The ultra-versatile combination of rice and lentils can be served as a protein-rich side dish or an easy entrée. Green French lentils, which hold their shape when cooked, will give the dish a firmer texture, while softer red lentils will give it a creamier, dal-like consistency.
Serve this dish with steamed greens and roasted or stewed tomatoes, and you’ve got a full-on Southern-style meal. Frozen peppers and onions are used as a time-saving way to season the dish, but you could also use fresh chopped onion and bell pepper.
For hearty that’s healthy, you can’t beat a roasted veggie-polenta combo. Lots of great do-aheads in the recipe make this an ideal dish for entertaining, too.
Tostadas are a tasty alternative to tacos—with the same satisfying flavors. Serve with your favorite salsa and hot sauce.
You can have all of the ingredients on hand for this pot pie and whip it up any time you need a hot, satisfying meal.
Oeufs cocotte (baked eggs in ramekins) are a comfort-food favorite in France. Here, we’ve improved on the idea by adding a bed of potatoes and mushrooms that turns the homey dish into a hearty meal.
Butternut squash soup plumps barley to a creamy consistency and infuses it with flavor as it cooks. Finely chopped vegetables cook in the same amount of time as the barley, for a one-pot meal that’s ready in about 20 minutes.
Chow fun is the Chinese name for rice noodles. We’ve called for fresh noodles here, but if you can’t find them, substitute dried rice stick noodles and prepare according to package directions. The noodles soak up the sauce quickly, so serve immediately.
The national dish of Vietnam, pho is an aromatic noodle soup that’s traditionally made with beef broth. Here, store-bought vegetable broth is spiked with onion, garlic, and spices for a full-bodied vegetarian alternative.
Turn this Korean street-food snack into a full meal by serving the pancake wedge on a bed of sautéed spinach and topping it with a freshly poached egg and squirt of sriracha.
Thin rice vermicelli noodles are piled atop a saucy eggplant stir-fry so they retain their tender, fluffy texture and don’t get weighed down by the sauce. Serve this dish with lime wedges and your favorite hot sauce.
With a lightly crunchy, granola-like layer on top and a doughy, coconut-saturated center, this baked oatmeal is hearty and comforting.