Chinese 5 Spice Chicken and Cauliflower

Chinese 5 spice is a seasoning blend made up of you guessed it five spices that are a combination of sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami flavors. It is usually made up of cinnamon, star anise, cloves, Szechuan peppercorns, and fennel seeds.…

Roasted Fennel and Parsnip Fries

I try and fill half my plate with vegetables at each meal. With the cool temperatures at night, I am not very excited to eat a cold salad at dinner, my usual standby. We have all had sweet potato fries, but here is a quick recipe for roasted…

Butternut Squash Soup

It is cold and rainy. I am cooking butternut squash this week with a little apple and onion. I usually double the recipe so that can enjoy it for several days. This simple, silky butternut squash soup is gluten- and dairy-free. It can be made…
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Olive Oil Poached Cod

My sister-in-law reminded me of olive oil poached fish over the holidays. Oil poaching is an easy way to cook fish and ensure that it will come out moist and tender. You can flavor the dish with all sorts of herbs and spices. I used garlic,…

Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating I have been thinking a lot about eating mindfully lately and paying attention to how I am eating. Eating slower often means more satisfaction with the food we are eating. We enjoy it more and it fills us up in many ways. When…

Cauliflower Leek Soup

This week I am cooking vegetable soup. First off is a cauliflower leek soup. It is one of my favorites and I make it all the time. This time instead of onions, I put two leeks in, complete with the green part. It is a nice light green color…

Ginger

Ginger is one of my favorite spices. It is warming and soothing., spicey and sweet. I love adding it to savory dishes like curry and soup. It is great for reducing nausea, cholesterol, joint pain, and inflammation while supporting blood sugar…

Emerald Green Vegetable Soup

There is nothing better than a pot of soup on the stove. This pureed vegetable soup is one of my favorites. I usually start with an onion and a cauliflower and add in seasonal vegetables from there. This one has spinach and zucchini making it…

Pan-Fried Salmon and Roasted Vegetables

I choose to roast cauliflower and purple yams because had them in the house, but you can roast almost any vegetables you like. I always make extra of this kind of simple dinner because the leftovers are great for lunch or another dinner. Ingredient 1…

Travel Discoveries

One of my favorite things to do while traveling is to taste the different flavors in different places. I like to seek out restaurants with young chefs, visit farmer's markets, and check out the shops where locals do their grocery shopping. On…