Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Chili is one of my favorite one pot meals. It feeds a crowd and there’s an endless selection of recipes to choose from. I typically make a turkey chili (I’ll post the recipe in a later post) but whenever I come across a vegetarian option, I have to give it a try. I like this…

Friday Night Nachos

Here’s an idea for a quick, end of the week meal. Leftovers in the fridge come together to create a “better for you than ordering out” nacho dinner. I used leftover roasted chicken, half a can of whole tomatoes, a package of mushrooms, black beans, chili spices and frozen edamame. Served it with whole grain…

Chickpea Cakes with Cilantro Cucumber Sauce

I wanted to call these chickpea burgers but my son disagreed. He said they are closer in looks and texture to crab cakes so call them what they are, chickpea cakes. You don’t eat these on a bun but rather on top of a bed of fresh leafy greens. Beans are one of my favorite…

After Vacation Dinner When You’re Tempted to Order Out

After you’ve been away on vacation for several days, you walk-in the door and the first thing you hear from the troops, “What’s for dinner?” The fastest and easiest solution (but we know it’s not the healthiest) is to order out. I challenge you to choose another option. If you are keeping your pantry stocked…

Grilled Tempeh with Gyoza Dipping Sauce

For you vegans out there, tempeh is most likely on your weekly menu rotation but for the rest of you, I bet you’ve never tried it. Tempeh is a soy product made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process (without added salt). It is very different from tofu, having a dense, chewy, somewhat crunchy texture.  Tempeh…

Greek Country Salad in a Jar

Here’s a salad-to-go that not only tastes fantastic but ticks every nutrient box. It’s a fun, little twist on a lunch box salad because you can pack the dressing and salad together with no worries about leaking or wilted greens. Pack it for work, school, or picnics. The process is simple. In a small jar with…

Friday Night Taco Pizzas with Zucchini Ribbons

These little pizzas make for a fun Friday or Saturday night dinner with the kids.  The “crust” is a whole grain corn tortilla which makes a perfect serving size for young children.  They are topped with a homemade spicy bean spread, seasoned ground turkey, a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and plain yogurt.  You could create…

White Bean and Tuna Salad with Radicchio

Instead of the typical heavy, mayonnaise-based tuna salad, lighten it up with an olive oil and fresh lemon juice dressing.  Drain two 6 ounce cans of tuna fish packed in olive oil and place in a medium bowl.  Drain and rinse a can of white cannellini beans.  Add to the tuna. Chop two scallions, a…

Rainbow Slaw

We’re told to eat the rainbow when it comes to fruits and vegetables and this salad offers a burst of color.  Whether using a cabbage mix from a bag or chopping your own, you have the base for this crunchy salad.  Add some strips of colorful bell peppers, edamame, chopped scallions, and carrots. Instead of…

A Change in Dinner Plans

Another example of why prepping on the weekend helps you to eat better throughout the week.  A last minute schedule change has me eating in instead of out so I opened the refrigerator to see what I could find. Since I still had leftover salad bar fix-ins (see There’s a Salad Bar in the Fridge post)…

A 3 Minute Salad from the Salad Bar in the Fridge

It’s a busy morning and I’m rushing to get to work.  With salad bar ingredients already prepped in the refrigerator, it took me 3 minutes to assemble a salad (I timed myself).  I added chopped kale mix, garbanzo beans, beets, cucumbers, yellow peppers, hard-boiled egg, a rectangle of baked tofu, a small handful of chopped…

Meatless Monday with Gnocchi, Swiss Chard and White Beans

Here’s a delicious, nutrient-packed recipe from Eating Well Magazine that can fit into even the busiest of schedules.The protein comes from the beans which work well with the gnocchi and Swiss chard.  For extra flavor, I added some jarred pesto from Costco because it’s always in my fridge.  I used frozen gnocchi instead of fresh so…