Recipe of the Week: Black Bean and Potato Soup

Found the inspiration for this in the latest issue of Vegetarian Times. I thought it might be a little bland, but it turned out to be rich and delicious.  Here is how I made it:

1 medium onion, diced2 red bell peppers, diced4 cloves garlic, minced3 medium potatoes, diced6 cups cooked/canned black beans divided*2 tablespoons white vinegar1 tablespoon ground cumin1 tablespoon dried oregano1 bay leaf1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepperdiced red onion, red pepper, and fresh spinach to garnish – optional

Saute onion, pepper, and garlic in a little water or vegetable broth until soft. About 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Add 3 cups of beans and 6 cups of water and puree. Return mixture to saucepan and add remaining beans, potatoes, cumin, oregano, bay leaf, salt and chipolte pepper. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer for aprox. 20 minutes or […]

Photo Gallery: Top 12 healthy cookbooks of 2010 | New Hope 360

Check out 12 really cool sounding cookbooks. Even though most of the time I don’t cook from recipes anymore, I love cookbooks because they give me great ideas for trying different flavors. In this collection there is something for everyone, from meat to gluten free baking and everything inbetween. I’m even feeling inspired to bake. It’s going to be difficult to decide which book to buy first.

Photo Gallery: Top 12 healthy cookbooks of 2010 | New Hope 360

Recipe of the Week: Golden Harvest Muffins

I started making these when Brian was a toddler…an eternity ago. I love the muffins because they are relatively healthy and my kids and all their like minded non-vegetable eating friends (back when Brian only ate yogurt and frozen tortellini)  love these muffins.

It has been a while since I made these and I’m thrilled that I found this recipe when I was looking for something different to have for dinner. I’ll be making them this weekend in a triple batch and freezing most of them for the boys to eat later. I’ll post a picture after I make them!

Here is the recipe:

1 cup white flour1 cup wheat flour1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon baking powder2 teaspoons cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ground cloves1/2 teaspoon ground ginger1/2 teaspoon salt1 Granny Smith (or any other type of apple), peeled, cored and shredded2 medium carrots, shredded3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil1/4 milk2 teaspoons […]

Recipe of the Week: Moroccan Lentil Stew

I made stew for friends the other night. It is great on cold, snowy nights because of the wonderful combination of sweet and spicy flavors. Not too hot, the stew really warms you. It also makes great leftovers.  The original recipe came from Vegetarian Times, but below are the ingredients I used. I don’t usually use prepared soups either, but Dr. McDougall’s* soups are all real food (I checked the ingredient list!) and on a busy weeknight this can be made in 30 minutes or less. Serves 6 1 Tbs. olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 3 carrots diced 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.) 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes 2 18.2-oz. cartons prepared lentil soup, such as Dr. McDougall’s 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup raisins or dried currants 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 1/2  teaspoon ground cumin 1/4  teaspoon red […]

What to Have for Dinner

 I couldn’t have said it better:

Turkey and Black Bean Soup

Turkey and Black Bean Soup: This is a staple at our house and a favorite with my clients. It’s easy to make, takes about 35 minutes and is versatile. Double the recipe and freeze some to pull out when you don’t have time to cook.

Get your greens in with this easy and delicious soup


1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion chopped 1 lb ground turkey 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 2 teaspoons oregano 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt several dashes Tabasco 1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes 1 14.5oz can black beans 1 quart chick stock 1 bunch kale, stems removed and chopped In a large stock pot or dutch oven add olive oil and ground turkey. Brown turkey until completely cooked. Remove turkey. Add onion and saute over medium heat until translucent Add turkey back to pot and add […]

A Tail of Two Cows, Happy Cow vs Nexium Cow

Once upon a time in lands that aren’t so far away lived two cows. The first cow, Happy Cow lived on a farm in  rural Pennsylvania. Happy Cow ate grass as his relatives before him did. He roamed in the pasture, ate grass, left manure in the field to fertilize the soil and enjoyed the sunshine. Happy Cow had little stress in his life and acted as the herbivore he was.

Nexium Cow, on the other hand, lived somewhere farther west than Pennsylvania. We’re not sure where, because it didn’t say on the styrofoam package he came from. All we know is that he lived in a CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operation) with thousands of other cows. Nexium Cow had almost no room to move and was fed corn and soy so that he grew quickly and became obese. Nexium Cow had a constant upset stomach, called acidosis, because […]

Eating At Home and the Food Industry

 From the Huffington Post. Why eat at home just might save your life.

Cider Braised Kale with Sweet Cherries

I found this recipe for Cider Braised Kale with Sweet Cherries and it piqued my interest. I tend to put Kale in everything now, from soup to spaghetti sauce, but if we are going to have kale as a “side” I tend to be unoriginal and saute with garlic, salt and pepper. I haven’t made it yet, but we have lots of beautiful kale from our winter CSA, so it will be on our plates at some point this week. Enjoy!

Find Out What Produce has the Most Pesticides

Thought I would share a couple great websites:

This is the Environmental  Working Group’s ranking of produce regarding pesticides. Remember that of the 70,000 chemicasl that are out there only 10,000 are regulated. The average fruit has at least 8 different chemicals on it and there has been no testing how those chemical interact with each other. You are the experiment.

The Non-GMO Project: Use this website to find products that have been verified as non GMO.