Friday 5

The Friday 5: Real food recipes #12

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Welcome to this twelfth Friday 5, a roundup of Recipes of the Day featured on YayYay’s Kitchen Facebook page in the last week.

Mint, basil and a rainbow of fresh vegetables- Recipes of the Day from April 8-14, 2016

This week’s fare shines with colorful fresh herbs and vegetables: Deep green spinach in a casserole made creamy with almond milk; a grilled sandwich filled with a vibrantly rich pesto, avocado and greens; a bright spicy-sweet carrot soup; a new take on an old favorite broccoli salad, topped with fried scallion rings; and a one-pan pasta that makes its own sauce with succulent fresh veggies and sweet basil, on the table in less than twenty minutes.

Donal's take on Martha Stewart's one-pan pasta, using ingredients I had on hand last night

Donal’s take on Martha Stewart’s one-pan pasta, using ingredients I had on hand last night


Each Friday you’ll find at least five recipes here, maybe six or seven, depending on how the foodie stars aligned. Most are vegetarian, some vegan. Occasionally the Recipe of the Day includes meat or meat stock. YayYay’s is a flexitarian whole-foods kitchen.

Friday: Baked creamed spinach with feta via Caroline of Taste Love and Nourish

Saturday: How to make mint extract via Jamie at The Herbal Spoon

Monday: Grilled greens and pesto sandwich by Carol of The Calgary Beet

Tuesday: Carrot and coriander soup from Leanne of Vegan Leanne

Wednesday: Skinny broccoli salad by Sue on The View from Great Island

Thursday: Martha’s one-pan pasta via Donal Skehan on Donal

Your turn! What’s simmering on your back burner? Post a link in the comments to a favorite whole grain/whole food recipe you discovered or published this week. Spam will, of course, be smashed and burned.


  1. All of those look just delicious, Feta & spinach a longtime favourite from years in Cyprus and Skinny broccoli salad is on the “to try” list… thank you for the Friday five!

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