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3-Ingredient Chocolate Grape Banana Skewers

3-Ingredient Chocolate Grape Banana Skewers

Ingredients 2 firm ripe bananas 1 cup grapes (about 32), ideally a mix of green and red 8 10-inch wooden skewers 1 ½ ounces dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa solids), finely chopped Directions Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Cut the banana into ½-inch thick rounds....
3-Ingredient Chocolate Grape Banana Skewers

3-Ingredient Chocolate Grape Banana Skewers

Ingredients 2 firm ripe bananas 1 cup grapes (about 32), ideally a mix of green and red 8 10-inch wooden skewers 1 ½ ounces dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa solids), finely chopped Directions Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Cut the banana into ½-inch thick rounds....
Spring Cottage Peas with Basil

Spring Cottage Peas with Basil

Photo: Deb Lindsey for the Washington Post   This cottage cheese bowl celebrates spring with a handful of tender peas, a crunch of radish and toasted pine nuts, and a bright punch of flavor from fresh basil, lemon zest and freshly ground black pepper. A...
Nutty Oat Bars

Nutty Oat Bars

Ingredients   1 cup rolled oats (do not use instant or quick-cooking oats) 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/3 cup plain, unsweetened applesauce 1/4 cup canola oil or safflower oil 1 large egg, lightly beaten...
Hummus with Cumin Roasted Carrots

Hummus with Cumin Roasted Carrots

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   I had always thought of hummus as a healthful but simple dip, eaten as an appetizer or snack or in a pita sandwich — until my Israeli friends turned me on to the glories of the hummus plate. Here, cumin roasted carrots are served with...
Hummus with Cumin Roasted Carrots

Hummus with Cumin Roasted Carrots

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   I had always thought of hummus as a healthful but simple dip, eaten as an appetizer or snack or in a pita sandwich — until my Israeli friends turned me on to the glories of the hummus plate. Here, cumin roasted carrots are served with...
3-Ingredient Brussels Sprout Hash with Egg

3-Ingredient Brussels Sprout Hash with Egg

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   It’s remarkable how much flavor and satisfaction can come from just three main ingredients: Brussels sprouts, onion and egg. Slicing the Brussels sprouts thinly so they turn into a warm slaw in the skillet, and cooking the onion...
3-Ingredient Brussels Sprout Hash with Egg

3-Ingredient Brussels Sprout Hash with Egg

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   It’s remarkable how much flavor and satisfaction can come from just three main ingredients: Brussels sprouts, onion and egg. Slicing the Brussels sprouts thinly so they turn into a warm slaw in the skillet, and cooking the onion...
Pumpkin Cranberry Waffles

Pumpkin Cranberry Waffles

Photo by Tom McCorkle and food styling by Lisa Cherkasky; for The Washington Post   Made with pumpkin-spice and studded with cranberries, these good-for-you waffles are packed with holiday flavor. These Pumpkin Cranberry Waffles are a great way to use up leftover...
Pumpkin Cranberry Waffles

Pumpkin Cranberry Waffles

Photo by Tom McCorkle and food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post   Made with pumpkin-spice and studded with cranberries, these good-for-you waffles are packed with holiday flavor. These Pumpkin Cranberry Waffles are a great way to use up leftover...
Breakfast Strata Primavera

Breakfast Strata Primavera

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   This recipe takes the popular breakfast bake in a lighter direction, yet it enhances the strata’s appeal with a burst of colorful spring vegetables — sweet peas, asparagus, shredded carrot — plus umami-packed sun-dried...
Breakfast Strata Primavera

Breakfast Strata Primavera

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   This recipe takes the popular breakfast bake in a lighter direction, yet it enhances the strata’s appeal with a burst of colorful spring vegetables — sweet peas, asparagus, shredded carrot — plus umami-packed sun-dried...
Eggs Florentine in Tomato Cups

Eggs Florentine in Tomato Cups

Photo: Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post   This Eggs Florentine recipe transforms everyday ingredients into a dish that feels truly special and luxurious. Tomatoes are hollowed out to become beautiful, edible serving cups, partially filled with a healthful...
3-Ingredient Tomato Sauce

3-Ingredient Tomato Sauce

This sauce is a mash-up of Marcella Hazan’s famous buttery tomato sauce and the olive oil based sauce my friend Maria’s Nonna used to make. It never fails to amaze me how a few simple ingredients can add up to something so tasty.  Note: for my three...
3-Ingredient Tomato Sauce

