Roasted Vegetables Primer

an expanse of roasted vegetables including potatoes, swee potatoes, peppers and squash

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

When the weather turns cool, I only want to eat warm, flavorful food—in comes roasted vegetables season. Roasting is easy, it warms up the kitchen, and it makes the house smell like the holidays. If you’re uncertain how to prepare a new vegetable, you usually can’t go wrong with roasting— most things end up sweeter, with nice crunchy bits. If you roast a bunch of vegetables at the beginning of the week, you can eat them throughout the week in various ways: with eggs at breakfast, folded into an omelette, as a side dish, in a taco or sandwich, on toast, or with any grain.

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Green Shakshuka

orange pot with green shakshuka in it and a plate with toast and a butter knife

Shakshuka, if you are unfamiliar, is eggs poached in tomato sauce that is often scented with cumin and sometimes other herbs and spices. It’s from North Africa and the Middle east and it’s a wonderful, simple and healthy brunch dish you should quickly add to your repertoire. Today I’m sharing a variation from the tomato based usual, to this spinachy, herby green Shakshuka! Keep reading

Pistachio Nanaimo Bars

pistachio nanaimo bars on a white tray in a pile

Today I have a very Canadian treat to share with you. Nanaimo bars! All the Canadians reading this are licking their lips, but the rest of you are probably going, huh? Nanaimo bars are a tray dessert made up of a crust layer of crushed graham crackers, nuts, coconut and chocolate, a filling of fluffy vanilla frosting and a chocolate topping. But I wanted to do something a little more special and a little more green (after all it is St. Patrick’s Day) so here is a recipe for pistachio Nanaimo bars! Keep reading

Cheaty Smoky Salmon Toast

pumpernickel bread with smoked paprika rubbed salmon, cucumbers and dill cream cheese

So as I move closer to my due date, even with the end in sight I am getting more and more annoyed with the restrictions of pregnancy. The physical ones are bad enough (I feel like I am wearing super tight spandex and then I realize that is just my skin) but I miss some things. We’ve already covered the alcoholic beverages I miss, but today we’re talking about smoked salmon. I am a huuuuuuuge smoked salmon fan and I have been missing it hard. But then I had a brainwave that while I could never have that luscious smooth texture of the best lox, I could have the smoky flavor, so here is my super quick and easy recipe for cheaty smoky salmon toast.

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Leanne Brown

Hi! I'm Leanne Brown, a home cook in Brooklyn by way of Canada. I write cookbooks, like the one below!

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