Category Archives: Vegetarian

Shakshuka of a sort

shakshuka

Shakshuka is a really popular recipe right now, although I had never heard of it until recently.  But the pictures all looked so striking and delicious and eggs poached in tomato sauce sounded like a fabulous idea!  I’ve been including a lot more eggs in my diet lately and also more vegetarian meals.  This has become one of my favorite dishes for lunch.

However, what I make isn’t quite shakshuka.  Let’s call it shakshukish.  I made real shakshuka once and enjoyed it, but I found myself wishing for tomato sauce flavored more like marinara sauce.   So then I made it that way, with parmesan cheese on top instead of feta.  But then I missed the feta.  So now it’s marinara sauce for me…with feta!

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Turkish red lentil soup

Turkish red lentil soup

There is a wonderful Turkish restaurant named Istanbul Grill in Rice Village in Houston.  Their meats are always full of flavor and they have a rice pilaf with chickpeas that I could eat forever.  But what always makes me think of going there is their red lentil soup.  A few years ago a friend recommended it to me and I’ve been in love since.  It is the perfect soup for a cold day.

Unfortunately right now in Houston it’s been hitting the 80s in February.  But between bouts of existential dread at global warming we have had a few chilly days and I decided to try making Turkish red lentil soup myself. Continue reading Turkish red lentil soup

Veggie Lasagna the Great

Vegetable lasagnaYou know how sometimes someone says I made brownies!…but then they have walnuts?  Or they made cookies!…but they’re oatmeal raisin?  I think it’s kind of like that if I say “Tonight’s lasagna…and it’s vegetarian!”

Unless you are a vegetarian, I think it’s hard to get really jazzed about the vegetarian version of something.  Especially something so iconically meat and gooey cheesy as lasagna.

But, friends, let me tell you:  be brave.  Be bold.  This veggie lasagna is amazing.  It’s not good “for a vegetarian recipe.”  It’s just good.  I make this instead of normal lasagna.  I sneak bites of it as I’m packing up the leftovers.  I am fully a convert. Continue reading Veggie Lasagna the Great