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…

Dakos (the salad of Crete)

I discovered this salad while visiting Crete several years ago and knew right away I would be making it at home. It’s so easy to assemble and requires no cooking, making it a perfect meal on a hot summer day. The base of the salad is a thick, crunchy bread called rusk. Traditional Dakos is…

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,…

Nutty Barley Salad with Orange and Fresh Mint

Barely is a firm textured, nutty whole-grain containing beta-glucan,  a type of soluble fiber that lowers cholesterol. It takes a little time to cook so I make it over the weekend and use it in salads and as a side dish during the week. I even mix barley with steel-cut oats (another high soluble fiber…

Vegetarian Taco Bowl

We’re using TVP for the plant-based protein in this bowl. What is TVP you ask? TVP is textured vegetable protein which is made from soy flour, providing a good dose of plant protein. TVP is relatively flavorless making it ideal for absorbing the flavors in recipes. Once rehydrated in hot water or broth, you can…

Hassle-Free Holiday Sprouts

If you’re like us, your to-do list this time of year is never-ending. Between shopping for gifts and visiting relatives, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. Alexa, at Athens Nutrition, believes that making satisfying meals over the holidays should not contribute to your stress so she’s provided us with an easy…

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…

Watermelon Pizza

Nothing is more refreshing than a wedge of juicy watermelon on a hot summer day but for a fun, little twist, add some yogurt and fruit and call it pizza. Kids will love making these treats and with pizza in the name, I’m sure they will love eating them too.  

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 and Tangy Cranberry Sauce for Your Holiday Gathering

If you’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce, this is the year to give it a try. This recipe is so easy, taking only about 15 minutes to make. Skip the canned variety. The jellied, canned shaped sauce has 24 grams of sugar (6 teaspoons) in just 1/4 cup. That’s an entire days worth of added…

5 Herbs for Every Kitchen

Fresh herbs add that special something to a recipe. They elevate simple dishes. They add brightness and interest, infusing dishes with fresh summer flavors. Simple dishes like peas and onions with freshly snipped dill or roasted potatoes with earthy rosemary become dinner party worthy. Herbs are easy to grow. If you have a small, sunny…