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Recipe: Warm Sweet Potato Salad

Around this time of year, kale, swiss chard, and collard greens are the popularly used winter greens.  Though, underused, mustard greens shouldn’t be overlooked.  They have a nice earthy, peppery flavor that adds a little unexpected kick.  Some mustard greens look similar to curly kale, with curly edges to the leaves, but other mustard greens […]

Recipe: Raw Kale Salad

If you’ve never tried it, Dinosaur Kale (aka Tuscan Kale) is a great kale to start eating.  Though I’m a big fan, I didn’t know the name until recently – actually, I didn’t even know it was a type of kale because it’s often mislabeled as cabbage (which, technically, it is).  You can find it at […]

Recipe: Chickpea Stew with Poached Eggs

I’m a big fan of stews (especially one pot stews, like this one) because they’re usually very hearty and the clean-up is easy!  Plus, they freeze well and you can flavor them easily according to your taste.  This stew is best with soft, juicy tomatoes when they’re in season (aka now).  The egg yolk adds […]

Recipe: Tomato Watermelon Salad

Yes, this salad tastes good and packs an amazing nutritional punch.  But what’s better is that you can get creative and trick your guests.  For example, use orange and green tomatoes but yellow  and pink watermelon.  Heirloom tomatoes come in many colors – and so do watermelons.  Farmers’ markets are the perfect place to pick up […]

Recipe: Roasted Tomatillo and Corn Soup

For those of you who are unfamiliar, tomatillos are very popular in Mexican cuisine and are known as tomate verde (green tomato).  They have an inedible husk around the outside that turns brown and splits when the tomatillo is mature.  Tomatillos are more tart than tomatoes but turn sweeter as they’re cooked.  Tomatillos make great […]

Recipe: Chilled Jicama Slaw

For those of you who haven’t had jicama, you’re missing out.  Jicama is a root vegetable, originally grown in Mexico that is crisp, crunchy, and a little sweet.  It’s really refreshing on a hot summer day, especially in a chilled slaw. Even though it’s about 85-90% water, and contains lots of fiber and carbohydrate (like […]

Recipe: Ginger Scented Blueberry Salad

Blueberries and peaches are in full summer swing right now!  Not only are they at their peak, but they’re at their cheapest for the year.  Everything is less expensive when it’s in season.  If you shop from a farmers’ market, there’s a good chance your peaches were picked yesterday.  Besides, blueberries are one of the […]

Recipe: Sweet Wheat Berry Salad

This wheat berry salad is a great combination of whole grains and protein, while packing a sweet and hearty flavor.  It’s energy dense and is a great side for any summer party, from a brunch to a barbeque.  Because the dressing is thin, it can settle to the bottom, so if you’re making it ahead […]

Recipe: Sesame Tofu Salad

This tofu dish packs in flavor.  By marinating the tofu and using bold flavors with healthy fats, you won’t feel left wanting more after this appetizer or light meal.  It provides a great crunch and powerful punch of nutrients (the rhyming was totally unintended). Sesame Tofu Salad Serves 6 1 package firm Tofu, drained, pressed, […]

Recipe: Spicy Avocado Gazpacho

Gazpacho is my summer alternative to salads – it packs the punch of fresh vegetables but in a cool soup that provides additional fluid in the hot summer months.  You could certainly make this recipe with fresh tomatoes, but I like the thickness that tomato juice provides.  The avocado makes it hearty and filling.  To […]