The first time I tasted this salad was when I visited Israel for the first time. It was also my first taste of persimmons. They are mildly sweet and very refreshing. Soon after coming home from that trip, I found persimmons in my local grocery store and attempted to recreate the salad recipe. This is my best attempt. In my recipe, I peel the persimmon but do not peel the green apple. I use a handheld mandoline to slice the persimmon, apple and fennel. It is also possibl
This recipe is perfect for a hungry crowd! From your pantry, put the beans, corn and tomatoes to work for any unexpected guests. And the fresh ingredients in this recipe are usually on-hand as well: carrots (pre-shredded carrots work great!), minced garlic (jarred and refrigerated is fine!) , an onion and bell pepper. Besides the flavor, the best thing about this recipe is that it's ready in about 30 minutes. Enjoy! 3-Bean Vegetarian Chili (serves 6) 1 tablespoon olive oi
This Thanksgiving, are you looking for a side dish that will impress but its prep is straightforward and has a delicious finish? You have found it here! This dish originally caught my eye when I was looking for regional recipes after a late summer trip to Provence, France. Food in Provence is simple, fresh and delicious. Provençal Vegetable Gratin represents the region and its flavor well. Enjoy! This recipe was inspired by Saveur. Provencal Vegetable Gratin (serves 6-8 s
I enjoy finding new ways to incorporate lentils into delicious recipes. Lentils boast a stellar nutritional profile- rich in fiber and protein- are easy to make (10-12 minutes) and are very affordable. This vegetarian enchilada gets good texture and flavor from lentils and shredded sweet potatoes. The casserole can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the fridge. It will be ready to bake when you are ready to eat... it takes just 25 minutes in the oven. Enchilada Cassero
Fresh and crunchy with just the right combination of sweet and tart, salty and citrus... Sometimes it is hard to describe a delicious salad and this one is no exception. But I know you'll enjoy the flavor every time you try it! For this Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette, the sprouts are washed and trimmed before shredding in the food processor. You'll want to capture any leaves that separate from the sprouts when they are trimmed and add them back to t
Outstanding! Delicious! Elegant! These are the responses I received from friends at a dinner party during the salad course. Maybe it's because of the salad's perfect combination of sweet and salty with crunchy and tender. It could also be the care of a homemade dressing featuring roasted garlic. Or, it's the oven baked caramelized nuts and fresh pomegranate seeds that top off the salad. Whatever the reason, it is a crowd pleaser! Assembling the salad is a breeze when t
Friends were coming for dinner and I hadn't planned for the appetizer. When I opened my fridge, pizza sauce and a zucchini were available and this recipe was created! Zucchini Pizza Minis (makes 24 minis) 1 large zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch discs (about 24) 1/2 cup pizza sauce 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella Garlic powder Salt Olive oil spray Preheat oven broiler. Place zucchini discs on baking sheet covered with foil. Spray lightly with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with g
It's the New Year and a great time to introduce a fresh new concept: Mason Jar Meals. I have always used Mason jars in the kitchen for making homemade salad dressings or for storing MyPlate2Yours granola. These 1-pint Mason jars can also be used as a 'grab and go' meal option. Today's Asian Noodle Salad recipe makes 4 servings which will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I will be posting more Mason jar recipes so don't hesitate to add some of these jars to
Try the traditional pairing of spinach and artichokes with the ancient grain quinoa baked together with eggs and cheese. The result? Deliciousness!!
This is a great brunch recipe. To prep this ahead of time, simply follow the recipe through until the step”Preheat the oven”. The contents of the 9 x 13 pan can be covered and placed in the refrigerator. When ready to cook, remove the dish from the refrigerator, uncover and finish the recipe. Enjoy!
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You’ll enjoy the heartiness of this meatless recipe with its slightly sweet and savory flavor. The sweetness in this curry dish originates from a small butternut squash and a pinch of cinnamon. Prep time and cook time both require 15-20 minutes. You can save some prep time by purchasing squash that is already peeled and diced (only 12-16 ounces needed). You may just need to adjust the dice to make smaller. Enjoy this delicious dinner! Sweet Butternut Squash and Chickpea C
The recipe for this dish originated in my mom’s kitchen. It is super yummy and surprisingly easy to make. Start to finish it can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. The fish/seafood in the recipe can be varied depending on your family’s preferences, simply substitute equal portions of fish and shellfish to suit your tastes. Serve with crusty bread and a simple green salad…it’s so tasty your family will wonder who is coming for dinner!!! Zesty Cioppino (serves 6 main d
Going meatless once a week can protect our health; it may reduce our risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. Meatless meals can also help our environment by reducing our carbon footprint and saving precious resources like freshwater and fossil fuel. For both of these reasons and for great taste, try these Vegetable Pancakes with Cilantro Cream. You won’t miss the meat! Vegetable Pancakes with Cilantro Cream (serves 3
I don’t know what I appreciated most about this dish the first time I tried it… the great flavor, easy prep, or nutritional profile (lean protein from eggs, phytonutrients from veggies). Probably the best part for me was that my daughter Becca treated me to it while home on her Spring Break from college. She usually comes home with a quarterly food publication I thoroughly enjoy, Spoon Magazine. This recipe was from the Winter issue and I had to share it with you! Shakshu