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Lunch

Overhead shot of halved sweet potato and black bean burrito.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos

balsamic-roasted eggplant and arugula sandwiches

Balsamic-Roasted Eggplant & Arugula Sandwiches

Four slices of toasted sourdough bread topped with avocado-egg salad and sprouts.

Avocado Egg Salad Toasts on Sourdough

The 44 Special: a sweet potato sandwich with homemade bread and pickled onions.

The 44 Special: A Dreamy Roasted Sweet Potato and Pickled Beet Sandwich with Aioli and Goat Cheese

A bowl of Moroccan Carrot Salad.

Moroccan Carrot Salad with Harissa and Avocado

A stack of slab sandwiches with whipped honey goat cheese, roasted red peppers, olive tapenade and greens.

Slab Sandwich with Olive Tapenade, Whipped Honey Goat Cheese, and Roasted Red Peppers

Kimchi fried rice in a bowl.

Vegan Kimchi Fried Rice

A bowl of brown rice, crispy tofu and mushrooms, and perfect instant pot soft-boiled eggs.

Perfect Instant Pot Soft-Boiled Eggs

A bowl of vegan, one-pot lentil soup.

Favorite Lentil Soup: One-Pot, Vegan, Completely Delicious

A bowl of curried corn soup.

Deborah Madison’s Curried Coconut Corn Soup

cucumber and green grape gazpacho

Cucumber and Green Grape Gazpacho + Bread Toast Crumbs The Trailer Part III: Crumbs

A bowl of chicken and cabbage salad with Thai dressing.

Thai-Inspired Chicken and Cabbage Salad

This kale and quinoa salad has a lemony-mustard dressing, dried cranberries that plump with the cooked quinoa, crisp celery, toasted almonds, and goat cheese. It comes together in a snap and has been a welcomed addition to the summer salad rotation. It also keeps well in the fridge for days, making it perfect for lunch-on-the-go or a picnic at the beach. I find it irresistible, and while it's a great side salad, it's nearly a meal in itself. // alexandracooks-staging.yxqm9184-liquidwebsites.com

Kale and Quinoa Salad from Love Real Food

This summer vegetable salad comes together in no time—as the shallots macerate in the vinegar for the dressing, you can prep everything else: slice the radishes, turnips, scallions, etc. With a hunk of bread on the side, the meal is complete. // alexandracooks-staging.yxqm9184-liquidwebsites.com

10-Minute Meal: Greens + Tuna + Shallot Vinaigrette

In these skirt steak sandwiches, skirt steak, which cooks to medium-rare in just about 5 minutes, is layered with arugula between slices of focaccia smeared with herbed mayonnaise. The key, as with all meats, is to let the steak rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing, and with skirt steak, to slice it thinly against the grain. // alexandracooks-staging.yxqm9184-liquidwebsites.com

Weeknight Skirt Steak Sandwiches with Herbed Mayonnaise and Arugula

This ‘nduja grilled cheese includes Wisconsin fontina, a great melting cheese, and basil pesto, to offer a fresh counterpoint to the richness of the pâte-like spread. In keeping with the Italian theme, I sandwiched the three ingredients between thick slices of ciabatta, whose porous crumb so nicely absorbed the flavors of the spicy ‘nduja and sweet, earthy fontina. Yum. // alexandracooks-staging.yxqm9184-liquidwebsites.com

‘Nduja Grilled Cheese with Wisconsin Fontina & Basil Pesto

You will relish this endive and fava tartine—ricotta, pea shoots, radishes, and herbs—each spring-filled bite assuring you that you can endure a few more weeks of winter. This is the tartine to make when you’ve had your fill of comfort foods—of soups and stews and roasts and braises—and you long for something fresh and bright. // alexandracooks-staging.yxqm9184-liquidwebsites.com

Bread Toast Crumbs { The Trailer Part II: Toast } + Endive & Fava Salad Tartine with Herbed Ricotta

An overhead shot of a bowl of pantry tomato soup.

Pantry Tomato Soup

A bowl of weeknight chili topped with scallions and cheddar.

Super Easy Weeknight Chili

In this kale Cesar salad, the dressing is light and lemony and the kale itself is extremely soft and tender. It's also vegan, the dressing made with vegannaise and vegan Worcestershire. The combination of curly kale, massaged till tender, quick-pickled onions, and toasted pumpkin seeds, which add so much texture and flavor, is so good. I think this is one you have to taste to believe. // alexandracooks-staging.yxqm9184-liquidwebsites.com

Honest Weight Food Coop’s Kale Caesar

A bowl of Slow cooker butternut squash soup with apple and coconut milk.

Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

I love the addition of grapes, apples, nuts, and dried fruit in this curried apple and egg salad — bits of crunch punctuating the creaminess, sweet counterpoints to the tangy dressings. The lemony dressing is made with Greek yogurt and grainy mustard, and although there is no mayonnaise, the salad does not suffer. It's light, fresh, and completely satisfying. // alexandracooks-staging.yxqm9184-liquidwebsites.com

Curried Apple & Egg Salad

These curried lentils with coconut milk are incredible even completely cold and in solid form. I could live on these lentils. // alexandracooks-staging.yxqm9184-liquidwebsites.com

Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk

This smoky eggplant dip calls for charring whole eggplant on a grill or over an open flame until the skin is blackened. The rest is easy: pulse the eggplant flesh in a food processor with tahini, Greek yogurt, salt, and fresh lemon, and before serving, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with za'atar. Yum. // alexandracooks-staging.yxqm9184-liquidwebsites.com

Smoky Eggplant Dip with Yogurt and Za’atar