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Put your Best Fork Forward with Vegetarian Nutrition Choices

Put your Best Fork Forward with Vegetarian Nutrition Choices

Whether you are interested in eating less meat or going vegetarian or vegan, make sure to include nutritious, whole foods that you look forward to eating.
Butternut Squash Arugula Pita Pizza

Butternut Squash Arugula Pita Pizza

Aside from being delicious, butternut squash is a nutrition powerhouse! It is jam-packed with vitamins A and C and also is a good source of potassium.
Almonds Are Not Just for Snacking

Almonds Are Not Just for Snacking

Tomorrow, on National Almond Day, heart-healthy almonds are recognized for their versatility.
Italian Farro Soup

Italian Farro Soup

This time of year is typically bitter cold here in Chicago, so soup is on my mind, and I love the chewy texture that farro adds to this soup.
Vegetarian Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Vegetarian Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

One of the benefits of eating vegetarian or vegan on Thanksgiving is that you can be as creative as you want with your main dish. This hearty casserole dish is filled with flavorful root vegetables and protein-packed lentils.
Celebrate World Vegetarian Day with Roasted Poblano Pepper Ratatouille

Celebrate World Vegetarian Day with Roasted Poblano Pepper Ratatouille

October 1 marks World Vegetarian Day, a day to celebrate the power of plants in improving public health. Why are plants so good for you? Studies have shown that plant-based diets can help improve health and fight disease. Plus, they taste amazing!
Pistachio Butter — It's Time!

Pistachio Butter — It's Time!

As a longtime fan of pistachios, I decided that it was high time that someone made a recipe for pistachio butter. And why shouldn't that person be me?
End "Radish Greens Remorse"

End "Radish Greens Remorse"

Do you feel "radish greens remorse" when you toss out radish tops? Good news: It doesn't have to be this way! The green leafy tops of radishes (and many other vegetables such as turnips or beets) are perfectly edible and are, in fact, delicious. Try them in this recipe for chimichurri.
Chickpea Salad Sandwich with Sweet Apple Slaw

Chickpea Salad Sandwich with Sweet Apple Slaw

This sandwich is a vegetarian twist on two diner lunch classics: tuna salad and coleslaw. Made with beans, veggies, dairy, oils and fruits, it's packed with fiber, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Talk about a well-balanced lunch!
Blood Orange Granita

Blood Orange Granita

Granita — a Sicilian-style frozen dessert made from water, sugar and flavorings — is kind of like a cross between a snow cone and a sorbet. It's the perfect treat to enjoy (in moderation) on a hot late-summer day.
Wild Honeysuckle Simple Syrup

Wild Honeysuckle Simple Syrup

As those of us raised below the Mason-Dixon Line can attest, honeysuckle flowers are actually kind of edible, containing a tiny taste of nectar at the base of the flower. I wanted a way to concentrate that flavor from my youth and use this crazy plant that was sprawling all over my family's forest — so I came up with the idea of making a simple syrup using the nectar.
Corn Cob Stock Tastes Like Summer

Corn Cob Stock Tastes Like Summer

I almost hesitate to use the word "recipe" here. With just two ingredients (three if you feel fancy) you'll have a sweet, summery stock that is a wonderful addition to soups, risotto or other rice or grain dishes, or any recipe that calls for vegetable or chicken stock.
4 Ways to Enjoy Grilled Fruit

4 Ways to Enjoy Grilled Fruit

Grilling fruit really brings out its natural sweetness. Try a watermelon salad appetizer or swap ice cream for yummy Grilled Strawberry Banana Pizza!
The Tasty Science of Flavorful Grilled Vegetables

The Tasty Science of Flavorful Grilled Vegetables

"Let's grill tonight" often translates as "Let's eat meat tonight." That's not really surprising since grilled meat products create hundreds of complex aroma and flavor compounds. While grilled vegetables create less of these crave-inducing compounds, they do develop delicious flavor profiles that can make them popular even with "veg-avoiders."
Taste the Summer with Watermelon-Jalapeño Feta Salad

Taste the Summer with Watermelon-Jalapeño Feta Salad

Some girls are happy to get flowers — I get psyched about a good watermelon. Try this Watermelon-Jalapeño Feta Salad: it's sweet, acidic, salty and crisp all in one dish. It's hydrating, full of fiber…and there's cheese! It's just about perfect.
3 Veggie-Boosting Tips for "Meat at Every Meal" Men

