Italian-style Quinoa with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Spinach & Olives

I still enjoy experimenting with quinoa dishes (even though I’ve created many). You can get very creative with this versatile, nutritious little seed. Ingredients: 3½ cups water 2 vegetable bouillon cubes (or 1 teaspoon salt) 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast ½ teaspoon granulated garlic ½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes 2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained…

Pasta Bolognese

This is an easy vegan bolognese recipe. If you’re looking to add more protein to your pasta dishes, this is a simple inexpensive way to do so. It’s another way to use TVP. Ingredients 1 (12–16 oz.) package pasta, regular or gluten-free 1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes or whole tomatoes, blended 1 tbs. extra virgin…

Sweet Bell Pepper Salad with Fresh Tarragon

Beautiful, local sweet bell peppers are now in season in the Hudson  Valley. I used all three colors in this recipe, but if you have only one, that is fine. I tested out this recipe for the first time this week, and I was quite surprised by the positive responses (it was well received). It’s great to get…

Summer Lentil Salad (French Lentils, Cucumber, Tomato & Herbs)

All summer long I have been creating different types of summer salads–figuring out how many ways I can use zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, etc… This recipe is a variation of another lentil salad that I created. I changed it up by adding local, seasonal cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Salads can be quite diverse and when adding…

Tomato & Corn Salad

How many variations of tomato salad can I create? Well, here’s the thing: when I see the bounty of the summer season, I try to use our seasonal produce in as many ways as I can. Delicious corn grows in our northeast region and we have a local grower right down the road. Tomatoes are wonderful when they’re…

Avocado Salad with Tomatoes & Cucumbers

Avocados are so nutritious and versatile. To stretch the avocados, I add cucumbers and tomatoes to this recipe. This is another one of my season-inspired creations. Since we have tomatoes and cucumbers in such abundance, I find ways to add them to my dishes. This recipe tastes similar to guacamole, but it’s not mashed. Ingredients 4…