Tomato Soup with Roasted Cauliflower & Cannellini Beans

Tomato Soup with Roasted Cauliflower & Cannellini Beans

A hearty new take on an old classic that’s full of flavor and comes together quickly. Beyond the nutrient-rich tomatoes, cauliflower is also full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, while the beans boost the fiber and provide quality protein. Really good leftover! As the soup warms at the end, make up a grilled cheese with arugula or spinach and Dijon mustard on rustic whole grain bread—a complete meal. 

Fresh Tomato & Cucumber Quinoa Tabbouleh

Fresh Tomato & Cucumber Quinoa Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is a great way to use a surplus of summer cucumbers and fresh tomatoes—even “B” or blemished tomatoes still have great taste and nutrition. Quinoa adds a super nutritional twist—its high protein content makes this a great main dish. Leftover, this tabbouleh is a great bite when you’re on the run.

Lemon Walnut Kale Pesto

Lemon Walnut Kale Pesto

Kale is often considered as a fall and winter vegetable, yet early-mid summer kale is a bit more tender and mild, and makes for a really good, nutrition-packed pesto. Lemon brightens the flavor; walnuts add their own taste as well as a nice texture. A food processor brings this pesto together quickly for pasta, pizza, salads, and more. Freezes well for later use.

Sweet 'n Nutty: Maple-Tahini Cookies

Sweet 'n Nutty: Maple-Tahini Cookies

Move over Good 'n Plenty...                                                                                                                          ...Hello Sweet 'n Nutty!
Thanks to some dark, B-grade maple syrup from my neighbor at the end of sugaring season, these cookies are the perfect antidote for a sweet tooth without a sugar overload. Nutritional bennies: both the flax and walnuts are good sources of heart healthy Omega-3 fats (with a plethora of other healthful perks.) Tahini also contains good fats and protein. The whole barley (or oat) flours give the cookies a boost of soluble fiber. Even the maple syrup is a natural source of magnesium, zinc and several other minerals absent from refined sugars.

Fresh Parsley & Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce

Fresh Parsley & Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce

Welcome the earthiness of spring! A boldly refreshing and versatile sauce that elevates grilled meats / seafood and roasted vegetables from dressed to well-dressed. Nutrition bennies: The volatile oils in herbs that declare their signature fragrances have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties—substantial health benefits to help fight disease.

 

Peanut Sesame Chicken Satay

Peanut Sesame Chicken Satay

This recipe yields a flavorful appetizer that everyone loves so it disappears quickly! The only real work is threading the chicken onto wooden skewers. The marinade can be made several days in advance, and the chicken can be marinated a day ahead of cooking. Notes: Be sure to use Toasted Sesame Oil which contains a kick of hot pepper. Also, soak wooden skewers in water for at least an hour before grilling to prevent them from getting fully burned through. 

Double Chocolate Good Heart Brownies

Double Chocolate Good Heart Brownies

Chocolate is good for the soul, good for relationships (think Valentine’s Day), and yes, it can even be good for the health of your heart. To benefit and enjoy a truly delicious taste, you need to select the good stuff!In addition to the antioxidants in both the cocoa and the chocolate chips, these brownies contain heart healthy flax and walnuts, both sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. The flax adds quite a bit of moisture to the brownies, so that only a small amount of healthy canola oil is needed.