Pickled Red Beet Eggs

My family is from central Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Dutch territory) and red beet eggs where always on the table at family gatherings. As a little girl, I loved the reddish purple eggs because they reminded me of Easter eggs but I was not a fan of the red beets. Thankfully, my palate has expanded and red…

Savory Oatmeal with Hummus, Kale and a Fried Egg

With so many of us trying to cut back on sugar, why not go savory with oatmeal. Oatmeal does not always have to be covered with brown sugar or maple syrup and like other whole grains, it works well on the savory side. Here it’s cooked with a vegetable broth and served with hummus or…

Bean and Veggie Dip

Hummus is not the only bean dip in town. It’s time to think outside of the hummus box and start making your own bean dips at home. Use any type of bean to make a dip; kidney, cannelini, garbanzo, or black beans and you can use canned or cooked from dried. Just pour them into…

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.  If you’ve never cooked them from dried beans, it’s definitely worth the little bit of extra effort because the texture is far superior to canned beans.  You can purchase dried beans at any supermarket but for…

St. Patrick’s Day Green Goddess Wedge Salad

A luscious, creamy dressing that’s healthy and perfect for a green-themed menu. By using an avocado, you have a smart substitute for mayonnaise because it provides a nutrient dense, creamy base for the dressing. The herbs pack another nutrient punch as well as help to continue the vibrant green hue. This recipe from Ellie Krieger offers a twist…

Crispy Tofu with Spicy Peanut Sauce over Zucchini Noodles

You will be delighted to add this vegetable-forward recipe to your menu rotation (make it tonight for a Meatless Monday). Crispy tofu and zucchini noodles covered in a creamy, spicy peanut sauce will surely please the entire family. Don’t be discouraged by the lengthy list of ingredients. You likely have most of these in your…

Savory Pancakes with Edamame, Corn and Scallions

Yum! One word sums up this delicious vegetarian pancake that’s so easy, no cooking skills required (other than being able to make pancakes). Shredded cabbage is blended into the egg batter then topped with edamame, corn and a drizzle of oyster sauce. I made these for dinner but leftovers would be excellent as a savory…

Curried Baked Beans with Pita and Yogurt

For a healthier 2018, add more beans to your plate, 2 cups per week to be exact. Beans are inexpensive, easy to prepare, extremely versatile, and are waiting in your pantry for a quickly assembled weeknight meal. No excuses. If your concerned about the unwanted gassy side effect of eating beans, start slowly, allowing your…

Handmade Pasta (no machine necessary)

I’ve never had much of an interest in making pasta. You can find good pasta in most supermarkets and I definitely don’t need a pasta machine taking up valuable kitchen real estate. However, my daughter gave me a cookbook, Pasta by Hand by Jenn Louis, that allows you to make fresh pasta with nothing but your…

Moroccan Lentil Stew

Once cold weather arrives, soups and stews are on my weekly menu. I was looking through some old recipes and found this delicious vegetarian stew, seasoned with cumin, coriander and garlic. It will definitely be added to my winter line-up. This stew is thick and rich, full of warm, fragrant spices with a heartiness that…

Eggplant “Meat”balls over Zucchini Noodles

Meatballs are a perfect little package of protein but not all meatballs have to be “meat”balls. For a vegetarian twist, swap the meat for lentils, mushrooms, bulgur or as in this recipe, eggplant. Eggplant has a texture that works well as a meat substitute and the addition of beans helps to boost the fiber and…

Curried Chickpea Pita Pockets

Sandwiches can be fast, easy and excellent for “on-the-go” meals but not all sandwiches are created equal. Using whole grain pita bread and filling the pockets with delicious, plant-forward ingredients is a satisfying, “better for you meal” with  very little fuss.