Smashed White Bean Salad Tartines with Herbs & Watermelon Radish {gluten-free & vegan options}

Creamy white bean salad flavored with herbs and crunchy vegetables makes a quick, easy lunch on toast. Vegan and gluten-free options. Adapted from Pretty Simple Cooking. 

Smashed White Bean Salad Tartines with Herbs & Watermelon Radish {gluten-free & vegan options}

Sometimes the tastiest foods are the most simple. That’s the premise behind Pretty Simple Cooking: 100 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes to Make You Fall in Love with Real Food, by Sonja and Alex Overhiser of A Couple Cooks. I’m loving this book because though I’m great at making such slow, impractical things as croissants from scratchhomemade ice cream with magic shell, elaborate tarts, pies, and galettes, hand-rolled blintzes and sushi burritos, etc., I often draw a blank when it comes to quick, easy meals. No more!

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Sparkling Grapefruit, Elderflower & Rosé Vodka Cocktail

Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka stars in this springy vodka cocktail kissed with floral pink grapefruit juice, elderflower liqueur, and sparkling rosé. Thanks to the folks at Hangar 1 Vodka for sponsoring this post!

Sparkling Grapefruit, Elderflower & Rosé Vodka Cocktail

I’m excited to introduce my new favorite cocktail, blushing pink and perfect for anticipating spring. The drink hinges on Rosé Vodka, the latest, pinkest creation from head distiller Caley Shoemaker at Hangar 1 Vodka. Fresh-squeezed pink grapefruit, a splash of elderflower liqueur, a drop of lemon, and a pour of sparkling rosé accent the vodka for a balanced cocktail that sings of spring. With three types of blushing pick liquids (Rosé Vodka, sparkling rosé, and grapefruit) it’s a rosé three-way.

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Almond Crostata With Ricotta & Jam {gluten-free}

A nubby almond and oat flour tart crust, lightly sweetened whole milk ricotta filling, and a swirl of bright fruit jam makes an easy, elegant, and gluten-free almond crostata. Adapted from Naturally Vegetarian: Recipes and Stories from my Italian Family Farm

Almond Crostata With Ricotta & Jam {gluten-free}

I’m excited to share this gluten-free almond crostata recipe with you today. It comes from Naturally Vegetarian: Recipes and Stories from my Italian Family Farm by my friend Valentina Solfrini. I fell in love with Valentina’s lush photography and innovative vegetarian dishes infused with Italian flavor via her blog Hortus many years ago. Her book is a perfect embodiment of her site, and it’s packed with achingly beautiful pictures and romantic writings of her life in Gradara.

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Coconut Flour Banana Cake with Chocolate Rum Ganache {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Pillow-soft banana cake gets a fine crumb from a blend of alternative flours (coconut, millet, and sweet rice) crowned with glossy coconut milk ganache kissed with a splash of dark rum. Gluten-free and optionally dairy-free. 

Coconut Flour Banana Cake with Chocolate Rum Ganache {gluten-free, dairy-free}

The trickiest flour that I worked with while developing recipes for Alternative Baker was coconut flour. Made from dried, unsweetened coconut that has had a large amount of its fat removed, coconut flour is incredibly fibrous, dry, and THIRSTY. It drinks up liquid in recipes like a sponge, meaning that you need far less of it than you probably think. But when properly balanced with liquid ingredients, coconut flour can produce fluffy, moist, and meltingly tender baked goods. Like this cake.

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Beet Poke Bowls {vegan, gluten-free}

With tangy cubes of marinated sweet beets, chewy short-grain rice, and a mess of colorful pickled vegetables, these beet poke bowls are as lovely to eat as they are to look at. Thanks to La Tourangelle Artisan Oils for sponsoring this post! 

Beet Poke Bowls {vegan, gluten-free}

I have Sarah to thank for turning me on to the wonder of the poke bowl. Brimming with sweet, colorful vegetables, they’re not only pretty to look at and fun to make, they satisfy like a meal of vegetarian sushi (pretty much my favorite thing to eat in the world… besides chocolate). The folks at La Tourangelle asked me to come up with a Galentine/Valentine appropriate dish to feature their toasted sesame oil and Sarah suggested a pair of pretty pink and red beet poke bowls. Genius!

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Apple Chicory Salad with Fennel, Walnuts, and Grana

This pretty in pink chicory salad gets bright pops of color and flavor from salty-sweet cheese, crisp apples, mild fennel and radish, and toasty walnuts, all wrapped up in a shallot vinaigrette. 

Apple Chicory Salad with Fennel, Walnuts, and Grana

I was thrilled to see that Bon Appétit dubbed chicories 2017’s Vegetable of the Year. I started out 2017 with a chicory salad – they always seem like the perfect antidote to holiday decadence. Even though it’s a new year and a new vegetable will be knighted this summer (any guesses?!), I’m still on a chicory kick.

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