Nutritional Yeast Sauce Pasta

A white bowl of fettuccine style pasta in a creamy yellow sauce

Much like my recipe for Easy Peanut Noodles, this pasta sauce is a versatile standby in my household. Enjoy it on pasta as-is or top it with whatever fresh, crunchy veggies you have on hand. Some great candidates to try are fresh arugula, sauteed sweet peppers, or stirfried broccoli. If nutritional yeast is new to […]

Two Ways to Roast Butternut Squash

Cubes of butternut squash on a silver backing sheet

There are two common ways to roast butternut squash—peeled and cut in cubes or wedges or simply halved and roasted with the skins on. Peeling squash takes a bit more work, but the roasting time is shorter (20-25 minutes) and you have a lot of serving options. Try peeled and roasted butternut squash as a […]

Mung Bean Sprouts

Canning jar full of sprouted mung beans in a refrigerator

I learned about mung bean sprouts from an old friend who became a natural-food enthusiast in the early seventies. Every time I visited her home, I noticed a jar of sprouts in her dish drainer—so I asked her about them. She explained her simple process, and I’m forever grateful to her. I make them frequently, […]

Baked Eggplant Slices

sliced of baked eggplant on a baking sheet

Good news! No need to salt the eggplant for this process. This is quick and easy. Serve as an appetizer, side dish, or pair it with pasta and marinara. My favorite thing to do with baked eggplant slices is this Eggplant Sandwich which you can make when the eggplant comes out of the oven or […]

Homemade Veggie Scrap Broth

Three mason jars of brown broth

In Top 5 Things to Keep in the Freezer, I introduced the idea of keeping a veggie scrap bag in your freezer, which is how you make my sixth top frozen staple item—homemade veggie broth.  If you have a compost program in your community or a backyard compost, most of your food scraps probably end […]

Freezing Bell Peppers

Slices of red, yellow, and green bell peppers on a baking sheet with frsty coating from being frozen

Take a few minutes to freeze fresh bell peppers at the end of summer, and you will thank yourself all winter long. Use your frozen bell pepper stash in soups, curries, pasta dishes; you name it. If you’re cooking something that calls for sautéed onions and peppers, just pull out the quantity you need, dice […]

Roasted Delicata Squash

Delicata Squash is so sweet and delicious; you don’t need to do much to enjoy it. Just toss it in olive oil, roast it, and finish with a bit of flaky salt. These cheerful little half-moons can be eaten like french fries or added to pasta dishes or salads. Is the delicata squash skin edible? […]

Kale, Apple & Farro Salad

Wood salad bowl with salad forks, filled with small pieces of curly kale, apples, and farro

This salad is a celebration of textures, seasons, and flavors. I like to make it when apples are first in season, but then make some variation of it all winter long. You can load it up with whatever fresh and dried fruit you have on hand, and this tangy Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette will keep it […]

Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon juicer, two juiced lemons, a garlic clove, and a jar of lemon juice on a white background

My favorite use for this lemon vinaigrette is this hearty kale salad loaded with apples, walnuts, and raisins. It’s also tasty drizzled on Mediterranean-inspired salads with feta and olives. Store this dressing in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.  Ingredients (yields 1½ cups)  ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil 5-6 […]

Simple Bread & Tomato Salad

Bread and tomato salad in a wood bowl

Think of this salad as a tomato sandwich in a bowl. Bread, tomatoes, and oil are the stars, and you can improvise from there.   How To Make a Simple Bread & Tomato Salad Plan for roughly one part toasted bread, one part tomatoes, any optional additions you want, and a vinaigrette. On this late summer […]