How To Make Easy Vegetarian (Vegan) Chili

This hearty rainbow chili is easy to make and a perfect way to cook for the week ahead. Plus, it’s vegetarian and vegan, low-fat, packs a whollop of fiber and protein, and as always is easily amended with your favorite mix-and-match ingredients and toppings. Optional crumbled tofu handily replaces the texture of ground meat when…

Spring Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

I love food that is bursting with flavor. And I like lots of all the things–lots of flavor, lots of food, lots of laughter and chatter while eating. I don’t like sitting in a restaurant waiting for my meal only to be delivered a “just what you need but not more than that” serving of…

Spring Herb Pesto with Roasted Walnuts

When someone mentions “pesto,” you probably think about basil. It’s become synonymous with a traditional pesto alla genovese, a beautiful basil sauce originating from Genoa used on pizzas, pastas, in soups, and as part of many delectable appetizers. But “pesto” is actually the shortened form of the word “pestato,” meaning to pound or crush, referring…

Creamy Lemon Sesame Dip

This deceptively simple little 5-minute recipe will provide you and your family with days worth of iron, zinc, vitamin B6, selenium, copper, and vitamin E–all nutrients that support a healthy immune system. Plus, sesame seeds are incredibly high in fiber and calcium–and when you soak them, they are even easier for your body to digest…

Cashew Arugula Pesto

There isn’t much growing in our garden right now ‘cept for some kale and arugula and a few spidery mustards. But the arugula is coming in like crazy and adds tons of interest to salads, wraps, and sides. Today I gathered a few handfuls of arugula and made a Cashew Arugula Pesto. Even including the…

Italian chick peas with rosemary and fresh tomatoes.

Easy: Soak about two cups of dry beans overnight. Drain and rinse several times. Cover with water about 2” above beans. Add pinch of baking soda to help soften beans. Cook until tender. In a heavy pan, melt a knob of butter (optional) and 1/3 cup or more of olive oil. Add generous sprig of…

Marinated Beet Salad

My mom made this salad for us when we were kids. I remember being amazed by the magic of slipping skins off of beets after they boiled. My sister and I gathered nearby to make beet blush and lipstick potions. By the end of the evening, our fingertips were red, our lips were red, and…

Creamy Celery Soup: Simple, summery, versatile, delish.

I started making this simple celery soup in March when we had a few extra bunches of wilted celery knocking around in the fridge. It has since become one of my favorite versatile dishes because it pairs well with nearly everything savory.  Why You Should Try This Recipe: This simple dish takes minutes to prepare,…