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The Rainbow Spinach Salad

Rainbows are in short supply in the wintertime so instead of looking outside turn to the kitchen for an updated version of the spinach salad.  I call this salad a Rainbow Spinach Salad because of the array of colors: red, yellow, light green, orange dark green, and deep purplish black. Although beautiful to look at, the Rainbow Spinach Salad is a feast to savor with only one caveat:  you must like fresh beets because there are two types (both yellow and red) and they are a substantial part of this easy-to-make salad. Read more »


Vegetable Bean Soup Revisited

Making soup is super easy, especially if you start with Frontier Minnesota Heartland 11-Bean Soup Mix:  a blend of dried beans, peas, and lentils along with parsley and a spice packet that contains no added salt, preservatives, or MSG. The mix provides a great foundation for a thick, hearty soup filled with legumes, lots of vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, onion, and spinach), herbs and spices to add flavor, and pasta to make the soup more substantial.

Consider making this soup on a cold afternoon when the wind is blowing and the temperatures are low.  Somehow a big bowl of steaming, hot soup is the perfect answer.

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Roasted Vegetable Cannellini Lasagna

Roasted Vegetable Cannellini Lasagna is a hearty main dish filled with an assortment of roasted vegetables, greens, and cannellini beans in between layers of noodles and sauce.  Inspired by the recipe for Roasted Vegetable Lasagna in The How Not To Die Cookbook by Dr. Michael Greger, MD,  the following recipe uses lots of Portobello mushrooms (instead of eggplant) to give the dish a meaty texture (but use whatever vegetables you prefer).

Delicious out of the oven, Roasted Vegetable Cannellini Lasagna is even better the next day (just like the traditional dish). Somehow that day of settling brings out the flavor of the vegetables and beans in this variation of the classic Italian dish. Read more »


The How Not To Die Cookbook

When the groundbreaking book, How Not To Die was published in December, 2015 by Dr. Michael Greger, MD, who had no personal financial stake in book sales because all of the proceeds are donated to charity (, the public took notice putting the book on the New York Times Bestseller List instantly and keeping it there for more than a year. Read more »


How To Pizzaz Up Homemade Soup

The base of most homemade soups starts with chopped onions, carrots, and celery along with water or broth. These days, most supermarkets, including Trader Joe’s sell containers of fresh diced vegetables which makes it easy to make a batch of soup in a jiffy. But, if you want to add some pizzaz to a homemade soup, consider adding a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dehydrated vegetables made by Harmony House Foods. Read more »


Black Beans, Kale, and Plantains: Soft Tacos or Bowls

Ordinary tacos or bowls can become ho-hum so when it’s time to spice things up a bit, consider making soft tacos or bowls with black beans, kale, and plantains.  Add the usual toppings – chopped, sweet multi-colored tomatoes and chunky guacamole –  for flavor, color, and pizzazz and consider sprinkling pumpkin seeds on the tops of the bowls or tacos for an added crunch (I use activated sprouted salted pumpkin seeds but some people prefer the unsalted variety and that’s just fine). Read more »


How to Turn a Can of Soup Into a Healthier Meal in 10 Minutes

There are days when we just don’t have 30 minutes to make lunch or dinner and, yet we still want something healthy and delicious. We want protein, fiber, greens, vitamins, minerals, and flavor and to get these, we need to keep two products on hand:  canned soup in our pantry and greens in our refrigerator. Combining these two ingredients in a large soup pan and cooking for 3-5 minutes results in a meal in minutes. But not just any meal:  a wholesome, nourishing, hot flavorful meal! Read more »


Quick Summer Pasta Salad

A colorful pasta salad is the perfect meal on a warm summer evening especially when the whole meal takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish. Fresh, locally grown sweet cherry tomatoes are in season but any type of chopped tomatoes will work along with a sweet Vidalia onion, and lots of fresh spinach with whole grain pasta – but green zucchini, yellow squash, multi-colored peppers, and broccoli florets also make for a delicious pasta salad. Let your taste buds drive your recipe but know that seasoning is essential; otherwise, the pasta salad will be bland. Read more »


Seggiano’s Newest: Sicilian Wild Fennel Tomato Pesto

Seggiano, the Italian gourmet and culinary leader is at it again. With 3 delicious pesto sauces already on the market, Seggiano decided the times is right to introduce a new pesto:  Sicilian Wild Fennel Tomato Pesto:  a thick and hearty sauce made with tomato salsa (tomatoes, salt) 43%, sun-dried tomatoes (tomatoes, salt) 28%, Italian extra virgin olive oil, wild fennel leaves 8.5%, avola almonds, and chili. Read more »


Italian Harvest Risotto with Tomatoes and Arugula

Making a rich, creamy (dairy-free) risotto is not on the top ten list of most home cooks but it should be because risotto is a dish that avails itself to dozens of variations and typically requires no more than 25 minutes of time from start to finish.  The key to a great risotto is the quality of the rice, the ingredients used to flavor the risotto, and a commitment to stir the risotto as it cooks to prevent the rice from sticking to the pan. Read more »