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Salads Vegetarian

Persimmon, Fresh Mint + Ricotta Salata Caprese

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I hope the holidays are treating everyone very well! This time of year just seems to get jammed packed for us and all of a sudden we find ourselvesย in the new year ๐Ÿ™‚ I am traveling again over the next few weeks to visit fam although wanted to squeeze in this lovely Persimmon, Fresh Mint + Ricotta Salata Caprese recipe. I just had to share it with you, it honestly is such a great addition to any winter dinner whether your hosting or if it’s just for you during a weeknight.

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Salads Vegetarian

Roasted Brussel Sprouts + Chopped Radicchio Salad

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Chopped Radicchio Salad Lilas Kitchen

This year I am having a very “untraditional” Turkey Day (spending the holiday in Rio de Janeiro with my husband’s fam) so I was sure to make this Roasted Brussel Sprouts + Chopped Radicchio Salad before we left. With Thanksgiving right around the corner I had to share it. Why?? Because it’s filled with healthy veggies (love that), super tasty (also love that), subs in for a colorful yet uniqueย Thanksgiving side (perfect) and I just had to get my Thanksgiving fix in before we were off! It’s a cinch to put together which is a huge plus, especially if you’re hosting dinner on the big day or even in charge of bringing a side.

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Main Course Soups Vegetarian

Roasted Cauliflower + Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons

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Looking for something on the lighter side in between Friendsgiving and all of the delectable holiday meals? Try this Roasted Cauliflower + Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons. It’sย simplyย veggies with no thickening ingredients such as heavy cream or added potatoes. It definitely does the tummy well while not cutting corners on flavor. I have discovered over the years thatย store-bought soups or pre-made soups even if they are labeled as healthyย or all natural, include a few unnecessary ingredients that add-on not so nutritious calories. Ingredients such as potatoes, heavy cream added sodium or sugars.

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Main Course Vegetarian

Red Lentil Risotto with Roasted Broccolini

red lentil risotto with roasted broccolini lilas kitchen

Is it raining where you are? Well by a miracle, it finally rained in the Bay Area! Yes, we get excited about the rain because we really don’t get enough of it here. Since these types of days are so few far and between, I thought I would make a warm and comforting meal this week. I decided to cook up a large batch of my Red Lentil Risotto with Roasted Broccolini. I am thrilled to share the recipe with you because it hasย that lovely risotto flavor but with a healthy twist. Thisย meal sways towards the “lighter” side of comfort food, instead of making a rice based risotto I use red lentils. Don’t get me wrong, I am a sucker for bit of white rice every once in a while although swapping out white rice for lentils makes this dish much more nutrient dense.

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Main Course Vegetarian

Balsamic Portobello + Quinoa Medley

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This Balsamic Portobello + Quinoa Medley isย such a fantastic vegetarian option and super manageable to put together quickly. It also just rings Fall to me withย the beautiful orange and yellow tones of the fresh tomatoes and squash. With just a few ingredients your set to have a tasty dinner. It’s truly surprising how savory and rich the portobellos become when cooked down in this balsamic vinegarย sauce. This is a substantial meal worth trying, not only because it’s easy to make it also holds incredible nutritional value. Portobellos have multiple pluses when it comes to nutrition, as they have a seriously good balance of healthy protein, carbs and are low in fat.

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Salads Vegetarian

Deconstructed Fennel + Feta Salad

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Did you know these 3 health benefits of eating fennel? It’s a very low-calorie vegetable, contains noteworthy essential oils and has very good levels of heart-friendly electrolytes such as potassium. Potassium is an important electrolyte as it can help reduce blood pressure. For these lovely qualities, fennel is usedย for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Simply incredible! This deconstructed fennel and feta cheese salad with toasted walnuts and dried cranberries is divine. In addition it takes literally minutes to put together, making it the perfect option for a quick and easy week night salad.

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