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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...

Lemony Lentil-Spinach Soup

8 cups bouillon 1 onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 stalk celery, chopped 2 cups lentils 1 medium red potato, cut in 1/2" cubes 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin pinch cayenne, to taste 1 10-ounce bag baby spinach leaves Juice of one lemon Freshly ground pepper Put the bouillon, onion, garlic, celery, lentils, potatoes and spices in a large pot and bring...

Spaghetti Squash with Ratatouille Sauce

1 spaghetti squash, cooked 1 onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup bouillon 1 eggplant, cubed 1 can (28 ounces) plum tomatoes, undrained, chopped 1 tablespoon dried oregano pinch cayenne, or to taste 4 small zucchini squash, sliced 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (optional) juice of 1 lemon Prepare the spaghetti squash. Meanwhile, prepare the ratatouille sauce: In a large...

Any Vegetable Curry

2 onions, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 1 cup bouillon 1 tablespoon curry powder pinch cayenne, to taste 6-8 cups vegetables (choose at least two and as many as you like, such as potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, zucchini, yellow squash, etc.), cut in bite-size pieces 1/2 cup golden raisins 1 can chick peas, undrained 1 cup yogurt Cooked...

Spinach-Artichoke Dip or Dressing

1 10-ounce bag spinach leaves 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 can white beans, drained 1 bunch green onions, sliced (white part) 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves or flat-leaf parsley, chopped pinch cayenne, to taste juice of one lemon 2 6-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, chopped fine (including the liquid) Place all ingredients except the artichokes in a blender or food processor and...

Introduction to the Recipes

It's hard to go wrong when you cook with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. You don't need to worry about precise measurements, cooking times or ingredient preparation. The recipes give you general guidelines, but if you do things a little differently, chances are your dish will still be delicious! Measurements: Most cooks don't do...

Diana Cooks Whole Grains

Diana shows you how simple it is to cook any kind of whole grains on your stovetop. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on7G0PXaAUg For lots more information see How to Cook Whole Grains You can use cooked whole grains any way you would use cooked pasta or cooked white rice: Top them with your favorite sauce, stir them into a soup...

Diana Mixes a Salad

Diana shows you how easy it is to make one of her quick mix-and-match salads:

Diana Cooks Grains in a Steamer

You can cook any whole grains in a pot on your stovetop, but it's much easier in a countertop steamer. Diana shows you how. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKgNsp7mu7w You'll find more details on kinds of whole grains, quantities and cooking times in How to Cook Whole Grains

Chafing Dish (or Crockpot) Chili

Winter parties call for a huge pot of chili with all the trimmings! 2 large onions, chopped 2 green peppers, chopped 4 cloves garlic, chopped 3 tablespoons mild chili powder 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or bottled hot sauce, or to taste 5 cups bouillon (or bouillon + beer) 1 pound lentils 1 cup uncooked oatmeal or bulgur 2...

Clementine-Wild Rice Salad

12 clementines, peeled and sectioned 1 6-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and drained (cut into smaller pieces if desired) 2 bunches green onions, white part, sliced thin 2 cups cooked wild rice, chilled 1 cup chopped mint leaves (optional) 1 cup chopped Italian parsley leaves (optional) 1/4 cup rice vinegar juice of 1 lime 1/2 cup mayonnaise, or to taste 3 cups...

How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash

spaghetti squash cooking instructions

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...

Two-Bean Cabbage Slaw

1 16-ounce can red kidney beans, drained 1 16-ounce can chick peas, drained 1 small head cabbage, slivered 1 small onion, chopped 1 green or red bell pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon fennel seeds Peppercorn ranch or other light dressing of your choice Combine the vegetables and chill. When ready to serve, stir in the dressing to reach the consistency you like. 6-8...

Pepper-Potato Casserole

1 large onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 cups bouillon 1 red bell pepper, cut in 1" chunks 1 green bell pepper, cut in 1" chunks 4 medium red potatoes, cut in 1/2" cubes 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, broken up 1 teaspoon dried thyme pinch cayenne, to taste juice of one lemon 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley 1/4 cup sliced black...

Easy Veggie Burger Chili

4 frozen veggie burgers 1 16-ounce bag frozen pepper-onion mix 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes 1 16-ounce can pink beans 1 16-ounce can chick peas 2 cups frozen corn 1 tablespoon mild chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin pinch cayenne or a dash of hot pepper sauce, to taste Cooked barley or other whole grains of your choice Break the veggie burgers into 1"...

Corn-off-the-Cob Chowder

1 onion, chopped 10 ears fresh corn 4 cups chicken bouillon 1 teaspoon oregano pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste 1 red bell pepper, chopped freshly ground black pepper, to taste 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or flat (Italian) parsley (optional) Saute the onion in 1/2 cup of the bouillon for 5-10 minutes, or until softened. Meanwhile, cut the kernels off the...

