Creamy Parsnip Pear Soup with Cranberry Coulis {Recipe}

Parsnip pear soup is sweet and savory, creamy without the cream, and a nutritious and delicious addition to a fall or winter meal. Garnish with tart cranberry coulis for a pop of color and festivity. I love soup. I eat soup all year round, even on 90 degree days during the summer. And I’m not just talking about cold soups like gazpacho, though I’m a fan of that too. What I really love is a hot bowl of soup that warms me up from the inside out. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a hearty ve… read more »

Kale & Sweetpotato Lentil Salad {Recipe ReDux}

This Kale & Sweetpotato Lentil Salad is a hearty vegetarian entree or a delicious side dish to accompany chicken or fish. Disclaimer: I received free samples of California sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Sweetpotatoes Nutrient-rich. Supporting star of Thanksgiving dinner. Now known as on… read more »

Orange-Ginger Cranberry Sauce {Recipe}

Add some zest and spice to a Thanksgiving classic with this lower-sugar, vegan, and gluten-free Orange-Ginger Cranberry Sauce. Cranberry sauce is a staple on most Thanksgiving tables, and it certainly was in my house growing up – who else has memories of jellied canned cranberry sauce jiggling around on a plate in a perfectly uniform shape? As I got older, my mother started making her own cranberry sauce with canned mandarin oranges and I presume a lot of sugar (everything had a lot of sugar… read more »

Braised Red Cabbage and Apples with Maple and Thyme {Recipe}

Add some color to your plate with this pretty and delicious side dish of Braised Red Cabbage and Apples!  When people think of cabbage, they often think about recipes for stuffed cabbage or cole slaw. As much as I love stuffed cabbage, it’s not the quickest recipe to make. To enjoy the flavors and nutritional benefits of cabbage on a regular basis, I have found that braising is one of my favorite cooking techniques for this cruciferous vegetable, and it is tastiest and prettiest when done w… read more »

Roasted Garlicky Green Beans {Recipe}

Roasted Garlicky Green Beans are a crisp and delicious side dish – you’ll never look at green beans the same way again! Before I had kids I was at an Italian restaurant for dinner and ordered “Burnt Green Beans.” I didn’t really know what it was when I ordered it, but the waiter said that they were just very well done green beans (aka string beans) sautéed with oil and garlic. That sounded pretty darn good to my fellow diners and me – I mean how can you go wrong… read more »