Walnut Quinoa Burger with a Flavor Explosion

I love to try new veggie burger recipes and I found this one in an older EatingWell magazine. I think this might be my favorite one. Admittedly, it does require some extra steps but I think it’s worth it. The umami spread is truly a flavor explosion. By using 5 different umami flavors like dried…

The Basics of Cooking Beans

I’m pushing beans again because I’m trying really hard to get you to eat them several times a week.  Although I’m not denying that canned beans are fast, easy, and nutrient-dense, cooking dried beans is definitely worth the little bit of extra effort. The texture and flavor are so different from canned beans, plus you…

Lentil, Sausage and Spinach Stew

Even though this heartwarming stew contains meat, it builds its protein heft from lentils. The sausage plays a background role, just enough to add a spicy richness without overwhelming the healthfulness of the dish. Cooking healthy is not an all or nothing proposition. Sometimes just the right amount of a heavier, richer ingredient can elevate…

Bean Burger Lettuce Wraps with Creamy Peanut Sauce

Making your own veggie burgers allows you to get creative with the ingredients. You can pick whatever bean you like, select the whole grain you have on hand, and mix and match seasonings based on your favorite flavors. For this recipe, I planned to use edamame but soon realized I didn’t have any in my…

Sweet Potato, Peanut and Chicken Stew

Stews are the ultimate one-pot meal. They are hearty, packed with flavor and can serve an army of hungry friends and family. My husband grew sweet potatoes in his garden this summer and he is harvesting them right now (mid-October). This is the perfect recipe to showcase these “freshly pull from the ground” tubers. It…

Whole Grain Black Bean Burgers

I hesitated to post this recipe because of the longish list of ingredients but it’s mostly things you probably have in your fridge and pantry. These bean burgers get their texture from a mixture of whole grains. I suggest using a blend of grains like barley, Kamut, farro and some wild rice because these grains…

One Pot Pantry Pasta with Chickpeas

When you can cook a meal in one pot, count me in! I found this recipe from Bon Appetit (BA) and loved the use of pantry staples. Chickpeas stand in as plant-based protein, canned tomatoes add sauciness and of course, pasta is the ultimate comfort food. The original recipe from Bon Appetit does not have a…

Cooking From Your Pantry

Things are very uncertain right now. We are practicing social distancing, and restaurants in the area are closed for dine-in service. Whether or not we want to, we are cooking and eating at home. Some of us find solace in cooking, the act of feeding our families, that tiny bit of control we have in…

Pantry Practical Chickpea Salads

As we all find ourselves eating at home, coming up with creative ways to use our freshly stocked canned goods becomes a new challenge. Here are two ways to whip together an easy bean salad using chickpeas or any canned bean on your shelf. Canned beans are a hearty source of plant-based protein, rich in…

Kale Pesto Pasta

when it’s summer and basil is growing wild in your garden, by all means, make basil pesto. In the middle of winter when fresh basil is scarce, kale is a great sub. You can find bunches of kale year round making it a perfect pesto swap and, it’s vibrant green color won’t turn brown like…

One-Pot Pasta with Turkey Meatballs

If you haven’t already noticed, I love the simple recipes found in Ellie Krieger’s cookbooks. She has found a way to link simple, healthy cooking with ingredients that taste great! Here’s another recipe from her new book, Whole in One, where she focuses on one pot, one skillet and one sheet pan meals for easy…

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…