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Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post   Everything about jalapeño poppers is fun. It’s no wonder they’re a bar food staple. They require minimal commitment — each is just a bite or two with no cutlery necessary. As the name suggests, you...
Apple Ring Treats

Apple Ring Treats

Photo by Tom McCorkle and food styling by Gina Nistico; for The Washington Post   Apples cut into rings, then topped with peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter) make a canvas for an array of toppings, such as coconut, granola, dried fruit, crushed cereal or...
3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Photo by Tom McCorkle and food styling by Gina Nistico; for The Washington Post   This milk shake-like smoothie is filling, nourishing and perfectly sweet thanks to the very ripe frozen banana blended into it —no added sugar needed. It’s so simple to make,...
Gem Lettuce Boats with Feta, Radish and Scallions

Gem Lettuce Boats with Feta, Radish and Scallions

Photo: Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post/Food styling: Gina Nistico for The Washington Post   These charming lettuce boats are piled neatly with a creamy, yogurt-based, lemon and feta dressing, and topped with chopped spring vegetables. They are like a modern...
Nectarine and Fennel Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

Nectarine and Fennel Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

Photo: Quentin Bacon   This salad is the product of a serendipitous discovery my daughter Bella made one day in the kitchen, a kind of you-got-your-peanut-butter-in-my-chocolate moment. I was slicing fresh fennel for a salad while she was snacking on a nectarine....
Cherry Phyllo Turnovers

Cherry Phyllo Turnovers

Photo: Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post   Phyllo dough brushed with healthful olive oil and sprinkled with a little coarse sugar make these golden, flaky turnovers a lighter, better-for-you alternative to puff pastry or other pie doughs. Here, they are...
Almond Granita

Almond Granita

Photo: Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post    This refreshing frozen treat is creamy yet light, with the pure, subtle taste of almonds gently sweetened with honey. It’s as close as I can get to conjuring the dreamy granita experience I had in...
Carrot Top Pesto

Carrot Top Pesto

Photo: Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post   Don’t toss those carrot tops! They are as tasty and nutritious as other greens and can be used in the same way — to garnish dishes, sprinkle in salads or for sautes and sauces. Here, they are the base of a lovely,...
Ceviche-Style Shrimp Cocktail

Ceviche-Style Shrimp Cocktail

Photo: Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post   This recipe riffs on the traditional citrus-marinated seafood dish with a crunch of cucumber, and sweet, juicy green grapes tossed with the usual cilantro, onion, and jalapeño flavor trio. Also, using cooked, chilled...
Picnic Pasta Salad

Picnic Pasta Salad

Photo: Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post This colorful, whole grain pasta salad, chock-full of vegetables and fresh mozzarella cheese in an herb-garlic vinaigrette dressing, earns its name because of the way it holds up in a cooler pack –there is nothing...
Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

  This dressing has a lovely sweet-tart balance, but with considerably less sweetener than is typically used, and here instead of sugar it’s less-refined honey. It is made easily in the blender and brings a sunny punch of flavor to summer salads.  ...
Grilled Clams with Garlicky Chorizo Drizzle

Grilled Clams with Garlicky Chorizo Drizzle

Photo: Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post If you have never grilled clams before you will likely be amazed and delighted at how easy it is to do. You simply put the cleaned clams on the grill (or a grill pan) and cook them until they open into a wide yawn, 7 to 15...
Salmon Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Salmon Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Photo: Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post   Made with chopped fresh salmon seasoned with lemon, dill and mustard, these burgers have a Greek flavor accent which is punctuated with an accompanying tzatziki sauce (an herb-flecked cucumber-yogurt sauce). Serve on...
Thai Vegetable Curry with Tofu

Thai Vegetable Curry with Tofu

Photo: Quentin Bacon The trick to making tofu delicious is pressing it to get rid of all the water so that its texture is more meaty than mushy, and it can absorb all the wonderful flavors of the sauce. The dry sauté technique I use here makes the pressing process...
Strawberry Amaretto Parfaits

Strawberry Amaretto Parfaits

Photo: Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post   This dessert takes strawberries and whipped cream to another level by piling them into parfaits with a crumble of Amaretto cookies. The berries are simply tossed with a little lemon juice and honey and allowed to sit...
No-Cook Mango Dessert Cups

