French Lentil Salad

I love lentils! I have been making lentil soups for years, but I wanted to make a lentil dish also suitable to the warm weather seasons. French lentils hold their shape and texture, which makes them a great ingredient for a salad. This is my first lentil salad creation, which evolved into several variations–and it’s…

Corn Chowder

Creamy chowders are all all-time favorite! This recipe is a lighter, healthier chowder, yet it is still quite tasty. Now that the cooler weather is upon us, I’m breaking out my favorite soup recipes. This one got great reviews. Comfort food without the guilt. Ingredients  2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (or your favorite cooking oil)…

White Bean & Spinach Soup

“Foods for the Blues” was the theme for this recipe. Winter brings short days and chilly temperatures; this may affect our moods and energy levels. Certain foods can help diminish the winter blues and boost your energy.  Many of the ingredients in this dish are recommended for the cold winter months. It’s an easy recipe, yet…

Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup is often prepared with ham or other types of meat; this adds flavor to the dish. I’ve added a few seasonings to give the soup a depth of flavor (without the meat). Customers really enjoyed this recipe, as simple as it is. Kids too! Ingredients 1 cup split peas, rinsed and drained Water…

Cajun Quinoa

This recipe is a variation of my Cajun Quinoa Salad. Now that the weather is cooler,  I am more inclined to prepare warm dishes (rather than salads). To stay true to its name, “Cajun”, I added the Cajun holy trinity, which consists of celery, peppers, and onions. The nutritional yeast gives the dish extra flavor–and protein. This…

Tomato Vegetable Soup

It’s still tomato season here in the Hudson Valley, so I was inspired to prepare this recipe using fresh, organic tomatoes.  The customers really loved it! Ingredients: 28 oz. fresh (or canned) tomatoes—blended (if using fresh tomatoes—to get a smoother consistency—strain after blending) 2 tbs. olive oil ½ cup chopped onions 2 tbs. minced or…