3 Veggie-Boosting Tips for "Meat at Every Meal" Men

While it's true not every man feels the need to consume meat with every meal, in my own practice I find a lot of women who report having a hard time making a switch to a more plant-based diet due to resistance from their husbands.
5 Ways to Make Soul Food Healthier

5 Ways to Make Soul Food Healthier

It tastes great on the tongue, but some traditional preparations send soul food over the salt, fat and sugar edge. But there's good news. The traditional foods of African heritage may help lower your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and certain cancers.
Explore Spaghetti Squash

Explore Spaghetti Squash

If they've never tasted it before, the first thing people usually ask me about spaghetti squash is, "Does it really taste like spaghetti?" To me, the answer is yes: a little like angel hair pasta because it is thin, fragile and stringy.
Veggie and Quinoa Quesadilla with Lime Slaw

Veggie and Quinoa Quesadilla with Lime Slaw

OK, time to be honest: I cook a lot, but I don't have the time or energy to make a new recipe every night. So when I'm pressed for time and lacking motivation, I make this Veggie and Quinoa Quesadilla with Lime Slaw. In fact, I actually just ate it for dinner before writing this post.
Farmers Market Salad

Farmers Market Salad

This salad is a reflection of the simple goodness of the foods that can be found at the farmers market.
My Gluten-Free, Vegetarian Passover Menu

My Gluten-Free, Vegetarian Passover Menu

My husband and I are mostly vegetarian, my sister-in-law is gluten-free and allergic to coconut, my dad is a traditional meat-eating guy, and the four children are as picky as you'd expect. Here's how I sort through the chaos and create a modified Passover dinner to meet everybody's needs.
Vegan French Cassoulet Feels Like a Splurge

Vegan French Cassoulet Feels Like a Splurge

A chef's tasting menu that included a duck cassoulet inspired this recipe for Vegan French Cassoulet. It's great meal to make for a dinner party — your new found French cooking skills will impress your guests!
Welcome Spring with Spicy Fermented Asparagus Pickles

Welcome Spring with Spicy Fermented Asparagus Pickles

When I see asparagus at the local markets and farm stands, impulse takes over and I end up with far more than could be eaten in a normal amount of time. If you experience similar asparagus-induced purchasing issues, you need this recipe.
A Healthier Pizza with Sweet Potato Dough

A Healthier Pizza with Sweet Potato Dough

I find that pizza night is often on the weekly menu. I might even say it's a little too often. However, the family disagrees — it’s their favorite meal. So rather than give it up complete, here are six tips for a healthier pizza ... including a recipe for Sweet Potato Pizza Dough.
Stock Your Freezer with 6-Ingredient Frozen Burritos

Stock Your Freezer with 6-Ingredient Frozen Burritos

Don't buy frozen burritos again! Make them yourself with just a few delicious, nutritious and incredibly inexpensive ingredients.
Mushrooms Star in This Polenta Dish

Mushrooms Star in This Polenta Dish

This hearty, comforting, umami-rich dish is perfect for these iffy spring evenings when you want something warm and filling, but still nutrient-rich.
The Easiest Vegetarian Chili You've Ever Made

The Easiest Vegetarian Chili You've Ever Made

Chili doesn't get any easier than this. In a few easy steps, this Black Bean and Quinoa Chili is packed with flavor and will keep you satisfied for hours.
My 5 Favorite Ways to Enjoy Sesame

My 5 Favorite Ways to Enjoy Sesame

I'm crazy about sesame, the mighty little seeds that pack a powerful flavor punch. Toasting the seeds brings out their nuttiness and adds oomph when sprinkled on rice bowls, sushi and avocado toast. But my love doesn't stop there...
Revisiting an Old Favorite: Vegan Marinated Mushroom Tacos

Revisiting an Old Favorite: Vegan Marinated Mushroom Tacos

One downside of being a food blogger is that you are always testing new recipes, so you don't have much of a chance to make your old favorites again. When I made these Vegan Marinated Mushroom Tacos again, they were just as good as I remembered!
This Recipe Turns "Trash" into Breakfast

This Recipe Turns "Trash" into Breakfast

There’s probably a more appetizing name for this recipe than "Trash" Hash, but you get the point, right? Too much food gets wasted in America. But, there’s no need to waste food when you can savor it! My philosophy: Use veggie scraps and make a hash, not more trash.
Everything You Wanted to Know about Cooking with Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds and Hemp Seeds

Everything You Wanted to Know about Cooking with Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds and Hemp Seeds

