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…

Savory Zucchini Soup

This has become my favorite way to enjoy the zucchini harvest we look forward to all year. It is a rich and savory soup base that can be frozen and thawed to bring back a taste of sunshine anytime of year. We serve it with a variety of toppings—roasted rosemary pine nuts, chopped tomatoes and…

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…

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…

This isn’t a snack. It’s a situation.

I was so hungry this past Wednesday. I’d been running around with the kids to swim team, errands, playdates, and back again. I hadn’t really eaten beyond a couple cups of coffee and some leftover apple crisp. I was that cliche of a weary summer soul trying to figure out how to get the laundry…

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,…

Wild Nettle Soup.

This is my favorite springtime soup. And I love soup. And I love spring. So all in all I can heartily recommend this full-flavor experience for your senses. Given that there is an element of time involved in gathering the ingredients, the soup ends up being much more than a meal: It’s a zen moment…

Orca Bean Vegetable Soup {and the art of being food flexible}

It’s a cool April day here.  The kids are lounging in the living room with their noses in books. It’s their Spring break. Normally we head out of town, but this year we stayed back, and we’re trying to make the most of it. I am looking forward to watching the leaves unfurl on the…

Potato-Leek Frittata

We have a brand new neighbor. She’s two weeks old. We have been eagerly gathering small trinkets for her ever since she arrived. Today we got to meet her! So we packed up our little gifts–a bay leaf bouquet for good luck; watercolor cards and ladybug painted rocks from the kids; a darling little turquoise…