Sunshine Hash

This delicious entree pairs butternut squash and potatoes with warm spices and fresh orange — for a smile of the sun even if the weather is gloomy outside. Beautiful oranges are in season right now, and their gentle sweetness combines nicely with the smoked paprika, cinnamon and cumin to coax a smile from most anyone…

Beef Braised with Tomatoes

When the days shorten and nights lengthen, my attention turns to braises.  Deeply flavored and nutritionally dense, tomatoes and beef are a happy combination in this easy to make dish. Beef Braised with Tomatoes is my go-to recipe when I want a savory slow braised boneless chuck roast.  The holy trinity of tomatoes, onions, and…

Black and Brown Pilaf

This flavorful, savory dish was inspired by some jet-black tiny lentils I got in a quarterly box from Trade As One. I am a fan of lentils, as they are tasty and fabulously nutritious. I also happened to have some wild rice and brown rice on hand, and one last pinch of fragrant saffron.  This…

Apple Sage Meatloaf

Autumn is close at hand, and that means apples are in season.  My local market has beautiful seasonal apples, and I love to include them in savory dishes – including this fragrant meatloaf. This twist on classic meatloaf flavors a 1/2 and 1/2 combination of turkey and pork with sweet apple, fresh sage, and onion….

Smoky Black-eyed Peas

The beautiful black-eyed pea has a natural affinity to smoky flavors, and so pairs well with a favorite spice of mine — smoked paprika. Adding the rich sweetness of super ripe late summer tomatoes and diced red bell pepper rounds out the earthy flavor of the black-eyed peas. This is a satisfying vegan main dish,…

Quinoa and Red Chard Saute

Here’s a quick main dish that uses the sweet/savory beautiful beet cousin, Red Chard. This sauteing green is a nutrition dynamo and pairs well with nutty quinoa and warm spices.  I added some carrot and sweet potato to add a bit of extra mellow sweetness and body to this filling dish. This dish comes together…