No-Cook Mango Dessert Cups

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post These no-cook dessert cups are a simple blend of mango and light coconut milk, bound together ever so softly with gelatin, so it sets in the refrigerator to be quite pudding-like. If your mango is sweet enough, you won’t...
Almost My Grandmother’s Passover Brisket

Almost My Grandmother’s Passover Brisket

Photo: Marvin Joseph for The Washington Post This is a Story about Mother’s & Daughters & Breaking Tradition, with a Passover Brisket Recipe One would think attending the first Passover dinner hosted by your daughter would be a mother’s pure joy, but my...
Orzo Skillet With Salmon, Peas, Dill and Feta

Orzo Skillet With Salmon, Peas, Dill and Feta

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This healthful, one-pan meal is brimming with tender green vegetables and chunks of fresh salmon, all cooked along with the orzo pasta they are nestled in. The dish is lemony and herbaceous and is dreamy with a briny...
Spring Vegetable Soup

Spring Vegetable Soup

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This soup is spring made slurp-able. Rich with early-harvest vegetables — leeks, peas, new potatoes, spinach and herbs — it is simply seasoned so their delicate flavors come through clearly. The leeks and...
Black Rice Pudding

Black Rice Pudding

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post This recipe has the homey appeal of the rice pudding you are familiar with but in a delightfully different and more healthful way, thanks to the use of whole-grain, high-fiber black rice, honey and chia seed. Make Ahead:...
Miso-Ginger Roasted Chicken and Pears

Miso-Ginger Roasted Chicken and Pears

Photo by Tom McCorkle and food styling by Lisa Cherkasky; for The Washington Post Here, bone-in chicken breast and wedges of fresh pears are slathered with a sweet-savory miso mixture that’s brightened with fresh ginger. Fresh scallions top it off for a delightful...
Yogurt Panna Cotta With Berry Sauce

Yogurt Panna Cotta With Berry Sauce

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post Using whole milk makes this panna cotta lighter in texture and more healthful than a traditional cream-based panna cotta recipe — without sacrificing flavor. With a sumptuous vanilla-scented richness, the dessert...
Caribbean-Style Seafood Stew

Caribbean-Style Seafood Stew

Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post Bright with lime, fragrant with thyme, and spicy with Scotch bonnet pepper, this colorful, healthful stew, which comes together fast enough to make it weeknight-friendly, is brimming with Caribbean flavor. The amount of...
Shredded Kale Tri-Color Salad With Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette

Shredded Kale Tri-Color Salad With Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette

Photo by Tom McCorkle and food styling by Gina Nistico; for The Washington Post Here, an eye-catching mix of shredded kale, radicchio, fennel and parsley is treated to a boldly tasty, creamy garlic dressing for an unforgettable salad. The dressing gets much of its...
Ginger Lime Halibut

Ginger Lime Halibut

This recipe is courtesy of Ali Rosen from her book Modern Freezer Meals: Simple Recipes to Cook Now and Freeze for Later There is a lot of unnecessary bemoaning of frozen fish, but there are plenty of fish that freeze perfectly well (and most grocery store fish was...
Better Meatloaf

Better Meatloaf

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This meatloaf gives you the hearty, moist and meaty meal you crave in a better-for-you way thanks to three easy tweaks and add-ins. Quick-cooking oats are used here because of their finer texture. Not only does it make for...
Chicken Potpies With Crumble Crust

Chicken Potpies With Crumble Crust

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post These contain heaps of vegetables and have a tender, flaky crumble crust made with whole-grain flour and olive oil, so they are not only sumptuously tasty, they are better for you, too. It’s best to use an olive oil that...
Caldo Verde With Mushrooms

Caldo Verde With Mushrooms

Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post This version of the traditional Portuguese soup uses mushrooms coated in smoked paprika for meaty flavor, instead of the typical smoked sausage. Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil 10 ounces white button mushrooms, cleaned,...
Pecan Mocha Truffles

Pecan Mocha Truffles

Photo by Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post These swoon-worthy treats not only offer pure pleasure, they do so in a better-for-you way, without much added sugar at all. At their center is a finely ground blend of buttery, toasted pecans, dried dates and...
Aromatic Chicken and Chickpea Stew

