Summer Squash Salad

So much zucchini in the garden, help! Yes, this was the inspiration of this dish. My husband LOVES to grow food–A LOT of food. This summer we had more than we could manage, so we shared–and I came up with a few new ways to prepare our abundance of zucchini. We also had a lot of cucumbers, so…

Peppery Red Lentil Patties

I created this recipe for my “Fantastic Fiber” theme at work. Lentils are high in fiber and so versatile. Because of their high fiber content, they are considered to be one of the cleansing foods. This is a new way to enjoy lentils, an idea I got from the Indian dishes idlis and vadas, which…

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…