Category Archives: Main Dishes

Spaghetti with Creamy Kale | Umami Girl

Spaghetti with Garlicky, Lemony, Creamy Kale

There are a lot of adjectives in the title of this recipe. I know it. I almost added “briny,” too —View full post »

Carrot Red Lentil Soup

Carrot + Red Lentil Soup with Warming Thai Spices

At this time last week, I’d just finished a yoga class in sunny Barbados, held in a studio surrounded by lushView full post »

Smoky Potato Corn Stew

Bean Stew with Corn and Potatoes

You’ve gotta love a time of year when bean stew is trending. So sexy, right? Heyyy, baby — is thatView full post »

Frittata with Corn, Cheddar and Spinach

Frittata with Corn, Cheddar and Spinach

A little while ago I promised to keep it real by posting more easy weeknight dinners. Nothing fits that bill moreView full post »

Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

Less than two weeks ago, on December 24, it reached 70 degrees in New Jersey. Back then my biggest problem was beingView full post »

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

Happy New Year! 2016 what now? We really enjoyed the holidays, but we’ve been busy enough that I haven’tView full post »

Complete Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

Happy Thanksgiving, friends near and far. This year I’m trying something a little bit different. For anyoneView full post »

Jamie Oliver's Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Jamie Oliver’s Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Like everyone ever, I could definitely stop drinking coffee whenever I want. Definitely. This morning, though, I hadView full post »

Savory Oatmeal with Crispy Shiitakes

Savory Oatmeal with Crispy Shiitakes

Let’s do three little seconds of Halloween recap before we launch full-throttle toward Thanksgiving. My favoriteView full post »

Jersey Girl Spaghetti

Jersey Girl Spaghetti for World Pasta Day

So, you guys. It’s World Pasta Day. My first impression was that pasta is like Frozen or the Kardashians.View full post »

Spaghetti with Cauliflower Shiitakes and Chickpeas

Spaghetti with Cauliflower, Shiitakes and Chickpeas

Here’s an easy weeknight dinner that’s greater than the sum of its parts. This is the kind of thing I cookView full post »

Vegetarian Minestrone

Vegetarian Minestrone for a Crowd

This morning on the way into the house after yoga, my water bottle ricocheted out of my too-full hand and plummetedView full post »

Soft Shell Crabs

Simple Soft Shell Crabs

Soft shell crab season will be over in a flash, and although I’m all about transitioning into fall withView full post »

Purple Cauliflower, Lentil and Quinoa Salad Recipe

On grief, in springtime.

I learned a lot this week. I learned what it’s like to say goodbye to the last member of a whole generation. That itView full post »

Grilled Cheese with Sauerkraut Recipe

A Hot Mess: Grilled Cheese with Sauerkraut and Dijon

Of course I knew it wasn’t a good idea to search “hot mess” on Urban Dictionary. MaybeView full post »

Vegetarian Nut Loaf Recipe

Nut Loaf. Trust Me.

Yesterday evening at 5:23 we were slipping pungent, silky pieces of Taleggio onto a few crackers for a snack andView full post »

Colcannon Cheddar Skillet Cakes Recipe

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 Recipe

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 »

Zucchini and Chickpea Curry Recipe

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

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 »