Cooking with nuts is nothing new, but what about seeds? Recently, you've probably seen these little morsels popping up just about everywhere, and for good reason. Just like nuts, seeds are nutritional powerhouses, packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants. Incorporating seeds into your favorite recipes boosts flavor and texture.
Big Easy Marinated Vegetable Medley Salad

Big Easy Marinated Vegetable Medley Salad

I love this recipe because you can throw in almost any vegetables that you like. I like to use up anything I have in my fridge before it goes bad.
Go Green with Pistachio-Matcha-Coconut Raw Cheesecake

Go Green with Pistachio-Matcha-Coconut Raw Cheesecake

Kale's title as the coolest green food may be coming to an end — matcha is having a moment. Matcha, a type of powdered green tea adds a distinctive green color and earthy flavor to recipes such as cookies, breads, lattes, popsicles, granola bars and more.

Avoid Botulism in Canned Foods

Celebrate National Canned Food Month by making this easy and colorful bean salad that can be enjoyed as a buffet side dish or as a meatless entrée. Added tips on how to keep it safe.
Celtuce: My Newest Farmers Market Find

Celtuce: My Newest Farmers Market Find

Known as stem lettuce, celery lettuce, asparagus lettuce and, in China, "wosun," celtuce is primarily grown for its thick stem and it is crisp and moist with a mild flavor.
Roasted Whole Cauliflower Is a Golden Bundle of Joy

Roasted Whole Cauliflower Is a Golden Bundle of Joy

I can't express how stoked I am about this recipe! I love finding unique ways to cook vegetables, and Herb Roasted Whole Cauliflower is a winner on so many levels.
Think You Hate Bitter Foods? Think Again!

Think You Hate Bitter Foods? Think Again!

While you may think you don't like bitter foods, you probably do. The spectrum of bitter fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs includes arugula, broccoli rabe, Brussels sprouts, chard, cranberries, dandelion greens, grapefruit, kale, rhubarb, tea, turnip, turmeric and rhubarb. The wonderful thing about these foods is that they tend to boast rich nutritional benefits.
Wow Your Guests with Roasted Edamame with Togarashi

Wow Your Guests with Roasted Edamame with Togarashi

This one-size-fits-all party food will enthrall the foodies, delight the gluten-free, indulge the waistline watchers and make the vegans swoon. It's made with togarashi, a seven-spice blend that is common in Japanese kitchens.
What the U.S. Could Learn from England's Vegetarian Food Labels

What the U.S. Could Learn from England's Vegetarian Food Labels

We're all familiar with U.S. food labels, and they've come a long way in how they inform consumers. But, as a vegetarian and registered dietitian now living in England, I've seen how much more labels can do to educate consumers.
Hearty, Healthy and Vegan White Bean Stew

Hearty, Healthy and Vegan White Bean Stew

Looking for something hearty and healthy? Try this super-simple, vegan dish with beans and kale.
Look Past Kohlrabi's Rough Exterior to Find a New Favorite Vegetable

Look Past Kohlrabi's Rough Exterior to Find a New Favorite Vegetable

Sweet and peppery kohlrabi is a favorite in Central European and Kashmiri cuisine. Learn more about the origins, nutritional qualities and culinary uses of this distinctively versatile vegetable.
7 Foods (Other than Dried Beans and Beef Stew) You Can Cook in Your Slow Cooker

7 Foods (Other than Dried Beans and Beef Stew) You Can Cook in Your Slow Cooker

While slow cookers are usually saved for casseroles, stews and chowders, they can be used for so much more. Try these seven new foods you can make in your slow cooker.
What Should I Do if My Child Won't Eat Meat?

What Should I Do if My Child Won't Eat Meat?

It’s quite common for toddlers, up to preschool age children to experience a phase in which they turn their heads in disgust at the sight of meat. However, if the desire to abstain from animal protein comes from an older child, it might become a choice that sticks. Here is what a parent of a vegetarian need to know.
One Simple Trick for Easier Butternut Squash Soup

One Simple Trick for Easier Butternut Squash Soup

How many recipes have you read that include the seemingly simple ingredient: 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed? It sounds so easy ... but it never is. If you are as clumsy with butternut squash as I am, this recipe is for you.
Why You Should Think of Popcorn as a Healthy Food

