant Recipe: Easy Eggplant Parmesean

This eggplant recipe is a classic dish that is easy to make unless you are going to make the tomato sauce from scratch, which I do. A jar of good marinara with basil will suffice if you want to save a lot of time so I’m going to give the recipe for the dish and let you figure out the sauce thing.

String Bean Recipe That’s a Crowd Pleaser

While you might not think of string beans where you’re brainstorming for a delicious side dish, those humble legumes can really shine if you prepare them just right. This is a Greek take on the string bean, and it goes great with almost any meal.

Pasta Sauce Recipe: Peter’s Pasta Puttenesca

This is my all-time favorite pasta sauce recipe.

Putta is the Italian word for prostitute, and this pasta sauce was named for them. Basically, when the prostitutes finished β€œworking” in the early morning hours, they would go to the restaurants or trattorias to have pasta. The sauce was usually a little of this and that: anything that was left over from the regular customers.

Winter Vegetable Recipe: Seasonal Veggie Roast

Here’s a great comfort food recipe that’s hearty, healthy and very economical. I started doing this as a side dish for Thanksgiving meals, but with enough veggie diversity, it is a great main dish. Winter is a great time for root vegetables, and the portobello mushrooms give this dish an almost meaty kick.