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Penne Pasta with Mixed Greens {gluten-free}

Penne pasta with mixed greens, sun-dried tomatoes, and toasted walnuts–this pasta comes together in a jiffy. With a few pantry ingredients and a bunch or clamshell of leafy greens you’ve got the makings of a healthy vibrant one-dish meal.

Penne Pasta with Mixed Greens on white plates with southwestern design napkins.

Granted, leafy greens aren’t technically a pantry ingredient. Like many, out of respect for fellow humans, we’re making a point to stay home these days, doing our part to lessen coronavirus-19 spread. Shopping smart, just once a week, a variety of fresh green vegetables go in the cart.

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Bok Choy Risotto (Instant Pot pressure cooker)

Crunchy bok choy stirred into soft, chewy-creamy risotto—this classic Italian rice dish pairs two unassuming foods, Arborio rice and bok choy. Bok choy’s tender green leaves wilt into the hot risotto, and the sweet, the almost-white stalks keep their pleasing crunch. And best of all, this bok choy risotto cooks in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot in 5 minutes!

Bok Choy Risotto in bowl with spoon

The truth is, I’ve never made risotto in anything but a pressure cooker. I thought risotto would be too much work. Then I read that busy modern Italian cooks use a pressure cooker to make risotto! Ta-da! Why go the labor-intensive standing-at-the-stove method when I can set the timer for 4 minutes, release the pressure and have risotto done and perfectly cooked? Learn here how to cook risotto in the pressure cooker!

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Wild Rice Arugula Salad with Chickpeas {Instant Pot Pressure Cooker}

Nutty wild rice, zesty greens, and toothsome little chickpeas, all dressed in a tangy-sweet vinaigrette. With crunchy jicama and roasted pumpkin seeds, this nourishing wild rice arugula salad with chickpeas is just the recipe you need–today. Oh. So. Good!!

Wild Rice Arugula Salad with chickpeas, jicama, and pumpkin seeds

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Vegan Southwestern Cauliflower Soup (Instant Pot or Stovetop)

Ivory cauliflower florets, sautéed aromatics and mild green chiles cooked in vegetable broth and blended until the vegetables become part of the broth, this soup is creamy without a lick of cream. Southwestern cauliflower soup is a delicious quick and easy recipe you’ll make again and again!

Vegan Southwestern Cauliflower Soup with pumpkin seed, green onion, and cilantrogarnishes.

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Savory Cottage Cheese Dill Muffins

Introducing cottage cheese dill muffins! Moist and tender, made with spelt flour, cottage cheese, yogurt and eggs, these savory muffins pack more than 6 grams of protein each. Besides starring as a partner to soups, stews and chili, they’ll turn a simple salad into an awesome meal, and you’ll love them as a healthy grab-and-go breakfast!

Savory Cottage Cheese Dill muffins, one cut in half with butter

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