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 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 weeknight-friendly, as the stew relies...
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 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 canned pumpkin makes it a completely...
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 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 wheat, but a gluten-free seed that cooks like...
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 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 enough egg and whole grain flour to hold them...
Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad

Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad

Photo by Hallie Burton for Food Network Ingredients 8 ounces bow tie pasta, preferably whole grain 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup corn kernels, thawed if frozen 1 cup shelled edamame, thawed if frozen 1 medium red bell pepper, diced 2...
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 by Tom McCorkle 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 liquid has had a chance to evaporate, yielding a saucy...
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...
Corn and Crab Okonomiyaki

Corn and Crab Okonomiyaki

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post These savory pancakes are a classic Japanese street food that are also traditionally made at home as a way to use up leftovers. This version is laced with sweet corn, succulent lump crab, Napa cabbage and scallions, but...
Shrimp Salad With Lime and Mint Dressing

Shrimp Salad With Lime and Mint Dressing

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This refreshing and healthful shrimp salad is just the thing to satisfy your appetite, while keeping you cool on a hot summer day. Made with quenching cucumber slices and a pesto-like mint dressing, it’s as beautiful...
Chilled Zucchini Avocado Soup With Basil

Chilled Zucchini Avocado Soup With Basil

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post Here, a bounty of fresh cooked summer squash is pureed until creamy with rich, velvety avocado and seasoned with lemon and basil for a chilled soup that is as light and refreshing as it is fulfilling. You can use vegetable...
Watermelon-Basil Flavored Water

Watermelon-Basil Flavored Water

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post This beautiful, blush beverage is ideal for summer weekend gatherings when you want a super-quenching drink that is both healthful and elevated. Make Ahead: The mixture can be refrigerated up to 2 days in advance;...
Grilled Plums with Goat Cheese and Honey-Lime Drizzle

Grilled Plums with Goat Cheese and Honey-Lime Drizzle

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post Whipping goat cheese with honey and a little milk makes a smooth cream with a rich, lightly sweet flavor that has the intriguing undertone of the distinctively grassy cheese. The cream is a treat served atop just about any...
Grilled Fruit Sundaes With Strawberry Sauce

Grilled Fruit Sundaes With Strawberry Sauce

Photo by Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post Here, a colorful mix of grilled fruits is topped with creamy frozen yogurt and a bright, no-cook strawberry sauce to make a sumptuous, healthful dessert. Grilling fruit transforms it in just a few minutes, making it...
Mixed-Berry Galette

Mixed-Berry Galette

Photo: Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post A galette is essentially a rustic, open-faced seasonal fruit pie — and it is inherently better for you than a typical double-crust fruit pie because it involves a single layer of pastry that envelopes the fruit. This...
Crispy Chicken Tenders With Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce

Crispy Chicken Tenders With Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce

Photo: Scott Suchman for The Washington Post These healthfully baked chicken tenders get their crunchy exterior from a coating of crushed crispy rice cereal and almonds, gently seasoned with paprika, garlic, salt and pepper. The tenders are extra-tender inside, thanks...
Antipasto Chicken Skillet

Antipasto Chicken Skillet

Photo: Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This bold and tasty skillet dinner takes less than 30 minutes to get on the table and is an excellent way to finish that collection of half-used jars of antipasto vegetables many of us have in our refrigerators. Any...
Chocolate Egg Cream

Chocolate Egg Cream

Photo: Christopher Hirsheimer What do eggplants and egg creams have in common? Neither has any egg. Go figure. For those not in the know, an egg cream is a frothy, indulgent drink that tastes similar to an ice cream soda. My dad made them for me all the time when I...
Eggs in a Hole With Frisee Salad

Eggs in a Hole With Frisee Salad

Photo: Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post This dish combines the fun of an Egg in a Hole with the sophisticated French Frisee aux Lardons salad, and it does so in a healthful way, using lean Canadian bacon instead of fatty lardons for smoky pork flavor. It makes...
Make-Ahead Banh Mi Breakfast Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Banh Mi Breakfast Sandwiches

