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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,...

Sweet Potato Bisque

1 onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 8 cups bouillon 1 tablespoon mild curry powder 2 teaspoons thyme 1 teaspoon freshly ground black or white pepper pinch cayenne, to taste 1/4 cup brandy (optional) 2 cups light coconut milk or soy milk Combine the onion, celery, sweet potatoes, bouillon, curry powder and peppers in a large pot....

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...

Oatmeal for a Healthful Breakfast

Diana explains why oatmeal make such a healthful and satisfying breakfast, and shows you her easy way to make a batch for 3-4 days worth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTFx2NErpIQ Try your own variations using whatever additions you like: raisins or other dried fruits, pinenuts or any other nuts, cinnamon and so forth Read the full instructions for the two-week SHOW...

About Bouillon and Stock

You'll notice that lots of my recipes list bouillon as an ingredient. That's my shorthand for using a flavored liquid instead of water. When one of my recipes calls for bouillon, here's what to use: Bouillon cubes or granules. The easiest method is to add one bouillon cube or one teaspoon of bouillon granules for...

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

How to De-Gas Beans

If you're bothered by gas when you eat beans, try this cooking method.

How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash

spaghetti squash cooking instructions

Diana Makes her Southwestern Bean Salad

Diana shows you how to make one of her favorite salads using cooked whole grains. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmyV1yYhIdY Here's the recipe: Southwestern Bean Salad This salad keeps well for several days, so make a large quantity and store the leftovers in your refrigerator. Guidelines for Dr. Mirkin's modified DASH diet Enjoy!

SPICE BLENDS AND SPICE PASTES

spice blend recipes from Diana Mirkin

Southwestern Bean Salad

2 cups cooked brown rice or barley 1 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed 2 cups frozen corn kernels 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 1/4 cup white wine vinegar, or to taste 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves (if you don't like cilantro, use flat Italian parsley) 1 minced jalapeno pepper, or a pinch of cayenne, to...

Dave’s Zucchini “Pasta” with Shrimp

3-4 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 4 anchovy filets (optional) 1/2 pound peeled shrimp 1/2 cup chopped onions 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into small pieces 2 medium zucchini, "spiralized" into pasta (see note below) or cut into matchstick strips Fresh oregano to taste, or about 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano Freshly ground black pepper to taste Shredded parmesan cheese (optional) Heat the...

Diana Mixes a Salad

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

Extra Quick Chili

An extra quick chili recipe that is super-easy and delicious too.

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...

Mix & Match Salads

Mix & Match Salads are whole meals in a salad bowl. Start with any lettuce or salad greens you like, and add ANY other ingredients from the Good Food Book: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and more. Try to get several different bright colors in the bowl, such as something red, orange or yellow....

Zippy Black Bean Dip

1 16-ounce can black beans, drained 1 clove garlic A few dashes of bottled hot sauce or chopped pickled jalapeno peppers, to taste 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or wine vinegar 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon mild chili powder Mash the ingredients together or puree in a blender. Serve with raw vegetable dippers. Yield: About 2 cups

About Clementines

Clementines are the small citrus in boxes or mesh bags that appear in markets during the winter months. This year's crop is tasty, juicy and plentiful (prices are low!). They're great for snacking, dessert or in fruit salads. Clementines also make a wonderful addition to almost any green salad, or in my recipes for salads...

Watermelon-Barley Greek Salad

A beautiful and delicious summer salad, perfect for Labor Day, a Fourth of July picnic or any buffet table,

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...

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,...

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

What Makes a Healthful Recipe?

All of my healthful recipes fit into the modified DASH diet that Dr. Mirkin recommends for total health (to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, control weight and prevent or control diabetes): Up to 8 servings of WHOLE grains (serving size is 1/2 cup) At least 5 Vegetables At least 5 Fruits Up to 3 servings of fat free...

Spicy Garden Pea Soup

6 cups bouillon 2 onions, chopped 3 cloves garlic, pressed 1 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon ground tumeric 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 to a...

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...

New Potato Salad

For the dressing: 1/2 cup plain yogurt 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons balsamic or rice vinegar 2 teaspoons fennel seeds Freshly ground black pepper, to taste For the salad: 1 pound tiny red new potatoes 1 red bell pepper, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 bunch green onions, sliced (white part) 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley Combine the dressing ingredients. Cook the potatoes in boiling water...

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...

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’s Cooking Videos

Diana Mixes a Salad Diana Cooks Whole Grains Diana Cooks Whole Grains in a Steamer Diana Cooks Extra-Quick Chili Diana Cooks Oatmeal for a Healthful Breakfast Diana Makes her Southwestern Bean Salad More coming soon

Jollof Rice

1 lb. shrimp 2 onions, chopped 2 green peppers, chopped 2 cloves garlic 10 oz. mushrooms, sliced 2 carrots, chopped 1 can chopped plum tomatoes in paste 1 teaspoon...