Soups On!

Check out these hearty and healthy soup recipes on the PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics blog. I’m excited to have my Football Tailgate Beef Stew highlighted in the article. You’ll love the other delicious soups like Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup and French Onion and Barley Soup from my fellow dietitians! Note: Featured image is…

A Round-up of My Favorite Warm Winter Soups

As we move into the cold months of January and February, I plan to hibernate with a bowl of my favorite soup. Winter is the perfect time to cook up big batches of nourishing, homemade soup. Soup is so easy to make. You can follow a recipe and make your own broth but for a…

Vegetarian Stir-fry Salad with Tempeh

Many of you may not be familiar with tempeh but I hope to persuade you to give it a try. Tempeh is a vegetarian soy product, very different from tofu. It has a complex nutty, mushroom-like flavor and a firm texture. Crumbled or grated, it is an excellent vegetarian substitute for ground beef. Sliced into strips…

Savory Oatmeal with Hummus, Kale and a Fried Egg

With so many of us trying to cut back on sugar, why not go savory with oatmeal. Oatmeal does not always have to be covered with brown sugar or maple syrup and like other whole grains, it works well on the savory side. Here it’s cooked with a vegetable broth and served with hummus or…

Bean and Veggie Dip

Hummus is not the only bean dip in town. It’s time to think outside of the hummus box and start making your own bean dips at home. Use any type of bean to make a dip; kidney, cannelini, garbanzo, or black beans and you can use canned or cooked from dried. Just pour them into…

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.  If you’ve never cooked them from dried beans, it’s definitely worth the little bit of extra effort because the texture is far superior to canned beans.  You can purchase dried beans at any supermarket but for…

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, (and bean) Energy Bites

This recipe was sent to me by a friend and I was pleasantly surprised by these little bites. I knew the peanut butter and chocolate chips would be delicious but I wasn’t sure about the addition of beans. The beans add creaminess, texture and of course, essential nutrients and fiber but thankfully you can’t detect…

Curried Baked Beans with Pita and Yogurt

For a healthier 2018, add more beans to your plate, 2 cups per week to be exact. Beans are inexpensive, easy to prepare, extremely versatile, and are waiting in your pantry for a quickly assembled weeknight meal. No excuses. If your concerned about the unwanted gassy side effect of eating beans, start slowly, allowing your…

Moroccan Lentil Stew

Once cold weather arrives, soups and stews are on my weekly menu. I was looking through some old recipes and found this delicious vegetarian stew, seasoned with cumin, coriander and garlic. It will definitely be added to my winter line-up. This stew is thick and rich, full of warm, fragrant spices with a heartiness that…

Eggplant “Meat”balls over Zucchini Noodles

Meatballs are a perfect little package of protein but not all meatballs have to be “meat”balls. For a vegetarian twist, swap the meat for lentils, mushrooms, bulgur or as in this recipe, eggplant. Eggplant has a texture that works well as a meat substitute and the addition of beans helps to boost the fiber and…

Curried Chickpea Pita Pockets

Sandwiches can be fast, easy and excellent for “on-the-go” meals but not all sandwiches are created equal. Using whole grain pita bread and filling the pockets with delicious, plant-forward ingredients is a satisfying, “better for you meal” with  very little fuss.

Better Black Bean Burgers

Veggie burgers are often hit or miss. I do like several frozen varieties but I wanted to find one I could make at home with little fuss. Several of the recipes I tried were either bland or dry but this black bean burger from America’s Test Kitchen is well seasoned, moist and worth the little bit…