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Posts from the ‘Main Courses’ Category

2
Jan

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 (www.nutritionfacts.org), 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 »

13
Nov

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 »

28
Oct

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

4
Oct

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 »

3
Aug

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 »

30
Jul

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 »

18
Jun

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 »

1
Jun

The Vegetable Plate Revisited

Before you yawn and say to yourself “oh, not another vegetable plate,” read on for some tips on how to take a vegetable plate from a snoozer to an exciting, colorful, and flavorful meal.  First, choose colorful vegetables because presentation is important. Food can look bland and still taste great but a meal is so much more enjoyable when the food looks as good as it tastes. Read more »

28
Apr

Whole Grain Veggie Pockets

Whole Grain Veggie Pockets are the vegan’s answer to the calzone: a medley of fresh vegetables (and beans) cooked and seasoned on the stove and then baked in whole grain pizza dough. Inspired by Rip Esselstyn’s recipe for Village Potato Pockets in Plant-Strong, Whole Grain Veggie Pockets are simple, flavorful, and offer a medley of flavors. Read more »

27
Jan

Tagliatelle with Tomatoes and Tuscan Kale Pesto

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 »