Coconut Curried Lentils

Never cooked lentils before? Neither had I before inventing this recipe. It’s pretty much foolproof. Hooray for curry!

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Polenta Roundels with Broccoli Rabe

I’ll be honest: I recently purchased a roll of pre-cooked polenta. I usually make polenta myself–it’s very easy, for those of you who haven’t tried–but I was feeling pretty lazy, so I wanted to see what I could do with it fast. This simple dish comprises only polenta, garlic, broccoli rabe, and ricotta cheese (with the addition of some spices, if you like). It’s a nice start to cooking with broccoli rabe if you haven’t before.

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“Jen Salad”

My partner’s parents affectionately refer to this dish as “Jen Salad.” It’s a chopped salad with basil, coated in a simple goat cheese-based dressing. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare, and makes a great side for a grilled protein of your choice (I like to do this with chicken).

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Cold Quinoa with Beets and Feta

Quinoa is fast and easy to make, and is a great alternative to pasta, rice, or polenta. It’s also the Superfood of the Year! Here I’ve taken plain quinoa and added some ingredients that are light, but with some tang. This salad makes a great addition to picnics and barbecues.

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