Easy Weeknight Spaghetti Puttanesca

Puttanesca sauce is a flavorful alternative to meat-based sauces. It is only slightly more complex to make than a simple marinara but packs a punch of briny, salty flavors thanks to dark kalamata olives and capers. Original recipes typically feature sardines, but I just skip them for an easy vegetarian version. If you’re buying darkContinue reading “Easy Weeknight Spaghetti Puttanesca”

Black Bean Mango Bowl

I think combining sweet and hearty flavors is always a good idea. Do you need proof? Then try this recipe for a black bean mango bowl that combines a Mexican-flavored black bean and pepper stew with fresh mango cubes and rice. This is a great dish for hot days, but also works well during fallContinue reading “Black Bean Mango Bowl”

Flavorful Panzanella Salad

With fall quickly approaching, we’re enjoying the last wave of summer dishes – and panzanella salads are a great example for that. This one combines the flavors of fully ripened tomatoes with fresh cucumbers, mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, basil, garlic and crispy bread bites roasted in olive oil – an Italian dream come true. You canContinue reading “Flavorful Panzanella Salad”

Sweet Potato and Bean Enchiladas

What makes this recipe filling despite few ingredients, is the choice of vegetables. Sweet potatoes, kidney beans and corn provide enough starch to keep you going without any protein. Relying on pantry staples also makes this a great option for a spontaneous veggie-packed dinner. This recipe makes four portions. German recipe below What you willContinue reading “Sweet Potato and Bean Enchiladas”

Hearty Taco Salad

This recipe is high on the list of meals that immediately make my husband smile. While it’s quite far from a “healthy” salad, it is also one of my favorites for a fairly quick, yet super-flavorful Saturday lunch. Where does the flavor come from? First off, there’s the beef which is seasoned with garlic, cumin,Continue reading “Hearty Taco Salad”

Easy “Flammekueche” tarte flambé with sour cream and bacon

German recipe below Tarte flambé is a very traditional dish in the French Alsace and bordering German regions. Most people love to eat it in the fall along with a glass of new wine – but for me it’s really a year-round affair. The dough is super-simple, the only thing to keep in mind isContinue reading “Easy “Flammekueche” tarte flambé with sour cream and bacon”

Easy Teriyaki Beef Bowls

We’re currently experiencing a heat wave and I’m staying away from my stove as much as possible. However, if you’re getting tired of eating salads and cold dishes, here’s a great alternative: These teriyaki bowls with rice pasta will make you feel like you made an actual meal, but come together really easily in lessContinue reading “Easy Teriyaki Beef Bowls”

Summery Pasta Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

German recipe below For the longest time, I wasn’t a fan of pasta salads. What you got at barbecues was often heavy with mayonnaise and featured one of my most disliked vegetable: peas. However, Jamie Oliver and the like have brought a fresh breeze into the German pasta salad scene and today, you will findContinue reading “Summery Pasta Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette”

Friday Night Tacos

German recipe below Admittedly, ground beef tacos aren’t the most complex kind of taco out there – but they’re easy to throw together using pantry staples and some fresh vegetables. That is why I call this recipe my Friday Night Tacos. They are a fun alternative to more straight-lined (and healthy) weekday meals – butContinue reading “Friday Night Tacos”