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…

The Basics of Cooking with Beans

My new cooking goal is to master the craft of cooking dried beans. This should be simple but my past experience resulted in soft, mushy or mealy beans but then I stumbled upon the website, Rancho Gordo. It inspired me to start cooking dried beans and to stop opening a can. Rancho Gordo beans are beautiful,…

Baked Tofu with any sauce you have in the fridge

Firm or extra firm tofu is an absorbent blank canvas of protein, ready to soak up any flavor you introduce. One of the simplest ways to use tofu is to cover it with your favorite sauce or dressing then bake it in a hot oven. To help the tofu take on a firmer texture, press…

Quinoa Pilaf with Raisins and Toasted Walnuts

Most of you are probably familiar with quinoa but if not, you might want to give it a try. It’s a quick cooking whole grain (cooks is less than 20 minutes), it’s gluten-free and a good source of fiber and protein. Although quinoa is not necessarily higher in protein than other whole grains, it does…

Chickpea Cakes with Cilantro Cucumber Sauce

I wanted to call these chickpea burgers but my son disagreed. He said they are closer in looks and texture to crab cakes so call them what they are, chickpea cakes. You don’t eat these on a bun but rather on top of a bed of fresh leafy greens. Beans are one of my favorite…

Summer Corn and Zucchini Chowder

This recipe is from the first cooking class I attended right out of college. It was taught by Robin Rifkin, an inspirational woman who continues to work in the food and nutrition community in Philadelphia. I love this recipe because it’s a perfect summer chowder filled with colorful, garden fresh vegetables. It does require some…

Grilled Tempeh with Gyoza Dipping Sauce

For you vegans out there, tempeh is most likely on your weekly menu rotation but for the rest of you, I bet you’ve never tried it. Tempeh is a soy product made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process (without added salt). It is very different from tofu, having a dense, chewy, somewhat crunchy texture.  Tempeh…

A Change in Dinner Plans

Another example of why prepping on the weekend helps you to eat better throughout the week.  A last minute schedule change has me eating in instead of out so I opened the refrigerator to see what I could find. Since I still had leftover salad bar fix-ins (see There’s a Salad Bar in the Fridge post)…

Tempting You with Tofu

Tofu.  You either love it, hate it or have no interest in trying it.  I’m hoping to move you to the “love it” camp.  My favorite way to eat tofu is to bake it.  You can buy it already baked and packaged (nasoya is a common brand) in various flavors like lemon pepper or sesame…

Meatless Monday with Gnocchi, Swiss Chard and White Beans

Here’s a delicious, nutrient-packed recipe from Eating Well Magazine that can fit into even the busiest of schedules.The protein comes from the beans which work well with the gnocchi and Swiss chard.  For extra flavor, I added some jarred pesto from Costco because it’s always in my fridge.  I used frozen gnocchi instead of fresh so…