Eggplant Parmesan + Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Eggplant parmesan is one of our favorite dishes. It’s hearty, savory, delicious, and as a perk, vegetarian! There are a million ways to make it but in the near future, I’ll be using this recipe. There are a few steps to prepare it, but it’s well worth the effort. This recipe can also be easily…

Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Ahhh summer! Nothing like grilling (inside) on a summer night. We live in an apartment with no patio, so an indoor grill will have to do – and it did! These portobello burgers are layered with: sauteed spinach, grilled red onion, sundried tomatoes, homemade garlic aioli and of course, a portobello mushroom. It wasn’t complete…

Kale Basil Pesto Ravioli with Sauteed Kale

There are many bases to cover: first, the Whole Foods brand ravioli is awesome. We tried the basil parmesan and mushroom medley. This is not a paid advertisement, just a small town food blogger telling you what’s real. Second, adding fresh sauteed kale to ravioli not only boosts the nutrition of the dish, it boosts…

Mediterranean Plate: Hummus, Tabbouleh, Kopanisti, Grilled Eggplant

It’s hot, it’s humid and I don’t want to eat a really heavy dinner. I was flipping through Kim O’Donnel’s ‘Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook’ when I came across this Mediterranean snack plate. I loved the idea of noshing on lots of fresh ingredients on a hot summer night. Everything was delicious — particularly this kopanisti…

Mushroom Pesto

Yeah I said it. Mushroom. Pesto. And then guess what else I did? I mixed tortellini with spinach penne (gasp!). In this little bowl I served up blasts of flavors coming at us from all directions. It’s not what you think. It’s not like all the flavors worked separate and hit our palate one at…

Veggie Quinoa Teriyaki Stir-Fry

James is out of town and it’s dinner time. I don’t want to make a big mess or a big fuss over dinner. In college I would just eat a Luna bar. Now I go for something a little more substantial, but just as easy to make (of course it’s not as easy as opening…

Tofu Fried Rice and Vegetable Egg Rolls

The Month of Vegetarianism continues and this dish is one of our favorites so far. It is super simple to put together and even easier to devour.  The stir fried vegetables can be whatever combination you want. The possible varieties are infinite! I went for variety, color, textures and shapes.  The egg rolls are also…

Veggie Burritos with Collard Greens and Red Peppers

Here at Casa de Kotecki we’re always looking to expand our repertoire of vegetarian dinners ( a big announcement about that coming in the next few weeks!). This dish will be forever on our list not only because this was delicious, but because it’s so versatile. Rice and beans are a must and a great…