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Cranberry-Wild Rice Salad

1 cup dried cranberries 4 cups cooked wild rice, chilled 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion 1 6-ounce can water chestnuts, drained and chopped 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained 1/2 cup chopped flat (Italian) parsley 1/2 cup rice vinegar or other mild vinegar, to taste 1/2 cup slivered almonds or other nuts of your choice Combine all ingredients. If making ahead, add...

Fruity-Nutty Salad

2 oranges or 6 tangerines or clementines, peeled and cut in bite-size pieces 2 tart apples, cut in bite-size chunks 1 bell pepper, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 bunch green onions, sliced (white part) 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots 2 cups cooked, chilled wild rice juice of 1 lemon 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup chopped pecans, cashews or other nuts...

Summer Vegetable Curry

2 Vidalia onions (or other sweet onions), chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 1 cup bouillon 1 tablespoon mild curry powder 1 teaspoon turmeric pinch cayenne or to taste, or a small fresh hot chile, chopped 1 small, firm, unpeeled eggplant, cut in 1/2" dice 1/2 pound baby red potatoes, halved or quartered, or unpeeled red potatoes cut into bite-size pieces 6 ripe...

Ratatouille with Baby Potatoes

Easy, healthful recipe for Ratatouille with baby potatoes

Quinoa Tabbouleh

1 12-ounce box quinoa 5 cups bouillon 1 red onion, chopped 2 large, ripe tomatoes, chopped 1 cup chopped Italian (flat) parsley, or a combination of parsley and mint juice of 2 lemons 1 cup plain yogurt 2 teaspoons ground cumin Freshly ground pepper, to taste Bring the bouillon to a boil in a pot, stir in the quinoa and return to boiling....

Moroccan Chickpea and Barley Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 cup diced prosciutto or other cured ham (optional) 1 large onion, chopped 1 cup chopped celery 1 red bell pepper, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 6 cups bouillon 3/4 cup barley 1/4 teaspoon harissa, or more to taste (see note #1, below) 3 15-ounce cans chick peas or about 5 cups of cooked chickpeas (see note #2) Juice of...

Incredible Creamy Clam Chowder

Diana says -- you just have to trust me on this recipe. I know the list of ingredients sounds strange, but the result is amazing. You'll think it's loaded with cream! 1 large onion, chopped 6 cups bouillon 1 medium cauliflower, cut in chunks 1 cup quick-cooking or rolled oats 1 teaspoon oregano pinch cayenne, or to taste 1 6.5-ounce can...

Spicy Peanut Dip

You can make this as zippy or mild as you like, depending on the heat of your favorite salsa. Add Tabasco sauce to your taste if you want to turn up the heat. 1 cup crunchy style peanut butter 1 cup medium-hot salsa (bottled or home-made) 2 tablespoons brown sugar, to taste (optional) 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 tablespoons...

Chick Pea Gumbo

Chick peas crop up everywhere in my recipes -- in curries, soups, salads and pasta sauces. Here, they are combined with okra and the other classic gumbo ingredients for a hearty dish with a southern flair. 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes, cut up 1 dried red pepper, crumbled 1...

Seafood Spanish Rice

2 large onions, chopped 2 bell peppers, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced, to taste 6 cloves garlic, minced 4 cups bouillon 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon sweet paprika 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon oregano 1 cup uncooked brown rice or barley 1 to 2 pounds seafood of your choice: squid rings, shrimp, fish fillets cut into bite size...

Spicy Garden Pea Soup

6 cups bouillon 2 onions, chopped 3 cloves garlic, pressed 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground turmeric pinch cayenne, or to taste 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced 2 cups canned Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, broken up 4 cups fresh or frozen green peas Freshly ground black pepper Bring the onions, garlic, seasonings and bouillon...

Gabe’s Famous Bean-Eggplant-Tomato Casserole – Quick Version

2 onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 green peppers, chopped 2 28-ounce cans plum tomatoes, chopped 2 tablespoon fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons. dried oregano 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme 2 bay leaves 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste 2 eggplants (select very young, firm, shiny ones), unpeeled, diced into 1/2" cubes 3 16-ounce cans kidney beans, undrained Bring...

Sweet Potato Curry

1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut in 1" cubes (peeled if you wish) 4 green bananas, peeled and cut in 1/2" slices 1 stalk of lemon grass, sliced lengthwise and crushed (optional) 3 cups bouillon 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 cups cut green beans or peas, frozen or...

Quinoa-Mushroom Pilaf

1 12-ounce box quinoa 5 cups bouillon or water 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 onions, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 3 8-ounce boxes sliced mushrooms 1 teaspoon oregano 2 teaspoons mild chili powder 1/2 cup chopped pecans, slivered almonds or other nuts of your choice (optional) Freshly ground pepper, to taste Lemon wedges (optional) Bring the bouillon or water to a boil in a pot,...

