This hasselback aubergine parmigiana is delicious twist on a classic Italian dish. Crisp aubergine slices are baked in a rich tomato sauce and sprinkled with parmesan.
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1 large onion
5 tbsp olive oil
3 crushed garlic cloves
2 tbsp tomato puree
500ml tomato passata
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 ½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp caster sugar
Large pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
2 large aubergines
50g grated Parmigiano Reggiano
1 mozzarella ball
30g dried breadcrumbs
Small handful fresh basil
Heat the oven to 200°C fan/gas 7. Halve, peel and slice the onion. Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onion for 8-10 minutes to soften. Add the crushed garlic, then cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato purée and cook for 1 minute more.
Pour in the passata, chopped tomatoes, 2 tsp of the dried oregano, caster sugar, a large pinch of chilli flakes (optional) and some salt. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until slightly reduced. Pour the sauce into the baking dish.
Take the aubergines and make widthways cuts at 1cm intervals, three quarters of the way through, so the slices are still attached at the bottom. Drizzle with 3 tbsp olive oil, getting into the cuts. Spoon a little tomato sauce into the cuts, along with 30g grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Arrange the aubergines in the baking dish on top of the sauce and bake for 30 minutes until the aubergines are slightly charred.
Cut the mozzarella ball into 6-8 pieces, then dot over the aubergines. In a small bowl, mix the dried breadcrumbs with 20g grated Parmigiano Reggiano, 1 tbsp olive oil and ½ tsp dried oregano. Sprinkle over the aubergines and bake for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is golden and the aubergines are tender. Top with fresh basil and serve with crusty bread or a green salad.
NUTRITION: PER SERVING
48.5G (17.1G SATURATED)
47.4G (32G SUGARS)
You’ll also need a 2-3 litre capacity baking dish.
You can make the parmigiana up to 1 day ahead. Cool, then chill, covered. Reheat in a low oven for 30-40 minutes to serve.
Prep Time:15mins Cook Time:40mins Total Time: 55mins
WHAT IS CURRY POWDER?
Since curry powder is responsible for all of the seasoning in the bowls, let’s take a minute to chat about it. If you’ve never had curry powder, it’s a warm blend of spices that are pre-ground and blended to mimic the fresh spices used in Indian cuisine. This blend usually includes cumin, turmeric, coriander, and other spices. Every curry powder blend is unique, so you may need to experiment with different brands or recipes to find one that suits your palate. If you’d like to try making your own curry powder, try this recipe for homemade curry powder from Spice it Upp.
ADD MORE TO YOUR CURRY ROASTED VEGETABLE BOWLS
I kept my curry roasted vegetable bowls simple because I like simplicity, but you can add more to make them a little more fancy, if you’d like. I think a light sprinkle of raisins would add an incredible pop of sweetness to contrast the savory curry powder and tahini dressing.
Slivered almonds would offer an amazing crunch to these bowls without competing with the already strong flavors.
If you want to add some meat, rotisserie chicken would be great, as would some Yogurt Marinated Chicken.
SWAP OUT THE VEGETABLES OR GRAINS
This recipe is super flexible. You can swap out the vegetables for anything you like. Try broccoli, sweet potatoes, asparagus, sweet bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, or whatever vegetable you like.
The same goes for the “bed” for these bowls. If you don’t like brown rice you can swap it out with white rice, couscous, quinoa, your favorite grain, or even salad greens.
HOW LONG DO THE LEFTOVERS LAST?
Simple bowl meals like this hold up in the refrigerator for about four days, with the dressing kept on the side. Your mileage may vary depending on the freshness of your ingredients and the conditions within your fridge. I’ll link my favorite meal prep containers for meals like this in the recipe below.
1cuplong grain brown rice (uncooked)($0.40)
LEMON TAHINI DRESSING
1/2tsp ground cumin($0.05)
Begin the rice first because it takes the longest to cook. Combine the uncooked rice in a pot with 2 cups water. Place a lid on top, turn the heat onto high, and allow the water to come up to a full boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and let the rice simmer for 45 minutes (no stirring). After 45 minutes, turn the heat off and let it rest with the lid in place for an additional five minutes.
Once the rice is started, move on to the curry roasted vegetables. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Chop the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Peel and slice the carrots. Slice the red onion into ¼-inch wide slices.
Place the cauliflower, carrots, and red onion on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over top, then add the curry powder and salt. Toss the vegetables until everything is evenly coated in oil and spices. Spread the vegetables out over the baking sheet in a single layer.
Transfer the seasoned vegetables to the oven and roast for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes give them a good stir, then roast for another 15 minutes. Next, add the frozen peas and toss together with the roasted vegetables, then return the baking sheet to the oven for the an additional 5 minutes. Taste the vegetables and add additional salt, if needed.
