I think the best soups are the ones that make a complete, balanced meal all in one warm, cozy bowl. Like this recipe for vegetable barley soup with miniature turkey meatballs. From whole grains, to fresh veggies, and lean protein, this dish covers all bases of a well-rounded meal. The best part are the meatballs. There's just something about meatballs that appeal to the whole family, so despite all the veggies and healthy stuff, kids and adults alike love this dish (trust me, it's kid tested!). And don't forget the leftovers! Perfect for lunch, or for stashing in the freezer.
I love this meal! I know, I know....I say that almost every week, but the beauty of being a recipe developer is that I can develop recipes that fill my cravings, and this meal does just that. I'm a vegetarian at heart, but I always try to create meatless meals that satisfy even the most committed meat-lover. I find the hearty, panko-crusted, crispy-pan-fried character traits in this dish do just that. As I was visualizing my cauliflower salad side dish, I knew I would have extra cauliflower so I decided to add some to the chickpea mixture. I love how this addition lightens up the texture of the falafel. The richness of the peppery harissa combined with Greek yogurt would be perfect on grilled steak or pork tenderloin, so it satisfies meat-lovers in that way as well. (Read: make extra!). As for the cauliflower salad, it's tangy, fresh, light, and bold all at the same time. Especially perfect for lunch later in the week. (Yes, make extra of this, too). Overall, this is a meal that makes me happy. I feel healthy, I feel well-fed and I feel relaxed that dinner can be ready in just about 35 minutes. I hope this meal makes you happy, too!
I'm just going to say it - I love this meal so much! I'm utilizing that super easy method for baking salmon I shared a few weeks ago in this meal here, but with a flavorful twist. The hoisin-teriyaki sauce is big and bold, and perfectly compliments the rich, buttery texture of the salmon, while the creamy coconut rice lends a delightful balance of exotic sweetness. Don't get me started on the quickly sauteed shiitake and kale - just two of my absolutely favorite vegetables. This meal reheats extremely well, too, which may seem surprising, but it truly has the power to satisfy all week long. Just sayin' - you might want to strategize for leftovers. Oh, and did I mention it can all be ready in less than 30 minutes? Yeah, that too.
The marriage of two no-brainer meals that everyone loves - lasagna and enchilada night - this meal combines both into one cheesy, creamy, bubbly casserole dish. With a Mexican spin on lasagna and a no-fuss easy rice and beans side dish, you get a fresh tasting, balanced meal to please all your diners. Even your Super Bowl guests! Comfort food at it's finest. Yet, as indulgent as this meal looks, it is gluten-free and can easily be made vegetarian. See PREP NOTES for other healthy modifications.
Hi! I'm Emily, and this is the official blog of Guest Chef, my personal chef and catering business serving Metro Detroit. As much as I love to cook for people, I also love inspiring others to cook great food for themselves and their friends and family. Which is why I share recipes, tips and inspiration here. Follow along and let's cook something great together!