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…

Savory Zucchini Pancakes with Curry Mayo

This recipe is a variation of an Indian dish: Zucchini Kofta. Koftas are very popular and are commonly served with a sauce or chutney. Koftas are usually fried, so to make this dish healthier, I decided to pan-fry them in non-stick pan to minimize the amount of oil needed. I make these in the summertime…

Cole Slaw

One day I was craving cabbage, so I decided to create a coleslaw recipe of my own. My inspiration was a new balsamic vinegar that is now available at Mother Earth’s Storehouse where I work in upstate New York. I was thinking about dishes that would work well with this new vinegar. Since it has a…

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

I first started making chia pudding when I began my job at Mother Earth’s. I learned about the health benefits and properties of chia seeds and how they work in recipes. They remind me of tapioca, but can be eaten raw. The recipe I used (which wasn’t one of my own) was ok but not…

Chickpea Salad

In this recipe I use ingredients that are commonly found in tuna salad. Vegenaise (reduced fat) and Just Mayo are usually my mayos of choice, but you can use any mayonnaise you like. The nutritional yeast adds flavor and protein to the dish. I like to coarsely mash the cooked chickpeas to have some texture. I…

Cauliflower Salad

I first created this recipe for my “Summer Salads” theme at work. In the summer, and during this time in the autumn, we have local, organic cauliflower at Mother Earth’s, which is the inspiration of this dish. I always look for local, seasonal foods during our growing season. I love to cook seasonally and I…