It’s been said that food tastes better when served warm in a bowl, and when looking at these comfort food recipes we couldn’t agree more!

From cowboy fried rice, to gourmet quesadillas, to creamy carrot and sweet potato soup we’ve got you covered -- whether you are serving a dinning room full of guests, or preparing a cozy dinner for two.

Tex-Mex Fried Rice

While we often think of rice as the menu’s sideshow, this flavorful Tex-Mex fried rice recipe surely takes center stage.

Filled with sausage, veggies, jalapeno and zest, our cowboy take on fried will leave you feeling full and cozy. Better yet, ready in less than 20 minutes it might even have you yelling “Yeehaw!”

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 lb(s) spicy sausage meat
One 14-ounce can hominy or 2 ears of corn, kernels removed
1 small red onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
2 cups cooked long grain white rice
¼ cup (about a handful) chopped cilantro
2 to 3 small tomatoes, seeded and diced
A few dashes hot sauce (more if you like it spicy!)
Zest and juice of 1 lime
Salt and ground black pepper

Rainbow Pad Thai With Peanuts and Basil

Enjoy our healthy take on everyone’s favorite Thai takeout dish. Simple to make, ridiculously delicious and packed with veggies, protein and brown rice noodles this recipe is ideal for meal prep, and weekday lunches.

Pad Thai Ingredients
4 ounces brown rice noodles (you can get stir-fry type noodles or Pad Thai noodles – and usually that’s half a box)
1 zucchini
1 red pepper
half a yellow onion
2 carrots
2 tablespoons oil
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
1/2 cup fresh herbs like cilantro, green onions, and basil, chopped

Sauce Ingredients
3 tablespoons fish sauce or vegan fish sauce substitute
3 tablespoons brown sugar (or sub another sweetener)
3 tablespoons chicken or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon chili paste (sambal oelek)

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Prosciutto Quesadilla

This is not your regular quesadilla! We give quesadillas a major makeover by layering them with buttery caramelized onions, mushrooms, and delicate prosciutto. These upgraded quesadillas make for a satisfying weeknight dinner or the perfect party appetizer.

Caramelized Onions
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced into half moons
2 packages (20 ounces total) button mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
Kosher salt
1 Tbsp light brown sugar
1 Tbsp sherry vinegar

Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto and Fig Quesadillas
6 flour tortillas (fajita size, 8 inch)
olive oil
caramelized onions (recipe above)
8 oz gruyere cheese, grated
1/4 lb prosciutto, thinly sliced
2 cups arugula
3 Tbsp fig jam

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