Why You Should Think of Popcorn as a Healthy Food

You may think of popcorn as little more than a tasty and inexpensive snack, but it actually offers some impressive health benefits. It's a low-calorie and low-sodium (if prepared healthfully) plant-based food that counts as a whole grain.
Rutabaga Fries Will Leave You Rooting for this Veggie

Rutabaga Fries Will Leave You Rooting for this Veggie

Often mistaken for turnips, rutabagas are a low-calorie vegetable, high in vitamin C, and provide fiber and potassium. Try this recipe for Oven-Roasted Rutabaga Fries!
Creamy Roasted Pepper Soup Gets a Light, Vegan Upgrade

Creamy Roasted Pepper Soup Gets a Light, Vegan Upgrade

Creamy soups and bisques are so luscious, but typically are packed with so much butter and cream. Who wants soup with 400-plus calories per serving of a starter? Instead, try this creamy vegan alternative.
Zucchini Pad Thai That's Ready in Minutes

Zucchini Pad Thai That's Ready in Minutes

This Thai-inspired recipe took me less than 5 minutes to prepare, and one serving provides more than 70 percent of your vitamin C needs for the day, along with fiber and other important vitamins and minerals.
How to Build Your Own Instagram-Worthy Smoothie Bowl

How to Build Your Own Instagram-Worthy Smoothie Bowl

Ah, the elusive smoothie bowl. How we adore thee from afar as we scroll through someone else's feed. But guess what? Smoothie bowls don't have to be a figment of your social media dreams. They're actually quite simple.
Simple and Spicy Chickpea Soup

Simple and Spicy Chickpea Soup

This soup is incredibly simple to make and, when paired with a green salad, it's a perfect lunch or light dinner. If you prefer a spicier kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper!
Grilled Fennel, Olives and Edamame with Chipotle Pepper Vinaigrette

Grilled Fennel, Olives and Edamame with Chipotle Pepper Vinaigrette

I love fennel. Its licorice-like aroma and beautiful yellowish-green insides make it the perfect accompaniment to roasted veggies and bean and rice dishes.
Break the Breakfast Doldrums with a Southwest Breakfast Skillet

Break the Breakfast Doldrums with a Southwest Breakfast Skillet

Smoothie … oatmeal … smoothie … oatmeal. Has your breakfast routine become repetitive and unimaginative? Shake things up with this delicious and satisfying dish with great macronutrient content inspired by the Southwest.
Tex-Mex-Inspired Plantain Tortillas

Tex-Mex-Inspired Plantain Tortillas

Made from a handful of basic ingredients, these unconventional tortillas are surprisingly simple, with flavor and good looks that speak for themselves.
Farro Stars in Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper Slices

Farro Stars in Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper Slices

Farro is a favorite in my household. And, most of the time I have leftover farro or lentils lying around, waiting to be eaten — or turned into these upgraded stuffed peppers.
Smoked Brussels Sprouts with Maple-Cashew Cream

Smoked Brussels Sprouts with Maple-Cashew Cream

We've all seen roasted Brussels sprouts before, but adding a touch of smoked sea salt brings out their incredible earthy taste in an unexpected way.
Vegan Creamy "Mac and Cheese"

Vegan Creamy "Mac and Cheese"

This Vegan Creamy "Mac and Cheese" dish is incredibly easy to make with just few ingredients (and just as few steps!). Even though these noodles are vegan-friendly, I promise it'll be just as creamy and delicious as any other baked noodle dish you’ve had before.
The Vegan Lentil Loaf Even Omnivores Will Like

The Vegan Lentil Loaf Even Omnivores Will Like

A dozen years after my first vegetarian Thanksgiving, I’ve revamped the sad lentil loaf into something that everyone — even friends who also eat animal products — can look forward to.
If You Haven't Tried Savory Oatmeal, You're in a for a Treat

If You Haven't Tried Savory Oatmeal, You're in a for a Treat

If you've only ever flavored your oatmeal with sweet accompaniments such as cinnamon, brown sugar and fruit, you're missing out! It's time to try the delicious change of pace of savory oatmeal.
Layered Zucchini Lasagna

Layered Zucchini Lasagna

Replacing the noodles with zucchini makes this meal a great match for those with gluten restrictions or who want to watch their carb intake. Besides being mouthwatering, this lasagna makes for the perfect packed lunch, and can be made with just five ingredients!
Grown-up Root Vegetable Latkes

Grown-up Root Vegetable Latkes

I also decided to take a break from my boxed latke tradition and give a new "grown-up" latkes a try, made with a variety of root vegetables and lightly fried to remind me of my own roots.
Thanksgiving Tradition Gets a Flavor Update

