Cooking is one of my favorite ways to relax after a long day. However, I hate doing dishes and am prone to bouts of hangriness, so winning recipes must be delicious, fast, and with minimal cleanup. Enter my new favorite cookbook: Carla Snyder’s One Pan, Two Plates: Vegetarian Suppers. From the book’s dedication — “to all the time-starved souls who like to cook, love to eat, but hate to wash dishes” — I knew I was in for a treat!
I have checked this book out from the library three times and finally caved and bought my own copy. My fiancé and I have cooked almost twenty recipes from the book since I first checked it out in September. Most recipes take less than 30 minutes to prepare, and cleanup is a breeze (and not just because my fiancé is on dish duty most nights). Snyder reimagines weeknight stapes such as Mac and cheese, pizza, and stew, but also broadens our horizons through global recipes. The Migas and Shakshuka featured in the book are both household favorites for brunches and dinners!
Our CSA has kept our fridge full of greens this week, so tonight we’ll make Spinach Gnudi with Cabbage and Browned Butter. Snyder describes her gnudi recipe as “little pillows of indulgent cheesy dough, kind of like ravioli without the pasta covering.” She is a caterer and cooking school teacher, and her patience shines through in her detailed but approachable recipe construction. Paired with a salad, this will be a perfect speedy dinner.
Carnivores rejoice; the library also owns One Pan, Two Plates: More Than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals For Two. Both are available in print.
--Madeline Jarvis, Adult Services Coordinator