3-Ingredient Tomato Sauce

This sauce is a mash-up of Marcella Hazan’s famous buttery tomato sauce and the olive oil based sauce my friend Maria’s Nonna used to make. It never fails to amaze me how a few simple ingredients can add up to something so tasty.  Note: for my three...
Wok Charred Lettuce and Noodle Stir Fry with Shrimp

Wok Charred Lettuce and Noodle Stir Fry with Shrimp

Ingredients 1 ½ cups low-sodium fish stock or vegetable broth 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce 4 teaspoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce, such as Sriracha 2 small hearts of Romaine lettuce (12 ounces) 4 cups, lightly packed, baby spinach leaves 1...
Wok Charred Lettuce and Noodle Stir Fry with Shrimp

Wok Charred Lettuce and Noodle Stir Fry with Shrimp

Ingredients 1 ½ cups low-sodium fish stock or vegetable broth 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce 4 teaspoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce, such as Sriracha 2 small hearts of Romaine lettuce (12 ounces) 4 cups, lightly packed, baby spinach leaves 1...
Zucchini Carpaccio Salad

Zucchini Carpaccio Salad

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   Using spiralized zucchini gives this simple but scrumptious carpaccio salad a dose of fun. While the vegetable is served uncooked, it doesn’t taste raw per se — a sprinkle of salt and a half hour draining in a colander transforms...
Zucchini Carpaccio Salad

Zucchini Carpaccio Salad

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   Using spiralized zucchini gives this simple but scrumptious carpaccio salad a dose of fun. While the vegetable is served uncooked, it doesn’t taste raw per se — a sprinkle of salt and a half hour draining in a colander transforms...
Go-to Gazpacho

Go-to Gazpacho

Photo by Quentin Bacon   As soon as the tomatoes come into my local farmer’s market my mind turns to one thing, like a mantra, Gazpacho, Gazpacho, Gazpacho. I have made it dozens of different ways over the years, but this is my official, go-to recipe, the one I...
Go-to Gazpacho

Go-to Gazpacho

Photo by Quentin Bacon   As soon as the tomatoes come into my local farmer’s market my mind turns to one thing, like a mantra, Gazpacho, Gazpacho, Gazpacho. I have made it dozens of different ways over the years, but this is my official, go-to recipe, the one I...
3-Ingredient Coriander Crusted Turkey Breast

3-Ingredient Coriander Crusted Turkey Breast

Ingredients 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns 1/2 boneless turkey breast, (about 3 pounds), skin removed 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the coriander seeds and...
3-Ingredient Coriander Crusted Turkey Breast

3-Ingredient Coriander Crusted Turkey Breast

Ingredients 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns 1/2 boneless turkey breast, (about 3 pounds), skin removed 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the coriander seeds and...
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Vegetables

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients ½ teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon ground coriander ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 tablespoon honey 3 tablespoon olive oil 5 medium parsnips, halved lengthwise and halved crosswise 5 medium...
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Vegetables

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients ½ teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon ground coriander ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 tablespoon honey 3 tablespoon olive oil 5 medium parsnips, halved lengthwise and halved crosswise 5 medium...
Family Favorite Minestrone

Family Favorite Minestrone

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post   This Italian-style soup, chock-full of vegetables, beans and pasta in a tomato-y broth, is sure to become a staple in your home. It has a crowd-pleasing appeal, is easy to whip up and makes for a convenient, filling,...
Individual Tri-Color Salad Pizzas

Individual Tri-Color Salad Pizzas

Photo by Quentin Bacon, food styling by Suzanne Lenzer, prop styling by Maeve Sheridan   Here the classic Italian “tre-colore” salad of arugula, endive and radicchio with plump tomatoes in a balsamic dressing, is piled onto individual crispy-crusted pizzas...
3-Ingredient Sweet and Spicy Chickpeas

3-Ingredient Sweet and Spicy Chickpeas

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   These skillet-crisped chickpeas take 10 minutes to make and are full of amazing flavor, with both sweetness from a touch of brown sugar and a savory-spicy kick from chili powder. Chickpeas are rich in fiber and protein making them the...
3-Ingredient Sweet and Spicy Chickpeas

3-Ingredient Sweet and Spicy Chickpeas

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   These skillet-crisped chickpeas take 10 minutes to make and are full of amazing flavor, with both sweetness from a touch of brown sugar and a savory-spicy kick from chili powder. Chickpeas are rich in fiber and protein making them the...
Noodle and Vegetable Bowl with Peanut Dressing