Aromatic Chicken and Chickpea Stew

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post This stew of fragrant, spice-infused tomato sauce, tender bites of chicken thigh and meaty chickpeas, and ribbons of just-wilted spinach tastes like a complicated, long-cooking meal, but it is quite simple to make and ready...
Coconut Curry Carrot Soup

Coconut Curry Carrot Soup

Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post This soup, a golden puree of carrots with curry spices (onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper) and coconut milk, is a supremely comforting and satisfying way to get your vegetables when it is cold...
Cheesy Pizza Dip

Cheesy Pizza Dip

What could be more comforting than dipping bread into a bubbling hot dish of savory Marinara sauce laden with melted cheese? For me those warm-fuzzies are enhanced knowing it is good for you too. Ingredients 2 cups marinara sauce  ½ cup part-skim ricotta 1/3 cup...
Three Cheese Pasta and Vegetable Bake

Three Cheese Pasta and Vegetable Bake

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This spin on baked ziti captures all the comforting appeal of the classic in a better-for-you way. It’s made with whole grain pasta (although regular pasta would be fine, if you prefer it), packed with vegetables —...
Za’atar-Spiced Chickpea Pita Pizzas

Za’atar-Spiced Chickpea Pita Pizzas

Photo by Tom McCorkle and food styling by Gina Nistico; for The Washington Post   For these pizzas, chickpeas are mashed with olive oil and lemon juice just enough to come together, then seasoned with a generous amount of za’atar and piled onto pita bread along...
Basil Cream-Spinach and Chicken Skillet

Basil Cream-Spinach and Chicken Skillet

Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post Here, saucy creamed spinach is served topped with chicken, promoting it from the occasional steakhouse side dish to the star of the plate for a healthful, quick, one-pan meal. The spinach is made luscious with...
Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Chickpeas, Red Pepper and Arugula

Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Chickpeas, Red Pepper and Arugula

Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post A mix of cooked and raw ingredients in this colorful salad play off one another deliciously. Caramelized roasted cauliflower offers a tender, earthy counterpoint to crisp, sweet red bell pepper; fresh greens and hearty...
Golden Chicken Vegetable Soup With Chickpeas

Golden Chicken Vegetable Soup With Chickpeas

Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post This chicken soup is the very essence of healing goodness: comforting, belly-warming and full of flavor. The broth gets its golden hue from turmeric, and layers of flavor from ginger and garlic, all known for their...
Spinach Lasagna Soup

Spinach Lasagna Soup

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This supremely satisfying soup embodies all the flavors and textures of the crowd-pleasing pasta bake. Its tomato-y broth wafts with garlic, oregano and basil. Italian-style poultry sausage flavors it further and offers...
Cod Stew With Fennel, Olives and Orange Essence

Cod Stew With Fennel, Olives and Orange Essence

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This big, nourishing bowl of comfort food is easy to make, yet it has an unmistakable elegance that makes it as wonderful for everyday eating as it is for serving to company. Make Ahead: The stew’s base can be refrigerated...
Split Pea Soup with Leeks and Dill

Split Pea Soup with Leeks and Dill

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This nourishing meal-in-a-bowl is as cozy and comforting as the softest flannel PJs. Leek and dill lend it a delightfully different, aromatic flavor, but you could substitute onion and/or parsley or thyme, if need be....
Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Slaw With Oranges

Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Slaw With Oranges

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This sunny, slaw-like salad of thinly sliced Brussels sprouts and riced cauliflower is brightened with juicy orange segments and tossed in a lightly creamy buttermilk-poppy-seed dressing. It’s a bright winter salad that...
Chocolate Cups With Ricotta Cream and Raspberries

Chocolate Cups With Ricotta Cream and Raspberries

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post Brimming with cannoli-style ricotta cream and fresh raspberries, garnished with mint and showered with confectioner’s sugar, these elegant chocolate cups are a sumptuous and healthful treat. They can be ready effortlessly...
Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Photo by Quentin Bacon It’s like magic the way a few simple ingredients can turn a basic pantry staple- creamy peanut butter- into this fabulous, melt-in-your-mouth, sweet-salty cookie. Ingredients Cooking spray ¾ cup all purpose flour ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour...
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Photo by Tom McCorkle and food styling by Gina Nistico; for The Washington Post   This cookie, chock-full of chewy oats and melty chocolate, satisfies a sweet tooth in a better-for-you way. It’s made with whole grains and less sugar for longer-lasting energy, and...
Greek-Style Olive Oil Sesame Cookies

