Grilled Veggies with Honey Mustard Balsamic Dressing

Nothing says “nice weather” like firing up the grill, don’t you think?  An easy to put together salad combines pre-washed, bagged baby spinach with grilled vegetables, hard boiled eggs, and crunchy roasted pistachios.  The dressing came together quickly too; simply by whisking honey Dijon mustard with balsamic vinegar for a slightly sweet, tangy kiss. Spinach…

Cauliflower Rice with Black Beans, Tangerines, & Ginger

I’m new to the world of cauliflower rice.  I’ve “riced” heads of cauliflower a couple of times, primarily to use in my nori rolls, but with life busier than I’d like these days, I’m on the lookout for ways to keep my veggie intake up but with a little less work on my part.  Thus,…

Carrot Ginger Soup & Tempeh

I could eat soup all year long.  As the weather warms up, however, I want my soup to be a little lighter in both “heft” and flavors.  This week a combination of bright orange carrots, spicy fresh ginger, and Thai yellow curry paste produced a bright, light, and tangy soup, with a bit of heat…

Warmed Grilled Vegetable Salad

Salads don’t always have to be cold; in fact, wilting the greens, heating the toppings and the dressing, takes a salad from “lunch” to “supper” in just a few minutes. Dad & I had spent time, beers in hand, at the grill last weekend when the folks came for a “Welcome to Spring” cookout. I’d…

Roasted Parsnips with Lemon Curry Dressing

“SuperFoods” Baby Lettuces Blend: Spinach, Chard, & Kale Oven roasted parsnips (salt, pepper, coriander, nutmeg & lemon zest) Baked, marinated tofu (Balsamic vinegar, Maple syrup, soy sauce, blueberries) Shallots (roasted with parsnips) Dried wild blueberries Dried, salted peas Sugar snap pea pods Dressing Non-Fat Greek yogurt Lemon juice Cilantro Mint Maple Syrup Fresh ginger Salt…

Artichoke Hearts & Blood Oranges

I’m not sure if there are many other combinations of flavors that can surpass briny, tangy artichoke hearts (water packed) and bright, fresh, sweet orange.  And the opportunity to use blood oranges, with their cherry/berry intensity; well, it was too good of a salad-making opportunity for me to pass up. Spinach Oven roasted carrots Marinated,…

Golden Beets with Creamy Horseradish Dressing

Sweet, mildly earthy, and warm – golden beets are a true favorite.  Their bright orange hue provides a fantastic range of minerals & vitamins but also a brightness on the plate of sunshine captured, stored underground, and available in an unassuming, delicious root.  Roasting brings out the sweet flavor of just about any vegetables, yellow…

Celebrating Purple

Purple abounds on my table this week.  I hadn’t planned it as such, but my lunchtime salad is dark, deep, and gloriously purple, thanks to purple/red cabbage & tart dried cranberries and my evening plate also glows violet featuring purple kale & red onions, mixed with black rice and roasted sweet potatoes.  There must be…

Grilled Vegetable Medley

The star of this week’s lunch is a medley of grilled vegetables that are warmed briefly and then garnished with a little fresh arugula that is barely sprinkled with balsamic vinegar.  The vegetables were rubbed with olive oil and salt & pepper before spending time on the grill, where they took on the smoky, charred…

Roasted Parsnip & Persimmon Salad

Kale Oven roasted parsnips  – warmed Fuyu persimmon Marinated, baked tofu (soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, red chile flake, cumin, coriander, garlic clove) – warmed Red onion Goat cheese Dressing: Rice wine vinegar Olive oil Soy sauce Lemon juice & zest Fresh ginger Maple syrup Smashed garlic clove Freshly grated nutmeg Cumin & coriander…