You never know who's coming to Thanksgiving dinner, and what food allergies or aversions they might bring along. Vegans, gluten-free, dairy-free -- I've hosted them all, and often at the same meal. The holiday table can be a minefield for the cook! It's great to have a few please-all side dishes on the menu. This cabbage with warm dressing takes minutes to prepare (the cabbage can be shredded ahead of time), and it's free of gluten, dairy, meat, nuts -- free of everything except flavor. Cabbage is undervalued on the holiday table; it's economical, easy to prepare, and adapts well to sweet or savory seasonings. (I just used some cole slaw mix in a Chinese stir-fry last night.) This simple side dish can be prepped...
All you need to create this versatile white bean and sun-dried tomato dip is a blender or food processor, and some ingredients from the pantry. Use this as a filling for sandwiches or roll-ups, too.
Great for potlucks or picnics, this black bean salad comes with an Asian twist: a sesame-ginger dressing. Make it a few hours ahead, and serve as a side salad with anything from the grill.
If you're gluten-free and dairy-free, you don't have to give up pizza! You can enjoy wonderful pizza dough made on the stovetop, in the oven, or on the grill. Top your pizza with sauce, vegetables, or vegan cheese.
A single vegetable can become a salad with the right dressing. Your pantry of Asian condiments provides everything you need to turn a humble red cabbage into a spectacular side dish in minutes.
Cooked, chilled chayote squash pairs with creamy avocado and tangy strawberry in an unusual salsa fresca that enhances fish tacos or grilled chicken.
Use out-of-season cherry tomatoes, available year-round at the supermarket, to make these intensely-flavored burst tomatoes. Perfect for sauces, dips, and bruschetta or pizza.