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Warm Kidney Bean Salad

2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups slivered onions 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 cup cider vinegar or red wine vinegar 2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea salt), or to taste - optional 1 cup chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley 1/4 cup pimento-stuffed olives, sliced in half Heat olive oil in a large pot...

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....

Harira

Harira is the traditional lemony soup used to break the Muslim fast of Ramadan. It's good for quieting hunger pangs anytime. 2 onions, chopped 3 stalks celery, diced 1 red bell pepper, chopped 6 cups bouillon 1 teaspoon tumeric ...

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 4 cups of cooked chickpeas (see note #2) Juice of one...

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...

Pineapple Chutney

1/2 cup sugar (or if using canned pineapple, 1/2 cup of the juice) 1/4 cup vinegar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon pinch cayenne, or to taste 1 teaspoon fennel seeds> 1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2" chunks, or 3 cups canned pineapple chunks 1/2 cup golden raisins Combine the sugar, vinegar, cinnamon, cayenne and fennel seeds in a large saucepan...

Tagine with Pumpkin & Vegetables

2 onions, chopped 2 green peppers, chopped 1 large clove garlic, minced 2 cups bouillon 3 cups pumpkin or winter squash chunks (1"), peeled 2 medium red-skinned potatoes, cut in 1/2" pieces ...

Easy Split Pea Soup

Note: You can easily double or triple this recipe -- freezes well, too! 1 pound dried split peas 8 cups bouillon 2 onions, chopped 4 carrots, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 1 bay leaf 2 teaspoons mild curry powder, or to taste pinch cayenne, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Combine all ingredients in a large pot, bring to a boil and...

SPICE BLENDS AND SPICE PASTES

spice blend recipes from Diana Mirkin

Shrimp Curry Salad

1 pound steamed, peeled shrimp 1 cup golden raisins 5 green onions, sliced (white part) 1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped 1/2 cup no-fat mayonnaise 2 teaspoons. curry powder 1 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot Freshly ground pepper to taste Combine all ingredients in a serving bowl. 4 servings.

Island Barley Salad

2 cups fresh pineapple, cut in 1/2" chunks, or canned pineapple tidbits, drained 1 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed 2 cups cooked, chilled barley 1/4 cup rice vinegar, or to taste 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 1 tablespoon bottled hot red pepper relish, or to taste 1/4 cup chopped peanuts or macadamia nuts Combine all ingredients except the nuts and...

Green Minestrone

1 onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 8 cups bouillon 2 teaspoons oregano pinch cayenne, or to taste 1/2 cup uncooked barley 1 medium red potato, cut in 1/2" cubes 1 10-ounce bag baby spinach leaves 2 small zucchini, cut in 1/2" chunks 1 16-ounce can chick peas 2 cups frozen green peas 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil or Italian parsley, or both freshly ground black...

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...

Clementine-Quinoa Salad

Note: If clementines are out of season, use orange or tangerine sections cut into bite-size pieces. 2 cups cooked quinoa, chilled 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped 8 black olives, sliced 1 small red onion, chopped 1 cup chopped celery 1 red or green bell pepper, chopped...

Basic Kasha (Buckwheat Groats)

1 cup kasha 2 cups bouillon Bring the bouillon to a boil, stir in the kasha and return to boiling. Reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the kasha is tender and the liquid is absorbed. If you wish, you can toast the kasha in a dry frying pan before...

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...

Diana Cooks her Extra-Quick Chili

Watch Diana put together the fastest possible pot of chili, to serve over your cooked brown rice or other whole grains for a one-dish meal. Add a tossed green salad if you like. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLwzlND5wn0 Now that you've seen how easy it is, try the recipe yourself! Extra Quick Chili

Southwest Paella

1 large onion, chopped 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1/2" chunks 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 cups chicken or fish bouillon 2 tablespoons mild chili powder or southwestern spice blend 2 teaspoons oregano pinch cayenne, to taste 1/2 pound spicy Italian sausage (poultry, seafood or meat) 1 28-ounce can crushed Italian plum tomatoes 1 pound cleaned squid, cut in 1/4" rings 1 pound...

Tofu Fried Rice

1/2 cup bouillon 1 onion, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped 1/2 pound mushrooms, chopped 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot 1/2 teaspoon tumeric 4 cups cooked barley or brown rice 1 12-ounce container firm tofu, cut into ½" chunks 1 tablespoon soy sauce, or to taste 1 tablespoon sesame seeds chopped parsley for garnish Bring the bouillon to a boil in a...

Fall Soba Soup

8 dried shiitake mushrooms 1/2 pound soba (buckwheat noodles) or other Asian noodles 8 cups bouillon (see note) 1 tablespoon Thai Spice Paste 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in 1/2" cubes 1...

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,...

Spaghetti Squash Soup

1 spaghetti squash 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 6 cups bouillon 1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes, broken up pinch cayenne pepper, to taste 1/2 cup chopped Italian (flat) parsley Freshly ground pepper to taste Harissa or bottled hot pepper sauce such as Tabasco(optional) Prepare the spaghetti squash in the microwave or oven (see below -- I recommend using your microwave). Meanwhile, put...

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...

Recipes Sorted By Category

Diana's Healthful Recipes Sorted by Category

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...

Hawaiian Smoothie

1 banana 1 cup orange juice 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit of your choice -- berries, melon, peaches, pineapple, oranges, whatever you have Place the banana and juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Blend in the remaining fruit. Serve either as a thick drink or in bowls with a spoon. 2 servings

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

1 spaghetti squash, cooked 1/2 pound shrimp 3 tablespoons fish sauce (optional, see note) 3 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 small hot chile, seeded and sliced very thin 1 red bell pepper, cut into matchstick slivers 1 bunch green onions, sliced thin 1 cup bean sprouts Chopped fresh basil or cilantro (optional) 2 tablespoons bottled peanut sauce (optional,...

How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash

spaghetti squash cooking instructions

Hot and Sour Fish Soup

1/2 pound fish steak or fillet (such as salmon or orange roughy) 1 tablespoon soy sauce 6 cups chicken or fish bouillon 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced 1 bunch green onions, sliced thin 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco or other hot sauce, or to taste 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 cup cold water 2 cups shredded...

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...