Chestnut Beans and Wild Mushroom Soup- Winter Pasta Fazul

A nutrient filled earthy vegetarian soup loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and fabulous flavor! Chestnut beans, also known as Christmas limas, have creamy but firm texture and produce a flavorful broth when cooked with olive oil and aromatic vegetables. Add some short pasta and a package of dried wild mushrooms and the result is a healthy, […]

Mediterranean Spiced Short Ribs

Like all of us in the Midwest and Eastern states, we are not even near lighter fare! Comfort food is still on the menu with these colder climes, so braised short ribs for Sunday Supper seems so right today!! Dreaming of warm Mediterranean breezes, these English cut short ribs from heritage beef raised at our local CSA […]

Minted Israeli Couscous with Fried Eggs

I usually make more food than can be eaten in one sitting, and that’s a good thing; because reinventing healthy meals from left over dishes is a great time saver for those of us with extremely busy lives. It is also a great way to experiment with nutritionally sound ideas that have exceptionally healthy and delicious results!! Making […]

Minted Israeli Couscous

Minted Israeli Couscous This versatile dish can be used as a side dish, a salad or a stand alone vegetarian meal! Loaded with nutritious artichokes, onions, sweet peppers, parsley, tomatoes and olives, this bright dish is packed with vitamins and minerals; keeping with my theme that nutritious food can be a gourmet delight to both […]

Middle Eastern Bean Salad

A simple, delicious and very nutritious salad just filled with fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and flavor! In a large bowl mix together: 1 can organic fava beans(Westbrae) 1 can organic garbanzo beans 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped 1/2 pint organic grape tomatoes 1 medium red onion, peeled and sliced 1 cup chopped celery […]

Red and Golden Beet Fettuccine

Beets are just so good for you!! A healthy vegetable that cleans the liver, detoxes the body, builds the blood and lowers blood pressure! With all the winter comfort food flying around the food circles this month,especially italian offerings, let’s try a dish that not only comforts the soul but heals the body! Roasted beet roots and chopped […]

Healing Chicken Vegetable Soup

There’s no mystery to it!! Chicken is full of the amino acid arginine and arginine kicks start the pituitary gland to make us healthy and maintain optimal immune function! It’s not a wife’s tale, it’s science and nature working together!! My organic chicken and vegetable soup is the winter cure to keep us healthy!! In a deep pot […]

Pot of Beans for the New Year

A traditional pot of beans welcomes the New Year for many groups of people throughout the world! Here are two simply delicious, healthy and easy to prepare bean salads to celebrate the the 2015 New Year!! Ayocote Bean Salad A simply fabulous bean salad starring heirloom ayocote runner beans and simple vegetables in a white […]

Christmas Salad

This salad is particularly impressive at a holiday meal! The key to it’s appeal is the layering process, with each new layer another dimension of the salad is created! Arrange the salad in a large shallow serving platter; do not use a deep bowl! Start with roughly chopped crisp romaine lettuce, then a layer of sturdy […]

Pasta con Sarde-A Traditional Christmas Eve Pasta!!!

Bucatini with Sardines & Fennel This is my version of a traditional Sicilian pasta dish eaten on special occasions such as Christmas Eve! Bucatini, linguine or fettuccine are all fabulous choices for this dish! The addition of saffron, pine nuts and raisins speaks of the regions rich ethnic history! You will really enjoy this sweet, salty,spicy mix […]