Thanksgiving Tradition Gets a Flavor Update

One traditional side dish that I love is cranberry sauce — the stuff made with fresh cranberries, not the jelly mold from the can! Every year, I see so many variations of cranberry sauce recipes in cooking magazines and online, but I have never actually made my own ... until now.
Vegan Greek Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Greek Pumpkin Pie

Looking for vegan Thanksgiving alternatives? Borrow this traditionally vegan recipe from Greece, made with phyllo dough, raisins and walnuts.
5 Tips for Hosting Holidays for All Dietary Needs

5 Tips for Hosting Holidays for All Dietary Needs

Planning a meal for guests with food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances or dietary preferences unlike your own can be a challenge when you are not used to it. Here are five tips to help you host a holiday dinner that everyone can enjoy.
Try This Weekday Breakfast Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal

Try This Weekday Breakfast Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal

This recipe is a treat, but not because it's bad for and you'll have to watch how much and how often you eat it. Instead, it's a treat because it's so tasty, so quick and easy to make and so healthy!
Thai Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Soup

Thai Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Soup

This is not your typical sweet butternut squash soup. Instead, this recipe has a kick to it, with the Thai red curry paste and lime leaves. And, for a final silky creaminess, I stir in a can of full-fat coconut milk at the end.
Balsamic Barbecue Black-Eyed Peas

Balsamic Barbecue Black-Eyed Peas

If you ask me, black-eyed peas don't get enough love. So, I am featuring them today in the form of spicy balsamic barbecued black-eyed peas — the perfect vegan football party side dish.
Hearty Vegetarian Bolognese and Polenta

Hearty Vegetarian Bolognese and Polenta

This vegetarian bolognese is the brainchild of several consecutive rainy days. I was looking for something hearty and filling and this dish is just that!
Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh is a delicious side dish! Want to make a complete dinner? Just add grilled chicken.
Autumn Amaranth Porridge

Autumn Amaranth Porridge

On cool autumn mornings, I need a fruit and grain porridge to start my day. This warming breakfast provides high-quality protein, fiber, calcium, vitamins and good fats.
Sweet Potato Pumpkin Gnocchi

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Gnocchi

Traditionally made from a careful combination of potatoes and flour, gnocchi are melt-in-your-mouth pillows of carbs. But, in the spirit of fall — and adding pumpkin to everything — I wanted to try giving gnocchi a seasonal twist.
Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup

Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup

After several tweaks and adjustments, I'm quite pleased with how this recipe for Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup turned out. The final product serves up fiber, protein, healthy plant fats and lots of beautiful color.
Warm Up with Coconut Curry

Warm Up with Coconut Curry

Coconut Curry with Chickpeas and Kale makes for the perfect healthy comfort meal. Turmeric, which is one of the main ingredients in curry, is rich in curcumin, which has been shown to have anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.
4 FAQs for Meatless Mondays

4 FAQs for Meatless Mondays

Thinking of going meatless — or at least reducing your consumption of animal-based foods? Here are two reasons to try: your health and the planet's health.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic, Parmesan and Lemon

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic, Parmesan and Lemon

Brussels sprouts and garlic get a touch of sweetness when roasted in olive oil. A finishing touch of Parmesan and lemon balance out the sweetness.
Smoked Paprika Sweet Potato Chili

Smoked Paprika Sweet Potato Chili

What's a gal to do when she realizes hot sauces tend to be sodium-laden bombs? Look to spices! I love smoked paprika, a key ingredient in my Smoked Paprika Sweet Potato Chili.
5 Ways to Celebrate World Vegetarian Day

5 Ways to Celebrate World Vegetarian Day

Founded in 1977, World Vegetarian Day is celebrated on October 1. Here are some ideas to help your family and clients celebrate meat-free diets.
Southwest Pasta Salad

Southwest Pasta Salad

This Southwest Pasta Salad is a healthy, Southwest inspired recipe and also happens to be vegetarian.
Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Experiment with homemade hummus because it's simple and the options are truly endless.
Go for Color with Tuscan Bean and Veggie Quinoa Casserole

Go for Color with Tuscan Bean and Veggie Quinoa Casserole

Farmers markets and backyard gardens are full of bright, beautiful, naturally colorful foods. These colors indicate that these foods are especially healthy. Try this recipe full of colorful vegetables.
Nori Veggie Wraps

