This winter vegetable soup was inspired by a recent trip to the farmers market. With tons of local squashes and root vegetables on display, vegetable soup came to mind. I added garbanzo beans and quinoa to make it heartier (and even healthier!), but you can leave those out, or make a few substitutions.
This wheat berry salad has an earthy warmness to it, a tad nutty but only slightly, and depending on what other ingredients are mixed in, the wonderful ability to suit any season.
This is a great starter recipe and a family favorite. Use it as a winning side dish, especially instead of French fries. This dish is universally well-received by ALL kinds of eaters. In fact, when I served these potatoes at a large family dinner, the potatoes created a stir of excitement amongst the guests before I could get them on the table. Everybody loved them, and even the picky eaters had second helpings.
Although winter squash are available nearly year round, there’s something hearty and comforting about eating them that seems perfect for colder months. This Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe really makes the squash the star. This dish can stand alone as a vegan-friendly entrée or can be served alongside a nice piece of fish or chicken.
America’s most hated vegetable — the one people despise before they even try it — is actually GREAT when you chipify it.
With a mild, nutty taste and that signature chewy bite, whole grains are a great base for salads because they easily take on the flavors of whatever you mix in… and you can mix just about anything in to satisfy both your tummy and your tastebuds.
After years and years (and years) of succumbing to the siren song of convenience, I discovered the one thing that broke the pattern was when I had a fridge stocked with ready-to-go (and really delicious) homemade components to quickly assemble a meal. The idea is to start with simple “Core Recipes” made with real, unprocessed food and mix and match those recipe for a meal or two. Then repurpose the leftovers of each dish into what I call “Reinvention Recipes.”
My kids love fruits and veggies. They are not picky eaters. Lately my son, age 7, has shown a particular liking for my mushroom soup made with a musky dried fungi that give a deep smoky umami flavor, and he is also partial to vegetable stir-fries rich with fresh ginger and nama shoyu, while his 4-year-old sister’s favorite dessert is dates and dark chocolate. Let me reassure you, our relationship with food was not always this way!