Escarole & White Bean Soup

Escarole & White Bean Soup

I have said this before, but there is nothing like a bowl of warming soup on a cold day!  Now that it is winter, I am always looking for soup recipes that use lots of good, healthy vegetables, and that have lots of flavor. I had eaten escarole soup before, but I had never actually made it myself. Escarole is a variety of endive with broad, crinkly leaves which can be used raw or cooked. It is full of fiber and vitamins and flavor and is great for you. So I decided to…
Spaghetti Squash with Brown Rice & Vegetables

Spaghetti Squash with Brown Rice & Vegetables

This is not so much a recipe as a "how to" on using Spaghetti Squash as a main vegetarian dish.  It's easy to make and full of healthy vegetables, because the basis for the dish is baked spaghetti squash rather than pasta. Once spaghetti squash has been baked you can shred it apart with a fork and use it in place of regular spaghetti. This is great if you are eating gluten free, or trying to watch your carb intake. It's a guilt free dish that you can eat in quantity! All you…
Farro with Roasted Carrots, Fennel, Red Onion & Mint

Farro with Roasted Carrots, Fennel, Red Onion & Mint

This is a recipe that was inspired by an article in Bon Appetit about Meatless Thanksgiving Recipes. I turned it into a one-dish meal for dinner by serving the roasted vegetables, over a grain. Roasting vegetables is one of my favorite ways to eat them in the fall and winter. It is so easy to do and can be the basis for so many delicious dishes. For this dish I roasted carrots, fennel & red onion and served them over cooked Farro. Farro is a chewy grain that is a combination of three species…
Cranberry Orange Harvest Muffins

Cranberry Orange Harvest Muffins

When family comes to visit for the holidays it is nice to bake some goodies to have on hand for snacks or breakfast. My family is coming on Wednesday, so I made a batch of these Cranberry Orange Harvest Muffins to freeze and then thaw for Thursday morning. Everything is so hectic on Thanksgiving Day that you don't want to be cooking anything extra that day. You can just thaw these the night before and warm them in the oven to serve with coffee for breakfast. Your family will not be able to…
Savory Bread Pudding with Squash, Mushrooms & Herbs

Savory Bread Pudding with Squash, Mushrooms & Herbs

If you have a vegetarian in your family you know the quandary of what to serve them for Thanksgiving dinner. The vegetable sides are usually amazing and a vegetarian can fill their plate with green bean casserole, salad, mashed potatoes and cranberries. But it really is nice to have a special Vegetarian Dish to fill in for the turkey - something substantial, with a little protein and a "festive" feeling. I think this Savory Bread Pudding with Squash, Mushrooms & Herbs fits the bill. (You may want to double this recipe as carnivores will probably…