Search Results for: Whole grains

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 »

Sweet Cherry & Quinoa Pilaf

Michigan cherries are a fixture at many locals table in July. And after last year’s catastrophic harvest, we’ve good reason to celebrate this year’s bounty with the farmers. My palate’s a bit saturated with vinaigrette-based salads, so tonight I prefer more of a warm pilaf-styled side dish for the chicken I grilled. I took liberties … 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 »

Garfagnana,Tuscany: Farro Soup

A couple of weeks ago I described (in a tiny chestnut shell), my recent trip to visit a friend in Lucca, Italy. I spoke of our hike north of Lucca in the Garfagnana, where the landscape was dotted with chestnut hunters, and made a pasta dish using Michigan chestnuts when I arrived home.  While at … Full recipe post »

Corn & Tomato Farrosotto

Debbie Swartz is a wise person; I’m lucky she’s my friend. And — as all good and wise friends do — she helps me maintain a healthy perspective. If I bemoan, for instance, my inability to secure the button on the waistline of my favorite shorts after the previous night’s cherry pie pig-out, she cocks … Full recipe post »

Grilled Eggplant and Shiitake Mushrooms over Brown Rice

If this were January, I’d be stir-frying the eggplant and mushrooms, but July insists I use the grill. It’s a rushed day so I’ll be using gas. If you’ve the time, smoking the veggies over coals and hardwood would add depth and another layer of flavor to the pungency of eggplant and shiitakes. I peeled … Full recipe post »

Turkey Loaf with Bulgur

It’s wise not to underestimate meatloaf. Sure, you’ll find meatloaf in the frozen- food section of every supermarket in America. It’s often packaged as a complete meal, accompanied by tater tots, green beans and apple brown betty — all conveniently segregated in compartments appealing to those who don’t like their foods to touch. In natural … Full recipe post »

Roasted Cauliflower over Quinoa

What’s not to love about cauliflower? High in fiber, it contains tremendous nutritional density between those stalks. And pairing it with the every-essential-amino-acid quinoa, heck, you may just outlive those Norwegians on the Dannon yogurt commercials. This recipe is so darn healthy, in fact, I feel fine about using butter in the recipe. (But feel … Full recipe post »

Italian Vegetable Stew

This delicious stew has restorative powers that will cure what ails you. I know this from first-hand experience. Feeling tired, bedraggled and “under the weather”, my car sensed the vibe and drove me to Arbor Farms in the quest of good nourishing ingredients for a sturdy stew. Arbor Farms is a local treasure. Since the late seventies, … Full recipe post »

Italian Farro Pilaf with Ground Beef, Fennel and Peas

Detox Resolution Recipe Series: Using whole grains, vegetables, lean meats and healthier fats in recipes you may find taste really good! Today is the first day I’ve ever cooked with or even tasted the grain, farro. I’ve been searching but have never found the product on local shelves. I just hit pay dirt! Not only does Arbor Farms carry farro … Full recipe post »

Southwest Roasted Stuffed Peppers

Detox Resolution Recipe Series: Using whole grains, vegetables, lean meats and healthier fats in recipes that you may find taste really good! What’s not to like about this delicious, healthy, make-ahead recipe? It’s got all the bells and whistles–lean turkey, grains and vegetables all neatly bundled in an edible pepper shell. Beautiful sweet bell peppers … Full recipe post »

Quinoa with Spaghetti Squash and Dill-Almond Pesto

Detox Resolution Recipe Series: Using whole grains, vegetables, lean meats and healthier fats in recipes that you may find taste really good! My husband, Richard, has been reduced to a statistic, resolving to lose 10 pounds before Valentine’s Day. According to research statistics on various web sites such as, losing weight, along with an exercise … Full recipe post »

Whole Wheat Pasta with Swiss Chard and Pine Nuts

Detox Resolution Recipe Series: Using whole grains, vegetables, lean meats and healthier fats in recipes that you may find taste really good! Richard and I, along with many other folks we know, are “detoxing” after a month of holiday indulgence. Celebrating yummy food and good times, our eating habits have veered off-course but now it’s … Full recipe post »

Indonesian Curried Tempeh

In case the two of you haven’t met, allow me to introduce you to a member of the Soy family. His name is “Tempeh”, “Tofu’s” beefier cousin. Tempeh, an Indonesian staple made from fermented soy beans, may remind you of a very aggressive power bar. But this inexpensive protein recasts itself as a delicious textural … Full recipe post »

Acorn Squash stuffed with Wild Rice and Fruit

One particularly time-starved friend of mine remarked she always disregards a recipe if it has more than five ingredients. I understand time constraints, I really do. But dismiss a wonderful recipe simply because it has six ingredients? I couldn’t leave this alone. I couldn’t resist peppering this abbreviated-recipe fan with “what if’s.” “What if that … Full recipe post »