Noodle and Vegetable Bowl with Peanut Dressing

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post   This mouthwatering whole grain noodle and vegetable bowl is packed with colorful vegetables and drizzled with swoon-worthy, aromatic and rich peanut sauce. It’s a meal in a bowl that makes for a satisfying...
Noodle and Vegetable Bowl with Peanut Dressing

Noodle and Vegetable Bowl with Peanut Dressing

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post   This mouthwatering whole grain noodle and vegetable bowl is packed with colorful vegetables and drizzled with swoon-worthy, aromatic and rich peanut sauce. It’s a meal in a bowl that makes for a satisfying...
Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post   Pureeing white beans into this Broccoli Cheddar Soup makes it extra creamy and satisfying while adding protein, fiber and a bundle of essential nutrients. A judicious amount of extra-sharp cheddar gives it...
Steak Fajitas

Steak Fajitas

Photo by Quentin Bacon, food styling by Suzanne Lenzer, prop styling by Maeve Sheridan   These steak fajitas are a hungry carnivore’s dream dinner. They are ultimately satisfying, with juicy steak, sauteed onions, peppers, and tomatoes all piled on soft tortillas...
Steak Fajitas

Steak Fajitas

Photo by Quentin Bacon, food styling by Suzanne Lenzer, prop styling by Maeve Sheridan   These steak fajitas are a hungry carnivore’s dream dinner. They are ultimately satisfying, with juicy steak, sauteed onions, peppers, and tomatoes all piled on soft tortillas...
3-Ingredient Creamy Curry Dip

3-Ingredient Creamy Curry Dip

Ingredients 1/3 cup low-fat or regular Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 3/4 teaspoon yellow curry powder Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Directions In a small bowl stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise and curry powder until well combined. Season...
3-Ingredient Creamy Curry Dip

3-Ingredient Creamy Curry Dip

Ingredients 1/3 cup low-fat or regular Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 3/4 teaspoon yellow curry powder Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Directions In a small bowl stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise and curry powder until well combined. Season...
Snap Pea, Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Feta

Snap Pea, Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Feta

Photo by Quentin Bacon, food styling by Suzanne Lenzer, and prop styling by Maeve Sheridan   This watermelon salad is a refreshing expression of summer, with chunks of sweet watermelon, plump ripe tomatoes, crisp snap peas, and fresh mint tossed with a sprinkle...
Snap Pea, Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Feta

Snap Pea, Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Feta

Photo by Quentin Bacon, food styling by Suzanne Lenzer, and prop styling by Maeve Sheridan   This watermelon salad is a refreshing expression of summer, with chunks of sweet watermelon, plump ripe tomatoes, crisp snap peas, and fresh mint tossed with a sprinkle...
Green Tea-Poached Salmon With Napa Cabbage Slaw

Green Tea-Poached Salmon With Napa Cabbage Slaw

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post   This green tea-poached salmon seasoned with garlic, ginger, scallion and lime — emerges not tasting of tea, per se, but with a subtle, and delightful depth of flavor. Served hot or chilled over a crisp mound of...
Chai Spiced Fruit Compote

Chai Spiced Fruit Compote

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   This Chai-Spiced Fruit Compote is pure comfort food — the healthful way. It has layers of warm, fragrant flavor but just a handful of ingredients, because the chai teabags you use here come packed with a mix of spices including cinnamon,...
Chai Spiced Fruit Compote

Chai Spiced Fruit Compote

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   This Chai-Spiced Fruit Compote is pure comfort food — the healthful way. It has layers of warm, fragrant flavor but just a handful of ingredients, because the chai teabags you use here come packed with a mix of spices including...
Flatbread Pizza with Broccoli Pesto and Egg

Flatbread Pizza with Broccoli Pesto and Egg

Ingredients 2 cups cooked chopped broccoli, thawed if frozen 1 cup lightly packed basil leaves, divided ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided * ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 whole grain flat...
Flatbread Pizza with Broccoli Pesto and Egg

Flatbread Pizza with Broccoli Pesto and Egg

Ingredients 2 cups cooked chopped broccoli, thawed if frozen 1 cup lightly packed basil leaves, divided ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 whole grain flat breads,...
Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes

Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes

Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post   Using lean beef mixed with sauteed chopped mushrooms, and sweetening the sauce with molasses instead of refined sugar, makes for sloppy Joes that are good for you without sacrificing any of the fun or flavor....
Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes

Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes

Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post   Using lean beef mixed with sauteed chopped mushrooms, and sweetening the sauce with molasses instead of refined sugar, makes for sloppy Joes that are good for you without sacrificing any of the fun or...
Brussels Sprout Slaw

Brussels Sprout Slaw

Ingredients ½ pound Brussels sprouts, shredded (about 3 cups) 1 medium carrot, shredded (about 1 cup) 1 cup very thinly sliced (into half-moons) red onion 1/3 cup buttermilk, well shaken ¼ cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon honey ¼ teaspoon...
Brussels Sprout Slaw

Brussels Sprout Slaw

Ingredients ½ pound Brussels sprouts, shredded (about 3 cups) 1 medium carrot, shredded (about 1 cup) 1 cup very thinly sliced (into half-moons) red onion 1/3 cup buttermilk, well shaken ¼ cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon honey ¼ teaspoon...
Dirty Cauliflower (Cauliflower with Breadcrumbs)

Dirty Cauliflower (Cauliflower with Breadcrumbs)

 Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post   Here, this Dirty Cauliflower (Cauliflower with Breadcrumbs) is simply roasted until tender and browned then tossed with a lusciously crisp “dirt” of garlicky browned breadcrumbs. The taste of freshly toasted...
Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Photo by Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post This Spinach and Artichoke Dip is as savory and creamy as the one you know and love, but much better for you, thanks to a couple of simple tweaks. Here, vegetables lead the way, and the dairy is the supporting player,...
Family Favorite Minestrone

Family Favorite Minestrone

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post   This Italian-style soup, chock-full of vegetables, beans and pasta in a tomato-y broth, is sure to become a staple in your home. It has a crowd-pleasing appeal, is easy to whip up and makes for a convenient, filling,...
Spinach Salad with Roasted Squash, Pumpkin Seeds, and Pomegranate

Spinach Salad with Roasted Squash, Pumpkin Seeds, and Pomegranate

Photo by Quentin Bacon, food styling by Suzanne Lenzer and prop styling by Maeve Sheridan   This salad is a true celebration of the tastes and colors of the fall-winter season, with chunks of sweet, orange squash contrasting the juicy, tart crunch of pomegranate,...
Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Photo by Christopher Hirsheimer   This Curried Butternut Squash Soup will light up all your senses. The butternut squash gives it a rich orange visual appeal and a lovely, sweet taste that is the perfect counterpoint to the boldly fragrant curry spices...
3 Ingredient Mango-Avocado Salad

3 Ingredient Mango-Avocado Salad

Ingredients 1 medium avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced ¼-inch thick 1 medium mango, pitted, peeled, and sliced ¼-inch thick 4 lime wedges ¼ teaspoon salt Pinch of freshly ground black pepper Directions Arrange 4 to 5 slices each of avocado and mango, alternating...
3 Ingredient Mango-Avocado Salad

3 Ingredient Mango-Avocado Salad

Ingredients 1 medium avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced ¼-inch thick 1 medium mango, pitted, peeled, and sliced ¼-inch thick 4 lime wedges ¼ teaspoon salt Pinch of freshly ground black pepper Directions Arrange 4 to 5 slices each of avocado and mango, alternating...
Caribbean Chickpea Curry Wrap (Roti)

Caribbean Chickpea Curry Wrap (Roti)

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   I will never forget my first Roti sandwich, or curry wrap, at a tiny food shack on the Caribbean Island of Anguilla: island music playing, the heady aroma of curry filling the little shop, and a hot wrap sandwich in my hand stuffed with...
Caribbean Chickpea Curry Wrap (Roti)

Caribbean Chickpea Curry Wrap (Roti)

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   I will never forget my first Roti sandwich, or curry wrap, at a tiny food shack on the Caribbean Island of Anguilla: island music playing, the heady aroma of curry filling the little shop, and a hot wrap sandwich in my hand stuffed with...
Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Whipped Cream

Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Whipped Cream

Photo: Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post   This luscious grilled pineapple dessert is packed with island flavor and satisfies a sweet tooth healthfully. Grilling rings of pineapple caramelizes the fruit’s natural sugars and creates appealing grill marks. The...
Jerk Pork Loin with Mango Cucumber Salsa

