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Ravioli in a Light Vegetable Broth

The success of this light starter depends on the quality of the ravioli and broth you use. For best results, make it with homemade stock, such as the Vegetable Stock from vegetariantimes.com. Serve before homemade pizza or eggplant Parmesan.

Spring Vegetable Risotto

Spring Vegetable Risotto

This fast, no-stir risotto has all the creamy goodness of its traditional counterpart. A pressure cooker slashes the cooking time to just 15 minutes (compared with the 45 minutes it usually takes to make risotto). Try this technique with other risotto recipes as well.

Savory Plantain Flan with Rich Tomato Sauce

Savory Plantain Flan with Rich Tomato Sauce

In Costa Rica, mature plantains, or plátanos, are often served as a side dish and are usually very sweet. The following recipe, however, is a savory alternative. This is attractive when topped with a warmed tomato sauce made with plum tomatoes, a very typical Costa Rican seasoning.

Farmers’ Market Sauté

Farmers’ Market Sauté

The flavor of this dish depends on the quality of the vegetables you include. You can use just about any combination of fresh vegetables you like, just be sure to select the ingredients based on what looks best.

Mediterranean Tofu and Olive ‘Quiche’

Mediterranean Tofu and Olive ‘Quiche’

The trick to an excellent vegan pastry crust is to keep all the ingredients cold. Even after you have rolled it out, keep the pastry-lined tart pan in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it. For this recipe, both the prebaked tart shell and filling can be made one day in advance, then assembled and baked just before serving.