Greek-Style Olive Oil Sesame Cookies

Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post These scrumptious cookies — a take on the Greek cookie, Kolourakia Lathiou — are made with olive oil instead of butter, which not only makes them better for you, but it also gives them a delightfully crunchy,...
Gingerbread Chocolate Chunk Biscotti

Gingerbread Chocolate Chunk Biscotti

Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post These twice-baked cookies have a satisfying crunch and just the right level of sweetness. It’s also nice to know they are a more healthful choice, made with olive oil, whole-grain flour and less sugar than most cookies....
Shrimp and White Bean Bruschetta

Shrimp and White Bean Bruschetta

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This fun, nutritionally balanced sheet-pan dinner for four has plump shrimp and cannellini beans mingling in a savory, garlic-laced tomato sauce that’s piled onto toasted bread then showered with fresh basil. It can...
Tapas-Style Turkey Meatballs

Tapas-Style Turkey Meatballs

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post These Spanish-style mini-meatballs in a smoky, tangy tomato sauce are toothpick friendly so they make for a perfect party food, but they are also a satisfying meal served in a bowl with a simple side salad and a hunk of...
Figs With Goat Cheese, Pistachios and Mint

Figs With Goat Cheese, Pistachios and Mint

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post Here, plump dried figs are halved, then molded a bit to form bite-size cups, each filled with a dollop of soft goat cheese and a jewel-like pistachio. The filled figs then get a glistening drizzle of honey seasoned with...
Winter Caprese Toasts with Roasted Tomatoes and Pesto

Winter Caprese Toasts with Roasted Tomatoes and Pesto

In the winter, canned tomatoes make the absolute best Caprese (tomato and mozzarella) salads because they are picked at the peak of ripeness and their summer flavor is locked in. When you slow roast those canned tomatoes you concentrate their flavor even more as they...
Mushroom and Swiss Chard Strata With Gruyere

Mushroom and Swiss Chard Strata With Gruyere

Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg and food styling by Lisa Cherkasky; for The Washington Post   This strata dishes up all the ease and splendor of a typical overnight breakfast bake, but in a more healthful way. Made with whole-grain bread, it brims with sautéed...
Navy Bean Soup with Kale and Ham

Navy Bean Soup with Kale and Ham

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This nourishing meal-in-a-bowl of hearty white beans simmered with herbs, studded with ham and flecked with kale leaves is the very definition of healthful comfort food. If you happen to have a leftover ham bone with some...
Roasted Vegetable Frittata

Roasted Vegetable Frittata

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post If you have leftover roasted vegetables, this frittata is meant to make the most of them. It comes out puffed and golden, not feeling the least bit recycled, but rather like a whole new, wonderful dish that can be served...
Olive Oil Pumpkin Bread

Olive Oil Pumpkin Bread

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post Using olive oil instead of the typical butter in this pumpkin bread gives it a rich depth of flavor as well as the health benefits of the good-for-you fat. With that, and the addition of whole-grain flour and honey instead...
Pumpkin Spoon Bread

Pumpkin Spoon Bread

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This souffle-like dish is resplendent with autumnal color and flavor, proving how pumpkin puree can bring so much more to the table than pie. Both elegant and homey, it can be served as a vegetarian main or as a side with...
Sweet Potato Pecan Dessert Cups

Sweet Potato Pecan Dessert Cups

Photo by Justin Tsucalas for The Washington Post These delightful, single-serve treats bring the essence of both sweet potato and pecan pies together in pudding-cup form, with creamy, cinnamon-scented, whipped sweet potato that gets topped with crunchy, brown...
White Bean Stew With Garlic and Rosemary and Radicchio-Apple Salad

