Vegetarian “Chicken” Salad

Good news! Classics like chicken salad are no longer off-limits for vegetarians. We are happy to share a delicious chicken-free salad recipe that is packed with plant protein and zesty flavor. Introducing an old, new favorite, TVP. TVP is Textured Vegetable Protein or textured soy protein. It’s used in many vegan and vegetarian foods because…

Cauliflower Tots

Cauliflower is the new kale. Popular products like pizza crust, pasta and even pretzels are using this vegetable as an alternative to starchy carbs. Cauliflower is high in potassium, iron, and zinc and can easily be grated in a food processor to take on a rice-like consistency. Its mild flavor and light color add to…

Tomato Palooza

My husband LOVES tomatoes! Every year he plants and nurtures heirloom tomato plants from seed. He starts the incubation in the middle of winter, in his greenhouse, and when his toddlers are ready for tomato kindergarten, he gives them protection from squirrels in their custom-built screened enclosures.  All of his care and attention is worth…

Sensational Summer Salads

The heat is on so why turn on the heat in your kitchen. Summer is the perfect season to lighten-up your meals with fresh and seasonal fruit and vegetable salads. A healthy template for a nutritionally balanced salad is one that includes lean protein, healthy fat, some whole grain fiber and of course, lots of…

Sweet Potato Toasts with Cashew Cream, Dates and Cinnamon

Sweet potato toasts are a nutrient packed alternative to regular toast. Oblong slices of sweet potato are roasted in the oven (just until tender), cooled then toasted in the toaster when ready to eat. Top them with anything you would put on your toast; almond butter, avocado slices, eggs, or smoked salmon. For this recipe,…

A Round-up of My Favorite Warm Winter Soups

As we move into the cold months of January and February, I plan to hibernate with a bowl of my favorite soup. Winter is the perfect time to cook up big batches of nourishing, homemade soup. Soup is so easy to make. You can follow a recipe and make your own broth but for a…

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…