Butternut Squash with Chimichurri

Thanksgiving cooking countdown!  This easy traditional meets modern recipe provides inspiration for your menu planning. Slice butternut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees until just fork tender. (See instructions for coconut butternut squash soup if you are uncertain about a good way to go about…

Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Warm up to a bowl of coconut butternut squash soup. It’s smooth and and luscious with a burst of crunch. Easy cooking for fall! Cut a large butternut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Season with salt and pepper and place on baking sheet filled slightly with water (you want steam as you…

Cauliflower in Disguise

Trick or treat?  Cauliflower rice disguised as candycorn. A winning look with no dental floss required.  Happy Halloween!

The art of the vegetarian taco: thinly sliced purple daikon radish provides beautiful color, citrus yogurt slaw adds crunch, and charred peppers, onions and scallions add flavor. Serve with guacamole, salsa and cheese. Delicious!

Cauliflower Chili

This tastes even better the next day so make it for dinner and enjoy for lunch all week. Chop the cauliflower well and kids won’t even notice! Cauliflower Chili 1 t. Canola Oil 3/4 C. Celery, diced 3/4 C. Carrots, diced 1 1/4 C. Onion, diced 2. C. Cauliflower, diced 1 t. Chili Powder 1/2…

Shishito Peppers with Strawberry Balsamic Glaze

Healthy and light with a splash of heat.  Shishito Peppers with Strawberry Balsamic Glaze 2 Wooden Skewers 12 Shishito Peppers 1/4 t.  Canola Oil 1 T. Strawberry Preserves 1/2 t. Balsamic Vinegar Pinch of Salt Soak skewers in water.  Preheat broiler.  Put 6 shishito peppers on each skewer and place on baking sheet.  Drizzle oil…

Peach and Fig Dream Sandwich

Peaches and cream pair with the fig as a delicious late summer dream ensemble.  Sweet enough for kids to enjoy and expand beyond their usual lunches and delicious enough for adults. Peach and Fig Dream Sandwich Two Slices of Bread 1/4 C. Cream Cheese (Lemon Chive Cream Cheese recipe below) One Peach or Nectarine, pitted…

Pepita Butter and Banana Bread Sandwiches

Peanut butter and banana sandwiches get a makeover.  Nut-free and nutritious. Pepita Butter and Banana Bread Sandwiches 2 Slices of Banana Bread, thinly sliced 2 T. Pepita Butter (recipe below) 4 Slices of Banana Cinnamon for sprinkling (optional) Gently slather one slice of banana bread with pepita butter. Top with banana slices and sprinkle with…

Back to School

Reinvent brown bag lunches this year at Back to School

Nut-Free Banana Bread

  A delicious nut-free snack, rich with fiber and potassium, and kid-approved. Nut-Free Banana Bread 1/2 C. Butter 1 C. Sugar 2 T. Molasses 4 Ripe Bananas 2 Eggs 1 1/2 C. Flour 1/2 t. Salt 1 t. Baking Soda 1/2 C. Coconut flakes (optional) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter and…

Rooted

I closed my locker, with its contents spread before my feet, and left the building carrying my knives and tools and a tall white hat under my arm. Our practical exam strung 110 lessons into six well executed dishes.  The smoldering kitchen, thick with muddled smells from our collective cooking, was awash with joy.  The…

In Saturated Hues

We drove along the interstate in the early morning, having returned late the night before from several days of work travel. This was my last weekend of class, and the anticipated relief mitigated my fatigue from tightly compacted commitments. One practical exam remains and my classroom studies will be complete. The sun shined brightly and…