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Recipe: Very Veggie Lasagna

Recipe: Very Veggie Lasagna

Ingredients

1 lb brown rice lasagna pasta
1 (10 oz) package frozen, chopped spinach
1 (16 oz) container 4% milkfat cottage cheese
1 (15 oz) container ricotta cheese (non fat or whole milk)
2 tbsp olive oil
½ yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow zucchini, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 green zucchini, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 bell pepper (any color)
25 oz whole white mushrooms, sliced
1 32 oz jar your favorite tomato sauce
Kosher salt & pepper
1 chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
2 cups shredded mozzarela and cheddar cheese

Directions

Cook pasta to package directions. Drain then rinse in cold water.

Thaw the spinach in the microwave. Squeeze out excess water and place in a large bowl. Mix with the ricotta and cottage cheese. Season with some salt and pepper.

Add olive oil to a large skillet. Sauté the onions and garlic over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and bell peppers. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, cook for 5 minutes or until the veggies soften. Mix the veggies as they cook. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Stir the tomato sauce into the skillet and 1/4 cup parsley. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375˚ Fahrenheit with the rack in the middle.

Start with a thin layer of sauce in a 9X13 inch casserole baking dish. Add a layer of cooked lasagna noodles. On top of the pasta add a layer of the ricotta/cottage cheese mixture, then a layer of sauce and the noodles again. Continue layering finishing with a layer of the pasta then finally the sauce. Sprinkle the mozzarella and cheddar cheese over the sauce.

Bake the lasagna for 35 minutes then broil on low for 5 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown. Top with 1/4 cup chopped parsley. Serve while hot.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Rustic Roasted Beet & Sweet Potato Salad

Recipe: Rustic Roasted Beet & Sweet Potato Salad

Ingredients

1 bunch beets
2 sweet potatoes
2 tbsp canola or grapeseed oil
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp garlic salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 avocado
6 cups baby spinach leaves
Toppings
Maple Citrus Roasted Pecanshttps://marlameridith.com/recipe/maple-citrus-roasted-pecans/
Salad Dressings: Try one of these!

Directions

Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees F with the racks in the middle. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or oven proof silicone liner.

Slice the beets and sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch thick sticks. Place on the baking sheet in a single layer.

Drizzle with the oil and maple syrup. Using clean hands, toss with the cinnamon, garlic salt and pepper.

Bake for about 40-45 minutes until slightly browned, caramelized and very tender.

Plate spinach leaves with roasted beets and sweet potatoes. Top with avocado and maple pecans. Serve with lemon juice and olive oil or my Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette or Lemon Honey Salad Dressing.

~ Marla Meridith

Cran Raspberry Mimosas

Celebrate the New Year or enjoy for brunch these Cranberry Raspberry Mimosas are absolutely delicious! A festive cocktail recipe that will add JOY to any occasion.

6 cocktails

1 cup sweetened cranberry raspberry juice
1 bottle dry Champagne or sparkling wine (Prosecco or cava)
fresh raspberries
fresh mint

Pour 1/4 cup (2 ounces) crane raspberry juice into each Champagne flute. Top with Champagne, a few raspberries and fresh mint.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Sparkling Pear Champagne Cocktail

This sparkling cocktail is the perfect way to ring in the New Year or any special occasion.

2 cocktails

2 oz pear juice (no added sugar)
2 oz Poire Williams (pear brandy)
8 oz chilled dry Champagne or sparkling wine (Prosecco or Cava)
thinly sliced fresh pear, for garnish (optional)

Pour the pear juice and Poire Williams into two Champagne flutes. Top with Champagne. Garnish with fresh pear slices.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Apple Cider Mojitos

The flavors of fall and winter combine in this quenching and delicious Apple Cider Mojitos cocktail. A great recipe for entertaining and holiday parties.

