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…

White Bean Chili

December’s here and  nothing calls out to me more than a warm bowl I can wrap my hands around while I eat lunch (especially in light of the fact that the breakroom at work is always a touch on the chilly side, in my opinion).   A slightly creamy, tangy chili, with the subtle back-heat from…

Warm Grilled Vegetable Salad

Purple kale Warmed, grilled eggplant, bell peppers, & onions Water-packed artichoke hearts Quorn Chik’n cubes Roasted, salted sunflower seeds Dressing: Red miso paste Dijon mustard Rice wine vinegar Olive oil Queen Creek Olive Mill Meyer Lemon olive oil Lemon juice & zest Smoked paprika Coriander Honey Cayenne Za’atar Whole, smashed garlic clove Salt & pepper…

Fresh Fennel & Roasted Golden Beets with Orange

This salad has everything I love: texture contrast (crunchy, chewy, & smooth); bright colors (gold, purple, white, & green); a little sweetness and some saltiness; and a heft that makes me feel full.  3/4 of a fennel bulb was waiting for me to use it and I had originally thought I would buy another, roast…

Spicy Sprouts & Red Bell Pepper Rolls

Nori Califlower rice (seasoned with Mirin, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, horseradish, cilantro, & sugar) Fresh bean curd sheets Toasted sunflower seeds Shredded carrots & daikon radish Spicy sprouts blend Red bell pepper Dipping sauce: Soy sauce Rice wine vinegar Chinkiang vinegar When the craving for toasty nori, with its rich echos of the sea,…

Roasted Corn & Hatch Green Chile Soup

My friends have called me “the Soup Whisperer” because, as I do with salads, I get a creative idea for a soup “starter” and then compose a pot that builds on and enhances whatever the inspiration was.  I used to give out “Soup Certificates” for the holidays: handmade “coupons for soup” that had lots of…

Green Papaya Salad with Avocado

I’ve made lots of variations of  green papaya salad over the years (I’ve shared 10 on this site to date). Before it becomes the bright orange tropical fruit, an unripe papaya reveals itself as a crisp, light, mildly-cucumberesque vegetable that is most often seen at Thai restaurants as som tam salad.  On a recent night…

Delicata Squash with Apple Cider Rosemary Dressing

Kale (Green curly & purple) Roasted delicata squash (warmed) Oven baked, marinated tempeh (warmed) (Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, Balsamic vinegar, Trader Joe’s Apple Cider Jam, Fresh rosemary) Dry toasted hazelnuts Red onion Goji berries (dried lychee fruits/wolfberry) Dressing: Apple cider vinegar Balsamic vinegar Olive oil Trader Joe’s Apple Cider Jam Bragg’s Liquid Aminos Fresh rosemary Shallot…

Mint Chutney Coleslaw

Green cabbage Granny smith apple Sugar snap peas Quorn chicken cubes Salted peanuts Cilantro Dressing: Mint chutney (Mint, cilantro, serrano chile, coconut, salt, lime juice) Tangerine juice & zest Rice wine vinegar Agave Salt Cayenne

Sweet Potato & Avocado Rolls

Nori Califlower rice (Rice wine vinegar, Mirin, horseradish, cilantro, salt, sugar) Steamed sweet potato Avocado Orange bell pepper Soft bean curd sheet Pickled daikon (Rice wine vinegar, salt, sugar) Seed blend (Furikaki, sunflower & chia seeds, black & white sesame seeds, toasted millet)