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.  […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]