Popped Sorghum

Popped sorghum is a popular treat in India. These cute little puffs of whole grain are high in fiber and protein and a fun alternative to traditional popcorn. Sorghum is a gluten-free whole grain with a hearty, chewy texture. It can also be cooked, like rice, and used in pilafs, soups and salads. You can…

Herbed-Farro Salad with Walnuts, Feta and Spinach

Farro, also known as emmer wheat, is another ancient grain getting a lot of attention. It’s the most common variety of wheat in Italy and when cooked, has a soft but crunchy texture. If purchased semi-pearled, it cooks in about 30 minutes. For this recipe, I used a parboiled farro from Trader Joe’s, which cut…

Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Roasting vegetables results in the caramelization of the natural sugars in vegetables which intensifies the flavor and sweetness. Roasting is a fast and easy way to make lots of vegetables at one time. Place a variety of vegetables on several sheet pans and roast them all at the same time on different racks in your…

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…

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…