Photo: Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post Three easy and healthful additions, inspired by a classic Asian sandwich, turn an ordinary breakfast item into one with panache: tangy, quick pickled vegetables, a yogurt-based Sriracha-spiked sauce and a pile of fresh...
Cucumber Salad Mimosa

Cucumber Salad Mimosa

Photo: Tom McCorkle The Washington Post This summery cucumber salad, fragrant with dill and tossed in a creamy yogurt dressing, gets panache and protein from a fluffy, yellow grated egg mimosa topping. It makes an elegant side or vegetarian main dish for a picnic,...
Balsamic Chicken With Watercress and Nectarine Salad

Balsamic Chicken With Watercress and Nectarine Salad

Photo: Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post Here, a mix of peppery watercress, juicy nectarines and thinly sliced red onion is tossed with a sweet-tangy balsamic vinaigrette and piled onto grilled chicken that has been pounded thin in the French paillard style. The...
Spiced Chicken Skewers With Grapes

Spiced Chicken Skewers With Grapes

Photo: Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post These skewers turn basic grilled chicken breast into an irresistibly flavorful and fragrant dish. The meat is tossed with a mix of dried spices — no marinating time needed — then skewered with fresh green grapes that...
New Classic Coleslaw

New Classic Coleslaw

Photo: Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This slaw has all the familiar flavors of a classic cole slaw — cool, crisp cabbage, sweet shreds of carrot and a kick of sliced red onion in a lusciously creamy dressing. But this version is much more healthful, because...
Grilled Pork Cutlets With Cilantro Peanut Pesto

Grilled Pork Cutlets With Cilantro Peanut Pesto

Photo: Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post This herb sauce has a bold-flavored Asian flair, seasoned with tangy lime, ginger, garlic and toasted sesame oil. Here, it is paired with grilled lean pork cutlets, but it is delicious drizzled on simply grilled fish, chicken...
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Mozzarella Melts

Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Mozzarella Melts

Photo: Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post These tasty towers of marinated grilled chicken layered with marinara, grilled vegetables and melted mozzarella not only look gorgeous on the plate, but also brim with savory flavor in each bite. To make the four servings...
Shrimp Burgers With Kimchi

Shrimp Burgers With Kimchi

Photo: Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post These plump, flavor-packed burgers show off one of shrimp’s lesser-known assets: When ground, it becomes sticky and easily forms into a patty shape without any egg or bread crumbs, as needed for other fish cakes. Seasoned...
Marinated Spring Vegetable Salad

Marinated Spring Vegetable Salad

Photo: Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post In this vibrant spring salad, carrots and scallions are thinly sliced into ribbons and marinated in quick pickle-like fashion, so they are infused with a bright, herb-flecked pucker. Tossed with blanched asparagus and peas,...
Grilled Chicken Paillards With Sugar Snap Pea and Strawberry Salad

Grilled Chicken Paillards With Sugar Snap Pea and Strawberry Salad

Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post In this delightful dish, thinly pounded chicken breast is grilled then served heaped with a stunning salad. If you purchase chicken labeled “thin-cut” or “cutlets” you may be able to skip the pounding step....
Sesame Fried Rice With Spring Vegetables and Egg

Sesame Fried Rice With Spring Vegetables and Egg

Photo: Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post This recipe turns a humble bowl of rice into a lip-smackingly tasty meal. It feels like an indulgence, but the dish is actually good for you. The bowl is brimming with colorful spring vegetables — asparagus, peas and...
Roasted Fish With Potatoes and Green Beans in Pesto Broth

Roasted Fish With Potatoes and Green Beans in Pesto Broth

Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg   Here, flaky white fish fillets, crisp-tender green beans and slices of potato are served immersed in a fragrant, emerald-speckled pesto broth. The healthful dish has such a rustic elegance and lusciousness, you would never suspect it...
3-Ingredient Cod with Crispy Pesto Bread Crumbs

3-Ingredient Cod with Crispy Pesto Bread Crumbs

Sometimes the best recipes come to me when I am home alone with seemingly nothing in the refrigerator. Luckily, I always have my freezer and pantry stocked with good stuff, so one evening when my husband and daughter were away, I thawed a fish fillet and some pesto,...
Spaghetti with Shrimp and Pesto