White Bean Stew With Garlic and Rosemary and Radicchio-Apple Salad

Photo by Scott Suchman and food styling by Diana Jeffra; for The Washington Post For this meal-in-a-bowl, a crisp jewel-toned salad of radicchio and apple provides a stunning, contrasting crown for a warm, rosemary- and garlic-infused white bean stew. It’s very...
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Photo by Quentin Bacon This recipe is like giving your everyday bowl of oatmeal the fairy-godmother treatment, turning its basic ingredients, oats, fruit, nuts and milk, almost magically, into an apple cake-like treat that is spiked with cinnamon, maple and vanilla...
Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This aromatic soup is as nourishing as it is tasty. The sweet, earthy duo of butternut squash and fresh pear simmer with onion in a savory broth spiked with a zing of ginger and turmeric. The brilliant orange-gold soup is...
Pumpkin Brown Rice Pudding

Pumpkin Brown Rice Pudding

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post Rice pudding is one of those decadent-tasting desserts that lend themselves easily to a healthful upgrade. Using short-grain brown rice helps thicken a reduced-fat-milk base beautifully while giving the pudding a nutty...
Creamy Tomato Pumpkin Soup

Creamy Tomato Pumpkin Soup

Photo by Tom McCorkle and food styling by Gina Nistico; for The Washington Post   In this velvety tomato soup, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger provide layers of dynamic, warming flavor that ring of Caribbean cuisine. Taking advantage of...
Earl Grey Tea and Brandy Poached Pears

Earl Grey Tea and Brandy Poached Pears

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post Here, poached pears meet the hot toddy as the fruit is poached in a comforting, honey-sweetened Earl Grey tea spiked with brandy. That liquid is reduced to a luscious syrup, for an elegant, complexly flavorful dessert. Make...
Buckwheat Crepes With Sauteed Apples

Buckwheat Crepes With Sauteed Apples

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post Buckwheat flour gives these crepes a deeply nutty flavor, intriguing dark color and whole-grain nutrition. It is naturally gluten-free, so using gluten-free all-purpose flour blend in the mix will make the dish GF....
Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post A four-ingredient stuffing adds punchy antipasto flavors and oozy, melted-cheese appeal to chicken breasts which are cooked in a skillet, then served over greens and drizzled with a fast, flavorful, warm pan sauce. It’s a...
Ginger-Soy Peanut Sauce

Ginger-Soy Peanut Sauce

There is no more rewarding result of stirring a handful of fuss-free ingredients together than this satisfying, mouthwatering peanut sauce. I could honestly just eat it with a spoon, but it is wonderful drizzled over grain or noodle bowls, grilled chicken skewers,...
Crispy Crushed Potatoes

Crispy Crushed Potatoes

These potatoes come out soft and creamy inside and ultra-crispy outside, managing to quench both my mashed potato and French fry cravings at once. They are delicious served as a side dish with roasted chicken, pot roast or a bean stew, but they also make a tasty...
Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast

Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post Here, tender challah bread is cut extra-thick so each piece can be easily sliced to form a pocket to be filled with a creamy, fragrant pumpkin mixture and a crunch of nuts. It is a weekend breakfast that is full of autumnal...
Kasha Grain Bowl With Mushrooms, Onion and Egg

Kasha Grain Bowl With Mushrooms, Onion and Egg

Photo by Laura Chase de Formigny and food styling by Lisa Cherkasky; for The Washington Post   This grain bowl pulls together traditional Eastern European flavors in a modern way. Its base is kasha, roasted buckwheat, which, despite its name, is not a type of...
Shakshuka Pita Pizzas

Shakshuka Pita Pizzas

These personal pizzas have all the mouthwatering flavors of Shashuka– the popular Middle Eastern dish of eggs simmered in an aromatic tomato sauce—but here the sauce is spread onto pitas, topped with fresh spinach, eggs and feta cheese, and baked until the...
Un-Stuffed Cabbage Meatballs in Sweet-and-Sour Tomato Sauce

Un-Stuffed Cabbage Meatballs in Sweet-and-Sour Tomato Sauce

Photo by Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post This dish delivers the essential flavors and textures of grandma’s stuffed cabbage in a weeknight friendly, one-pot way. The classic meat and rice “stuffing” takes the form of meatballs here — made more...
Kale Chips

Kale Chips

  These crunchy, addictive chips will have your whole family begging for more kale. Enjoy them alongside sandwiches or burgers, on their own as an afternoon snack, or crumbled on top of salads or toasts. They will keep in an airtight container at room temperature...
Tortellini Vegetable Soup

