Mexican Street Corn Salad

It’s true this is the quintessential summer salad.  When fresh corn, tomatoes, and lettuce are plentiful and full of sunshiny good flavor and the cilantro is bursting out of the herb garden this salad just can’t be beat.  But it turns out it’s a flexible little salad, and as the weather grows cold, it pairs wonderfully with a hearty bowl of beef or chicken chili.  It has garlic, lime, chili powder and jalapeno for spice and tartness, plus salty Cotija cheese crumbs and creamy avocado chunks for more tastiness.  Try adding some chili-lime powder from Trader Joe’s for an extra kick! Read More


Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts and Chickpeas

This is a rare recipe–  quick, vegan, gluten free*, low calorie, budget friendly, made from mostly pantry staples and very importantly, it is delicious!  Tweaked from a recipe found on the Ambitious Kitchen website, it offers protein in the form of chickpeas and peanut butter plus lots of gingery, garlicky Kung Pao flavor.  Serve it over rice, quinoa or pasta.  Make extra to reheat for a tasty lunch!   Read More


Margarita Chicken with Mango Salsa

Ahhh, summertime.  Barbecues,  patio dining, fruity cocktails, smoky grilled food, and a recipe for you which can combine all of these delicious attributes.  This healthy and simple recipe requires marinating time, but after that, it comes together in a jiffy.   Chicken breasts are marinated in lime, tequila, garlic and spices,  glazed with honey and topped with a citrus mango salsa.  Serve it with a cilantro-lime rice pilaf, and a spinach salad and enjoy! Read More


Spinach and Salmon Salad

What do salmon, blueberries, avocado, walnuts, olive oil, avocado, and spinach have in common?  Well, one thing is an appearance on a list of the top fifteen foods for improved brain health, and another is that they come together and make one tasty and gorgeous salad! Read More


Princely Lentil salad

Recently revealed was this tidbit:   the lunch menu of the perfect preschool newly attended by little Prince George featured lentils, more precisely Puy lentils from France.  And with just that sentence the not- usually-so-noteworthy little pulse (yes, that is the word for an edible seed) was granted its fifteen minutes of fame.   There was quite an uptick in interest and demand among restaurants and shops in Britain.  The legume industry expressed hopes this interest might be widespread and perhaps even permanent.

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Chicken, apple and pecan salad

Here is a lovely salad.  Chock full of flavor, texture and color, it is hearty enough for a dinner entree, but also a nice addition to a salad lunch.  It has morphed from its Panera Grills inspiration, but retains the very gratifying combination of apple, chicken, nut and cheese. Read More