There are so many reasons to cook this time of year. Between the holidays, the comedown from the holidays, and the new year, it’ll be a miracle if you ever get to take the apron off. But, hey, you won’t find us complaining! We live for a cozy night in the kitchen, with a tidy mise en place on the counter, something savory simmering on the stove, and a fizzy, refreshing beverage in-hand.
We know that the ZENB community loves to cook, too, but sometimes you might need a bit of extra inspiration at dinnertime. Whenever you’re in need of an idea to spark your creativity, look no further than the ZENB recipe collection! This is a treasure trove of plant-fueled dishes that we’ve created to help keep things fresh in the kitchen.
And while we think all of our recipes are rad, there are a handful that our fans seem to stan extra hard. Here are our top 5 recipes of 2022 — each of these has been commented on, shared, and bookmarked more than the others. Give them a try to see what all the hype is about!
This unique recipe takes ZENB Spaghetti in an unexpected savory direction. Instead of red sauce, cheese, greens, or any of the other usual suspects, this simple preparation tosses the cooked noodles with sesame oil. The real star of the show is the soy-mirin-ginger dipping sauce. Inspired by traditional Japanese cold soba noodles, this dish has a stellar takeout vibe with a much more nutrient-dense, budget-friendly twist.
Color! Texture! Flavor! This fun and ridiculously quick-cooking stir-fry is a riot of delicious ingredients, including carrots, scallions, and bell peppers, and a soy ginger glaze. There are two secret weapons that bring this dish together in such a flash: a wok to stir-fry the veggies, and ZENB Pasta Agile, our innovative precision-cut, 100% yellow pea pasta that cooks to perfection in under three minutes.
Pasta Agile strikes again! Whether you need a satisfying late night snack, a no-sweat snack for kids, or a soul-soothing meal for yourself, this mac-and-cheese is the one. It’s slightly reminiscent of a big-brand mac that you may remember from childhood, but way more nutritious, thanks to our yellow pea pasta. It just takes 5 ingredients, 3 minutes (!), and 1 bowl to pull this nostalgic mac-and-cheese together.
The best part of lasagna is the cheesy, saucy, gooey goodness. The worst part of making it is dealing with the slippery, awkward huge noodles that always stick together and crack. Our elevated Rotini Lasagna Bake lets you breeze right past that step, because we swap in our delicious pasta! Here’s a hot take: Rotini is an even better candidate for this hearty baked pasta dish, as its spiral shape holds up well and offers all kinds of nooks and crannies for the sauce and cheese.
Polenta is one of those dishes that, when you make it right, really makes you feel like you’ve advanced your cooking to the next level. With its origins in Northern Italian cuisine, this creamy cornmeal porridge is usually enhanced with a shocking amount of butter, milk, and cheese. In a game-changing hack, we substitute all of that dairy with ZENB Creamy Mushroom, Cauliflower & Garlic Gourmet Sauce, which lends an equally luscious, silky texture. Warming and nourishing, the polenta is topped with cremini mushrooms and kale for the ultimate chilly evening dish.
There is so much more to discover in the ZENB Recipe library, which is easily searchable by course, health considerations, main ingredient, and product. For plenty more cooking advice, wellness tips, and lifestyle content, check out the ZENB Blog, and give us a follow on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.