Jerk Pork Loin with Mango Cucumber Salsa

Photo by Quentin Bacon, Food Styling by Suzanne Lenzer and Prop Styling by Maeve Sheridan   I am always in for the big flavors of Jamaican Jerk seasoning with its lively heat that’s grounded with warming spices and lots of thyme. In this recipe, juicy, but lean,...
3 Ingredient Recipe: Avocado Wasabi Sauce

3 Ingredient Recipe: Avocado Wasabi Sauce

Ingredients   1 ripe avocado 1 tablespoons fresh lime juice ½ teaspoon prepared wasabi paste, plus more to taste 1/4 teaspoon salt Directions Halve, pit, and peel avocado. Mash together with a fork the avocado, lime juice, wasabi paste and teaspoon salt until smooth...
Chicken Phyllo Pies

Chicken Phyllo Pies

Ingredients   ½ cup whole, natural almonds 8 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 pound ground white-meat chicken or turkey ½ pound ground dark-meat chicken or turkey 1 large onion, finely diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1...
Chicken Phyllo Pies

Chicken Phyllo Pies

Ingredients   ½ cup whole, natural almonds 8 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 pound ground white-meat chicken or turkey ½ pound ground dark-meat chicken or turkey 1 large onion, finely diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1...
Ginger-Sesame Shrimp Cakes with Avocado Wasabi Sauce

Ginger-Sesame Shrimp Cakes with Avocado Wasabi Sauce

Ingredients   2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted 1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and finely chopped 1 cup whole wheat Panko bread crumbs, divided ¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper 3 tablespoons chopped scallion greens 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2 teaspoons...
Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Ingredients   2 tablespoons olive oil ½ medium onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced ¼ teaspoon ground cumin ⅛ teaspoon ground coriander 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed 2 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus...
Three Ingredient Spice and Herb Rubs

Three Ingredient Spice and Herb Rubs

Ingredients   Middle Eastern: 1 teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon ground coriander ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Southwestern / Mexican: 2 teaspoons ground chili powder ½ teaspoon ground cumin ¼ teaspoon garlic...
Herbed Salmon and Orzo Casserole with Feta

Herbed Salmon and Orzo Casserole with Feta

Photo by Quentin Bacon, food styling by Suzanne Lenzer, and prop styling by Maeve Sheridan   I hate to play favorites with my recipes because each one genuinely comes from my heart, but I have a special soft spot for this herbed salmon dish. It is a one skillet...
Beef and Many Vegetable Stew

Beef and Many Vegetable Stew

Photo by Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post   This recipe takes a comfort-food classic beef stew in a fresher, more healthful direction by incorporating a bounty of vibrant vegetables. Along with the usual potatoes, carrots and onions, it has chunks of sweet...
Herbed Salmon and Orzo Casserole with Feta

Herbed Salmon and Orzo Casserole with Feta

Photo by Quentin Bacon, food styling by Suzanne Lenzer, and prop styling by Maeve Sheridan   I hate to play favorites with my recipes because each one genuinely comes from my heart, but I have a special soft spot for this dish. It is a one skillet meal that is...
Beef and Many Vegetable Stew

Beef and Many Vegetable Stew

Photo by Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post   This recipe takes a comfort-food classic beef stew in a fresher, more healthful direction by incorporating a bounty of vibrant vegetables. Along with the usual potatoes, carrots and onions, it has chunks of...
3-Ingredient Tahini Sauce

3-Ingredient Tahini Sauce

Ingredients   ⅓ cup pure Tahini paste, well stirred ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley ¼ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 5 tablespoons water, plus more as needed Directions Whisk together the tahini, lemon juice,...
Forbidden Rice Bowl

Forbidden Rice Bowl

Photo by Quentin Bacon, food styling by Suzanne Lenzer, and prop styling by Maeve Sheridan   Rice bowls are on the menu at all the hip farm-to-table restaurants these days, and for good reason. These meals-in-a-bowl – which involve a mound of warm rice, or other...
Panzanella with White Beans

Panzanella with White Beans

Photo by Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post   This take on the Panzanella includes white beans for hearty texture and protein, turning it into a main-course option. Dicing everything into small pieces gives the easy, rustic dish a more elegant spin, and,...
Warm Spinach Salad with Mushrooms and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Warm Spinach Salad with Mushrooms and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post   If there is one salad that says “comfort food” it’s Warm Spinach Salad. This one’s bold dressing has big umami flavor and meaty texture, thanks to mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, plus a heady smokiness from Spanish...
3 Ingredient Recipe: Two-Minute Mango-Coconut Sorbet

