squash delicata

Roasted Delicata Squash

This is a simple and delicious recipe for an heirloom variety of squash that wasn’t very popular until recently.  I am talking about the delicata squash.  This variety of squash has been around since 1894.  It is planted in the summer, and has many features of a summer squash such as a skin that’s easy to peel, but it lasts longer than a summer squash.  Delicata squash will last for two to three months if kept in a cool, dry place.  While this isn’t as impressive as the shelf life of some of the winter squash which can be stored […]

Trying a sample of Navy Bean Soup

Navy Bean Soup

In a previous post, I discussed the benefits of eating nutrient rich beans.   Continuing with that theme, I am adding a recipe here for navy bean soup.  This recipe is actually a variation of a vegan navy bean recipe that I made often while in college.  The ingredients are simple and easy to find.  The soup is very healthy, and everything included is very inexpensive, too.  One of the best things about this soup is that it freezes well, so it’s easy to make a large batch and freeze it in meal size portions. Begin with about 2 cups of […]

Melon Salad in a Jar

Layered Melon Salad in a Jar

I must be feeling lazy this week because everything I’ve been making has been a cheat.  Today’s post is no different, but it was so cute, I had to share it.  I was cutting up some melons and packaging the chunks to take with our lunches.  I ran out of the plastic box-shaped containers, so I impulsively grabbed a wide mouth pint jar to fill with melon.   I scooped in equal portions of leftover watermelon, honey-dew, and cantaloupe.  The final result was very colorful as you can see in the photo above. It’s no surprise to people who come to this […]

Dry Beans in a pot waiting to be rinsed.

De-Gassing Beans

We’ve probably all heard the little ditty about beans at one point or another in our lives, but if you’ve never heard it, I’ll give you a sample now. Beans, Beans, the musical fruit The more you eat, the more you toot The more you toot, the better you feel So lets have beans for every meal. There’s also this version: Beans, Beans, they’re good for your heart The more you eat, the more you…. Maybe I shouldn’t share that version, but according to the American Heart Association,  beans are good for your heart. Beans are an amazing and inexpensive […]

Good Tasting Guacamole Without Avocado – Fact or Fiction?

If you like guacamole, I have some sad news for you.  Apparently, there is a nationwide shortage of avocados due to the drought in California.   This shortage is driving up avocado prices which makes it more expensive to whip up a big bowl of guacamole to serve with chips and salsa.   At my house, the avocado shortage was not caused by drought conditions.  It was caused by this guy: His name is Riddick, and he ate my avocado tree.  No, really!  While unsupervised in the yard, he chewed the branches off of my avocado tree one by one […]

reduced calorie linguine with white clam sauce

Linguine With White Clam Sauce

This recipe has its roots back in B.C.  No, I’m not talking about the time before Christ.  (I know it’s actually B.C.E. or Before the Common Era, I just didn’t need the E for my purposes, so I went old school.)  In this case, B.C. refers to Before Children.  This recipe was first prepared in our kitchen while I was a new college graduate and Baker’s man was working and going to school part-time. Money was very tight with student loans to be repaid, and dinner had to be easy to cook as well as economical.  This recipe met both […]

bowl of beans and greens

Beans and Greens

Canned beans are a pantry staple in my house.  By adding a few ingredients to a can of beans, you can have a nutritious dinner ready in a snap.  Today’s post isn’t just about a low fat, high fiber recipe loaded with vitamins and proteins.   The story is also an illustration of how a well stocked pantry can help you to manage dinner even when you’re a couple of ingredients short. Today’s recipe has Italian roots.  Its Italian name is minestra.  It’s a simple dish that can be made with or without meat (usually Italian sausage or pancetta).  In addition, […]

Tomato Soup with Lentils

Tomato Soup with Lentils

I have previously posted about how I am becoming better acquainted with lentils.   Since they pack such a nutritional punch, I decided to try adding them to a tomato soup recipe.  My hope was that the resulting soup would pass muster not only in my household, but also with some of my friend’s children. My first attempt at this soup was served “rustic style”.  I cooked the lentils with the vegetables and served it up with all of them intact.  My daughter complained that when I told her I was making a tomato soup, she pictured something without chunks.  I […]

Spinach Salad In A Jar

I realize that I may be beating a dead horse here,but I still love those Salads in a Jar.  This time, though, I decided to make a spinach salad.  In fact, I decided to make this spinach salad. Here’s the assembly instructions.  You will notice that I switched out some of the ingredients from my original post containing these salad ingredients to make this more diet friendly. First, I put about 4 tablespoons of fat free Catalina dressing in the bottom of a wide mouth quart jar. I dropped about 8-10 grape tomatoes into the jar. Chopped cucumber and julienned red […]

Hoppin John Soup is a hearty and delicious New Year's Day treat

Hoppin John Soup

For as long as I can remember, I have begun the new year with black eyed peas, cornbread and cabbage.  My mother assured me that these items were necessary for health and prosperity in the new year.  It was a southern tradition that I grew up with. In my childhood, New Year’s Day  meant a pot of black eyed peas and stewed or fried  cabbage served alongside  some ham with a warm piece of cornbread.  When I left home, I continued the tradition, but my husband was not a fan of black eyed peas.  For him, I began making Hoppin’ […]