Blogger Spotlight: Melissa Tedesco of Melly Cooks!

Blogger Spotlight: Melissa Tedesco of Melly Cooks!

This week the spotlight is shining on Melissa Tedesco of Melly Cooks!

Melissa is an incredible food blogger, and her recipes are great for simple, delicious, and nutritious plant-based dishes. Her passion for food started at a very young age, and the desire to bring people healthy, great tasting food was solidified through her family and traveling. We put together 10 of Melissa’s most delicious dishes from our Food Monster App, and definitely encourage you to give them all a try!

Don’t forget to check out our Blogger Spotlight Archives where we feature our amazing bloggers and their recipes every week!

1. Broad Bean Dip 

Source: Broad Bean Dip 

Spring is just around the corner so here is something light and fresh to welcome the warmer weather. This broad bean dip plays with those natural, grassy, and earthy flavors of the broad beans and enhances them with lemon and coriander. It’s perfect as a dip or spread.

2. Parsley Pumpkin Seed Pesto 

Source: Parsley Pumpkin Seed Pesto 

Pesto comes from the northern part of Italy. It is traditionally made with basil, garlic, lemon, pine nuts, cheese, and olive oil. This parsley pumpkin seed pestois a variation on the classic. Parsley is used instead of basil, pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts, and there is no cheese added. This sauce is so fresh and flavorful and requires no cooking. Whip it up in 5 minutes and use in on pasta, rice, to top soups with, or in salads.

3. Butternut Squash Black Bean Corn Stew 

Source: Butternut Squash Black Bean Corn Stew

This is a beautiful butternut squash black bean corn stew. It is packed full of fresh flavors like coriander and red pepper and bold spices like cumin and chili. Plus, it is so hearty and filling. So good!

4. Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Source: Moroccan Chickpea Stew

This Moroccan Chickpea Stew has all the bold flavors you want in a north African dish, without being overpowering. The cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and coriander, to name a few spices, work perfectly together and fill your mouth with a warmth that is typical of this style of cooking. Spoon it over couscous, rice, or eat with bread.

5. Potato Cakes

Source: Potato Cakes

These potato cakes are the perfect way to use up any leftover mashed potatoes, or to just make on their own! You can make this dish by simply boiling some potatoes until soft and giving them a mash. These potato cakes are perfect as a starter or a savory breakfast. They taste great with a dollop of vegan sour cream, or simply garnished with chives.

6. New Yorker Sandwich 

Source: New Yorker Sandwich

This New Yorker Sandwich is so simple to make and loaded with healthy ingredients. Make this for a packed lunch or cut into tiny bites to serve as a chic, little finger-sandwich appetizer! Impress your friends with this unique, vegan twist on a New York classic!

7. Pickled Vegetable Sandwich

Source: Pickled Vegetable Sandwich

Banh mi shops inspired this Vegan Pickled Vegetable Sandwich. Traditional banh mi sandwiches contain some kind of meat, carrots, daikon radish, fresh coriander and mayonnaise. The outcome was divine. It’s such a fresh and interesting sandwich. It may seem strange at first, but give it a try. The flavors really pop!

8. Carrot and Radish Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing 

Source: Carrot and Radish Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing

This Carrot and Radish Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing is ready in no time. The colors are so vibrant and lovely that they speak for themselves. The veggies have such a great crispness to them.

9. High-Protein Lentil and Split Lentil Tacos 

Source: High-Protein Lentil and Split Lentil Tacos 

These High Protein Lentil and Split Lentil Tacos are layered with all kinds of goodness. Red and green lentils make up the base, then sautéed peppers, onions and mushrooms, then a whole bunch of fresh garnishes. The second best part of these tacos (the first being the taste) is that you prepare all of the ingredients and let your guests do the rest of the work, filling and layering to their own taste. These lentil tacos are the perfect summer meal.

10. Creamy Cauliflower Penne Bake 

Source: Creamy Cauliflower Penne Bake

This Creamy Cauliflower Penne Bake has all of that creaminess you want from baked pasta without the need for milk. This recipe doesn’t actually use any milk, non-dairy or otherwise. The cauliflower and potato make a rich sauce, which is then thickened by a roux. Nutritional yeast gives a cheesy flavor without adding any dairy. And the bread crumbs on top add a crispy finish.

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