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Spicy Crab Salad

1 pound crab meat (or other cooked seafood of your choice) 1 box grape or cherry tomatoes, halved if large 2 stalks celery, chopped 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves 1 teaspoon mild chile powder 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced or bottled red pepper sauce to taste 2 cups cooked, chilled barley 1/4 cup lime juice,...

Tropical Shrimp Salad

1 pound small shrimp, cooked and peeled 1 cup celery, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 cup baby carrots, sliced crosswise 1 10-ounce bag baby spinach leaves 1/2 cup cilantro or flat parsley leaves, chopped 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 teaspoon grated lime rind 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1 teaspoon cumin pinch cayenne, or to taste 4 ripe bananas, sliced 1/2 cup chopped nuts (your...

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 (optional) Saute the onion in 1/2 cup of the bouillon for 5-10 minutes, or until softened. Meanwhile, cut the kernels off the cobs into a bowl....

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...

Quinoa-Mushroom Pilaf

1 12-ounce box quinoa 5 cups bouillon or water 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 onions, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 3 8-ounce boxes sliced mushrooms 1 teaspoon oregano 2 teaspoons mild chili powder 1/2 cup chopped pecans, slivered almonds or other nuts of your choice (optional) Freshly ground pepper, to taste Lemon wedges (optional) Bring the bouillon or water to a boil in a pot,...

Smoked Salmon Salad

1/2 pound smoked salmon, cut in bite-size pieces 1 16-ounce can small white beans, drained and rinsed 1 small sweet onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 cup orange, tangerine or clementine sections, in bite-size pieces 1 cup frozen green peas 1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped 1 teaspoon oregano juice of one lemon rice vinegar, to taste (start with about 2 tablespoons), or a...

Peachy Thai Soup

5 cups bouillon (include liquid from cooking shrimp) 1 stalk lemon grass -- bottom 6" peeled, cut in 1/2" pieces and crushed slightly 1/4" slice fresh ginger 1 t. Thai Spice Mix 1 cup...

Turkish Three-Bean Soup

1 large onion, chopped 6 cups bouillon 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1/2 cup red lentils pinch cayenne pepper, to taste 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 16-ounce can chick peas, undrained 1 16-ounce can fava beans or kidney beans 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves or flat parsley Combine the onion, bouillon, tomato paste, lentils and spices in a large pot. Bring to a...

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...

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...

Black Bean Gazpacho

2 16-ounce cans black beans, undrained 1 bouillon cube, crushed and dissolved in a little hot water 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1/2 teaspoon oregano pinch cayenne, or to taste Blend all ingredients...

Italian Lentil Soup

1 cup lentils 6 cups bouillon 2 onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced pinch cayenne, or to taste 1 teaspoon oregano 2 bay leaves 1/2 cup bulgur 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained, broken up 2 10-ounce bags baby spinach leaves (or use frozen spinach) Freshly ground black pepper to taste Combine all ingredients but the spinach and black pepper...

Juliet’s Black Bean and Corn Soup

1 tablespoon canola or olive oil I medium red bell pepper, diced into small pieces 1 large onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups bouillon 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 19-ounce can black beans or two cups of cooked black beans 1 cup frozen corn In a large pot, heat the oil and saute the...

Creamy Carrot Soup

1 large onion, chopped 2 pounds carrots, chopped or shredded in a food processor 6 cups bouillon 1 tablespoon ground coriander pinch cayenne, to taste 1 cup quick-cooking or rolled oats freshly ground black pepper to taste chopped cilantro or Italian parsley for garnish (optional) Combine all ingredients, except the cilantro or parsley, in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce...

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.

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...

Spanish Rice

2 cups cooked brown rice or barley 1 cup tomato sauce 1 bunch green onions, chopped (white part) 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon oregano pinch cayenne, to taste 1 cup frozen peas 1/4 cup sliced stuffed olives (optional) Chopped cilantro or Italian parsley for garnish (optional) Combine the grains, tomato sauce, onions and spices in a pot. Bring...

Kasha Salad

Buckwheat (whole kasha) is a great source of fiber and it's a delicious, quick cooking whole grain for salads. 1 cup kasha (buckwheat groats) 2 cups bouillon 1 cup broccoli florets, steamed crisp-tender 1 cucumber, chopped 1 yellow...

Ratatouille with Baby Potatoes

Easy, healthful recipe for Ratatouille with baby potatoes

Diana Mixes a Salad

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

Speedy Creole Bean Stew

2 cups bouillon 1 16-ounce bag frozen onion-pepper mix 1 bag baby spinach leaves (or use frozen spinach) 1 teaspoon liquid smoke seasoning 1 teaspoon Cajun spice mix pinch cayenne, or to taste 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 cup bulgur 1 16-ounce can kidney beans 2-4 tablespoons rice vinegar Bring the bouillon, vegetables and spices to a boil in a large pot. Stir in...

Quinoa Salad with Melon and Spinach

1/2 pound spinach, preferably baby leaves 1 cup watermelon balls or cubes 1 cup honeydew balls or cubes 1 cup cantaloupe balls or cubes 1 cucumber, cut in 1/2" pieces 1 small red onion, chopped fine 2 cups cooked quinoa (see note below) 1/4 cup honey mustard salad dressing Wash and drain the spinach and remove any tough stems. If the leaves...

Extra Quick Chili

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

Paella (Spanish Seafood Stew)

1 large onion, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup bouillon 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...

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...

Mediterranean Clams and Beans

1 large onion, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 cup bouillon 1 cup white wine (optional; substitute more bouillon if you wish) 2 cups canned tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes 1 teaspoon oregano 1 clove garlic, minced, or 1 teaspoon garlic paste pinch cayenne or Tabasco sauce to taste 1 16-ounce can small white beans or pink beans, drained 1 or...

Tri-Color Salsa or Dip

1 16-ounce can small red beans, drained 1 10-ounce can shoepeg corn, drained 2-4 tablespoons hot red pepper relish, or to taste 1 bunch green onions, white part only, sliced thin 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped Mix all ingredients together and chill. Yield: About 3 cups

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...

Salmon Mousse

1 cup bottled clam juice, bouillon or water 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin 1 15-ounce can salmon (preferably red sockeye) 2 tablespoons capers (optional) 1 bunch green onions, sliced (white part) juice of 1 lemon 1 teaspoon oregano pinch cayenne, or to taste 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt Fresh herbs, lemon slices and/or red bell pepper strips for garnish Heat the clam juice...

Cuban Mango Salad

1 small sweet onion, chopped 2 mangoes, peeled and chopped 1 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed 2 cups cooked, chilled brown rice or barley 1/2 cup chopped cilantro or Italian parsley 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1 teaspoon ground cumin Bottled hot pepper sauce to taste Combine all ingredients and chill. 4-6 servings