When I see patches of green finally return to the otherwise brown and dreary landscape, I know it’s early spring in Vermont. It’s a sign of rejuvenation and a reminder for me that it’s time to dig out some of my favorite spring recipes. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter stews and warm casseroles. But I’m ready to sink my teeth into something light and fresh, and spring gives me plenty of options.
Here are a few of my favorite spring recipes:
Green Salad with Asparagus & Peas
Here’s a salad where we’ve combined two stars of the spring garden, asparagus and peas. Since the asparagus goes into the mix raw, you’ll want to look for the freshest,...
It’s sugaring season in Vermont and here at the heart of Maple Syrup nation my neighbors are tapping the trees, pulling out 40 gallons of sap to boil down to one gallon of syrup. While most people just use maple syrup on pancakes, I find its sweet, earthy flavor pairs well with all sorts of foods. Here are a few of my favorite recipes using maple syrup:
Sesame-Maple Roasted Tofu: This quick and healthy dinner pairs creamy tofu and crispy snap peas with a tahini-maple sauce. Serve with udon noodles and Green Tea-Poached Pears for dessert.
Maple-Walnut Tapioca Pudding: Turn comforting tapioca pudding into a special dessert for two by spiking it with pure maple syrup and finishing it with a...read full post »
When I skip breakfast, I suffer. I’m ravenous by midmorning, dragging my feet and setting myself up for overindulging in foods that I shouldn’t eat. Recently I’ve been trying out some new healthy breakfast recipes, and there are some that are quick enough to pull together even during the morning dash out the door. If I can have a healthy breakfast pulled together in 15 minutes or less, then I’m less likely to skip out on the most important meal of the day.
Here are a few of my favorite sweet and savory quick breakfast recipes, all done in 15 minutes or less:
Quick Breakfast Taco: A smaller cousin of the breakfast burrito, the breakfast taco made with reduced-fat Cheddar and egg...read full post »
I’m going to try and take “Fat Tuesday” a little less literally this year with a healthier approach to my Mardi Gras recipes and menu. Of course I’m going to stick to the traditional favorites, but for my party menu I’m going to focus on healthier versions that stay true to those delicious Cajun flavors I love. Maybe I’ll even score a few extra beads for my efforts.
For Mardi Gras, I’m going to cook up a menu of traditional favorites, including:
Grilled Shrimp Remoulade: An updated and untraditional rémoulade makes a tangy sauce for these spice-rubbed shrimp. While this is a favorite on the grill, you can cook the shrimp on a lightly sprayed broiler rack, about 4 inches from the...read full post »
If you’re like me, both time and money are tight these days. I would love to spend all afternoon cooking an elaborate meal, but that’s not reality. I love pork, and boneless pork chops are my pick of the pig when it comes to quick and easy dinners. Plus at about $3.50 per pound, they make great budget-friendly meals. Perfect for a quick and tasty weeknight dinner that won’t break the bank.
For example, Pork Chops with Orange & Fennel Salad are a terrific antidote to a dreary winter day. Serve them with crusty whole-grain bread or brown rice.
Like that? Here are some more of my favorite...read full post »