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.
Still away in the cold north for the holidays but I wanted to share this quick and easy (and festive, dare I say) warm brown sugar pear cake with you. I made it just before leaving and couldn’t bear not to share it with you. It’s based on the peach coffee cake from Good and Cheap, and uses pears in place of peaches and nutmeg in place of cinnamon. This is a good reminder that this cake recipe is mega adaptable to just about any fruit. I love it so much. It gets all browned and crunchy and sweet on the outside, and gooey and soft and moist and sticky on the inside. Oh man.
This recipe, and others like it have been real lifesavers for me over the last few months. The basic idea is to take a cooked grain (and you can use barley, quinoa or brown rice in place of farrow here—whatever you have around and enjoy) and sauté with vegetables or meat or beans and other flavors. This one is made with farro (a delicious, chewy, springy whole grain from Italy that is pretty easy to track down these days), sautéed cauliflower, kale, garlic and lemon, topped off with goat cheese that melts and adds creaminess and tanginess to the whole dish.
Pregnancy has not been an easy experience for me. I am so grateful for it, and can’t wait to have our daughter, but being pregnant is not something I will look back on fondly. I have had a lot of sickness (including a stay in a Greek hospital while on vacation) and pain and general exhaustion. At times it’s been tough to do my job since being creative about food is the last thing you want to do when you are severely nauseous.
Recipes like this are so helpful because I can make them to my taste based on which foods smell good and which are making me nauseous. They are simple, healthy, flavorful and satisfying, and you can make a big batch of them and eat them for a few meals. This is key because when you are too tired to move or starting to feel sick and hungry you can pull this out of the fridge and warm it up and know you’ll be okay in a few minutes. It’s a huge relief.
My husband, Dan, who doesn’t normally find this kind of healthy bowl food all that exciting, really enjoys this one and even went for seconds. Hope you guys like it too! Keep reading
Cauliflower cheese is a classic side dish in Great Britain: creamy, cheesy sauce over cauliflower, baked in the oven until the edges get crunchy and bubbly. It’s like a healthier and more flavorful version of macaroni and cheese. Alternatively, try this with broccoli or cooked winter squash—everyone will love it. Great as a side dish for a big meal like Thanksgiving too.