White Pizza with Goat Cheese, Truffled Mushrooms and Cauliflower Crust

Love pizza but hate the carbs, using cauliflower for the crust does triple nutrient duty by adding cancer-fighting phytonutrients and fiber while keeping carbohydrates low. Topping the pizza with flavor-forward ingredients like sauteed mushrooms, goat cheese, imported Swiss cheese and a drizzle of truffle oil allows this pizza to stand-up to any regular crusted pie….

Basic Bean Cooking

My new cooking goal is to master the craft of cooking dried beans. This should be simple but my past experience resulted in soft, mushy or mealy beans but then I stumbled upon the website, Rancho Gordo. It inspired me to start cooking dried beans and to stop opening a can. Rancho Gordo beans are beautiful,…

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…

Cooking with a Cuban View

On a recent trip with my husband to Havana, to visit our son who is working and living there, I was surprised at the quality, variety and freshness of the food served at several privately owned restaurants. Menus included lobster tail, lamb moussaka, rabbit pate, a variety of fresh fish and vegetables, and creative cocktails…

Honey-Sesame Roasted Tofu and Green Beans

In my opinion, tofu is the unsung hero of the protein world. It’s fast, convenient, inexpensive, versatile and yes, delicious. I like it sliced, seasoned and roasted in the oven or cubed and added to a stir fry. When roasting, use a hot oven (400 degrees) and your favorite sauce or seasonings and when stir…

Mediterranean Cranberry Bean Dip

Getting a little tired of hummus? I know I am so here’s a solution. Bean dips. By using any variety of beans and seasonings, you can create an endless array of dips and spreads. I used cranberry beans in this recipe (thanks to Bob’s Red Mill for sending me samples to try) but any cooked or…

Herbed-Farro Salad with Walnuts, Feta and Spinach

Farro, also known as emmer wheat, is another ancient grain getting a lot of attention. It’s the most common variety of wheat in Italy and when cooked, has a soft but crunchy texture. If purchased semi-pearled, it cooks in about 30 minutes. For this recipe, I used a parboiled farro from Trader Joe’s, which cut…

Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Roasting vegetables results in the caramelization of the natural sugars in vegetables which intensifies the flavor and sweetness. Roasting is a fast and easy way to make lots of vegetables at one time. Place a variety of vegetables on several sheet pans and roast them all at the same time on different racks in your…

Lentil Quinoa Burgers

It’s the end of the week and I have leftover quinoa and a can of lentils so I thought I would make “burgers”. They are so simple to make, just combine the quinoa and lentils with a few spices, minced onion and eggs. Instead of bread crumbs, I processed oatmeal in a food processor and…

Baked Tofu with any sauce you have in the fridge

Firm or extra firm tofu is an absorbent blank canvas of protein, ready to soak up any flavor you introduce. One of the simplest ways to use tofu is to cover it with your favorite sauce or dressing then bake it in a hot oven. To help the tofu take on a firmer texture, press…

Chickpea Pasta with Silken Tofu Tomato Sauce

I’m introducing three food items you may want to try: Banza pasta, silken tofu and nutritional yeast. Banza pasta is a new, gluten-free pasta made from chickpeas. Silken tofu is a creamy version of tofu and nutritional yeast is a savory vegan substitute for Parmesan cheese. This dish is power-packed with plant protein, meeting the requirements…

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Chili is one of my favorite one pot meals. It feeds a crowd and there’s an endless selection of recipes to choose from. I typically make a turkey chili (I’ll post the recipe in a later post) but whenever I come across a vegetarian option, I have to give it a try. I like this…