Lemony-Garlicky Fresh Fava Beans

Fava beans, broad beans, fool beans, or whatever you may call them, are a delicious, nutritious, and  unusual treat. I had recently tasted a lentil salad with lemon peel in it, which inspired me to try adding a twist to these hearty Middle Eastern beans. Note: Some peel the outer shell of the bean after…

Artichoke and White Bean Salad

This wonderful salad marinates in your fridge and tastes delicious all week (if it lasts that long). I use frozen artichoke bottoms, like these, which should be available in Middle Eastern grocery stores. If I couldn’t find them, I’d probably use these instead. Ingredients: 1 package frozen artichoke bottoms (or hearts) 1 cup cooked or…

Vegetarian Couscous Soup (a.k.a Couscousoup)

This vegetarian version of the traditional North African stew served over couscous is incredibly easy to make, and incredibly comforting to eat. Ingredients: 2 medium onions, chopped into 1-2 inch chunks 2 medium potatoes, cut into quarters or eighths 1 big piece winter or butternut squash, cut into 1-2 inch chunks 3-4 zucchini, or other…

Whole Wheat Pasta Primavera

A simple and satisfying one-course meal. If you’ve got ’em, you can add carrots, yellow squash, and/or fresh herbs. This recipe makes 4-6 servings, depending on how hungry you are. 1) 1/2 lb whole wheat penne pasta, cooked 2) 1 large onion (red or yellow), sliced 3) 10-12 button mushrooms, sliced 4) 1 large head…

Hot Pepper, Black Bean, and Cherry Tomato Salad

Inspired by Courtney and her hanging garden… Warning: If you have an aversion to spicy food, cilantro, or arugula, this is not for you. Note: The version I had for dinner did not have scallions in it, but I wished it had, so I added it to the ingredient list, untested. 1 basket ripe cherry…

Adzuki, Soba, and Spinach Dinner in a Bowl

  When I was putting together the ingredients for this dish, I had in mind to stir-fry the components together. Once I had made the sauce, however, I decided to try mixing it in before proceeding to the stir-fry stage. I loved the bold flavors of the uncooked ginger and garlic, and decided to leave…

Here goes Spiced Chick Pea Soup…

I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for a while, so, here goes… Oh, but first, a disclaimer, and a note: Sharing recipes is a new thing for me. I will do my best to explain the steps clearly, and to estimate quantities accurately, but please bear with me at the beginning of this…