Spaghetti with Shrimp and Pesto

I came up with this recipe one Wednesday at about 7 p.m. while staring down a hungry family and a mostly empty refrigerator, and with minimal energy in my tank for cooking after a long workday. This pasta, in a lemony basil pesto studded with plump shrimp, wound up on...
Pesto Potato Salad

Pesto Potato Salad

With its hearty red potatoes and sweet red and yellow bell peppers tossed in an aromatic basil pesto, this dish is a definite crowd pleaser. It is easy to make, travels well, and is so impressive looking, it has become my go-to dish for bringing to potlucks and...
Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

You can use pesto for so much more than just pasta. A dollop of it is like flavor magic, instantly transforming everyday ingredients with its herbaceous savory essence. In Cinque Terre, Italy, where they are renowned for their pesto, they serve it spread generously on...
Very Berry Coconut Crisp

Very Berry Coconut Crisp

Photo: Randi Baird   An ambrosial coconut topping takes this berry crisp to another level, delivering an unexpected flavor dimension to the classic comfort dessert. Lightly sweetened and made with a modest amount of virgin coconut oil, the crisp has a fresh...
Green Smoothie with Yogurt, Pear and Ginger

Green Smoothie with Yogurt, Pear and Ginger

This nourishing smoothie is cool, creamy and gently tangy with a base of plain yogurt softly sweetened with whole fruit — a very ripe pear and few dates — and with a refreshing zing of ginger. A handful of almonds adds texture, protein and fiber, and spinach leaves...
Celery Salad With Blue Cheese Dressing

Celery Salad With Blue Cheese Dressing

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post This recipe plays the mild, juicy crunch of celery against a creamy, pungent blue cheese dressing. Sliced radishes and flecks of fresh chives add color and flavor for a simple salad with an elegance that belies its humble...
Jamaican-Spiced Beef Collard Wraps

Jamaican-Spiced Beef Collard Wraps

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post These burrito-style collard green wraps are brimming with brown rice, plus a saucy simmer of ground beef seasoned with the bold, fragrant flavors of a Jamaican beef patty. Using lean beef keeps the meal healthfully...
Savory Carrot-Apple Pancakes With Ginger

Savory Carrot-Apple Pancakes With Ginger

Photo by Laura Chase de Formigny Ingredients 1/3 cup (35 grams) raw walnut pieces 2 medium Granny Smith apples, unpeeled, halved and cored 1 large carrot (about 5 1/2 ounces), peeled 3 large eggs 1/3 cup (45 grams) whole-wheat pastry flour, or regular whole-wheat...
Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post These better-for-you muffins deliver “morning glory” flavors from shredded carrot, coconut and apple, plus sweet raisins, a hint of pineapple and a crunch of walnuts.   Ingredients 1/2 cup canola oil or another...
Snow Pea, Scallion, and Radish Salad

Snow Pea, Scallion, and Radish Salad

Ingredients 2 cups (8 ounces) snow peas, trimmed 1 tablespoon water 2 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced 4 radishes, trimmed and cut into thin strips (about 1/2 cup) 1/4 cup rice vinegar 2 teaspoons sugar 1 tablespoon walnut or canola oil Directions Put...
Mango-Lime Marinated Chicken Thighs

Mango-Lime Marinated Chicken Thighs

Photo Credit: Deb Lindsey Ingredients 1 cup mango chunks (defrosted if from frozen) 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 limes) 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce 2 tablespoons canola oil, or other neutral-tasting oil 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 2 teaspoons...
Beet and Orange Salad

Beet and Orange Salad

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post Here, sliced roasted beets are layered with orange slices on a nest of watercress over a smear of yogurt, then topped with a lemon-honey drizzle and punctuated with a sprinkle of poppy seeds. It’s a beautiful and versatile...
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Crispy Rice Treats