2 cocktails

–cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup
1 cup light brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup water
–Apple Cider Mojito
1/2 lemon
3 sprigs fresh mint
1/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup
1/4 cup gold rum
splash of club soda
–for garnish
fresh mint, apple slices, pomegranate and cinnamon

–Cinnamon Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
In a small saucepan over medium heat bring the water and sugar to a boil. Stir so the sugar dissolves. Add the cinnamon sticks. Remove the pot from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature, the flavors from the cinnamon sticks will infuse the simple syrup. Once cooled discard the cinnamon sticks. Pour into a mason jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. This simple syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.
–Apple Cider Mojito
Add the lemon and mint to a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, press out the juices from the lime and mint.
Add the apple cider, simple syrup, rum and a handful of ice to the shaker.
Cover and shake until the cocktail is well combined.
Fill a rocks glass halfway with crushed ice. Pour the cocktail into the glass and top with club soda and the garnishes.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Chickpea Stuffed Acorn Squash

This Vegan Chickpea Stuffed Acorn Squash is a deliciously healthy main for plant based diets. Filled with veggies, grain free, gluten and dairy free.

2-4 servings

2 medium acorn squash
4 tbsp olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste
—CHICKPEA STUFFING
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup carrots, finely chopped
1/2 cup crimini mushrooms, chopped
1 1/2 tbsp Tamari or soy sauce
1/2 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
1 can (15.5 ounce) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 tsp sweet (or spicy) paprika
1/4 tsp turmeric
—toppings
freshly chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 400˚F with the rack in the middle.
Wash squash. Pierce the squash several times with a sharp knife. Microwave on high for 5 minutes or until soft enough to slice. Let cool a few minutes, slice in half and scrape out the seeds with a fork. Discard the seeds. Gently slice the bottoms so the squash lay flat in a baking dish.
Make 10 slits inside each half. Rub 1 tablespoon of olive oil into each half, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place squash on a baking pan, pour 1/2 cup of water onto the bottom of the pan, and bake for 35 minutes at or until soft.
While the squash are cooking: In a 10 inch cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions. Sauté until softened and fragrant a 4-5 minutes.
Add the garlic, carrots, celery, mushrooms and soy sauce, and sauté for 3-4 minutes
Add the rosemary, chickpeas, cumin, paprika and garlic powder. Sauté for another 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Once squash is finished cooking, remove from oven, place on a serving plate. Fill each half with the stuffing, serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Skillet Salmon with Bacon and Lentils

This gluten-free, healthy Skillet Salmon with Bacon & Lentils is protein packed and completely delicious! Perfect for family dinners and for entertaining guests.

4-5 servings

–for the lentils
4 slices thick cut bacon, chopped small + extra for garnish
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled & chopped small
2 celery stalks, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
3 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup French green lentils
1/4 cup Sherry vinegar
splash of dry Marsala wine
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
season to taste with salt and pepper
–for the salmon
4-5 (4 ounce) boneless salmon filets, skin on
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter
chopped parsley and crispy bacon for garnish

Add the bacon to the a 12 inch cast iron skillet and cook over medium heat until the fat renders about 7 minutes and bacon is lightly browned. Add the olive oil, onion, carrots and celery. Cook about 5 minutes until the vegetables soften. Add the garlic, rosemary, broth and lentils. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Stir in the vinegar, wine, mustard salt and pepper. Cook for 25-30 minutes until the lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. Add more broth if needed to soften the lentils, season to taste with salt and pepper.
Ten minutes before the lentils are done cooking. Cook the salmon.
Pre-heat a 10 inch cast iron with the butter and oil over medium high heat. Season the filets with some salt and pepper. Cook skin side down for minutes then flip and cook just a few minutes more until the salmon is done to your liking.
Once the lentils have soaked up all of the cooking liquid, place the salmon on the top and serve immediately.
Garnish with crispy bacon and fresh parsley.

~ Marla Meridith

Sheet Pan Red Miso Glazed Chicken with Mushrooms

Looking for that perfect one-pan dish? Try this delicious Sheet Pan Red Miso Glazed Chicken with Mushrooms recipe. Minimal fuss and clean-up required!

6 servings

1/2 cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar
5 tbsp red miso paste
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce (use tamari for gluten free)
1 tbsp finely grated ginger
2 1/2 tsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3 pounds bone in chicken thighs and drumsticks, trimmed and pat dry
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
8 ounces Shitake mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch scallions, cut to 1 inch length

