Butternut Pear Soup from forest feast

I published this recipe last year but it’s so good, I wanted to give it another shout out! This is one of my favorites from Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast. It’s a brilliantly simple, nutrient-rich, “no cream” creamy soup that’s as cozy as a soft, warm blanket.

Tri-Colored Gazpacho

When the garden is overflowing with sun-kissed, juicy, “eat like an apple” tomatoes, it’s time to make gazpacho. And nature sets the ingredient stage for this summer soup with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and basil, all garden fresh and ready to pick at the same time! Gazpacho can be made lots of different ways but when…

Caprese Avocado Toast

This is my first post in a series of higher protein breakfast options. Protein at breakfast can be extremely helpful for setting the calorie tone of the day. You’ll be less likely to crave that mid-morning donut if you start out with a dose of AM protein. Balancing the protein with high fiber carbohydrates and…

Eggless Egg Salad with Tofu

I love eggs and there is no reason why they can’t be part of a heart healthy meal plan but if you are vegan or simply don’t like eggs, try tofu as a substitute the next time you make egg salad. Crumbled tofu has just the right hard boiled egg-like texture and when mixed with…

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…

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.

Cooking and Eating on the Amalfi Coast Part 2

When you’re traveling on most highways in the US, eating fresh, healthy food at a highway rest stop is next to impossible. Not so in Italy. Check out these highway treats at a stop just outside of Rome. Notice the Parma ham on the slicer. Prosciutto with fresh melon and mozzarella. Tuna salads with local…

A Twist on British-Style Beans on Toast

I first learned about this British meal from my daughter who studied for semester in London. Beans on toast makes for a hearty, fiber-rich meal or snack anytime of the day, whether it’s to rev-up your sleepy metabolism in the morning or as a “mini-meal” snack that could easily sub for a quick lunch or…

Fast and Easy Salmon Burgers with Lemon Aioli Sauce

Canned salmon is a convenient, fast and easy way to increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Use red, Sockeye salmon which is always wild caught. Did you know that the orange/red pigment of the flesh of salmon comes from antioxidant-rich betacarotene? Substitute canned salmon for tuna fish in salads, add it to your scrambled…