Peas-In-A-Pod Salad - I learned to love cooked salads when I was put on a neutropenic diet. This crunchy, lightly cooked salad gives the humble pea some respect and is a perfect treat as spring comes around. Peas are sweet in all their forms, and this combo combines sugar snaps and snow peas with one of my favorite pantry standbys, frozen peas. All brought together in a creamy yogurt vinaigrette. And you can wilt the greens if you need to for a neutropenic diet. A really good salad either…

Peas-In-A-Pod Salad - I learned to love cooked salads when I was put on a neutropenic diet. This crunchy, lightly cooked salad gives the humble pea some respect and is a perfect treat as spring comes around. Peas are sweet in all their forms, and this combo combines sugar snaps and snow peas with one of my favorite pantry standbys, frozen peas. All brought together in a creamy yogurt vinaigrette. And you can wilt the greens if you need to for a neutropenic diet. A really good salad either…

Arugula, Orange, Fennel & Olive Salad - When the first of the new season’s sweet navel oranges start to arrive in early December, they are a great excuse to make this classic Sicilian salad. I find the combination of sweet slices of orange and aromatic fennel spiked with salty oil cured olives irresistible. We’ve added arugula to add in a peppery, green dimension and to bring the health benefits of the cabbage family to the table.

Arugula, Orange, Fennel & Olive Salad

Arugula, Orange, Fennel & Olive Salad - When the first of the new season’s sweet navel oranges start to arrive in early December, they are a great excuse to make this classic Sicilian salad. I find the combination of sweet slices of orange and aromatic fennel spiked with salty oil cured olives irresistible. We’ve added arugula to add in a peppery, green dimension and to bring the health benefits of the cabbage family to the table.

Cooked quinoa is a wonderful standby if you want to eat something nutritious in a hurry. Try making this Quinoa Bowl with Tahini

Quinoa Bowl with Tahini & Kale

Cooked quinoa is a wonderful standby if you want to eat something nutritious in a hurry. Try making this Quinoa Bowl with Tahini

Tomato Panzanella Salad - This simple, classic Italian salad is a mix of delicious, ripe, late summer tomatoes and day old bread – the bread needs to be on the dry side to soak up all the tomato juices. Since bread is the main ingredient, and Italian bread is good, I recommend using an artisan loaf for this. It can be whole wheat, sourdough, miche, or a country style hearth bread, just something good. The same goes for the tomatoes. Indulge in this salad when field and sweet heirloom…

Tomato Panzanella Salad

Tomato Panzanella Salad - This simple, classic Italian salad is a mix of delicious, ripe, late summer tomatoes and day old bread – the bread needs to be on the dry side to soak up all the tomato juices. Since bread is the main ingredient, and Italian bread is good, I recommend using an artisan loaf for this. It can be whole wheat, sourdough, miche, or a country style hearth bread, just something good. The same goes for the tomatoes. Indulge in this salad when field and sweet heirloom…

Roasted pumpkin and winter squash make delicious additions to fall salads.

Roasted pumpkin and winter squash make delicious additions to fall salads.

Broccoli Pesto - Pesto isn’t always about pine nuts and basil, it can be about other members of the vegetable kingdom too, as here.  Broccoli is pureed with garlic, parmesan, fresh basil and toasted walnuts to make a super-simple nutritious sauce to toss with al dente whole-wheat pasta or to stir into rice as a condiment. Either way it’s delicious.

Broccoli Pesto

Broccoli Pesto - Pesto isn’t always about pine nuts and basil, it can be about other members of the vegetable kingdom too, as here. Broccoli is pureed with garlic, parmesan, fresh basil and toasted walnuts to make a super-simple nutritious sauce to toss with al dente whole-wheat pasta or to stir into rice as a condiment. Either way it’s delicious.

Soba Noodles with Mushrooms and Celery - Stir-fries are fast, delicious, and because they are mostly vegetables, very nutritious. For this recipe, once you have made the soba and cut your vegetables, your meal will be on the table in 10 minutes.  In Japan, soba noodle cooking water is often sipped as a tonic. In this recipe we use its goodness to moisten the stir-fry instead of using extra oil.   

Soba Noodles with Mushrooms and Celery - Stir-fries are fast, delicious, and because they are mostly vegetables, very nutritious. For this recipe, once you have made the soba and cut your vegetables, your meal will be on the table in 10 minutes. In Japan, soba noodle cooking water is often sipped as a tonic. In this recipe we use its goodness to moisten the stir-fry instead of using extra oil.

Kale Salad with shredded carrots, dried cranberries, raisins and walnuts!

Raw Kale Salad

Kale Salad with shredded carrots, dried cranberries, raisins and walnuts!

Roasted Grape and Walnut Salad

Roasted Grape and Walnut Salad

Broccoli Salad with Almond Vinaigrette - I was a strict vegetarian for many years, and during that time, I branched out into making a lot of different dressings to jazz up my salads and add some protein. One of my favorites was using almond butter instead of mustard. It adds a nutty, rich flavor to salads. Because almond butter is so rich in oils, you need less to make the dressing. Try it.

Broccoli Salad with Almond Vinaigrette

Broccoli Salad with Almond Vinaigrette - I was a strict vegetarian for many years, and during that time, I branched out into making a lot of different dressings to jazz up my salads and add some protein. One of my favorites was using almond butter instead of mustard. It adds a nutty, rich flavor to salads. Because almond butter is so rich in oils, you need less to make the dressing. Try it.

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