While the rice is simmering and the vegetables are roasting, make the lemon tahini dressing. Place the tahini, water, lemon juice, minced garlic, cumin, cayenne, and salt in a blender then blend until smooth. Set the dressing aside.
When the rice has finished cooking, fluff with a fork. Place about ¾ cup rice into each bowl or meal prep container. Top with ¼ of the roasted vegetables. Drizzle with a few tablespoons of dressing just before serving.
A simple French Potato Salad with fresh herbs – tarragon, parsley and chives, with a flavorful Dijon Vinaigrette. Healthy, vegan and light with no mayo!
Savory, quick, and easy, this French Potato Salad is simple to make, yet deeply satisfying. It pairs well with so many things and is perfect for gatherings and potlucks.
It highlights fresh colorful potatoes that are abundant right now at local farmers’ markets- so many fun varieties to choose from!
Here we’ve used purple fingerlings, German butterball, red potatoes, and Yukon golds.Play around with different varieties for diverse flavor, shape, and color. Thin-skinned potatoes work best here.
Fresh herbs like tarragon, parsley, and chives enhance the flavors making it taste quite magical. Tarragon adds a unique complexity to the salad, and is a classic ingredient in true French Potato Salad – but if you wish, you can substitute different tender herbs like dill or basil.
The flavors are more intense warm or at room temperature but still quite good served chilled.
A perfect end-of-summer salad or side dish!
Slice the potatoes into 1/4-inch thick rounds.
‘Cover with water and add the salt.
Add whole garlic cloves to the simmering water.
While the potatoes simmer and soften (about 5 minutes) make the Dijon Vinaigrette and chop the fresh herbs.
Drain the potatoes and let them cool slightly.
Then gently toss the potatoes in a bowl with the flavorful Dijon dressing and the fresh herbs.
Serve immediately or at room temperature, or feel free to chill it! It will keep for 4 days in the fridge.
We know you will enjoy the fresh flavors of this French Potato Salad and won’t miss the mayo one bit! Pair it with all your grilling this holiday weekend and please let us know what you think in the comments below.
Have a beautiful weekend!
2 pounds fresh potatoes, sliced ¼-inch thick (little, thin-skinned potatoes work best here)
2 tablespoons of sea salt
2 large garlic cloves
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
¼ cup champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, roughly chopped (or sub 1/4 cup dill or basil ribbons)
2 tablespoons fresh chives (or sub green onions), minced
Boil the Potatoes: Place the sliced potatoes in a large saucepan cover completely with cold water.Sprinkle in salt and bring to a boil.Add the 2 cloves of garlic, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or until potatoes are just tender.
Make the Vinaigrette: While potatoes are simmering, make the vinaigrette by whisking together dijon, oil, vinegar and pepper in a small bowl.Set aside.
Assemble: Drain potatoes and garlic.Place potatoes mostly single layer on a baking sheet to cool.Mince the cooked garlic and add to the vinaigrette.Drizzle the vinaigrette evenly over the warm potatoes.Let sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes.
Serve: Add to a serving bowl gently tossing with the chopped fresh herbs. Serve at room temp or refrigerate and chill.
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There is so much flavor bursting from this Savory Galette. A flaky tender crust made with a bit of earthy rye flour, perfectly complimented with creamy leek and kale filling with just the right amount of tang. The crust is made with “rough puff” pastry dough, a galette dough you’ll want to keep in your back pocket for down the road, and your own creative fillings.
What I love about this galette dough, is that it comes together much faster than traditional puff pastry, yet it is still flaky and tender. You can make it a couple of days ahead for less prep time and even keep some in the freezer for spontaneous inspiration. Alternatively, it is also totally fine to use pre-made puff pastry dough!
While it may look as though there are a lot of steps here, it all comes together fairly easily, especially if you make the rough puff dough a day or two ahead. It is so worth the effort! And once you get the hang of it, it is fun to make. This is a much requested special occasion dish in our house.
what is rough puff pastry?
It is a faster variation of a classic puff pastry dough- (think croissants). Traditional puff pastry consists of laminating one big block of butter between the dough, which is a process that takes several hours of rolling, refrigerating and patience. Ruff Puff gets its flaky layers by using large chunks of butter in the dough. Instead of rolling out by hand, we let the food processor do some of the work of incorporating the butter into the dough. Though it is not quite as delicate as traditional puff, it still yields a flaky dough in significantly less time. Thirty minutes of hands-on time will have you on your way to a lovely tender pastry crust.
why should i make galette dough?
It is not as difficult as you may think and it will elevate the overall dish.
It makes a perfectly flaky crust for tarts, galettes, and other delicacies.
You can make it a few days ahead of time, making prep time easier. It also freezes well! Store for up to a month in the freezer.
how to make the galette dough:
It starts with chilled flour and very cold butter.
