Butternut Pear Soup with Popcorn Croutons

This is one of my favorites from Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast. It’s a brilliantly simple, nutrient-rich, “no cream” creamy soup that’s as cozy as a soft blanket. Because it’s so easy, I’m adding it to my Thanksgiving menu. And it’s vegan, dairy and gluten-free.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chickpea Energy Bites

These no-bake energy bites are a satisfying between-meal snack or can even fill in for a quick, on-the-go breakfast. All the ingredients are blended in a food processor, then rolled into bite size balls. Store them in the fridge or freezer.

Beans and Greens on Toast

This British inspired dish makes for a very easy breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s a meal that is well balanced, extremely satisfying, simple to prepare, and delicious to eat!

Spiced Honey Drizzle (perfect over roasted veggies)

I’m a huge fan of roasting any vegetable with just some olive oil, salt and pepper but occasionally I want to kick it up a notch. This honey glaze goes well with any roasted veggie but I especially love it with cauliflower. The turmeric gives the cauliflower a bright yellow glow and the in the…

Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie

Why not. We’ve got pumpkin muffins, lattes, cookies, breads, chia puddings and oatmeal so let’s add pumpkin to your breakfast smoothie. It’s like drinking pumpkin pie. Which is a good thing. Sweetened with dates so there is no added sugar, this beta carotene-rich smoothie is a nice seasonal flavor change from those summer berry smoothies….

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

Even though I would love to hold on to summer fruits and veggies, my local market is telling me it’s time to make a seasonal switch. The nectarine and peach bins are now filled with apples and pumpkins! I do love fall produce so I guess it’s okay to say goodbye to my summer favorites….

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…

I Can’t Believe There’s No Cheese” Cheese Sauce

A cheese sauce you can use to make creamy mac and cheese but there’s no cheese! Amazingly, without incorporating any cheese into this sauce, you can create the same savory flavor of regular cheese. The ‘cheese’ flavor comes from a perfect blend of ingredients that includes cooked potatoes, onion, carrot, pre-soaked cashews (the only step…

One-Pot Pasta with Zucchini and Herbs

Yes, you can cook this recipe in one pot, no extra skillet, bowl or colander to clean. One-pot recipes simplify cooking, making it easier to put a meal together when time is really tight. I have to admit, I’m usually a little skeptical of one-pot recipes because I’m never sure if they’ll work. This one…

Grilled Zucchini and Halloumi on Toasted Sourdough

Halloumi, where have you been all of my life? After seeing this Cypriot cheese featured on several blogs recently, I finally decided to give it a try. Halloumi is a firm, salty cheese traditionally made from sheep and goats milk. When eaten cold, it’s rather plain with a rubbery texture but when grilled, this is…

Summer Corn and Zucchini Chowder

I was right out of college and wanted to learn how to cook so I signed up for a class with a focus on healthier cooking. It was taught by Robin Rifkin, an inspirational woman who continues to work in the food and nutrition community in Philadelphia. This was one of the first recipes I…

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Buttermilk and Herbs (so refreshing!)

Please don’t skip this recipe because you are unsure of the ingredients. It’s truly a delightful treat on a hot summer day. The buttermilk serves as a tangy, creamy base for an interesting cast of ingredients. Cucumbers, golden raisins, walnuts and herbs create a balance of flavors that work beautifully together. This soup gets better…