When it comes to Italian food, there is one label that can always be trusted: Seggiano. Imported from Italy, Seggiano products include olive oil, balsamic vinegar, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, crackers, pasta, flatbread, olives, panforte, sauces, and pesto – all of which are categorically referred to as “Real Food From Italy.”
Made with real ingredients (non-GMO) without artificial ingredients and preservatives, Seggiano food products set a standard for prepared food that is hard to match even in your own kitchen (they grow the olives used to make the olive oil) so don’t feel guilty about buying a prepared food because next to homemade, Seggiano is best. Read more
Jambalaya is traditionally made with meat, seafood, vegetables and rice but the plant-based version relies on vegetables, rice, and legumes. A dish of Spanish and French influence, Jambalaya is a thick hearty soup that can be made in minutes with a packet of Frontier Soups Jambalaya Soup Mix – dry Calasparra Spanish rice seasoned with garlic, salt, onion, chili pepper, canola oil, turmeric, sugar, spices, paprika, and saffron along with carrots, red and green bell peppers, onions, and scallions. Read more
Mushroom Corn Tortillas are plant-based soft corn tortillas filled with meaty mushrooms and topped with a tomato and avocado salsa that has been seasoned with scallions, cilantro, chipotle powder, salt, and pepper. Easy to make – less than 15 minutes – and delicious, the Mushroom Corn Tortillas are also wholesome and nutritious.
The key to the quality of this recipe is in the tortillas. Buy fresh corn tortillas made with stone ground corn, water, and lime for the best flavor. All of the ingredients can be purchased at Trader Joe’s which makes the shopping easy and economical. The recipe can easily be doubled to serve 4. Read more
Traditional broccoli soup contains milk or cream but this creamy, delicious version replaces the dairy with unsweetened macadamia milk (“Milkadamia”) so you can enjoy all the richness without the dairy in a soup that looks like a chowder.
The base of the soup is made with low sodium vegetable broth and a 5 ounce packet of Frontier Soups Broccoli Cheddar Soup Mix, which contains brown rice, potatoes, broccoli, carrots, onion, curry, yellow pepper, and spices. Note: the mix contains the word cheddar because the directions suggest adding cheddar cheese but no cheese is needed. The non-dairy milk adds the richness and a fresh bowl of chopped steamed broccoli turns the soup into a thick delicious vegetable filled meal in minutes. Read more
Put the word “Paris” on anything and I’m there, especially where food is involved. Paris conjures ups thoughts of perfectly seasoned shallots sautéed in a copper sauce pan which is almost exactly what Sunny Paris seasoning by Penzey’s Spices adds to dishes. A blend of purple shallots, chives, green peppercorns, basil, tarragon, chervil, bay leaves, and dill week, Sunny Paris takes the work out of properly seasoning a dish. Read more
Making minestrone soup is usually a labor of love because of the enormous amount of time it takes to soak the beans (hours), chop the vegetables, cook the pasta, and then make the soup. But, there’s an easier way to make an authentic Italian minestrone soup in 20 minutes by using the Pedon Italian Minestrone Timesavers Soup Mix.
Each 8.8 ounce packet is filled with non-GMO products: pre-cooked farro, pre-cooked barley, ditalini pasta, red split lentils, pre-cooked yellow split lentils, pre-cooked green and yellow split peas to provide a high fiber, high protein, salt and sugar-free foundation for homemade soup. Read more
The Purple Carrot meal kit service continues to inspire me with the weekly delivery of ingredients and recipe cards to make delicious plant-based meals with three noteworthy changes: I use less oil than the recipes call for, omit the jalapeño or hot peppers, and add more vegetables which generally turns a meal meant for two persons into four servings, or as a side dish for 6-8. The meals rely heavily on spices which add flavor to the dishes (which is why I leave out the jalapeño or hot peppers) and is a great way to introduce plant-based dishes to carnivores and vegetarians as a side dish. Read more
This “meal in a pot” is easy, healthy (low in sodium and fat but high in protein, carbohydrates, and fiber), and colorful with a hearty texture and delicious flavor.
When the weather starts turning cold, a big bowl of chowder – just another word for a thick soup – is just the dish to serve along with a salad for lunch or dinner. Using a bag of Frontier Soups Minnesota Heartland Eleven Bean Soup Mix (which contains dried beans, peas, lentils, and a bouquet garni of herbs and NO added salt), along with a few pantry staples (onion, carrot, celery, chopped tomatoes, vegetable broth, and pasta) makes for one satisfying bowl of chowder to feed a crowd of 10-12 (or a smaller group with leftovers). Read more
My first experience with lettuce wraps – butter lettuce leaves offered with a wide variety of fillings and sauces – was at the Cheesecake Factory, which was an eye-opening foodie moment for me. Instead of soft tortillas, crispy green butter leaves can be used as a lighter alternative to hold raw vegetables (bean sprouts, minced scallions, carrot sticks, chopped tomatoes, diced avocado, thinly sliced cucumber or radishes) and/or cooked vegetables (sautéed mushrooms and/or onions, corn, tofu) blended with herbs (cilantro, mint, basil), and sauce (soy, teriyaki, peanut). The options are vast and only limited by what’s in the garden, pantry, or fridge. Read more
Quinoa and Vegetable Salad with Tempeh Croutons is a protein and nutrient packed salad that contains a variety of vegetables (green beans, kale, red cabbage, red pepper, cucumber, and scallion) along with quinoa and nutty roasted tempeh. Drizzled with a homemade orange mustard vinaigrette, the salad is cornucopia of flavors and textures. Serve for dinner on a warm summer evening or as a side salad on a cool evening with a hot bowl of soup. Read more