Lima Bean Soup

2 onions, chopped 6 medium red potatoes, chopped 6 cups bouillon 1 teaspoon dried thyme pinch cayenne, to taste 4 cups frozen baby lima beans 1 cup chopped cilantro or flat parsley (save a little for ganish) 2 cups plain yogurt Black pepper Roasted red peppers, cut in strips (optional) Olives (preferably Greek-style), pitted and cut in chunks (optional) Bring the onions, potatoes, bouillon, thyme...

Roasted Veggie Soup Starter

If you do this 3 or 4 times a year, you will always have the makings of great soups, veggie stews or chili on hand. Your choice -- any or all: Onions Celery Peppers-red, green Carrots Fennel Turnips Garlic Potatoes Sweet potatoes Winter squash Mushrooms etc. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice or chop all the vegetables into about ½" pieces. Pile into a large roasting pan. Roast, uncovered,...

Portuguese Potato-Garlic Soup

1 large onion, chopped 8 cloves garlic, minced 8 cups bouillon 6 medium red potatoes, cubed 1 cup quick-cooking or regular oats 1 teaspoon dried marjoram pinch cayenne, or to taste 1 cup of chopped cilantro leaves juice of one lemon Lemon wedges Freshly ground black pepper Bring the onion, garlic, bouillon, potatoes , oatmeal, marjoram and cayenne to a boil. Reduce the heat and...

Fruity Seafood Salad

1 7-ounce packet salmon or tuna, 2 cups cooked shrimps, or any other cooked seafood of your choice 1 small fresh pineapple cut in bite-size pieces, or 1 can pineapple tidbits, drained 1 small cantaloupe, cut in bite-size pieces 1 cup grapes, halved if large 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced 1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained 1/4 cup rice...

Moroccan Onion Relish (for fish steaks)

Note: This relish is delicious with broiled, baked or steamed fish. Try it with halibut or salmon steaks or the seafood of your choice. Serve with lemon wedges. 2 pounds onions, peeled, halved and cut crosswise into thick slices 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Pinch of ground allspice or cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground...

Asparagus – Shrimp Salad

For the dressing: 1/4 cup rice vinegar 2 cloves garlic, minced in a garlic press 1 tablespoon grated fresh gingerroot  a few drops of bottled hot pepper sauce, to taste For the salad: 1 pound thin asparagus 1 red bell pepper, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 cup canned baby corns, drained 1 pound steamed, peeled shrimp Combine the dressing ingredients. Break the tough ends off...

Sushi Salad

For the dressing or dipping sauce: 1 teaspoon prepared wasabi, OR 1 teaspoon powdered wasabi mixed with a little water to make a paste 1/4 cup soy sauce, or to taste Combine these ingredients and set aside. For the salad: 3 cups cooked brown rice or barley 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar, or to taste 1 cucumber, cut in 1/2" dice 8 radishes,...

Spinach-Clementine Salad

6 cups baby spinach leaves 12 clementines, sectioned 1/2 cup walnut or pecan pieces 1 bunch green onions, sliced crosswise (optional) 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts (optional) For the dressing: 3 tablespoons olive oil Juice of two limes or lemons (about 1/4 cup) 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (optional) Place the salad ingredients in a bowl. Stir the dressing ingredients together and toss with...

Salade Nicoise

For the dressing: 1/4 cup white wine 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1 clove garlic, minced Juice of one lemon 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard For the salad: 1 can butter beans or white beans, drained 1 7-ounce packet tuna (or a 6-ounce can, drained) 4 cups (about) bite-size pieces of romaine lettuce 1 red bell pepper, cut in strips 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise, then cut in...

Salad Starter

Some salad vegetables will keep for several days, while others wilt quickly and should be cut up just before you use them. You can prepare a large quantity of salad-starter vegetables and refrigerate them, ready to use as is or to combine with other vegetables such as lettuce, mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumbers, bean sprouts or...

One-Arm Seafood Chili

Even with your arm in a cast, you can serve a tasty, healthful meal in half an hour. No chopping; open all the packages with scissors. 2 26-ounce boxes chopped tomatoes (such as Parmalat brand - see note) 2 cups bouillon 1 teaspoon oregano 1 tablespoon mild chili powder pinch cayenne, to taste salt to taste 2 16-ounce bags frozen Tex-Mex...

Ruth’s Quickest Rice Pudding Yet

1/2 desert bowl of cooked whole grains (brown rice is great) 4-5 tbsp of your favourite flavoured yogurt (vanilla or blueberry is wonderful!) Options: sliced bananas or other fruit, a handful of walnuts or raisins Combine these ingredients and presto! If you like warm pudding, re-heat the rice first in the microwave for a couple of minutes,...

Mediterranean Salad

4 large ripe tomatoes, diced 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced 1 sweet onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup plain yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped Combine all ingredients and chill at least 20 minutes. 4 servings Note: Check the yogurt label to be sure that it has live culture to get the benefits of beneficial...