In a food processor pulse just a little- you want the chunks of butter to be visible, more of a pinto bean size rather than the usual pea-size.
Empty flour into a cold bowl. Keep all ingredients chilled! This makes for a more flaky crust.
Add cold water and vinegar. Vinegar helps tenderize the dough by inhibiting gluten development and keeps the dough from oxidizing and turning gray.
Bring together as best you can with just a couple of stirs. VERY important not to over mix.
The dough is very shaggy! You will probably have some dry flour bits, but don’t worry! With a little patience and trust, it will come together.
Pat it into a 4×4 block as best you can. Refrigerate, sealed in plastic, for half an hour. In this time the flour will begin to hydrate.
Lightly flour as needed for the rolling pin and on top of the dough. Roll out into a 5×11 rectangle- approximately.
Let it be cracky and rough.
Fold the galette dough over on itself in thirds. Also called a letter fold.
Square up the sides and ends with a bench scraper by just lightly tapping in.
Turn the dough so the short side is towards you and repeat the rolling process 2 more times.
This is what gives you the luscious flaky layers of dough.
how to roll out galette dough:
roll the dough out to a 5 x 11 rectangle
letter fold the dough
turn short side toward you and repeat this 2 more times.
On the third turn fold the dough in half. At this point refrigerate for 45 minutes or up to 3 days. Or freeze up to one month!
Once the galette dough is chilling you can start on the filling. It comes together pretty fast!
Chop up the leeks, garlic and kale.
Saute them with olive oil. Set aside when tender.
Pull the galette dough out of the fridge. Let it rest 20 minutes before rolling.
Roll the galette dough out on a piece of parchment to 1/8 of an inch thick and in an approximant 14-inch circle.
Spread a little mascarpone cheese on the rolled out dough all but the outer 2 inches.
TIP: Cutting the edges of the dough with a sharp knife will make them puff up more.
Lay filling and grated gruyere cheese on top of the mascarpone.
Brush the outside 2 inches with egg wash.
Fold the dough over the filling, pinching together every 2 inches, try not to push the dough into the filling. No need to be too fussy it’ll puff up when it bakes losing a lot of the definition.
Pour the beaten egg mixture over the filling.
Brush top with egg wash.
TIP: For a better bottom crust, bake on a pre-heated pizza stone or pre-heated cast iron pan. Carefully transferring- lifting the parchment and tart on to the stone.
Sliding onto a pizza peel or cutting board can help with the transfer.
When it comes out it will be puffed up and gloriously fragrant and golden.
Serve the savory galette like quiche for brunch or lunch with a hearty leafy green salad. Also makes a lovely appetizer.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Hope you enjoy this Savory Leek Galette! Let us know what you think in the comments below and show us your beautiful galettes on Instagram.
Rough Puff Pastry Dough (allow 2 1/2 hours, can be made ahead)
Pulse flours, sugar, and salt in food processor to mix.
Add chilled butter pieces. Pulse 3-4 times until butter is still the size of pinto beans. Dump mixture out into a bowl. Place the bowl in the fridge for about 15 minutes to get it cold.
Remove from fridge. Add vinegar and the ice water. Gently, carefully mix the dough just until it seems well distributed. It will be very craggy and may have dry flour bits.
Dump the dough onto a piece of parchment or plastic wrap. Form dough together, as best as you can, into about a 4 x 4-inch square. Wrap up and place in the fridge for 45 minutes.
Roll out into a rectangle approximately 5 x 11. Fold the pastry in thirds widthwise, like a business letter, resulting in 3 layers of dough.
Turn the short end toward you and repeat step 6 two more times.
After the third turn fold the dough in half. Refrigerate for one hour or up to 3 days.
Rest the dough for 20 minutes at room temperature before rolling out.
Leek and Kale Filling and Galette Assembly
Set oven to 425 degrees. If using a pizza stone or cast iron pan, place in the oven now while preheating.
Saute’ kale, garlic and leeks in olive oil with the 1/4 teaspoon of salt over medium heat for about 8 minutes. Turn off heat and cover with a lid for 5-10 more minutes until tender. Add sage and parsley. Set aside.
Meanwhile in another bowl combine eggs, anchovy paste, dijon, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.
Roll out dough on a piece of parchment to 1/8 of an inch thick and in an approximate 14″ circle. Trim the edges of the dough with a sharp knife to allow them to puff up.
Spread mascarpone cheese on the rolled out circle, all but the outer 2 inches.
Lay filling and grated gruyere cheese on top of the mascarpone.
Whisk together egg wash. Brush the outside 2 inches of dough with the wash.
Fold the outer 2 inches of dough in over the filling, overlapping dough every 2-3 inches gently pinching just enough to secure.
Pour the seasoned beaten egg mixture evenly over the filling.
Brush top of the crust with egg wash.
