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…

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…

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…

Speckled Black Beans & Bell Peppers

Spinach El Frijol Mechudo (speckled black beans) Pan fried bell peppers Pan fried onion Dressing Red wine vinegar Grainy Dijon Salt Smoked paprika A dinner born of necessity is sometimes surprisingly filling, don’t you think? I had planned to enjoy these creamy speckled black beans with pan fried bell pepper strips & onions folded in….

Autumn Salad

Spinach Roasted sugar pumpkin Marinated, baked tofu (apple cider jam, Dijon mustard, Thai red curry paste, Bragg’s liquid amino acids, red wine vinegar) Red onion Pink apple Cilantro Tangerine zest Dressing: Dried Chile Colorado  (dry skillet toasted & rehydrated) Thai red curry paste Red wine vinegar Apple cider vinegar Tangerine juice Fresh ginger Apple cider…

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)  

Mediterranean Crunch Made Better

Costco Mediterranean Crunch Mix: Romaine, Broccoli, Carrot, Red Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chicory Firm Tofu Red, yellow, & orange bell pepper Grape tomatoes Dressing: Grainy Dijon mustard Red miso Red wine vinegar Olive oil White wine vinegar Bragg’s liquid aminos Honey Smoked paprika Oregano Zata’ar Salt & pepper

Artichoke Hearts & Preserved Lemon Dressing

Kale Artichoke hearts (water packed) Oven roasted orange bell pepper Oven roasted parsley root Pan fried bean curd knots (smoked paprika, shallot, salt, coriander, Zaatar, red wine vinegar) Shallot Sorghum Dressing: White wine vinegar Olive oil Lemon juice Dijon mustard Preserved lemon Garlic clove Honey Smoked paprika Zaatar Red chile flake Salt Bragg’s Liquid Aminos