Tortellini Vegetable Soup

Photo by Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post This soup has all the familiar comfort of a classic minestrone, but with the unexpected addition of fresh tortellini instead of the typical beans and elbow macaroni. Packed with vegetables and made hearty with...
Savory French Toast Sandwiches and Tomato Jam with Honey

Savory French Toast Sandwiches and Tomato Jam with Honey

Photo by Quentin Bacon These breakfast sandwiches have that irresistible savory-sweet-smoky balance that lights up all your taste buds. It starts with French toast made savory with a Parmesan and mustard seasoned egg batter. That is spread with a luscious tomato jam...
Lemony Chickpea Stew With Pasta and Artichokes

Lemony Chickpea Stew With Pasta and Artichokes

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This hearty, one-pot meal of chickpeas and pasta is studded with artichoke hearts and ribbons of spinach in a lovely lemony broth for a simple, nutritious meal with elegant flair. Storage Notes: The stew can be stored...
French Dip Pinwheels

French Dip Pinwheels

Photo by Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post Here, thinly sliced, lean steak, garlicky mushrooms and fresh spinach are rolled into a whole grain wrap, then cut crosswise into pinwheels and served alongside a deeply savory, brothy gravy for dipping. It’s a...
Savory Carrot-Apple Pancakes With Ginger

Savory Carrot-Apple Pancakes With Ginger

Photo by Laura Chase de Formigny and food styling by Lisa Cherkasky; for The Washington Post   In these tender pancakes, mounds of shredded sweet carrot and bright green apple along with a zing of fresh ginger, are bound into tender, skillet cakes with just...
5-Minute Salad: Tricolor Salad with White Beans and Parmesan

5-Minute Salad: Tricolor Salad with White Beans and Parmesan

Photo by Alexandra Grablewski This trio of lettuces is an irresistible balance of peppery robust tastes, crisp and tender textures, and beautiful colors. The balsamic vinegar adds just the right sweet acidity to bring it all together and white beans and cheese make it...
Slow-Cooker Ratatouille

Slow-Cooker Ratatouille

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post Take advantage of your slow-cooker to make this classic Provençal stew of summer vegetables — tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and peppers — without heating up, or being tied to, the kitchen. You’ll need a...
Savory Tomato Jam, Egg and Crispy Prosciutto Toasts

Savory Tomato Jam, Egg and Crispy Prosciutto Toasts

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post Simmering ripe tomatoes with honey, vinegar, salt and pepper until they are reduced to a jam teases out the tomatoes’ inherent sweet-savory essence and makes for a luscious spread that can transform sandwiches,...
Corn Salad With Avocado, Pickled Jalapeño and Cilantro

Corn Salad With Avocado, Pickled Jalapeño and Cilantro

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This vibrant salad of sweet corn with a confetti of red bell peppers, scallion, radishes and fresh cilantro gets an unexpected, enlivening kick from pickled jalapeños and a cool, creamy effect from chunks of avocado. While...
Savory Yogurt Bowl With Roasted Tomatoes

Savory Yogurt Bowl With Roasted Tomatoes

Photo: Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; Food styling: Carolyn Robb for The Washington Post Here, cherry tomatoes are roasted until they just start to collapse, then they are treated to a sweet-tart balsamic glaze. They are removed from the oven before their...
Shredded Chicken and Vegetable Salad with Soy Sesame Dressing

Shredded Chicken and Vegetable Salad with Soy Sesame Dressing

Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post This salad of shredded chicken tossed with a colorful slaw of red bell pepper, green cabbage and carrot, coated in an aromatic and savory soy dressing is designed to hold up well in the refrigerator, so it is an ideal...
Zucchini Oat Muffins

Zucchini Oat Muffins

Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post   These tender, fragrant muffins are sweetened primarily with dates, which, besides sweetness, provide deep flavor and valuable nutrients. Made with whole grains and healthful oil, the muffins have a wholesome...
Hummus Wraps With Grilled Zucchini and Dukkah

Hummus Wraps With Grilled Zucchini and Dukkah

Photo by Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post A fragrant, crunchy sprinkle of Dukkah (the Middle Eastern seed and spice blend) and a layer of tender grilled zucchini on top of the usual crisp raw vegetables and greens turn an everyday healthful sandwich standby into...
Mini Cherry-Vanilla Sherbet Sandwiches

