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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,...

Harissa Sauce (Moroccan-Style Hot Spice Blend)

1 teaspoon ground caraway 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 clove garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup olive oil or low-fat Italian salad dressing Mix the dry spices in a small refrigerator container. Peel the garlic clove and press it through a garlic press into the dry spices. Add the oil or salad dressing and mix well....

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...

Soupy Golden Dal (Lentil Soup)

You can use regular (green/brown) lentils for this soup, too; it will taste just as good but the color is not as pretty. 1 cup orange lentils 4 carrots, chopped 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 dried...

Lebanese Hummus & Ful

A delicious Lebanese recipe from reader Patricia McCaffrey -- I'm not sure whether to call this a thick soup or an appetizer. Enjoy it either way! 1 16-ounce can of chick peas, undrained 1 16-ounce can of fava beans (ful), undrained 4 tablespoons lemon juice 3 cloves garlic, crushed olive oil ground cumin Pour chick peas, fava beans, lemon juice and...

Ratatouille with Baby Potatoes

Easy, healthful recipe for Ratatouille with baby potatoes

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

Tofu Caesar Salad Dressing

4 garlic cloves, peeled 2 tablespoons Dijon style prepared mustard 1 package (12 ounces) tofu ¼ cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon soy sauce or Asian fish sauce, or more to taste 1 teaspoon freshly...

Stewed Root Veggies with Cranberries

1 large onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 carrots, sliced 2 parsnips, sliced 2 cups peeled, diced celery root 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes, cut in 1/2" chunks (peel if the skin is tough) 4 cups bouillon 1 tablespoon mild curry powder 1 cup vanilla yogurt or soy milk (optional) 1/2 cup dried cranberries Combine the vegetables, bouillon and curry powder...

Mediterranean Seafood Stew

1 onion, chopped 2 red or green bell peppers, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 stalks fennel or celery, or some of each, chopped 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, broken up 1/2 cup bouillon 1/2 teaspoon Harissa sauce, or your favorite hot sauce, to taste 2 to 3 pounds (total) seafood, in bite-size pieces (see suggestions below) 1/2 pound button...

Sweet Potato Curry

1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut in 1" cubes (peeled if you wish) 4 green bananas, peeled and cut in 1/2" slices 1 stalk of lemon grass, sliced lengthwise and crushed (optional) 3 cups bouillon 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 cups cut green beans or peas, frozen or...

Tabbouleh

So good, your friends will think you bought it at a Lebanese deli. 1 cup bulgur (cracked wheat) Water to cover 1 onion, chopped 6 green onions, white parts only, sliced thin 1 cup chopped Italian parsley 1/4 cup mint, chopped Juice of one lemon 2 tomatoes, chopped 1/2 cup plain yogurt Lettuce leaves (optional) Place the bulgur in a bowl and cover with cold...

Cajun Fish Fillets

1 lb. orange roughy fillets or any firm white fish 1 t. Cajun spice blend - such as McCormick or Paul Prudhomme 1 T. paprika Lemon wedges Preheat the broiler. Arrange the fillets on a broiler pan lined with aluminum foil. Combine...

Kamut Biryani

1 lb. kamut, steamed with 1 tablespoon garam masala spice mix or 1 t. each cinnamon, ground cloves and ground coriander (Recipe uses 4 cups of the cooked kamut; leftovers make great salads) 1 sweet onion, chopped 1...

Watermelon-Barley Greek Salad

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

Mushroom Nibbles

1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1/3 cup olive oil 1 onion, sliced thin 1 teaspoon garlic salt 2 teaspoons dried parsley or oregano 1 tablespoon prepared mustard 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional) 2 8-ounce boxes small button mushrooms (or large ones cut in quarters) Combine all ingredients except the mushrooms in a pot and bring to a boil. Add the mushrooms, reduce...

Seafood “Stir Fry”

Use any combination of vegetables and any seafood that appeals to you. This basic recipe can be varied to use whatever you have on hand. 1 red bell pepper, cut in 1/4" x 1" strips 1/2 pound thin asparagus, cut on the diagonal into 1" pieces 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced 1/2 cup baby corn 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled 1/2 pound...

Shrimp Confetti Chowder

8 cups bouillon 1 pound shrimp 6 cloves garlic, minced 4 green onions, chopped 2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and chopped, or pinch cayenne, to taste 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 2 potatoes, cut in 1/2" dice 1 cup cooked barley or brown rice (optional) 3 cups frozen corn 2 cups frozen peas 2 cups light coconut milk or soy milk Freshly ground black pepper to taste Chopped cilantro...

Firehouse Chili (with Oatmeal)

Oatmeal gives a meaty consistency to this tasty, easy and healthful chili. 1 onion, chopped 1 large bell pepper (red or green), chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 bouillon cubes or 2 teaspoons bouillon granules 1 cup water 1 28-ounce can Italian-style tomatoes, undrained 2 16-ounce cans kidney beans, undrained 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned or long-cooking style -- uncooked) 1 tablespoon mild...

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....

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Salad

2 pounds sweet potatoes, cut in 1/2" chunks 1 small red onion, chopped 1 cup chopped celery ½ cup dried cranberries 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard 2 tablespoons mango chutney 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt, or more to taste 2 tablespoons lemon juice or cider vinegar, or to taste Steam the sweet potatoes until they are just tender, about 15-20 minutes. As...

Baked Sweet Potatoes and Onions

3 red onions, halved lengthwise, then cut into thin slices 3 pounds sweet potatoes, halved lengthwise, then cut into thin slices 2 cups apple cider 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste Freshly ground black pepper to taste Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in a baking dish. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour. Remove the...

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...

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

Castaway Stew

2 onions, chopped 2 cups bouillon 3 sweet potatoes, cut in 1/2" dice 1 small head cabbage, cored and shredded 2 tablespoons minced fresh gingerroot 1-2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and minced, or bottled hot pepper sauce, to taste 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, broken up 2 cups baby lima beans (fresh or frozen) 1 cup pineapple tidbits (fresh or canned) Juice...

Mushroom Mix Curry

4 medium red potatoes, cut in chunks 2 cups bouillon 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon mild curry powder 1 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot pinch cayenne, to taste 1 16-ounce bag frozen pepper-onion mix 1 16-ounce bag frozen corn-black bean mix 1/2 pound button mushrooms, quartered if large 1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, cut in chunks Cooked barley or other whole grains of your...

Basic Wild Rice

1/2 pound wild rice 6 cups bouillon Bring the bouillon (or salted water) to a boil, stir in the wild rice and return to boiling. Reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 50-60 minutes or until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Drain off any excess liquid. Don't overcook;...

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...

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" or so), peeled 2 medium red-skinned potatoes, cut in 1/2" pieces 3 cups cauliflower florets 4 carrots, diced 1 Granny Smith or other green apple, cut into 1/2" pieces 1/2 cup dried apricots, quartered if large 1 28-ounce can Italian plum...

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,...