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Crispy Rice Treats

Photo by Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post This four-ingredient take on the classic treat uses a better-for-you but comfortably familiar blend of honey and peanut butter instead of the usual marshmallow and butter blend, as well as whole-grain, instead of...
Grain Salad With Carrot, Herbs and Sesame Seeds

Grain Salad With Carrot, Herbs and Sesame Seeds

Photo by Ann Maloney for The Washington Post Here, a handful of sunny, fresh ingredients — flecks of sweet carrot, earthy parsley and refreshing mint — brighten up tender whole grain, while toasted sesame seeds amplify its nutty taste. The result is a springy salad...
Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Bake with Gruyere

Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Bake with Gruyere

Photo Credit: Tom McCorkle Food Styling by Lisa Cherkasky ingredients Olive oil, for greasing the dish 2 1/2 cups low-fat milk 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cloves garlic, minced or finely grated 1 teaspoon mustard powder 3/4 teaspoon sweet paprika 1 1/4 cups...
Fresh Pineapple With Warm Spice-Infused Honey

Fresh Pineapple With Warm Spice-Infused Honey

Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post Turn thinly sliced fresh pineapple into an elegant dessert with a drizzle of warm honey infused with Caribbean flavors — lime, thyme and allspice — along with just enough chile for a seductive tingle. A finishing sprinkle...
Warm Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Warm Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Photo by Goran Kosanovic Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 medium onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander One 15-ounce can no-salt-added black beans, drained and rinsed 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon plus 1...
Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Ingredients 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons dry sherry 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 garlic cloves, crushed with a garlic press or minced 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 pounds skinless chicken...
Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

Photo by Alexandra Grablewski Everything about this breakfast is big—big tastes, big portion, and big satisfaction. The only small thing is the effort you need to make it. This soft flour tortilla stuffed with goodies—savory beans, scrambled eggs, spicy salsa, melting...
Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal

Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal

Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post Baked oatmeal is a heavenly bread-pudding-like breakfast treat. This recipe’s flavor inspiration comes from the iconic Morning Glory Muffin, which brings a carrot-cake appeal to the picture with shredded carrots, coconut,...
Breakfast Smoothie Pack

Breakfast Smoothie Pack

Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post This thick, milkshake-like recipe will put you on the right track for busy mornings: The idea is to fill separate containers with all the ingredients (except the milk) for an individual portion to keep in the...
Quinoa and Vegetable Egg Bites

Quinoa and Vegetable Egg Bites

Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post These savory three-bite egg cups, packed with hearty quinoa and colorful sauteed vegetables and baked in a muffin tin, are like loaded mini-frittatas. Seasoned with smoked paprika and Parmesan cheese, each bite...
Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Ingredients 1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium canellini beans, drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 large onion, diced (about 1 cup) 2 carrots, diced (about 1/2 cup) 2 stalks celery, diced, (about 1/2 cup) 1 small zucchini, diced (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 clove garlic,...
Roasted Salmon with Shallot Grapefruit Sauce

Roasted Salmon with Shallot Grapefruit Sauce

Photo by Christopher Hirsheimer Ingredients 4 skinless salmon fillets (5 to 6 oz each) 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more salt to taste 2 ruby red grapefruits 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 tablespoon minced shallot 1 teaspoon peeled and grated fresh ginger 2 1/2 teaspoons honey...
Creamy Spinach Soup With Goat Cheese

Creamy Spinach Soup With Goat Cheese

Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post This soup is a stunning, eye-catching emerald bowl of goodness. It’s made with fresh spinach that gets simmered in broth until wilted but still retains its vibrant hue, and then pureed until smooth. For a...
Lox and Cream Cheese Frittata

Lox and Cream Cheese Frittata

Ingredients 7 large eggs ¼ cup 1% low-fat milk ½ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, diced ¼ pound sliced, smoked salmon, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill ¼ cup chopped chives 1 ounce cream cheese, cut...
Walnut and Date-Stuffed Baked Apples

Walnut and Date-Stuffed Baked Apples

Photo by Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post This new spin on the homey, old-fashioned dessert has much less added sugar than the traditional version, with just a little maple syrup drizzled on top, and a walnut filling sweetened with finely chopped dates....