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.

Apple Fennel Salad with Crumbled Blue Cheese

If you’re searching for a delicious, easy, crowd-pleasing fall salad, I found one for you. This salad is a hit every time I make it and I plan to feature it at my next cooking demonstration. The fennel adds a light anise crunch which compliments the strong, bold flavor of the blue cheese which plays…

Better Black Bean Burgers

Veggie burgers are often hit or miss. I do like several frozen varieties but I wanted to find one I could make at home with little fuss. Several of the recipes I tried were either bland or dry but this black bean burger from America’s Test Kitchen is well seasoned, moist and worth the little bit…

Butternut Pear Soup from forest feast

There are many versions of butternut squash soup recipes circulating this time of the year but this is one of my favorites from Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast (a special shout out to Catherine and Josh for introducing me to this cookbook). It’s a brilliantly simple, nutrient-rich, “no cream” creamy soup that’s as cozy as a…

Cretan Salad: Dakos

This Cretan salad is a favorite of mine. I enjoyed it while visiting Crete a few years ago but had difficulty recreating it because I could not find the thick, crunchy bread, called rusk, which is used for the base of the salad. After a tip from a client of mine, I found a Greek…

Roasted Tofu and Green Beans with Honey-Sesame Dressing

Cooking everything on one sheet pan is my favorite way to get dinner on the table fast with minimal clean-up. You can roast almost any type of vegetable or protein on a sheet pan, tossing them with a homemade or store bought sauce or just olive oil, salt and pepper. For a delicious vegetarian meal,…

Elevated Marinara

I’ve made many tomato-based sauces over the years but this is hands down the best marinara I’ve ever made. This recipe, which I adapted from Cookinglight.com, makes a rich, intense killer sauce. The difference is that it’s baked in the oven rather than simmered over the stove. Full disclosure, I did use my husband’s award…

90 Second Dinner for Breakfast Bowl

Dinner for breakfast. I like the concept suggested by this month’s Recipe Redux team. Many of us get in the rut of choosing traditional breakfast foods (cereal, muffins, pancakes, bagels and waffles) that start our day with a large dose of refined carbohydrate and added sugar. A savory breakfast is a low sugar, high protein,…

The Best Authentic Greek Salad inspired by olivetomato.com

I’m sharing this recipe with you from one of my favorite sites, olivetomato.com.  A Greek salad is made from garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, oregano, and the best olive oil and feta cheese you can find. Authentic Greek salad is not served over lettuce, however, when I traveled to Crete, they did serve their salads with a…

Homemade Sushi Party

Here’s a fun idea for a hands-on dinner party. Homemade sushi rolls. Sushi rolls are actually easy to make, once you get the hang of it. The most challenging part is finding the ingredients and the supplies needed to make the rolls. My town just happens to have a Japanese market so that was easy…

Triple Corn Whole Grain Cornbread

I’ve tried so many cornbread recipes over the years and they are either very high in added fat and salt or dry and crumbly. This recipe is hands down the best cornbread I’ve ever made (and my family agrees). It’s moist, slightly sweet and has chewy bites of whole corn kernels. Better yet, it’s made…