Lentil Salad with Toasted Almonds

Makes : 4 to 6 servings | Salads/Sides Dairy Free , Vegan , Vegetarian

Back-to-school time is always chaotic–soccer practices, piano lessons, and getting the kids back on their homework schedules. For those days when I just can’t get to the market, I like to keep a few “pantry meals” in my rotation. The dinners usually revolve around a starch, such as gluten-free pasta, rice, or lentils, plus a few easy additions that are likely lingering around my fridge. I keep several types of lentils in my pantry, but my favorite varieties for salads are either black beluga lentils or the French green “verte du Puy”. These particular lentils […]

Chicha Morada

Makes : about 3 quarts | Beverages Dairy Free , Vegan

Don’t be mad at me. How could I possibly make you mad, you ask? Because I’m going to tempt you with this deeply flavorful, fruity and exotic Peruvian beverage called Chicha Morada. So what’s the problem? Well, Chicha Morada is made from purple corn. The drink gets its gorgeous, rich color (along with a healthy dose of anti-inflammatory anthocyanins) from ears of dried purple corn-on-the-cob. And thus the problem: sourcing dried purple corn. I generally avoid calling for hard-to-find ingredients because I want you to spend your time cooking, not shopping. But in rare instances (such […]

Tropical Rice Salad

Makes : 4 to 6 servings | Salads/Sides Dairy Free , Vegan , Vegetarian

For those who prefer their grains processed and pulverized (think white bread), the mandate to “eat more whole grains” leaves many home cooks at a loss. But incorporating these foods into your daily routine can actually be quite simple — and fun. One of the easiest ways to introduce whole grains (grasses and seeds, too) into your repertoire: salads. Gluten-free salads made from rice, quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, millet or even lentils and beans prove successful not only as side dishes but often as light main courses as well. In the case of this colorful rice […]

Zesty Tomato-and-Roasted-Pepper Salad

Makes : 4 servings | Salads/Sides Dairy Free , Vegan

I grew up in the Midwest, where tomato season comes on fast and furious, but then fizzles out by the end of August. In Oregon, our local tomatoes get a slower start, but these late bloomers often last straight into the beginning of fall. When the weather is hot, it’s hard to beat a simple salad of sliced tomatoes with olive oil and sliced sweet onion. But as summer passes, I start dressing them up a bit more, pairing the tomatoes with bold flavors like roasted peppers, briny capers and meaty olives. This substantial mix […]

Roasted Broccoli with Grated Parmesan

Makes : 2 to 4 servings | Salads/Sides Vegetarian

No matter what I’m serving for dinner, I always try to include at least one or two different vegetables with the meal. My kids aren’t huge vegetable eaters, but lately they’re increasingly willing to take a stab at something new, especially if it’s sitting right in front of them. Oftentimes I’ll set the vegetables out while I’m finishing up the rest of the meal, hoping the kids are hungry enough to just start nibbling at the green stuff. Sneaky, huh? Unless I’m making an entrée that’s incredibly simple, I tend to prepare vegetables in a […]

Chunky Guacamole

Makes : 4 servings | Appetizers/Snacks Dairy Free , Vegan , Vegetarian

My entire family’s heading to Oregon next week, so I’ve been busy thinking up meals that everyone will enjoy. I want to make sure there are plenty of healthy snacks around, too, to fuel the hikes, sand-dollar gathering, and bocce games we’re bound to enjoy. And while it’s simple to toss a container of hummus on the table, I tend to prefer something a little more special. Homemade guacamole can be as simple as smashing an avocado with a bit of salt, or a more elaborate concoction that’s hand-ground with a mortar and pestle. Mine […]