Savory Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash

After a heavy lunch on a hot day, I was in the mood for a light dinner. I thought this up while driving and threw it together as soon as I got home. I am very pleased with the results, and I plan to make it again! I decided to accent the nutty, earthy, squash…

Savory Roasted Butternut Squash with Cumin, Coriander, and Rosemary

I made two types of butternut squash for dinner – one sweet, and one savory. I assumed most would favor the sweet cinnamony version, but this one was favored unanimously. Ingredients: 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, diced 1 onion, diced 2-3 tbs butter or olive oil A few sprigs fresh rosemary, stemmed and coarsely chopped…

Avocado Curry Salad

Fresh and spicy, this salad takes just minutes to toss together, and makes a wonderful light lunch, or a surprising and refreshing side dish. Ingredients: 1 ripe avocado, cut into medium chunks Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved 5-10 mushrooms, halved or quartered (depending on size) 1/4-1/3 cup red onion, diced 1 hot pepper, sliced (optional)…

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…

Perfect Oven-Roasted Vegetable Antipasti

So easy, so versatile, and so delicious! Ingredients (not all essential, feel free to mix it up): 2 Zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds or diagonal slices 1 onion, sliced into thin rings 1 bunch asparagus (optional), tough ends removed, cut into 2 inch pieces 1 medium sweet potato (optional), cut into 1/4 inch rounds…

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Goat Cheese, Spinach, and Walnuts

I was in the mood to stuff portobellos, and I was in the mood for goat cheese, and I always love spinach…. this is the result. They came out delicious. The flavors and textures are sublime… This recipe’s a keeper for me. Ingredients: 8-10 medium-large portobello mushrooms (if your mushrooms are huge, there may only…

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…

Pantry Pasta Salad

The only fresh ingredient in this delicious, gourmet pasta salad is fresh basil, which I recommend you grow (in your garden, if you have one, a window box, or a kitchen planter), or, alternately, buy fresh, chop, and keep in your freezer, so you can have it on hand in a pinch. If you keep…

Green Bean and New Potato Salad

This has entered the regular rotation in our home. It’s fresh, filling, and nutritious. Even the kids like it around here. This salad is great served fresh, and in some ways even better after marinating overnight in the fridge – the colors fade, but the flavors get bolder. It makes a great pot luck dish,…

Wheatberry and Mushroom Risotto-esque Pilaf

This recipe has been cooking in my head for about a week. It came out pretty good! The texture of the wheatberries is divine, and the flavors blend nicely. I had access to oyster mushrooms and shallots, so I used them, but this dish would definitely still be good using their less fancy cousins. Also,…