Quick and Easy Recipes

Mirem’s Kale Salad

1/19/16 |

In a season of warm, soft, cooked foods, a crisp winter salad can be a wonderful change of pace. My friend Mirem shared this salad with me, and we were delighted to share its preparation as a community in our winter Seasonal Food Workshop. 2 bunches of kale, any type – much better if it’s young …Read More

Sweet Potato Peanut Stew

1/19/16 |

We enjoyed sharing this delicious soup at our Seasonal Food Workshop all about winter vegetables. Sweet potatoes are a versatile, nutrient rich powerhouse for winter. We enjoy this recipe every winter for many reasons, partly because it takes so little time to prepare. (the recipe listed here is gently adapted from the original found at Good …Read More

Fresh Corn “Pesto”

6/4/15 |

One of the most pleasurable aspects of summer is the “just cut it up and throw it in a bowl” quality of the food in the garden. Our basil has been growing so boldly over the last few weeks that I thought about hauling out the food processor to make a batch of pesto, but then …Read More

2-Minute Power Beet Salad

4/8/15 |

The way I usually cook is fast. Quick, thrown together combinations of real food and stuff that makes it taste great. I balance flavors and textures by instinct more than by procedure. This is one of those thrown together meals that is so satisfying and delicious and EASY.  Got a cheese grater? Good. You’ve got …Read More

Zingy Lemon Pudding

3/9/15 |

I’ve taken to trying new recipes on unsuspecting dinner guests. It’s a blast (and sometimes risky), and in the case of this terrific pudding recipe, I benefited from having a visitor who helped me add the secret ingredient that gave this very lemony pudding a satisfying earthy crunch. If you like lemon, I bet you’ll …Read More

Deep Down Good Sweet Potato Stew

2/3/15 |

This is, hands down, our favorite soup recipe. We eat it a couple of times a month and when someone gets sick or dies, it’s the one we bring to loved ones and they always ask for the recipe. The stew works well vegan or with chicken. I don’t know what else to say, except that this soup …Read More

Lazy Turtle Yum Yum Energy Bars

2/3/15 |

With a toddler in the house, we’re always looking for nutrient-packed treats that we can make quickly at home and that are good for young and old alike. My favorite part of this recipe is how quick and easy it was to make. We had the ingredients at the ready for the most part and our …Read More

Orange Turmeric Coconut Cupcakes

10/10/14 |

I had fun this week playing with turmeric! This delightful cupcake recipe was shared with me by Chef Robin. They are hearty, tasty and delicious.  I like desserts like this for their balance of whole food fat, protein and sweet.  It’s less of a wild ride for your blood sugar. gluten-free Ingredients 6 eggs, room temperature ¼ …Read More

My Favorite Beet Smoothie

9/25/14 |

I really love beets.  And beet greens are not only terrific in smoothies, but they are also lovely cooked in water or a little fat (like olive oil, butter, ghee or coconut oil).  Don’t throw them away.  If you missed it awhile back, here’s a link to the video I made about beets with evidence that …Read More

Simple Delicious Okra

9/19/14 |

I never really knew love until I met my first fresh-harvested okra.  I never knew you could pick it, then take a wonderful bite right there in the field.  I never knew it could be anything but a slimy blob from a can or a deep fried bit to dip in ranch dressing. Now that …Read More

Oat Kefir Pancakes

9/5/14 |

These are so easy breezy that I am deeply in love.  With a pancake.  I have been adventuring with gluten-free options due to an auto-immune condition, so it’s so joyful to find simple bready options that satisfy.  I’m loving Jamie Oliver’s new work, and this was inspired by the oat cottage cheese pancakes in his recent blog post. …Read More

Warming Lemongrass Chicken Soup

9/2/14 |

It may seem a little odd to offer a warming soup on such a warm week in the South, but many food traditions and some science claim the power of drinking warm liquids to cool the body.  Also, if you’re a seasonal allergy sufferer (as I seem to be this year), this tangy warm broth is gorgeous for …Read More

Gluten-free Crepes (sweet or savory)

8/26/14 |

I found this recipe a couple of years ago, and it has become one of my favorites for a little treat.  It can be made either sweet like this one, or savory (just leave out the vanilla and sweetener).  The texture will be a little thicker and rougher than crepes made with finer flours, but …Read More

Chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup

8/1/14 |

Cucumbers are going strong in the garden this week, so we loved trying this sweet little recipe from Chef Robin.  I found it to be both light and filling – totally sufficient for a full meal.  The pumpkin seeds really add a nice touch.  Beautiful, eh? A few preparation hints – use care as you salt …Read More

Heirloom Tomato Salad Recipe

Simple Yet Mind-Blowing Heirloom Tomato Salad

8/1/14 |

Heirloom (open-pollinated, non-hybrid) tomatoes are a prize of summer, heralded for their delightful and varied flavor.  In our area of North Carolina, farmers markets hold festivals in celebration of the summer tomato, offering tastings of numerous varieties grown by area farmers.   If you are lucky enough to live in an area where local food is available, see …Read More

Best Blueberry Recipe on Earth (you know this one)

7/9/14 |

1. Find a blueberry bush 2. Pick warm, full, ripe delicious blueberries 2a.  If you aren’t lucky enough to live near blueberry bushes, find some blueberries at your grocery store. 3.  Eat them.  If you can’t eat them fresh, freeze them (a great preservation method that retains nutrients). We all know blueberries are antioxidant powerhouses, …Read More

3 Reasons I Love Sardines

6/18/14 |

I am a quiet champion of sardines as an exceptional food source. Sardines are often canned (look for BPA-free varieties* if you can), but can be found fresh.  Here’s what I like about ’em: 1.  Stellar nutrient density. Sardines contain a few nutrients that are in high demand by many American bodies these day, but …Read More

Quinoa Sardine Power Salad

6/18/14 |

If you just wrinkled your nose at the mention of sardines, I challenge you to crack your mind open a bit more!  This salad was delicious, light, simple to throw together and chock full of protein, healthy fats, calcium and all the nutrient power of the fresh seasonal veggies.  This one is a winner. GF …Read More

Cook Up a Quick Pot of Quinoa

6/18/14 | 1 Comment

Quinoa (“keen-wah”) is a highly useful whole grain food, notably high in protein when compared with other whole grains.  It is simple and quick to prepare. Quinoa has grown in popularity and can now be found in many grocery stores.  It is a little more expensive than other whole grains, but its nutrient density makes …Read More

Red Cabbage, Apple and Ginger Salad

6/11/14 |

This simple salad was a delight!  We threw it together for brunch as a side dish, but several of us kept coming back for more of this salad, feeling it would be a great stand-alone meal!  Hope you love it. (GF, Vegan) Ingredients Ginger Vinaigrette: 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons peeled, grated ginger …Read More