Search Results for: Vegetables & legumes

Curried Lentil and Whipped Potato Casserole–a healthy take on Shepherd’s Pie.

  Gad! What a week. A book launch + 24 hours in planes & airports + contracting purple diabunghi (some ghastly airborne virus) before arriving in Detroit delivered a woman ready to be scraped from the runway. Shakily recovered, healthy comfort food that MUST INCORPORATE BEANS is what my body screams for. This Curried Lentil and Whipped Potato casserole fits the bill. This take on a … Full recipe post »

Buddha, ahem, Bowl

Ahhh, 2016—feels like yesterday. Reflecting back to the good old days, one strong current that kept me off the beach was the Buddha Bowl trend. I’ve been composing bowls and plates filled with an assortment of nutritional goodness (usually a compilation of leftovers) well before the name was penned. But I was loathe to be trapped in the Buddha Bowl … Full recipe post »

Asparagus! Glorious!

Johnny Cash and I have something in common, besides Tennesee whiskey. We both love June. Always have. For him, June Carter Cash. Fiercely. There was no death do us part for those two, I’m sure of it. As for me, June is simply June, the dearly beloved month of June. Both Junes are easy to get … Full recipe post »

A Mess of Turnips & Greens – so easy & good

  To all mothers and “mother-lovers”: Happy Mother’s Day.  Last week I battled, and fortunately dodged, tornados in Alabama on a road trip with daughter, Greta, and Aunt Jane – as close to my mother as I can get, aside from dreamland. Every bolt of lightening, every wail of the siren was worth enduring. Certainly because … Full recipe post »

Easy Southwest Corn Sheaths

My favorite way of eating corn is when I insert my knife deeply into the cooked cob, then slide the blade down, so that the corn is removed from the cob in a long sheaths, instead of individual kernels. Sometimes the cob obliges (esp. at this time of the year, when corn is juicy and … Full recipe post »

Super-Simple Spinach & Jarlsberg Quiche

A trivia question: Which decade embraced glam rock fashionistas skimpily clad in crushed velour hot pants and sequined halter tops, best observed shimmering and gyrating to acid rock in the purple haze of a lava lamp? If your guess was the seventies, that outfit may well have been your fashion statement. You may also recall … Full recipe post »

Cheesy Spinach-Lentil Casserole

Whew – limped over the 2012 finish line without permanent injury, but I can do better than a stagger. It’s a New Year; time to straighten up, return to the gym, and put a bounce back into my step – a sway into my swagger. How about you? Have you made any exercise or weight … Full recipe post »

Asian Cabbage Pancakes with Spicy Bean Dipping Sauce

This easy, healthy recipe will satisfy three or four appetites, any cravings for upscale Asian cuisine, and cost less than 5 bucks to make. Even less, as in my case, as I’ve yet to harvest my purple cabbages (albeit, a bit frozen at the core) resting happily in the backyard. Who says the Michigan vegetable gardening season is short … Full recipe post »

Kale and Butternut Squash

This warm, delicious salad is a palate of October colors; as delicious to eat as is to admire. My friend, Debbie, sent me the recipe she’d found in Bon Appetit knowing I would love it. No doubt. The chewy texture of kale is marvelous paired with creamy squash and the crunch of toasted almonds. I … Full recipe post »

Zucchini & Yellow Squash Gratin

If you’re new to gratins, they may become a good friend; especially in August, when there are so many gratin-friendly vegetables in season. And if you’re the type of cook who doesn’t like following recipes to the letter, bingo, because tomatoes (any variety), zucchini, eggplant, onions, leeks, fresh herbs and potatoes — all are wonderful mixed and … Full recipe post »

Southwest Roasted Potato & Corn Salad

Here’s a recipe that would be a great side dish for almost anything hot off the grill. Particularly items with Southwestern flavors, like the Firecracker Flank Steak I will prepare for the Fourth of July. This salad is all I’ll require for a side dish, as it bundles a potato and vegetable salad together. Its … Full recipe post »

Tempura Asparagus Spears with Wasabi Dipping Sauce

It’s asparagus season; when Michigan’s brave warriors thrust their helmeted heads through the dirt, hoping a late frost doesn’t blindside them. So my ammunition’s at-the-ready – a battery of recipes that will maximize the bounty through the middle of June. I can blanch, then wrap them in proscuitto; stuff them into an omelet; make a … Full recipe post »

Baked Turnips stuffed with Blue Cheese, Mushrooms and Walnuts

Michigan in March with temperatures close to eighty – say what?! I haven’t had a chance to wear my cute furry boots – and now I’m thinking, where are my shorts. The grass is green, and flowers are blooming – should I be planting lettuce? I’m sure not complaining, but something’s not jiving. The forecast … Full recipe post »

Beet Chips with Tzadziki are healthy alternatives to chips & dip

As a kid, one of my favorite treats was Ruffles Potato Chips and Lipton Onion Soup Dip. All of that sodium, MSG, all of that crunchy grease — I could have a big bowl and still have energy for playing kick-the-can until bedtime. But times have changed, and so too (thankfully) my palate. Don’t misunderstand … Full recipe post »

Baby Bok Choy in Oyster Sauce

Here’s a healthy, vegetarian recipe to usher in the Chinese New Year on Monday. When I’m craving food with a lighter touch, I often turn to braising or steaming. I didn’t use so much as a drop of oil when making tonight’s dinner. I used carrots in the recipe because, basically, I have them to … Full recipe post »