Carefully transfer, lifting the parchment and galette onto the stone, cast iron or baking sheet. Sliding onto a pizza peel or cutting board can help with the transfer.
Bake 10 minutes then turn oven down to 375 and bake another 25-35 minutes until puffed and the crust is golden. Cool 20 minutes before cutting.
Freeze rough puff pastry dough up to one month, thawing completely before using. Letting it sit in the fridge over night works great.
For a better bottom crust, bake on a pre-heated pizza stone or pre-heated cast iron pan.
To garnish with leek rounds; brush thin slices of leeks with oil and sear for about 4-5 minutes on a hot pan. Gently remove with a metal spatula and arrange on top of baked galette.
Rough Puff Pastry Dough:
1 ¼ cups (6 ¼ oz) all purpose flour
¼ cup (2 ¾ oz) rye or wheat flour
1 teaspoon sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut and chilled
7 tablespoons ice water
1 teaspoon vinegar (white or apple cider)
Leek and Kale Filling
1 bunch kale, about 4 oz, ribboned and chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
3 medium leeks, cleaned and chopped into 1/4 inch half moons
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, roughly chopped
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional can sub miso paste)
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup 3-4 oz Comte or Gruyere or Emmental cheese, shredded
1/2 cup mascarpone
1 tablespoon water
Savory Leek and Kale Galette
A free-formed tender flakey crust enclosing a luscious melt in your mouth succulent filling. Leeks and kale marry with gruyere and rich mascarpone making the perfect balance of decadent and wholesome!
The parmesan ‘tuiles’ make this soup stylish enough for entertaining – but they take just a few minutes to make
Nutrition: Per Serving
kcal 213 fat 9g saturates 4g carbs 20g sugars 8g fibre 8g protein 15g low in salt 0.72g
1 tbsp olive oil
knob of butter
½ bunch spring onion , sliced, plus a few extra to serve
1 potato , cut into small dice
1l hot vegetable stock
900g frozen petits pois
½ small bunch mint , leaves picked, plus a few extra to serve
85g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), very finely grated
Heat the olive oil and butter in a heavy based pan. When foaming, add the spring onions and potato. Gently fry without colouring for about 5 mins. Stir in the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins or until the potato is tender.
Stir in the peas, bring to the boil again, then cook for about 3 mins until they are just done. Remove the pan from the heat, add the mint leaves and whizz in a blender or food processor until smooth.
To make the parmesan biscuits, heat the grill to high. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and divide the grated parmesan into 6 long strips. Grill for 1 min or until the cheese has melted and is lightly golden. While still warm and a bit flexible, release the biscuits from the baking parchment with a palette or cutlery knife, then cool until firm.
To serve, heat the soup and divide between 6 bowls. Scatter with mint and sliced spring onions, if you like, and serve with the parmesan biscuits on the side.
Pea, Mint & Spring Onion Soup with Parmesan Biscuits
Your search for an easy vegetarian lasagna stops right here! This particular recipe, which features spinach lasagna with a healthy dose of broccoli, three cheeses, basil, and your favorite red sauce (store-bought or homemade marinara sauce work perfectly!) will make you forget all about meat. We opted for frozen veggies because they are already cooked, but you can load this lasagna with other vegetables, too. Sauté peppers and mushrooms, and then stir into your tomato sauce for an extra boost of nutrients. We also picked Pecorino Romano instead of your classic Parmesan for a sharper flavor (no bland vegetarian recipes, thank you very much!). P.S. If you’re looking for the best meat lasagna, try our favorite lasagna with meat sauce.
YIELDS: 4 TOTAL TIME: 0 hours 50 mins
1 10-oz package frozen leaf spinach, thawed
1 10-oz package frozen broccoli florets, thawed
1 16-oz container part-skim ricotta
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 c. fresh basil, chopped
6 oz. part-skim mozzarella, grated (about 1 1/2 cups), divided
1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp grated Pecorino Romano cheese, divided
1 1/2 c. marinara sauce
6 no-boil lasagna noodles
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Heat oven to 425°F. Squeeze spinach of excess moisture and pat broccoli as dry as possible. Chop both and place in large bowl. Add ricotta, garlic, basil, 1 cup mozzarella, and ¼ cup pecorino and mix to combine.
Spread ½ cup marinara on bottom of 8-inch square baking dish. Top with 2 noodles. Spread one-third (about ⅓ cup) of remaining sauce over top. Dollop with one-third (about 1 cup) of ricotta mixture. Repeat. Place remaining 2 noodles on top; spread with remaining sauce and dollop with remaining ricotta mixture.
Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup mozzarella and 2 Tbsp pecorino, cover tightly with an oiled piece of foil (to prevent sticking) and bake 15 minutes. Uncover and bake until noodles are tender and top is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.