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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...

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! Checked 11/22/19

Extra Quick Chili

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

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...

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...

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,...

French Lentil Soup

1 onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 stalk celery, chopped 2 cups tiny green (French) lentils 8 cups bouillon 1 potato, diced 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin pinch cayenne, to taste 1 pound spinach or swiss chard, chopped Juice of one lemon Freshly ground pepper Bring the onion, garlic, celery, lentils and bouillon to a boil in a large pot. Add the...

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...

Vera Mirkin’s No-Liver Chopped Liver

Gabe's mother lived to 106, so she must have done something right! This really does taste a lot like chopped chicken liver and it is yummy. 3 onions, chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 hard boiled eggs 2 cups walnuts cayenne and salt to taste (you may add other seasonings if you wish) Saute the onions in oil until soft. Combine with...

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....

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

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, granules or paste. The easiest method is to add one bouillon cube or one teaspoon of bouillon granules...

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...

How to De-Gas Beans

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

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...

Sweet Potato Salad with Pineapple

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes 2 stalks celery, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 bunch green onions, white part, sliced 1 cup fresh or canned pineapple, cut into 1/2" tidbits 1 cup cooked, chilled barley (see note) 1 cup yogurt or mayonnaise 1/4 cup bottled mango chutney (optional - in the international section of your...

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...

Authentic Maryland Crab Soup

2 onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 green pepper, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 6 cups bouillon 2 29-ounce cans tomato sauce 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh pinch of cayenne, or crumbled dried hot red peppers, to taste 2 potatoes, diced 4 carrots, sliced 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels 1 pound crab meat 1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped Freshly...

SPICE BLENDS AND SPICE PASTES

spice blend recipes from Diana Mirkin

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...

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....

Butternut Squash-Fruit Casserole

1 butternut squash, about 2 pounds 1 large onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 4 cups bouillon 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 teaspoons curry powder 1 teaspoon nutmeg pinch cayenne, or to taste 2 tart apples, cored and cut in 1/2" chunks 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1 cup cooked barley or other whole grain of your choice ground cinnamon for garnish Pierce the squash with a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Fruity Seafood Salad

1 7-ounce packet salmon or tuna, 2 cups cooked shrimps, or 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 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced 1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained 1/4 cup rice vinegar, or to taste Lettuce...

Watermelon-Barley Greek Salad

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

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...