Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili

On a crisp day this chili is just what the doctor ordered, in so many ways.  It’s a great make ahead and pre-portioned servings freeze beautifully.  This chili is meatless and can be a welcome respite from heavy cold-weather dishes, yet is still very satisfying.

Lasagna with Chicken & Mushrooms (Gluten-Free)

This delicious dish was unusual for us only in that we do not by design have to avoid gluten.  However with what feels like a growing number of friends who must omit the grain-based protein, it seems to make sense to get a handle on a few staples.  I am proud to say that ourContinue reading “Lasagna with Chicken & Mushrooms (Gluten-Free)”

Sesame Crusted Salmon w. Baby Bok Choy

I received a copy of the new magazine Organic Life a few weeks ago and while flipping through came across this intriguing recipe.  Intriguing to me that is, and only because I’m not typically inclined to use bok choy, let alone venture out of my comfort zone to make our proteins ‘crusted’.  After reading theContinue reading “Sesame Crusted Salmon w. Baby Bok Choy”

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

If a snowstorm on the first day of Spring isn’t a great reason to make a lighter but still warming soup, I don’t know what is!  This dish would be great for the coming weeks as temps keep climbing but nights are chilly.  It delivers a major antioxidant punch from all the tomatoes, and isContinue reading “Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons”

End of Winter Pasta with Fennel & Lemon

In the midst of prepping last week’s Spring Training Granola, I stopped to marvel at our stand mixer.  It was actually one of our first joint purchases, made relatively soon after we met and used at the weekend house we shared upstate with another friend, where we filled a few winters with cook-and-bake-a-thons in theContinue reading “End of Winter Pasta with Fennel & Lemon”

Meyer Lemon Chicken with Barley Risotto & Broccoli Rabe

Another weeknight!  And are you like me in that you were over skinless, boneless chicken breast about five or six years ago, but don’t always feel like taking on a whole roasted chicken because among other things, you don’t have 90 minutes to wait and don’t want to deal with chicken wings on a WednesdayContinue reading “Meyer Lemon Chicken with Barley Risotto & Broccoli Rabe”

Broth Lover’s Chicken Soup

So there may or may not have been a major snowstorm in the New York metropolitan area.  One thing is for sure though, it’s really cold!  Why?  Because at the moment it’s Winter.  Could the media’s love of hyping the Winter season perhaps explain the broth trend that’s been heating up since the beginning ofContinue reading “Broth Lover’s Chicken Soup”

Turkey Chili to Kick off a Snowy Weekend

Winding down the week here and since I was lucky enough to visit Colorado from last week until yesterday, oh, how glad I am that I’d made this Turkey Chili before I left.  We had a few servings right away and froze the rest for this very not-quite-caught-up yet evening. Plus, I was extra-inspired toContinue reading “Turkey Chili to Kick off a Snowy Weekend”

Mushroom Bolognese with Lean Protein

Why is it a good idea to make this Mushroom Bolognese?   Because Bolognese sauce is a top contender for favorite winter dinners, especially for Sundays when there is more time to let the sauce simmer away in the late afternoon leading up to dinner.  But, its popularity in our household means that we’ve branchedContinue reading “Mushroom Bolognese with Lean Protein”

Roasted Turkey & Vegetable ‘Pot Pie’

This (DELICIOUS!!!) Sunday dinner was inspired during a cold weather ride by the filling of chicken pot pie, the creamy, comforting, piping-hot, crave-able comfort food we always consider making but shy away from because of the perceived labor-intensiveness of the recipe, plus the heaviness of the traditional dish.   In full transparency, this version didContinue reading “Roasted Turkey & Vegetable ‘Pot Pie’”