Creamy and Light Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill

Tinned fish is convenient, economical, and nutrient-rich so don’t limit your options to just tuna fish. Canned salmon is a pantry staple of mine because I love it as an alternative to tuna. It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein and calcium (if it’s not boneless). For quick and healthy weeknight dinners, I use it…

Smoked Trout with Red Pepper Jam and Lemon Oil

I just discovered smoked trout at Trader Joes and I will never go back to tuna fish. These meaty fillets are packed in a tin so they can be kept in your pantry for quick, easy, weeknight meals. For those of you not sure about the strong flavor of other tinned fish like sardines, they…

Zesty Sardine Toast with Capers and Herbs

Just mentioning sardines will get a cringed-face reaction. I’m here to hopefully change that response. These little fish come with a long list of reasons why you should be eating them. They are shelf-stable, inexpensive, sustainable, packed with protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a good source of calcium and they can help you get…

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…