Simple-To-Make Lentil Soup

Keeping on trend with comforting cold-weather dishes, we are happy to share with you an easy lentil soup recipe adapted from Melissa Clark for New York Times Cooking.  Green or brown lentils are the base of this soup and they add amazing nutrient benefits. In addition to being an excellent plant protein source, lentils are rich…

Vegetarian “Chicken” Salad

Good news! Classics like chicken salad are no longer off-limits for vegetarians. We are happy to share a delicious chicken-free salad recipe that is packed with plant protein and zesty flavor. Introducing an old, new favorite, TVP. TVP is Textured Vegetable Protein or textured soy protein. It’s used in many vegan and vegetarian foods because…

Cauliflower Tots

Cauliflower is the new kale. Popular products like pizza crust, pasta and even pretzels are using this vegetable as an alternative to starchy carbs. Cauliflower is high in potassium, iron, and zinc and can easily be grated in a food processor to take on a rice-like consistency. Its mild flavor and light color add to…

Cauliflower Tikka Masala with Chickpeas

We are excited to introduce a new recipe as part of our collection of five-ingredient meals! This Cauliflower Tikka Masala with Chickpeas is ready in about 10 minutes and does not require a shopping cart full of groceries. The simple addition of a 15 oz. jar of tikka masala sauce to the cooked cauliflower gives this dish…

Simply Delicious Fish Stew

Satisfying meals don’t have to include countless ingredients. A couple of pantry staples and a few fresh finds can make for a delicious dish. I recently presented a cooking workshop featuring five-ingredient meals where the participants learned how to cook fast and healthy recipes consisting of five ingredients or less. So over the next couple…

Tomato Palooza

My husband LOVES tomatoes! Every year he plants and nurtures heirloom tomato plants from seed. He starts the incubation in the middle of winter, in his greenhouse, and when his toddlers are ready for tomato kindergarten, he gives them protection from squirrels in their custom-built screened enclosures.  All of his care and attention is worth…

Drying Fresh Herbs in the Microwave

Thanks to my gardener husband, I have a bounty of fresh herbs to enjoy all spring and summer.  But when winter sets in, I’m back to buying overpriced, uninspired herbs from the supermarket. No longer! Thanks to one of my favorite magazines, Cooks Illustrated, I picked up one of the best tips (it’s right up…

Sensational Summer Salads

The heat is on so why turn on the heat in your kitchen. Summer is the perfect season to lighten-up your meals with fresh and seasonal fruit and vegetable salads. A healthy template for a nutritionally balanced salad is one that includes lean protein, healthy fat, some whole grain fiber and of course, lots of…

Nana’s Chicken Pot Pie

If you google chicken pot pie, you’ll get recipes for an actual chicken pie, with a top and bottom crust. But the Pennsylvania Dutch version of chicken pot pie is more of a chicken stew with square pieces of dough added to the broth (a chicken pie in a pot). This recipe is from my…

A Lighter Version of Chicken Masala

I hesitated about adding this recipe to the blog because of the long list of ingredients. However, if you cook frequently, you’re likely to have most of these ingredients in your pantry. The recipe itself is very easy and it’s a much lighter alternative to take-out Indian food. For a vegetarian option, substitute tofu for…