Nori Veggie Wraps

I am about to blow your mind: Nori isn't just for making sushi. In fact this seaweed can be used to make what is arguably one of the best wraps ever.
Curry Chickpea Salad Is a Hummus Alternative

Curry Chickpea Salad Is a Hummus Alternative

Since this spread isn't completely smooth like hummus, it has a bit of crunch to add more texture to your sandwich.
Grown Up Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Grown Up Mashed Sweet Potatoes

While many sweet potato recipes call for added sugar, this recipe does not. I prefer to let the sweet potato's natural sweetness shine on its own.
Comforting Chicken-Less Soup

Comforting Chicken-Less Soup

Back when my family ate meat, one of my daughter's favorite meals was a simple chicken soup loaded with grains and vegetables. When our family transitioned to a fully plant-based diet, I knew I had to reinvent this classic for her.
Whole-Wheat Penne with Asparagus & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Whole-Wheat Penne with Asparagus & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This asparagus and sun-dried tomato pasta recipe is light, but amazingly filling.
Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad

This simple heirloom tomato salad is a celebration of the simplicity of fresh tomatoes.
Lemony Arugula Pizza

Lemony Arugula Pizza

This lemony arugula pizza is a flavorful, crisp and fresh version of pizza.
Green Bean and Corn Salad

Green Bean and Corn Salad

This recipe uses delicious fresh green beans and corn. Cook until crisp-tender then toss with fresh tarragon and sherry vinaigrette.
Thai Salad Bowl with Curried Peanut Dressing

Thai Salad Bowl with Curried Peanut Dressing

This thai salad bowl is a fresh and filling salad loaded with crunchy vegetables and hearty quinoa, tossed with a spicy green curry and peanut salad dressing.
A Taste of Childhood in Homemade Graham Crackers

A Taste of Childhood in Homemade Graham Crackers

Graham crackers are often dismissed as plain and simple. But plain and simple doesn't automatically mean boring. Quite the contrary, if you ask me, and there is perhaps no food that better epitomizes my childhood.
Soba Noodle Salad

Soba Noodle Salad

Who wants to cook when it's so hot, much less eat a hot dish? Instead, I like to make this chilled-out, one-dish Soba Noodle Salad.
Mediterranean Salad

Mediterranean Salad

This Mediterranean salad is packed full of vegetables making it feel more like a hearty side dish than a salad.
Sautéed Bell Peppers and Onions with Cumin and Cilantro

Sautéed Bell Peppers and Onions with Cumin and Cilantro

Fresh bell peppers and onions cooked quickly over medium-high heat, then seasoned with cumin, fresh lime juice and cilantro.
Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil Oil

Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil Oil

Canned tomatoes are roasted and transformed into a rich, flavorful soup then garnished with a simple homemade basil-infused olive oil.
Grilled Blueberry-Rhubarb Galette

Grilled Blueberry-Rhubarb Galette

I love baking, but in summer even the thought of turning on the oven and heating up the whole house is enough to make me start sweating. So what do you do when it's your turn to make dessert for friends?
5 Things a Vegetarian Wants You to Know

5 Things a Vegetarian Wants You to Know

Ever since becoming a vegetarian seven years ago, people have asked me about what it's like to abstain from meat. Many of the questions can be boiled down to, "How can you survive without eating meat?" I'm always happy to explain.
Black-Eyed Peas Deserve Year-Round Attention

Black-Eyed Peas Deserve Year-Round Attention

Not only are black-eyed peas a nutrition powerhouse, they're also inexpensive in both canned and dry varieties. Try them in this recipe for Black-Eye Pea and Brown Rice Burgers.
Slow Down and Sip: Freshly Brewed Iced Mint Tea

Slow Down and Sip: Freshly Brewed Iced Mint Tea

My recipe for Freshly Brewed Iced Mint Tea, made with fresh mint leaves, is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer afternoon.
Meatless Monday for Beginners

Meatless Monday for Beginners

If you’re interested in reducing your consumption of meat, but feel intimidated to start, you've come to the right place.
Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho

Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho

The refreshing twist on the Spanish cold soup makes a delicious amuse-bouche served in shot glasses, appetizer served in small tumblers or main dish served with some whole wheat crostini.
Baba Ghanoush with Cumin & Coriander Spiced Sesame Seeds

Baba Ghanoush with Cumin & Coriander Spiced Sesame Seeds

Baba ghanoush is a delicious dip made with roasted eggplant and topped with spiced, toasted sesame seeds