Mini Cherry-Vanilla Sherbet Sandwiches

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post These two-bite sherbet sandwiches made with a quick blender-whip of frozen sweet cherries and a little milk, which can be plant-based, are layered between two vanilla wafer cookies and then rolled in a festive coating of...
Mediterranean Chopped Salad Bowl With Tuna

Mediterranean Chopped Salad Bowl With Tuna

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This bountiful salad of chopped crisp vegetables and herbs with tuna in an olive oil-and-vinegar dressing is destined to become a staple for lunch or a light dinner. The key ingredient is a high-quality jar, or cans, of...
Chocolate and Tahini Dipped Frozen Bananas

Chocolate and Tahini Dipped Frozen Bananas

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post A dip in honey-sweetened tahini and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds add an unexpected rich, creamy layer and exciting nutty flavor to the familiar, healthful frozen fruit treat. The bananas can be devoured right after...
Ceviche-Style Shrimp Cocktail With Green Grapes

Ceviche-Style Shrimp Cocktail With Green Grapes

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This recipe riffs on the traditional citrus-marinated seafood dish with a crunch of cucumber and sweet, juicy green grapes tossed with the usual cilantro, onion and jalapeño flavor trio. Also, using cooked, chilled shrimp...
Mediterranean Lemon-Herb Drizzle

Mediterranean Lemon-Herb Drizzle

I call this herb drizzle “simple flavor magic” because it is just that. It’s simple to make and it makes even the most basic grilled or steamed chicken or fish and vegetables taste incredible and luxe. I drizzle it over everything! It will keep for 2...
Ricotta Toasts With Peaches and Pistachios

Ricotta Toasts With Peaches and Pistachios

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post Here, creamy ricotta is smeared luxuriously onto whole grain toast, then topped with sliced peaches, pistachios, a drizzle of honey, fresh thyme leaves and a finishing sprinkle of sea salt for a nourishing, sweet-savory...
Lemon-Tarragon Salmon and White Bean Skillet

Lemon-Tarragon Salmon and White Bean Skillet

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post This flavorful one-pan dish is nearly effortless to prepare, made with everyday ingredients that come together in just minutes. It has a summery feel, with summer squash, tomatoes and herbs at their peak then, but the...
Grilled Halloumi and Fig Salad With Balsamic

Grilled Halloumi and Fig Salad With Balsamic

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post This is a unique and flavorful summer salad that would be an ideal accompaniment for just about any barbecue sauce-slathered grilled protein. You can cook the fruit and cheese on an outdoor grill as well. The balsamic...
Grilled Lamb and Bulgur Patties With Herb Sauce

Grilled Lamb and Bulgur Patties With Herb Sauce

Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post Here, whole-grain bulgur wheat, plus cumin, garlic and herbs, are mixed with lean ground lamb to form flavor-packed, Middle-Eastern-style meat patties, which are served with a lemony three-herb sauce. Besides adding a...
Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups With White Beans and Arugula

Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups With White Beans and Arugula

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post Here, grilled zucchini is served up in an exciting new way: Rolled into bite-size bundles filled with lemon and garlic-seasoned mashed white beans, peppery arugula and floral basil. Light and fresh, the roll-ups taste of...
Black Lentil Salad With Vegetables and Herbs

Black Lentil Salad With Vegetables and Herbs

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post In this salad, matchsticks of kohlrabi or broccoli stems add pale, crisp contrast to tender, caviar-like black lentils, along with juicy grape tomatoes, shallot and herbs, all coated in a rich mustard vinaigrette. It makes...
Strawberry Almond Breakfast Pops

Strawberry Almond Breakfast Pops

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post These fun breakfast pops are essentially a frozen smoothie on a stick. Creamy on the inside, crunchy on the outside, with a subtle sweetness that comes mostly from the fruit itself, they are a playfully cool way to start...
Grilled Corn With Miso Honey Butter

Grilled Corn With Miso Honey Butter

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post Here’s an easy and healthful way to elevate corn on the cob, Japanese street food style. Slathered with a coating of subtle, savory miso butter (made better for you by blending it with some healthful oil), the corn...