Co+op Basics Recipes

These recipes are a great way to fill hungry bellies without emptying your wallet. Many of these recipes can be made with staples you already have in the pantry, fridge or freezer!

Vegetable and Cheese Frittata

A delicious, low cost way to load up your meal with a ton of vegetables. This recipe can be customized any which way, depending on the add ins you have available.

Frittatas are absoultely delicious with any combination of vegetables, so use your favorites or whatever you happen to have on hand. Toss in leftover sautéed or roasted vegetables. If you're planning to use tougher root vegetables, you may want to cook them beforehand.

Experiment with different types of cheeses — mozzarella, cheddar, swiss would all be delicious. If you'd like to try softer cheeses like chevre, top the frittata at the end before broiling (instead of mixing with the raw egg initially).

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Chana Masala

A popular dish in Indian and Pakistani cusine, chana masala makes for a flavorful and incredibly hearty vegetarian meal.

All of the spices can be found in our bulk spice section, allowing you to buy only what you need. The combination of whole-grain brown rice and garbanzo beans will not only fill you up, but also keep you feeling full longer.

Top your chana masala with a dollop of tangy plain greek yogurt on top and serve with warm naan.

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Shakshuka with Feta

Also sometimes referred to as "Eggs in Purgatory" this dish consists of a thick and spicy tomato sauce with poached eggs Serve this recipe with some thick crusty bread or warm pita, as you'll need something to soak up all the wonderful flavors.

This recipe works for both breakfast or dinner. In it, we recommend salty feta cheese, but that ingredient could be omitted if you need a dairy free variety. Other recipes add in sweet bell peppers, potatoes or artichoke hearts, so feel free to experiment!

For single servings, divide sauce into individual ramekins. Crack an egg onto each, and finish cooking in the oven.

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Vegetable and Lentil Pie

This hearty meal is similar to the classic shepherd's pie, but calls for lentils instead of meat, and shredded sweet potato instead of mashed white potatoes. This is a comforting meal to make on a brisk fall or winter day.

This is an excellent recipe to double or even triple and freeze for an easy dinner or lunch solution during the work week. Simply take it out to thaw and reheat in the oven!

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One-Pot Farro Risotto

A vegetarian one pot wonder, this recipe contains iron-rich leafy greens (kale), fiber-filled whole grains (farro) and heart-healthy fats (black olives). The farro is also an excellent protein source, containing 7g per 1/4 cup of dry farro.

With little chopping or prep work required, this dish is very low maintenance and won't leave you with many dirty dishes.

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Peanut Noodles

Peanut noodles are simply delicious and easy to make. We chose broccoli as the vegetable in this recipe, but feel free to add in whatever you have on hand. Try raw shredded cabbage or carrots for some extra crunch or cooked mushrooms, bell peppers or kale.

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Greens, Eggs and Polenta

Polenta is a creamy cornmeal porridge that is rather plain on its own. But, with some cheese swirled in and tasty toppings, it becomes a satisfying meal. 

This recipe is a basic template and can be customized in a number of ways. Most cheeses would be delicious here. Tangy goat cheese, sharp cheddar, or a vegan smoked nut cheese would all add unique flavors to your polenta. Mix and match your toppings! Try goat cheese with a topping of sautéed mushrooms and spinach; sharp cheddar with bacon, kale and a fried egg; or smoked cheese with roasted tomatoes. The possibilities are endless!

For extra flavor and nutrition, cook your polenta in broth or stock.

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Half-Veggie Burgers

Not vegetarian burgers! Half-veggie burgers are a tasty, healthy, gluten-free way to stretch your grocery budget without the use of bread or breadcrumbs. By simply adding cooked beans and vegetables to your ground beef, you can double the number of burgers you can make in one batch. This is great if you're cooking for a crowd or meal planning for the week ahead. Freeze any leftover burgers for an easy weeknight dinner.

This recipe is very quick if you have leftover cooked lentils or canned beans on hand. Stick with soft vegetables that you don't need to cook first to speed up the process. 

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