Back To Basics: Vegetable Stock

While bread may be the staff of life, a good stock is the foundation of a great many vegetarian recipes.  It’s the little black dress of cooking (sorry men – I’m not sure if there’s a male equivalent): every woman should have at least one and you can accessorize it many ways, depending on the […]

WHITE BEAN & ‘SAUSAGE’ SOUP: Perfect For Those Chilly Nights!

Let me start by pointing out the quotation marks around the word SAUSAGE mean imitation. (For you carnivores, you can use real sausage.) White Bean & ‘Sausage’ Soup is one of those recipes that can be made in 30 minutes – ideal for those nights when you have little time and/or desire to cook. This […]

GREEN CHILI STEW: Fast, Easy, and Delicious!!!

Green Chili Stew is an incredibly tasty blend of flavors that’s quick to put together. The little pop of lime is my favorite part! You can tailor this recipe to your needs: roast the chilis yourself or buy canned, use the type of chilis I recommend or amp it up (or down), use fake chicken […]

MEXICAN RICE – An Easy Twofer Recipe

Mexican Rice is one of those foods that can be both a side dish and an ingredient in something else. For example, Monday night you might want a side dish with a bit of a kick to perk up a main course, and then on Tuesday it can become part of a burrito or taco. […]

MASHED POTATOES & PARSNIPS: Add A Little Sweetness!

Mashed potatoes can get a little boring. True, they’re filling, easy, cheap, and everyone likes them. But, maybe it’s time to add in mashed parsnips…you know, to shake things up a bit. If you’ve never had a parsnip, it’s really time you did. They have a slight sweetness, kind of like a carrot. In fact, […]

HOT & SOUR SOUP – Super Duper!!!

One of my family’s favorite soups is HOT & SOUR. Not only does it have an appealing kick, but I love that you can eat a lot of it with almost no calories. Yay! When I start my meal with a big bowl, it takes the edge off my hunger so I don’t inhale half […]

BUTTERNUT SQUASH RISOTTO: Full Of Fall Flavor!

Winter squash comes in many varieties and colors – very tempting to buy as a Fall decoration. Of course, cooking them may seem a bit daunting… what with the potential for slicing off a finger or two. Never fear! A quick par-cook in the microwave to the rescue!!! It softens the squash just enough to […]

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP: Fills You Up With Flavor, Not Calories!

It’s autumn – that time of year when the days get shorter, the air a little brisker, and the markets display all kinds and colors of winter squash. While, of course, we appreciate them for their beauty – and sometimes cuteness – they’re actually edible, delicious, and filled with nutrients and fiber. This recipe for […]

SKILLET PORTOBELLO-BROCCOLI-PASTA DINNER – Easy Clean-up!!!

I love skillet dinners – everything is cooked in the one pan. They’re generally fast and easy, and this one is particularly tasty! As so often happens in my kitchen, this recipe began as an America’s Test Kitchen recipe. I changed so many things (including making it vegetarian), that it became virtually unrecognizable. I’m claiming […]

RED LENTIL SOUP: A Quick, Guilt-Free Delight!

In my ongoing attempt to post bathing-suit friendly recipes, I decided to turn to RED LENTIL SOUP. Enjoy it either as a meal unto itself, or as a starter to curb your appetite before the higher-caloric main course. We often think of homemade soups as time consuming so, instead, we reach for the can opener. While […]