Beans and Greens on Toast

This British inspired dish makes for a very easy breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s a meal that is well balanced, extremely satisfying, simple to prepare, and delicious to eat!

Marcella Hazan’s White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley

Silky beans in a rich olive oil broth ladled over a piece of toasted whole grain bread, yes please! Marcella Hazan was known for embracing simplicity and balance. These were the hallmarks of her cooking. You might be tempted to add other ingredients, but don’t! Consider this famous quote of hers, “What you leave out…

Tuscan Shrimp and Beans

Cook’s Illustrated featured this recipe back in March/April 2017. Whenever I see “Tuscan” in the title of a recipe, I’m sold. 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 is a…

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…

I Can’t Believe There’s No Cheese” Cheese Sauce

A cheese sauce you can use to make creamy mac and cheese but there’s no cheese! Amazingly, without incorporating any cheese into this sauce, you can create the same savory flavor of regular cheese. The ‘cheese’ flavor comes from a perfect blend of ingredients that includes cooked potatoes, onion, carrot, pre-soaked cashews (the only step…

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…

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…