It's tough to convince my mom that vegan food is not all just a series of side dishes, or that salad on its own does not have to be a side dish. What I can do is try to stuff her with vegetables and salads that are so darn delicious that she'll stop thinking of them as sides and start thinking of them as what they are: meals unto themselves. This Roasted Chickpea and Kale Salad is a good place to start.
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A hearty salad of chickpeas roasted with cumin and paprika until dense and nutty, combined with kale, fresh herbs, pine nuts, and sun-dried tomatoes. This is a salad that gets even better on the second day.
Two gooey, melted cheese delicacies come together for the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Crisp, grilled pizza doughs are slathered with homemade sundried tomato pesto and covered with classic toppings--and plenty of cheese, of course.
Sardines seem to be having a moment in the sun. They're not just an easy-to-prepare bachelor food, they're also apparently a health food—just see Alton Brown. But I'm in it for the flavor. Gather a mess of Mediterranean ingredients and go to town. Chop up some pitted black olives, sweet and tangy sundried tomatoes, and fennel to complement the pungent fish.
Ready in a jiffy, this mouthwatering pasta dish is bursting with great color, flavor and the perfect amount of cheesy goodness. If you like your pasta really spicy, increase the amount of red pepper flakes.
Sun-dried tomatoes, basil and fat-free cream of mushroom soup combine to make a luscious, Mediterranean-style sauce for sautéed chicken and egg noodles.
Mediterranean flavors such as sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, capers, artichoke hearts, white wine and tomatoes simmer together to flavor chicken breasts in this mouthwatering slow-cooker dish.