Garlic Shrimp and White Beans

This is another request from my husband. He found it on Epicurious. I’m all for anything that includes beans. They are filling and I love their texture. This recipe calls for white beans, like cannellini, but I used a combo of cannellini and Italian Romano because I love the softness of the Romano. Right from…

Lentil Soup with Vegetables

This is a very inexpensive lentil soup to make to make in the crockpot with staple ingredients and water.  I make it with extra lentils which I drain and use in salad.  Or you could eat them all with the soup.  Lentils are a very good source of fiber, folate, manganese, a good source of…

It’s New Year’s Eve!

And time to reflect upon the year that is passing and our hope for the coming year.  It is also time to wonder about, well, how am I going to incorporate lucky food into the new year!  I always thought you were supposed to eat black-eyed peas and collard greens for good luck on New…

Butternut Squash and Bean Tacos

Tacos are a fun way to eat vegetarian.  There is an endless supply of variations for stuffing in your tacos.  These are made with soft corn tortillas, which, incidentally, I have successfully made from masa harina just the other day.  But that’s another story.

Italian Three Bean Salad

This is a very simple, old-fashioned recipe that I remember eating as a child.  I didn’t eat much as a child, but I did like this.  I don’t think anyone even told me it was technically Italian food.  We didn’t label food like that 50 years ago.  We just ate whatever was put before us,…

Moroccan Chicken Soup

Do you ever pick up those free booklets from your grocery store?  You know the ones full of ideas and ads from their merchandise?  Well you should! They have pretty good recipes in there.

Lentil Quinoa Pilaf

This pilaf takes advantage of your summer garden’s bounty, but can be made in any season.  Just swap out whatever is in season.  Most of these ingredients are available year ’round.  Not sure how I feel about this, but c’est la vie.

Give Peas a Chance

Black-eyed peas are a tradition on New Year’s Day to bring good luck in the coming year.  This tradition reputedly dates back to ancient Babylonia and the time of the Pharaohs.  The superstition is that those who eat the modest pea are showing their humility in the face of the ancient Gods.  This superstition was…

Yellow Split Pea and Wheat Berry Salad

Since I only cook for two, I often find myself trimming recipes down because I really do not like to eat the same thing all the time – or ever.  I don’t know if you would call me an adventurous eater, but I do like to try different combinations and am always looking for new,…

Heart Healthy Colombian-Style Beans

My husband is from Colombia and you know no one can make beans like his grandmother did.  In fact, as a child, he would only eat her cooking.  No one else’s.  Nowadays, he is not so picky.  He’ll eat beans, but he really loves Colombian-style beans.  For him, only red kidney beans will do.  He…

Chickpea Soup

This a delicious soup from the Caribbean.  I like it as a way to use up cooked baked ham.  This recipe calls for dried chickpeas, but you could substitute cooked, canned garbanzo beans.