Entries by Barbara Sobel

Savory Plantain Mash 

One of the foods I enjoyed eating in Brazil was plantains. I enjoyed them so much that I came home and started experimenting with sweet and savory plantain mash. Here is my recipe for savory plantains. It is super easy and my kids loved them. If you are interested in trying a sweet version of […]

Chimichurri Sauce

I am a big fan of making fresh sauces and dressings because I can control the ingredients that go into them.  Chimichurri sauce can have a little punch (red pepper flakes) or not. Sensitive to garlic, you can use it or not.  Think cilantro tastes like soap, skip it and add some extra basil or […]

Summer Vacation: Self Care

Remember when you were a kid and you spent all year looking forward to summer vacation?  As adults, we don’t get to take the whole summer off, but we often do get to take a little time off work to recharge. I spent the last two weeks traveling in Brazil sightseeing, listening to music, beaching, […]

Mango Salsa

Fruit salsa is a great addition to almost any meal and everyone loves it — even kids. Fruit salsa pairs well with chicken, fish, seafood, pork, beef, and vegetables. You can also use it as a dip on its own or spoon it over yogurt or soft cheese (dairy or nondairy). It can be spicy […]

Carnitas Citrus Salad

This recipe is simple, but takes some planning because it requires a slow simmer on the stove for a few hours. I usually make it during the winter, but made some recently at my kid’s request. My boys (husband included) like to make carnitas tacos with corn tortillas, salad or shredded cabbage, black beans, avocado, […]

Gluten Free Stir-Fry: Chicken and Vegetables

This is one of our family favorites and it is easy to scale up or down in size and fill in with the vegetables we happen to have at home. Plus it is gluten and soy-free for those of us who react to those foods. I serve it with rice, cauliflower rice, quinoa, or millet. […]

Summer Sheet Pan Recipe

I am a sheet pan superfan for weeknight meals. They are just so simple and the combinations are truly endless. This week I played around mixing meat, fruit, vegetables. The trick is cutting everything about the same size so that it all gets done at the same time. Recipe serves 4 and is easily scaled […]

Weeknight Chicken Curry

I am a big fan of curry. It is full of vegetables and herbs that help to reduce inflammation, it is great leftover (sometimes even better than the first meal), and it can be made simply or more complex given the time you have. Check out my simple weeknight chicken curry recipe below. It is […]

Low in Iron ???

What do iron deficiency and my “Lucky Iron Fish” have in common? Women are most at risk of low iron, but anyone who has a lot of blood loss or who does not eat enough foods with iron is at risk. So are people with inflammatory bowel disease, Celiac disease, and parasites (parasites thrive on […]

Carrot Top Pesto

Carrot top pesto! Yup, this super simple “pesto” recipe is made from carrot tops and is dairy-free for those who are avoiding dairy. A special thank you to Laura Reoch, https://september-days.com/ for the picture!⁠ I love when friends join me in the kitchen. I love carrots and the freshest carrots come with the tops still […]