Vegetarian-Friendly

Penne and Roasted Squash with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Serves 4-6

You can make extra of this flavorful, fragrant autumn pesto to use for a quick meal later.

Quick Fennel Slaw

Serves about 4 cups

This fresh and zesty slaw works equally well for brunch or a picnic.

Mashed Potatoes with Soft Cheese and Herbs

Serves 8-10

Your secret ingredient is the herbed soft cheese in these mashers, which replaces butter; the super-super secret ingredient is the lemon zest.

Orange You Glad It’s Sweet Potato Mash

Serves 4-6

To celebrate Thanksgiving and help bring more nutritious options to the table, Rachael wrote this mashed sweet potato recipe for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (Rach was named a Council member in 2014!) that your friends and family will love!

Seven-Layer Burritos

Serves 4

Fill a burrito with this classic Tex-Mex dip for a vegetarian-friently meal. If you’ve got any leftover filling, use it on salad or nachos.

Caramelized Onion and Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes with Roasted Broccoli or Broccolini

Serves 4 as an entrée, 8 as a side dish

These double-stuffed potatoes are a nutritious and comforting side dish to be shared or a wonderful meat-free, hearty entrée served as a lunch or supper.

Deep-Dish Eggplant Parmigiano

Serves 6-8

This deep-dish but lighter (no breading!) simple eggplant parm highlights the flavor of the eggplant, itself. It works well on its own, as a starter, as a side or even as a pot luck dish.

Spaghetti Squash with Warm Spinach-Walnut Pesto

Serves 6

A delicious and nutritious nutty pesto tops spaghetti squash, and also works well over whole grain pasta.

Roasted Pea and Carrot Pasta

Serves 4-6

This simple and nutritious "pea-sto" pasta dish celebrates the flavors of spring. Add grilled chicken on the side for a more substantial meal; it’s also delicious the next day in your lunch box.

Big Batch Cooking Ratatouille

Serves 3 quarts

You can make this ratatouille base today and serve with toasted crusty bread and poached eggs, or freeze and use later with Ratatouille and Ricotta Stuffed Peppers.

Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomatoes and Basil

Serves 4

Lighten up your regular pasta meal by using spaghetti squash instead! Roasting brings out the flavor of the tomato topping.

Spinach Artichoke Potato Skins

Serves 6-8 snack-size servings

Your favorite spinach-artichoke dip inside a potato skin. Touchdown!

Brown Macaroni with Four Cheeses and Romanesco or Cauliflower

Serves 6

This mac and cheese is rich, but it’s also rich in nutrition. It works as a make-ahead meal for a quick weeknight dinner, or bring to your next potluck for a real crowdpleaser!

Farro with Asparagus

Serves 4

Get to know farro! Asparagus sliced and sautéed with garlic and shallots and mixed with farro is a nutritious and delicious side. Finish with lemon juice and parsley.

Butternut Squash and Parsley Penne

Serves 4

Roasting releases the sweetness of squash, while chili pepper adds spark to this pasta meal. Garnish with Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. For a vegetarian-friendly meal, use vegetable stock.