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…

Sweet and Tangy Cranberry Sauce

This recipe has been my favorite Thanksgiving cranberry sauce for over 20 years. It’s tart and tangy with much less added sugar than canned sauce because most of the sweetness comes from a variety of fresh, canned and dried fruit. The Recipe Redux theme this month focuses on colorful holiday recipes and cranberries certainly add…

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.

Cooking and Eating on the Amalfi Coast Part 2

When you’re traveling on most highways in the US, eating fresh, healthy food at a highway rest stop is next to impossible. Not so in Italy. Check out these highway treats at a stop just outside of Rome. Notice the Parma ham on the slicer. Prosciutto with fresh melon and mozzarella. Tuna salads with local…

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…

4 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes to Celebrate Fall

Autumn equals pumpkin and in my family that means pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin oatmeal and pumpkin bread pudding. If I can add pumpkin to a recipe, it’s on the menu. When my kids were little (and big), it was not unheard of for pumpkin pie to show up on the breakfast table (of course…

Fast and So Simple Golden Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Here’s a fool-proof, express way to make creamy, perfectly cooked potatoes. These steam in the bag potatoes can be found in the produce section of most supermarkets. Cook the potatoes in the microwave as directed (about 6 minutes). Cut them in half and pan saute them with a drizzle of olive oil. Toss with chopped…

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…

Cooking and Eating on the Amalfi Coast

Eating and preparing Mediterranean food on the Mediterranean is this dietitian’s dream. I got my Mediterranean culinary fix on a recent trip to the Amalfi coast with my husband. We both enrolled in a cooking class at the Villa Maria Cooking School high up on the mountain in the beautiful town of Ravello. Talk about…