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How to Make Roasted Green Tomatillo Salsa (Salsa Verde)

Four ingredients, dark-roasted for flavor-boosting char, then whirled in the blender with a handful of verdant green cilantro, this smoky roasted green tomatillo salsa is traditional, authentic, and simple to make. To get salsa verde this good, it has to be homemade!

Homemade Roasted Green Tomatillo Salsa | Letty's Kitchen

Roasting softens the tomatillos and heightens their lemony fruity sweetness. Grilled or broiled, you decide on how much magical smokiness to give your salsa, by roasting the ingredients lightly, or roasting until they just about blacken! You can see in the photos I went for dark char this round!

charred ingredients for Roasted Green Tomatillo Salsa

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How many chiles you include, and whether or not you discard their seeds and veins, regulates the salsa’s spiciness. This recipe has you keep the seeds and veins intact, though feel free to cut those spicy parts out–your salsa will still have citrusy chile flavor, with less heat. Continue Reading…

Vegetarian Greek Lemon Egg Soup with Orzo

Give yourself a gift of sunshine, a tempting bowl of hot vegetarian Greek lemon egg soup with orzo! This unique flavorful soup works like magic. It’s so light and lemony, you’ll feel like you’ve landed yourself in sunny summer, in the shade of a lemon tree.

Leeks and Carrots for Vegetarian Greek Egg and Lemon Soup with Orzo

No kidding! Tangy with fresh lemon, busy with sweet leeks, carrot bits, and that tiny rice-shaped pasta, this soup takes you tropical, wherever you set your table.

Avgolemono, Ahv-goh-LEM-moh-noh, (the letter G is silent), is a classic Greek soup made from broth (traditionally chicken broth), egg yolks, and lemon juice. Translated from Greek, avgolemono literally means egg and lemon.

Leeks and Carrots for Vegetarian Greek Egg and Lemon Soup with Orzo

To make this light and lemony soup, you slowly pour hot broth into the whisked egg yolks and lemon, and gently stir that back into the soup. With continuous stirring over low heat, slowly and surely the egg yolks thicken the broth in the most divine way.

The sour lemon cuts the richness of the egg, transforming a simple broth with veggies and pasta into silken rich yet light soup. For this vegetarian rendition, we use vegetable broth, and skip the chicken!

Hanging here in Southern Baja, lemons and limes are falling off the trees in our rental house back yard. Yeah, don’t feel sorry for me. Think of the lemons that inspired this golden soup with a sounds-Greek-to-me name. Continue Reading…

Date and Puffed Rice Cookies {vegan and gluten-free)

“These look healthy.” Robbie took one look at the plate and that’s what he said. He’s right. Lusciously laced with warming cinnamon, ginger, and spicy pepper, these date and puffed rice cookies are unassuming little treats. With caramel-like naturally sweet dates and whole grain puffed brown rice cereal, you won’t find yourself with a cookie hangover!

Date and Puffed Rice Cookies | Letty's Kitchen

Chewy and freaking flavorful, these cookies are both gluten-free and vegan. High fives to the genius who figured out that a gelatinous slurry of flax seeds and water behaves a lot like an egg. It’s such a flax mixture that bonds a few simple ingredients into this sliceable dough.

A few ingredients for Date and Puffed Rice Cookies

The spicy finish going on in every tasty bite? Those spices come with powerful health perks! Cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne all have anti-inflammatory benefits, and ginger and cinnamon are well-known antioxidant spices.

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Lasagna Minestrone Soup with Lentils and Kale (Instant Pot pressure cooker)

Minestrone! We’re talking hearty soup, soup loaded with earthy beans, tender noodles, and leafy greens. In Italian, minestrone translates to “big soup”, a slurp-able healthy meal, a super adaptable soup recipe. Follow this easy basic recipe for lasagna minestrone soup with lentils and kale and learn how to personalize your own big minestrone soup!

Lasagna Minestrone Soup with Lentils and Kale

Vegetable minestrone is hands down, my go-to soup. First, because our pantry always holds some sort of pasta, several varieties of beans, and a can of diced tomatoes. Continue Reading…

Almond Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies

Standing here in front of the keyboard, thinking about how to describe these pretty little gems to you, on comes a crushing case of writer’s block. My brain is focused on walking around to the kitchen and helping myself to a couple more of these addicting almond cranberry thumbprint cookies. Help!

Almond Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies | Letty's Kitchen

The little confections will charm their way into your life. Ruby-jeweled cookies, made with equal parts almond flour, oats, and flour, naturally-sweetened with maple syrup and a judicious pinch of cinnamon, egg and dairy free–these are wholesome cookies. You say they’re actually good for me?

Almond cranberry thumbprint cookies are some of the easiest holiday cookies to make–7 ingredients dirty just 2 bowls, one for maple syrup and oil, the other for the flours, cinnamon, and salt. The finger indents are filled with cranberry jam, which is simply a thickened cranberry sauce. Continue Reading…