Cooking with Ancient Grains

What’s old is new again. Ancient grains, a group of grains with a long history of cultivation that have remained unchanged over the last several hundred years (even thousands), are trending on the food scene. First with quinoa and now farro. But quinoa and farro are just two examples of these chewy, nutty, nutrient-packed whole grains. There’s…

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Chili is one of my favorite one pot meals. It feeds a crowd and there’s an endless selection of recipes to choose from. I typically make a turkey chili (I’ll post the recipe in a later post) but whenever I come across a vegetarian option, I have to give it a try. I like this…

Carrot Soup with Orange and Ginger

Cold rain is falling so it’s time to make soup. This fast and easy, ginger spiced soup is warm and comforting. Combining carrots and citrus with fragrant ginger, onions and garlic keeps the sodium content low without sacrificing flavor. The beautiful color comes from beta-carotene rich carrots, vitamin C from orange juice and gingerol from…

Chickpea and Rosemary Frittata

I recently stumbled upon this delightful FREE e-cookbook, Delicious 5-Ingredient Recipes. The author is Jules Clancy, a food scientist and creator of the simple food blog stonesoup. I share her philosophy about cooking. Preparing healthful meals can be quick and easy, without sacrificing flavor. I adapted this 5 ingredient recipe for Recipe Redux , a website founded by…

Pasta with Fresh Fennel and Sardines

You saw the word “sardines” and skipped right over this recipe. But don’t! Come back! If you like salmon and tuna fish, you’ll like this recipe. It’s not too fishy, I promise. I admit, I’m not a fan of strong fish either but I’ve been trying to find ways to boost my omega-3 fatty acid…

Friday Night Nachos

Here’s an idea for a quick, end of the week meal. Leftovers in the fridge come together to create a “better for you than ordering out” nacho dinner. I used leftover roasted chicken, half a can of whole tomatoes, a package of mushrooms, black beans, chili spices and frozen edamame. Served it with whole grain…

Flourless Pancakes with Bananas, Almond Butter and Dates

Gluten and wheat free, these little cakes are a tasty alternative to regular, grain-based pancakes. The bananas and the dates provide natural sweetness and the eggs and the almond butter help to bind them together.  They are light and fluffy, but provide just enough calories and protein to get you through your busy morning.

Broiled Lamb Loin Chops with Rosemary, Olive Oil and Lemon

I’m not a vegetarian but I seldom eat red meat. My protein sources are mostly seafood, eggs, tofu, nuts and beans. I try to practice what I preach which is very simple, quoting author Michael Pollan, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”. However, my husband and son love to have lamb over the holidays so…

Light as a Chocolate Cloud Cookies

You may be tired of cookies but here’s one that will help you stick to your New Year’s resolution. With just a few simple ingredients, whipped egg whites, sugar, cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips, these gluten-free, flourless cookies are easy to make, yummy and light as a cloud. One or two cookies should be just…

Our House (and more) in Gingerbread

One of our holiday family traditions is to make a gingerbread house. We started this tradition over 10 years ago after my friend and neighbor introduced me to all the gingerbread possibilities at a display at Peddler’s Village. Over the years we’ve replicated our cabin in gingerbread, my parent’s cabin, the board game Candy Land, a…

Happy New Year with Pork and Sauerkraut

For many families, pork and sauerkraut is a traditional New Year’s day meal. I can’t remember a New Year’s day without it. I make this dish once a year and although there is little you can do to decrease the sodium content, I use a lean pork loin instead of a fattier pork roast and…