Stuffed Green Pepper Casserole

Our neighbor made this for us about a year ago (I can’t remember why), and we were hooked. I was so hooked that I asked her for the recipe while I was pregnant, but she said that she had just made it up. And then she brought me some the next day! So we’ve recreated…

Sesame Ginger Quinoa Bowls

Todd found this recipe to help me find healthy alternatives to sandwiches for lunch, and like everything else on here, we’ve made a lot of changes for the better. This recipe is so great at lunch time: a cold grain bowl packed with flavor and texture. We make this Sunday so it’s ready to go…

Perfect Brown Rice

Perfect brown rice takes work, and it’s achieved by following the package directions. To help it, we found that you need less liquid than than you think.   Perfect Brown Rice 2 c. brown rice, rinsed 1 small yellow onion, minced 1 Tbsp. olive oil 3-1/4 c chicken stock In a heavy bottomed pan over…

Hummus

There are a million hummus recipes out there. Here’s the one I prefer. Basic Hummus 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1/2 c. tahini paste (mix well before measuring) 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic 1 lemon, juiced 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper water (if necessary) Add all of the ingredients (except…

Beans & Greens

This dish doesn’t sound like much, but the combination makes it perfect: savory, substantial, and flavorful. It’s so versatile that you can substitute whatever green or bean you have on hand.¬†On top of that, it’s so easy that it’s a no-brainer on a weeknight – we make it at least once a week as a…

Lemon, Shallot & Dijon Dressing

This dressing is so creamy that you’d think it was full of mayonnaise, but it’s not. It’s perfectly balanced and amazing with beets. 1 small shallot, minced 1 lemon, juiced 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. honey 1/2 c. olive oil Salt Pepper Add all ingredients to the blender, and run until dressing is creamy…

Winter Vegetable Chili

This chili has morphed over the years from a Food & Wine recipe to an undeniable tradition at our house. The original had less spice, less veg, and less oomph. This recipe stands on its own, in your face with more of everything. It’s a great option when you want chili, but not the heavy…

Herbed Brown Rice Pilaf

It sounds simple, and it is. But it’s beyond delicious, and is a great match for just about any meal where you need a side dish. 2 Tbsp. EVOO 2 whole garlic cloves, lightly smashed 1 lg yellow onion, diced small (about 1 cup) 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced 2 tsp fresh thyme, de-stemmed 1…

Miso Chicken Marinade

I’ve been searching for an easy chicken marinade that will give me enough flavor that I can eat it alone, or with a simple side, like grilled vegetables. The missing link was white (or light) miso paste. Miso is a Japanese fermented soybean paste, that provides that often sought after fifth flavor – umami. It’s…

Cucumber, Basil & Gin Cocktail – 2 ways

For those in Wisconsin, this summer has been pathetic. It’s already August and there have only been a handful of days that make you so hot, the only thing you wish you had was an ice-cold drink. Well, to make up for mother nature’s shortcomings, I’ve starting enjoying those ice-cold refreshers anyway. Here’s an easy…

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