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…

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…

Make-Ahead Egg Sandwiches

Instead of putting a runny, fried egg on your next homemade breakfast sandwich, try a soft, creamy egg square instead. Simply combine eggs, water, and a dash of salt then bake in a square baking dish to produce four portions of soft, custard-like eggs. These are excellent for make-ahead breakfast sandwiches or eat as is…

Blueberry and Spice Bowl

A diet filled with a variety of antioxidant-rich foods can have many health benefits like lowered cholesterol, stabilized blood sugar, reduced inflammation, and a decreased risk of cancer. Plant foods like berries, green leafy vegetables, herbs and spices are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds but sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to regularly get these…

Recipe Roundup: Tomato Palooza 2020

Summer = Greg’s (my husband) garden-fresh tomatoes! In honor of my husband’s dedication to growing and nurturing these little and not so little gems, I’m rounding up our favorite tomato recipes that I’ve been making this summer. This year is our 2nd annual  “Tomato Palooza” and we’re not letting Covid-19 stop this festive outdoor family…

Rustic Tomato Toast (Pan Con Tomate)

When you have overly ripe tomatoes, almost too soft to slice, make Pan Con Tomate. This humble, rustic toast is a way to take tomatoes and bread and turn them into a meal.  You need only a few simple ingredients but the quality of these ingredients is what creates perfection. Be sure to use the…

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…

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…

Zesty Shrimp and Noodle Salad

I made this for a recent family gathering and it was a hit. It’s versatile because you can serve it warm or make it ahead and serve it cold. For the noodles, choose your favorite spaghetti, thinner pasta is better. I used gluten-free brown rice pasta (Jovial brand) but any would work well. The ginger,…

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…

Kohlrabi Fritters with Minted Yogurt

I was walking through my favorite veggie market, Gentiles in Newtown Square, when I saw a bunch of crazy looking spiky, green bulbs with thick stems and huge leaves. I had to buy them. What I bought was kohlrabi. Kohlrabi lives in the same cruciferous family as cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts but it doesn’t…