healthy dinners

Fig and Gorgonzola Pizza with Arugula

September 10, 2012 Pizza

My mother-in-law has an enormous fig bush in her yard. It’s pretty amazing and, lucky for me, the figs were ripe last weekend for our Labor Day visit. I’ve been wanting to try a fig pizza recipe for ages, so this was a perfect opportunity. Aren’t they lovely? Ingredients: 1 whole wheat pizza crust 6 [...]

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Lemony Spinach and Ricotta Pasta

March 31, 2012 Dinner

I find that pasta dishes are ideal when you’re not in the mood to cook. I made this the other night after a long, exhausting day at work. It was one of those times when cooking was the very last thing I wanted to do and so, naturally, my sweet (and sometimes clueless) husband inquired [...]

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Chili Stuffed Sweet Potato

February 14, 2012 Soups and Stews

I’m sure many of you will be dining out tonight in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Seeing as I’m flying out to Austin, TX at the crack of dawn tomorrow and I’ll likely work late tonight, my husband and I will probably order pizza and stuff our faces  while finishing up the second hour of Downton [...]

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Khoresht Karafs (Celery Stew with Mint, Parsley and Dried Lime)

January 8, 2012 Dinner

I first tasted this dish at last month’s book club.  It’s a Persian celery-based stew that is typically made with lamb, but our lovely, accommodating host, made a vegan version for those of us who don’t eat meat. This soup is light and deeply flavorful. It’s composed of celery, mint, and parsley. But my favorite [...]

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Vegetarian “Chicken and Dumplings”

December 11, 2011 Dinner

Chicken and dumplings is one of my all-time favorite meals. It was the single biggest obstacle to my becoming a vegetarian. Life without chicken and dumplings just didn’t seem worth living. My mother is a wonderful, albeit reluctant, cook. On very rare occasions she’d make us chicken and dumplings. My heart would soar with excitement [...]

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Sweet Potato Risotto

November 21, 2011 Dinner

   When planning this dish, I intended to use pumpkin. Pumpkin is seasonal and nostalgic and people get overly excited for recipes that incorporate pumpkin this time of year. But, the problem with pumpkin is that it’s kind of meh. The texture is gag inducing and the flavor is benign. Even the best pumpkin needs [...]

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Sweet Potato Skillet Hash

October 24, 2011 Breakfast

I love weeknight meals like this one, that can be whipped up in a single skillet. When you’ve worked a long day and you’re tired and hungry, throw a bunch of veggies in a hot cast iron skillet, stick a fork in it, and call it a night. Ingredients: (makes 2 servings) 1 cup diced [...]

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Homemade Petros

October 17, 2011 Dinner

It may be that you’ve never heard of a Petro. As in Petro’s Chili and Chips. A fine Tennessee establishment. A Petro is simply a chili bowl with layered ingredients. A delicious fast-food concept that really should have caught on across the nation by now. Because many of you have not had the good fortune [...]

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