Local food peaks in July, making menus easy. Much of what you’ll find is best eaten raw and simple. Give cherry tomatoes and blueberries a quick rinse. Slice cucumbers and larger tomatoes for salads and sandwiches. Go wild and sprinkle salt on a wedge of cantaloupe. Enjoy set-and-forget main dishes like this month’s Cuban Black […]
This saucy burger filling made with black lentils updates one of my childhood favorite meals. My Mom made Gooshy Burgers with browned ground beef and canned French onion soup. My version has all the comfort and yum but without the fat and cholesterol. Add Worcestershire sauce, red onions, and spices for deep flavor without the […]
Make yourself or your sweetie lunch for a week by layering healthy food in mason jars. Cooking ahead can help you stick to your diet or your budget. It also helps you feed your loved ones when you have to be away. I came up with this idea when I was traveling a lot and […]
These big, succulent, meaty beans almost need a new name. BeansPlus. BigBeans. BonanzaBeans. They might even be my new favorite bean! Wrap them in a smoky, richly flavored sauce to maximize their impact. If you can’t find these heirloom beans locally, you can order scarlet runner beans or grow your own. Hummingbirds and gardeners love the bright red […]
Looking for a plant-based main dish for a meat-and-potatoes man? Searching for a healthy centerpiece for your Christmas feast? Look no further than my Vegan Shepherd’s Pie! The thick, umami-rich bottom layer features black lentils, aromatic vegetables, and savory spices. Top it with mashed potatoes and bake until browned and crispy. Serve it with ketchup […]
Cook fresh black-eyed peas with fire-roasted tomatoes, summer squash, garlic, and tarragon for Southern stew with a French twist. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.