3 Ingredient Recipe: Two-Minute Mango-Coconut Sorbet

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   Whip up this 3 ingredient Mango Coconut Sorbet in the blender — in just two-minutes you’ll have a nourishing, cool and creamy dessert that hits the sweet spot where delicious and healthy meet.   3 Ingredient Recipe: Two-Minute...
Peach Chicken with Crispy Bread Crumbs

Peach Chicken with Crispy Bread Crumbs

Ingredients 4 large ripe fresh peaches or one 16-ounce bag unsweetened frozen sliced peaches 4 pieces whole wheat sandwich bread (4 ounces) 1 tablespoon sesame seeds ¾ teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper 3 cloves fresh garlic ¼ cup olive...
Tomato Bread

Tomato Bread

Ingredients ½ small round loaf crusty, whole grain bread 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 small clove of garlic 2 small ripe tomatoes 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Directions Remove the end of the bread for another...
Shrimp with Spinach, Garlic and Smoked Paprika

Shrimp with Spinach, Garlic and Smoked Paprika

This is one of the dishes I have come to rely on when I don’t feel like cooking — it’s as close as I come to waving a magic wand at dinnertime. There’s hardly anything to do to get it to the table, and it takes less than half an hour, start to finish. And yet this...
Tomato Bread

Tomato Bread

Ingredients ½ small round loaf crusty, whole grain bread 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 small clove of garlic 2 small ripe tomatoes 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Directions Remove the end of the bread for another...
3 Ingredient Cherry Chocolate Haystacks

3 Ingredient Cherry Chocolate Haystacks

Ingredients 3 large shredded wheat biscuits (about 2[1/2] ounces) 6 ounces dark chocolate (60% to 70% cocoa solids), chopped ⅓ cup dried cherries (2 ounces) Directions Line a baking sheet with wax paper. With your hands, crush the shredded wheat into thread-like...
Crispy French Toast Fingers with Blueberry Maple Sauce

Crispy French Toast Fingers with Blueberry Maple Sauce

Photo by Quentin Bacon and food styling by Lori Powell and Adeena Sussman   These fun crispy French Toast Fingers are nutty outside and tenderly egg-y inside, and wafting with cinnamon and vanilla. Served with a delightful Blueberry Maple dipping sauce, they’re...
Coconut Date Balls

Coconut Date Balls

Photo by Sreal Boruchin Here, these Coconut Date Balls are bite-sized snacks that offer a portable pop of on-the-go energy, made with dates for sweetness (so no added sugar is needed), shredded coconut, and a fragrant hint of cinnamon.    Coconut Date Balls...
Three Ingredient Greek Yogurt Bowl

Three Ingredient Greek Yogurt Bowl

Ingredients ¾ cup (6 ounces) low-fat Greek yogurt ¼ cup walnut pieces 2 teaspoons honey Directions Scoop the yogurt into a small serving bowl. Toast the nuts in a dry skillet over a medium-high heat, tossing frequently, until they are a shade darker and fragrant, 3-5...
Roasted Provencal Salmon and Fennel

Roasted Provencal Salmon and Fennel

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   A honey-kissed lemon-thyme vinaigrette and a little time in the oven bring fresh salmon fillets and sliced fennel together in this tasty, easy sheet pan meal. The dressing is tossed with the fennel as well as brushed on the fish fillets,...
Wholegrain Mixed Berry Pancakes (Gluten-free)

Wholegrain Mixed Berry Pancakes (Gluten-free)

Pancakes are always a favorite in my house, a beloved weekend tradition year-round. I especially love to make them whenever we have overnight guests. I came up with this recipe to serve my step-brother and his kids who are gluten free, but I loved them so much I wound...
Three Ingredient Greek Yogurt Bowl

3-Ingredient Greek Yogurt Bowl

Ingredients ¾ cup (6 ounces) low-fat Greek yogurt ¼ cup walnut pieces 2 teaspoons honey Directions Scoop the yogurt into a small serving bowl. Toast the nuts in a dry skillet over a medium-high heat, tossing frequently, until they are a shade darker and fragrant, 3-5...
Roasted Provencal Salmon and Fennel

