Archive for June 22, 2016

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Pea and Caramelized Onion Soup

Pea Soup. The mention of it immediately evokes memories of the goopy, gelatinous mush from a can of my childhood. With it’s typically sharp flavor and unappetizing pale green color, it wasn’t any wonder why I swore off this meal for many years. Anyway, as any self-respecting five-year-old will tell you, “peas are gross!” They are, however, a food that I rediscovered as I entered adulthood and, moreover, learned to cook and began to prepare meals from scratch in my various rented kitchens. From a health perspective, peas are high in fiber, protein, and vitamins A, B6, K and C. The soup that follows is made with dried green split peas....

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

The following is one of my favorite weeknight meals. It comes together easily, and serves as a deeply nourishing and satisfying dinner after a long day. It’s healthy to boot. With a squash base, this meal is high in fiber, vitamin B6, and potassium. A simple tomato sauce, a couple of add-ins, and some good cheese and you’ll have an instant dinner table mainstay. Ingredients: 1 medium spaghetti squash 1 medium zucchini 1 ball fresh mozzarella 1/4 cup Parmesan or similar hard cheese 1 32 oz can peeled tomatoes (San Marzano are best) 3 cloves garlic 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 cup soppressata, other hard salami or uncured...

Thai Zoodles with Tofu and Crushed Peanuts

A spiralizer is a miraculous thing. “Do you want chopped up zucchini and red sauce for dinner?” Meh. “How about a big bowl of zoodles with meatballs and marinara?” YES. The spiralizer turns the ordinary into the appetizing, quietly performing a sort of culinary sleight of hand. Another thing that zoodles do, is really allow you to hone in on your sauces. Whereas a plate of pasta with salt and black pepper may not need too much coaxing to turn out a desirable meal–zoodles do require a little more sauce prowess. That said, most pasta sauces taste great with zoodles. But, you’ll be able to taste it if something is lacking....