Hummus

1 16-ounce can chick peas, drained 1 small onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 cup tomato sauce Juice of one lemon 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground caraway Pinch cayenne, to taste 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley leaves, chopped Black pepper to taste Puree all ingredients in a blender. Serve as a dip for raw vegetables. Yield: about 2 cups

Eggplant Caviar

A tasty dip for raw vegetables.   1 eggplant 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped Roast the eggplant over a gas flame or under the broiler until the skin is charred and the eggplant is soft, about 10 minutes. Cool it and rub most of the skin off. Mash...

Fall Minestrone

1/4 cup olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 red bell pepper, chopped 6 cups bouillon or water 1 cup chopped carrots 2 medium zucchini or yellow squash, cut in 1/2" chunks 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels 1 cup fresh or frozen green beans, in 1" pieces 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, broken up 2 teaspoons...

Fruity Pebbles

3 cups mixed dried fruits of your choice 1 cup finely chopped pecans grated rind of 1 lemon 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ, plus more for rolling 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons chocolate-orange liqueur (optional) Chop the fruits in a food processor or chopping bowl to blend. Combine the fruit mixture with the remaining ingredients. Shape into small (½") balls...

Morning Mush

Contributed by eZine reader Dr. Robert Rodensky, who notes that it may look a little disgusting but it's delicious! Dry ingredients: 1/4 cup Bran Buds 1/4 cup mixed nuts and seeds 1 teaspoon flaxseed (whole, crushed or ground; optional) Moist ingredients: 1/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) 2 teaspoons dark cocoa powder 1/4 cup cooked whole grains (barley, brown rice, wheatberries, oats,...

Fresh Salsa

4 ripe tomatoes, chopped 2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and chopped, or to taste 1 red onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice 1 teaspoon ground cumin Combine all ingredients and let the flavors blend for at least one hour before serving. Keeps well; refrigerate in a covered container. Yield: About 2 cups

Banana Rice Pudding

4 ripe bananas, sliced 2 cups cooked brown rice, oats, barley or quinoa 1/4 cup almond milk or the milk of your choice, or plain yogurt 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon dessert spice blend or cinnamon Combine the bananas and whole grains in a microwaveable dish.  If the grains are cold, microwave the mixture for a minute or...

Quick Shrimp Curry

Shrimp curry from one of Diana's mother's favorite recipes

About Lentils

Lentils are small legumes, from the plant family that includes beans and peas. The ordinary greenish-brown variety is available in every supermarket, usually in the dried-bean section. At sixty-nine cents for a one-pound bag, they are a nutritional bargain. They are a good plant source of protein, fiber, and several vitamins and minerals. You may...

Summer Veggies and Beans

1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, cut in 1/2" pieces (or use ordinary sliced mushrooms) 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh oregano 1/2 cup bouillon or water 2 small yellow squash, cut in 1/2" chunks 2 small zucchini, cut in 1/2" chunks 2 cups broccoli florets 2 cups very ripe tomatoes, chopped (or use canned Italian...

Manhattan Clam Chowder with Barley

Note: This recipe assumes you have some cooked barley ready to use. If you prefer, you can use 1/2 cup of uncooked barley; increase the bouillon to 8 cups. Add the bouillon and barley to the onion-garlic mixture, bring to a a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes; then add...

Baked Fish with Portobello Mushrooms

2 vidalia or other sweet onions, sliced 4-6 salmon steaks (or any fish of your choice) 1 pound portobello mushrooms, sliced Juice of one lemon Fresh herbs of your choice (optional) Lemon wedges for garnish Freshly ground black pepper to taste Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a layer of onion slices on the bottom of a casserole with a tight-fitting...

Gabe’s Favorite Potato Salad

I never peel potatoes for salads. The skins of the red ones are pretty in a salad and if you throw them away, you waste their fiber. Just scrub the potatoes with one of those plastic scouring pads. 6 red potatoes 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup plain yoghurt 1/4 cup dijon mustard 2 teaspoons celery...

Shrimp Jambalaya

1 pound shrimp 3 cups bouillon 1 bay leaf 1 onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can (28 ounces) plum tomatoes, broken up 1 cup brown rice (uncooked) 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon thyme 6 green onions, chopped 1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped Freshly ground black pepper Peel the shrimp and set aside. Bring...

Canary Island Soup Pot

1 onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 cup orange lentils 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in 1/2" cubes 6 cups bouillon 1 cup canned tomato sauce 1 tablespoon African Berbere spice mix OR 1 teaspoon cinnamon plus a pinch of cayenne to taste 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks (or use canned pineapple tidbits) 2 under-ripe bananas, cut in 1/2" slices Chopped...

Golden Autumn Soup

1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot 3 tablespoons olive oil 4 cups bouillon 2 cups apple cider 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin pinch of cayenne, to taste 1 cup orange lentils 4 carrots, sliced 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced 1 cup coconut or soy milk (optional) juice of one lemon Optional garnishes: yogurt chopped cilantro chopped green onions Heat the olive oil in...