Pre heat the oven to 450˚ F with the rack in the middle.
Line a baking sheet with tin foil.
Make a few slits on the top of the chicken, slicing though the skin to the bone.
In a large bowl whisk together the rice wine vinegar, miso, soy sauce, ginger, sugar and pepper.
Place the chicken into the sauce mixture and rub to coat on all sides, being sure to get the sauce into the slits.
Place the chicken skin side up on the baking sheet. with the sauce.
In the empty (do not rinse) bowl add the mushrooms and the whites of the scallions. Toss to coat with sauce residue.
Add this mixture to the sheet pan, scattering around the chicken.
Roast until the chicken and mushrooms are browned and the internal temperature of the thickest parts of the thighs and drumsticks reads 175˚F ~ about 30-40 minutes.
With tongs, transfer the chicken to a serving plate and sauce with the mushroom mixture and the pan drippings.
Top with the green parts of the scallions.
Serve with rice, conscous, quinoa or pasta.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Coconut Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Looking for an easy & delicious recipe that captures all those delicious, cozy fall flavors? Look no further than this Coconut Pumpkin Rice Pudding. It’s naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and is also vegan & gluten free.

4 servings

1 (13 1/2) ounce can unsweetened full fat coconut milk
2 cups water
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup Arborio rice, briefly rinsed and drained
–toppings
brown sugar
sweetened coconut flake
ground cinnamon

Heat the oven to 350˚ F with the rack in the middle.
Bring the coconut milk and water to a boil in a 10″ cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Mix to combine.
Whisk in the maple syrup, pumpkin puree, salt, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.
Pour in the rice and mix well to combine.
Place the skillet in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until the rice is tender and the pudding is creamy. Stir once in the middle of cooking time.
Remove the skillet from the oven. Stir the pudding and let it sit for 15 minutes before serving.
Sprinkle individual bowls with brown sugar, coconut and cinnamon.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quick, Easy & Crispy Baked French Fries

Save the calories and skip the fries with this Healthy, Quick, Easy & Crispy Baked French Fries recipe. All you need are 3 ingredients, potatoes, oil and salt!

4 servings

1 1/2 pounds (about 3 large) Russet potatoes, cut into 1/4-1/2 inch matchsticks
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
–optional toppings for during baking
garlic salt
garlic powder
smoked paprika
–optional toppings to toss fries with after baking
chopped rosemary
chopped parsley
hot pepper flakes
parmesan cheese

Clean and pat dry the potatoes. Do not remove the skin.
Slice into desired thickness.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F with the rack on the lower level.
In a large bowl toss the potatoes with the oil, salt and pepper and any other toppings you like.
Place on the baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake for 25-35 minutes tossing the fries in the middle of baking time.
Serve immediately with ketchup and any extra seasonings. Toss with parmesan or chopped fresh herbs if desired.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quick, Easy & Crispy Baked French Fries

Save the calories and skip the fries with this Healthy, Quick, Easy & Crispy Baked French Fries recipe. All you need are 3 ingredients, potatoes, oil and salt!

4 servings

1 1/2 pounds (about 3 large) Russet potatoes, cut into 1/4-1/2 inch matchsticks
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
–optional toppings for during baking
garlic salt
garlic powder
smoked paprika
–optional toppings to toss fries with after baking
chopped rosemary
chopped parsley
hot pepper flakes
parmesan cheese

Clean and pat dry the potatoes. Do not remove the skin.
Slice into desired thickness.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F with the rack on the lower level.
In a large bowl toss the potatoes with the oil, salt and pepper and any other toppings you like.
Place on the baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake for 25-35 minutes tossing the fries in the middle of baking time.
Serve immediately with ketchup and any extra seasonings. Toss with parmesan or chopped fresh herbs if desired.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quick, Easy & Crispy Baked French Fries

Save the calories and skip the fries with this Healthy, Quick, Easy & Crispy Baked French Fries recipe. All you need are 3 ingredients, potatoes, oil and salt!

4 servings

1 1/2 pounds (about 3 large) Russet potatoes, cut into 1/4-1/2 inch matchsticks
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
–optional toppings for during baking
garlic salt
garlic powder
smoked paprika
–optional toppings to toss fries with after baking
chopped rosemary
chopped parsley
hot pepper flakes
parmesan cheese

Clean and pat dry the potatoes. Do not remove the skin.
Slice into desired thickness.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F with the rack on the lower level.
In a large bowl toss the potatoes with the oil, salt and pepper and any other toppings you like.
Place on the baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake for 25-35 minutes tossing the fries in the middle of baking time.
Serve immediately with ketchup and any extra seasonings. Toss with parmesan or chopped fresh herbs if desired.

~ Marla Meridith