Roasted Tomato and Almond Pesto (Pesto Trapanese)

While I was listening to a cooking podcast, a chef was asked how to use canned tomatoes and almonds that were sitting in the caller’s pantry. His answer, make Pesto Trapanese. I was unfamiliar with this Sicilian pesto made from tomatoes and almonds so I did a quick google search and found many different ways…

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…

Carrot Cake for Breakfast (Yum)!

This vegan carrot “cake” can certainly stand in as a no added sugar dessert but I prefer to have it for breakfast. It’s filled with nutritious ingredients like whole-grain oat flour, raisins, dates and a healthy dose of beta-carotene rich carrots. The “frosting” is simply a blend of dates, cashews and a splash of vanilla….

One Pot Pantry Pasta with Chickpeas

When you can cook a meal in one pot, count me in! I found this recipe from Bon Appetit (BA) and loved the use of pantry staples. Chickpeas stand in as plant-based protein, canned tomatoes add sauciness and of course, pasta is the ultimate comfort food. The original recipe from Bon Appetit does not have a…

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…

Soy-Glazed Tofu with Crispy Mushrooms

If you’re not a fan of tofu, this pan-seared, crispy tofu dish adapted from bon appetit Healthyish might change your mind. Browning the tofu adds much-needed texture and paired with the intense flavor of the mushrooms and soy glaze makes this meat-free dish a winner among both vegetarian and carnivores. I suggest using oyster and…

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…

Chocolate Date-Caramel Cups for Your Special Valentine

“These are delicious. They taste like a bourbon-laced caramel candy. What are they?”, my husband asked. He could not believe the gooey caramel-like filling was pureed dates. Sorry, no bourbon. These little chocolate cups remind me of Turtles, the chocolate, caramel, pecan candy. This is a fabulous recipe from Bon Appetit’s Healthyish. Melted bittersweet chocolate…

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…