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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...

Bright Yellow Dal

Dal is a thick puree of spiced lentils or split peas that can be yellow, orange, green or brown depending on the legume you choose. Serve it with cooked whole grains and a green salad, or combine it with other Indian-inspired dishes for a multi-course ethnic feast.

Quinoa with Eggplant

Note: Quinoa is a whole grain that is quick to cook, so you can prepare it while you do the rest of the recipe and it will be ready to stir in at the end. It usually comes in boxes and is available in most supermarkets. 1 large eggplant 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 3...

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...

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...

Squash Chili

1 winter squash, about 2 pounds 1 large onion, chopped 1/2 pound mushrooms, quartered or cut in 1/2" pieces 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon mild chili powder 1 teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon oregano pinch cayenne, to taste 2 cups bouillon 1 red bell pepper, cut in 1/2" pieces 1 can small red or pink beans, drained 2 cups frozen baby lima beans 2 cups frozen...

Tomatoes with Cucumber and Onion

4 tomatoes, sliced (home-grown if possible!) 2 cucumbers, sliced 1 red onion, diced 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves About 1/4 cup of Italian dressing, oil and vinegar, or the dressing of your choice Freshly ground black pepper Combine all ingredients and serve with ground pepper to taste. 4 servings

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...

Paella (Spanish Seafood Stew)

1 large onion, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup olive oil 2 teaspoons oregano pinch cayenne, to taste 4 cups cooked barley, brown rice or other whole grains of your choice 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, broken up 1 red bell pepper, cut in 1/2" chunks 1 pound asparagus, cut in 1-2" pieces (reserve the tips) 1...

Diana Mixes a Salad

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

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 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

How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash

spaghetti squash cooking instructions

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...

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...

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...

Suzanne’s Mango-Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats 1 cup powdered (dry) skim milk 1 cup bottled mango sauce (I use Trader Joe's brand) 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup sliced almonds 2 tablespoons buttermilk, milk or yogurt Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. Pat into a non-stick 9x13" baking pan (spray with Pam or...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Cuban Corn Chowder

1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and minced, or a pinch of cayenne to taste 4 cups bouillon 2 teaspoons cumin 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut in small cubes 1 red bell pepper, chopped 4 cups frozen white sweet corn (or use kernels cut from fresh corn) 1 cup frozen peas Freshly ground...

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,...

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"...

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...

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...

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...