Category Archives: Main Dishes

Colcannon Cheddar Skillet Cakes

I was going to try to pass off this recipe as the perfect day-after meal for St. Patrick’s Day, to use up allView full post »

Vegetarian Muffuletta and tips for a successful Mardi Gratzer Celebration

Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. Day of festivity, masquerade, debauchery. Last-ditch, all-out effort at fun until Easter.View full post »

Considered Comfort: Zucchini and Chickpea Curry

Toto, we’re not in London anymore. And I’m not just talking about this blizzard. Lots of people haveView full post »

Books in Brief: The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations by Kim O’Donnel

Maybe it’s just me, but no matter how comfortable I get with meatlessness in everyday life, a special kind ofView full post »

1 Pot of Quinoa, 5 Dinners on Food52

This week I’m over at Food52 with ideas about how to turn one pot of quinoa into five whole dinners. It’sView full post »

Rhubarb + Strawberry Compote

You say spring, I say springter. Let’s call the whole thing off — and eat Rhubarb + Strawberry Compote.View full post »

Vegetarian Main Dish for Thanksgiving: Chanterelle and Gruyere Bread Pudding

A savory, indulgent, and festive vegetarian main dish that’s perfect for the holidays.View full post »

All-American Mac & Cheese for the Premiere of Chef Race US vs. UK

Just like me, my friend Phoebe Lapine was all over the place this summer. But not so much like me, Phoebe was headedView full post »

5 Ways to Use Cashews Instead of Cream (and Not Want to Cry One Bit)

Years ago on this site I let you know that “you won’t find me noshing contentedly cashew cheese in thisView full post »


This is the cilantro sauce you’ve been waiting for. Even if you didn’t know it.View full post »

Spinach, Fava Bean and Quinoa Cakes

This is one of those happy stories about necessity, motherhood, and invention. Don’t you love those stories? LastView full post »

Farmers’ Pasta

Me and cheese. It’s complicated. Like a celebrity couple, we have two relationships. There’s theView full post »

Holy Split! (+ A Brand New Look for Umami Girl, and Last Week’s Contest Winners)

Well, hello there. Welcome to Umami Girl’s new digs! I’ve been hard at work giving this space a renovationView full post »

From the Archives: Brown Rice and French Lentil Salad

From the archives for the quickly dwindling World Vegan Month, a brown rice and French lentil salad and a little TMIView full post »

From the Archives: 5 Principles of Homemade Vegetable Stock

From the archives for World Vegan Month, key tips for making good vegetable stock at home. (Hint: don’t forgetView full post »

The Best Vegetarian Gravy

Umami Girl’s favorite recipe for truly savory, practically meaty vegetarian gravy. Or make it vegan.View full post »

From the Archives: Go Stuff a Squash, Why Don’t You?

From the archives for both Thanksgiving and World Vegan Month (take that, uni-tasking!), hop on over to Serious EatsView full post »

From the Archives: Mom’s Applesauce

From the archives for World Vegan Month, my mom’s simply perfect recipe for applesauce. This will be on ourView full post »

Spiced Tomato Soup with Red Lentils

In all the time I’ve been sharing little pieces of my world with you, I don’t think I’ve everView full post »

Having been to Paris

Real talk about our trip to Paris, and a recipe for Potage Parmentier, a rustic French vegetable soup.View full post »

From the Archives: Alotta Falafel

From the archives for World Vegan Month: Let’s face it. Without falafel, the world would suck. Get the recipeView full post »

From the Archives: Farro with Broccoli

From the archives, farro with broccoli and shiitakes makes an outstanding vegetarian main dish on Thanksgiving. JustView full post »

Black Bean Tacos

There are two types of people in this world: those who lead with their best material, and those who save the best forView full post »

A Typical Family Dinner

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what I feed my family for dinner on a mostly plants diet. So I took aView full post »

From the Archives: Layla’s Lentil Soup

From the archives, it’s another of Umami Girl’s most-popular posts that just happens to be vegan. My friendView full post »

Pickled Red Onions

There’s alchemy in the combination of onions and vinegar. These bright, gently perfumed pickled onions lendView full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: Seriously Delicious ‘Green’ Smoothies

In the crisper this week, two recipes for “green” smoothies made with fresh whole fruits and plenty ofView full post »

That’s Bloody Brilliant: Borough Market

Umami Girl takes a touristy, expensive, and yet quite wonderful trip to London’s Borough Market.View full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: Dumpling Squash, Spinach, and Quinoa with Cilantro-Lime Dressing

In the crisper this week, a homey mid-autumn meal that doesn’t like to be pinned down. Call it a salad or aView full post »

Ottolenghi. Need I say more?

A short and glowing review of both Yotam Ottolenghi’s new vegetarian cookbook Plenty and his flagship LondonView full post »

I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid.

The bacon here in the U.K. makes me want to cry a little bit. Not a full-on heaving type of cry, but definitely atView full post »

Big Girls, Small Supermarket

Do me a favor and listen carefully. Have you ever been walking down the street behind a cute teenage girl, all long,View full post »

The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: Zucchini and Pesto Pizza

This week in the crisper, a pizza that was clearly devised in the mind of a Jersey girl but (and now I can vouch forView full post »

Lobster: A Love Story

All the dirty details on how to select, cook, and eat every last bit of a whole lobster.View full post »

My Perfect Pesto

A simple basil pesto recipe that I’ve tweaked over the years to suit my taste (and, I hope, yours) justView full post »

Why we went

Recipe for a savory vegetarian Roasted Eggplant and Brown Rice Salad. Omit the cheese to make it vegan.View full post »