Mid-March Garden Lettuce Surrounded by Snow

Thank you to my husband, who is a fabulous gardener, I’m enjoying a mid-March, fresh from the garden, lettuce salad! He starts the lettuce at the end of February, in raised beds, under plastic covers. He uses a special wax-infused hinge that opens the covers when the temperature gets too hot inside the beds. This…

Deliciously Fast Tuna and Bean Salad

This month’s Recipe Redux theme is to make a recipe that uses staples from my refrigerator and pantry. I can pull this delicious tuna and bean salad together in a few minutes using simple ingredients that I always have on hand; canned tuna fish, beans, olive oil and vinegar, chopped onions and Dijon mustard. Like…

Lentil Quinoa Burgers

It’s the end of the week and I have leftover quinoa and a can of lentils so I thought I would make “burgers”. They are so simple to make, just combine the quinoa and lentils with a few spices, minced onion and eggs. Instead of bread crumbs, I processed oatmeal in a food processor and…

Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

I love fresh bread, especially when you can make it in less than an hour. Irish soda bread is simple, fast, easy to make and a delicious treat for St. Patrick’s Day. No yeast, kneading or rising necessary.      

Kamut Salad with Arugula, Strawberries and Pistachios

Kamut, registered trademark of Khorasan wheat,  is my new favorite whole grain. I mentioned it in my Ancient Grain post and have been using it in all of my salads. Kamut is an organic, sweet, nutty, buttery tasting grain with a firm texture and crunch. It may be better tolerated by those with a wheat sensitivity but…

Berry Delicious Yogurt Parfait

You could just eat yogurt, berries and granola in a bowl but why not take a few extra minutes and layer those same ingredients in a glass jar. Boring bowl transformed into pretty parfait. Parfaits turn simple ingredients into a special occasion. My family still feels the need to ask me if it’s okay to…

Pita Bread Pudding with Pumpkin and Toasted Walnuts

I thought is would be fun to enter a few recipe contests and for this one, I received free samples of Toufayan Pita bread mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated…

Tuscan Shrimp and Beans

I love anything Tuscan so this recipe caught my eye. Cook’s Illustrated featured it in its March/April 2017 edition. You will find a bounty of beans in many Tuscan dishes (which is why I like them) and adding shrimp to the beans seemed like a winning combination. This deeply flavored dish will be a regular…

Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Tonnato Sauce

This recipe takes advantage of the convenience of store-bought rotisserie chicken but elevates it to a dinner party worthy dish. The star of this salad is the dressing (tonnato sauce) with its rich, vibrant flavors from tuna fish, anchovies, capers, fresh lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil. You can also serve this sauce over pasta, grilled…

Protein Power Waffles

One nutritional dilemma with eating waffles or pancakes for breakfast is how to balance out the carbohydrate with enough protein. Using whole grain flours and adding nuts or seeds to the batter will help, but they still fall short of my 20 gram protein breakfast goal. Recently, a client of mine introduced me to this…