Roasted Provencal Salmon and Fennel

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   A honey-kissed lemon-thyme vinaigrette and a little time in the oven bring fresh salmon fillets and sliced fennel together in this tasty, easy sheet pan meal. The dressing is tossed with the fennel as well as brushed on the fish fillets,...
Wholegrain Mixed Berry Pancakes (Gluten-free)

Wholegrain Mixed Berry Pancakes (Gluten-free)

Pancakes are always a favorite in my house, a beloved weekend tradition year-round. I especially love to make them whenever we have overnight guests. I came up with this recipe to serve my step-brother and his kids who are gluten free, but I loved them so much I wound...
Mini Frittatas with Leeks and Asparagus

Mini Frittatas with Leeks and Asparagus

Photo by Quentin Bacon and food styling by Adeena Sussman and Lori Powell   These spring-y leek and asparagus mini frittatas are great to have on hand for an easy, satisfying weekday breakfast, as an energizing afternoon snack or for a special brunch.  They...
Avocado Toast with Egg, Cucumber and Radish

Avocado Toast with Egg, Cucumber and Radish

Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post   This quick avocado toast with egg fills the bill perfectly as a satisfying breakfast, snack or light lunch alongside a salad or soup. To make it truly outstanding, use bakery-quality whole-grain bread —...
PB and Grapes Wrap

PB and Grapes Wrap

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   Peanut butter and grape jelly are a classic combo, so it makes sense that peanut butter and fresh grapes would work together too. The fruit brings the same sweet flavor, but in a whole food, juicier package. Here the duo are rolled up...
Pan-steamed Broccoli with Lemon, Garlic and Parsley “Gremolata”

Pan-steamed Broccoli with Lemon, Garlic and Parsley “Gremolata”

Photo: Quentin Bacon This 6 minute technique for cooking broccoli is a revelation. It gives you the health benefits of steaming without having to wait for a big pot of water to boil. Once your broccoli is pan-steamed you can season it however you like, but this tasty...
Skillet Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower

Skillet Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower

Photo by Quentin Bacon, food styling by Lori Powell and Adeena Sussman   Serving mac-and-cheese in the skillet it’s baked in amps up the homey comfort factor. The secret ingredient in this healthy, balanced breadcrumb-topped beauty is the finely chopped...
Pan-steamed Broccoli with Lemon, Garlic and Parsley “Gremolata”

Pan-steamed Broccoli with Lemon, Garlic and Parsley “Gremolata”

Photo: Quentin Bacon This 6 minute technique for cooking broccoli is a revelation. It gives you the health benefits of steaming without having to wait for a big pot of water to boil. Once your broccoli is pan-steamed you can season it however you like, but this tasty...
Parmesan-crusted Chicken Breast

Parmesan-crusted Chicken Breast

Ingredients 2 ounces parmesan cheese 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 5 ounces each) 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Cooking spray Directions Coarsely grate the parmesan cheese. (It should yield about ½ cup.) Put the...
Whole Grain Penne with Chicken, Mushrooms and Spinach

Whole Grain Penne with Chicken, Mushrooms and Spinach

Photo by Quentin Bacon, food styling by Suzanne Lenzer, and prop styling by Maeve Sheridan   This satisfying meal-in-a-bowl is loaded with deep, savory flavor thanks to its wealth of umami rich ingredients –mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes,...
Spaghetti Squash with Basil Pesto

Spaghetti Squash with Basil Pesto

Ingredients For the squash: 1 large spaghetti squash (about 4 pounds) 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil For the pesto: ¼ cup pine nuts 2 cloves garlic, peeled 3 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon fresh lemon...
3 Ingredient Quinoa Pilaf

3 Ingredient Quinoa Pilaf

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   Here’s a quick way to level up quinoa for a tasty side dish. This 3-Ingredient Quinoa Pilaf uses scallions two ways highlighting their incredible versatility. The white/light green part is cooked with the quinoa for a sweet-savory...
3 Ingredient Quinoa Pilaf

3 Ingredient Quinoa Pilaf

Photo by Sreal Boruchin   Here’s a quick way to level up quinoa for a tasty side dish. This 3-Ingredient Quinoa Pilaf uses scallions two ways highlighting their incredible versatility. The white/light green part is cooked with the quinoa for a sweet-savory...
French Bread Pizza

French Bread Pizza

Photo by Quentin Bacon, and food styling by Lori Powell and Adeena Sussman   I like an upscale, artisanal pizza as much as the next person, but for real comfort I’ll take my sauce and melted mozzarella home-style. I’ve been making impromptu pizzas on everything...