Lean Green Bean Casserole with Oven-Fried Onions

Lean Green Bean Casserole with Oven-Fried Onions

I made this for Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit. What’s nice about this dish is it’s a family favorite without the heaviness from the cream and wheat flour. To lighten it up, I used veggie broth with a little soy creamer and fresh lemon juice. If you don’t want to use soy creamer,… 

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Homemade Oven-Fried Shoestring Onions

Homemade Oven-Fried Shoestring Onions

These crispy, delicious shoestring onions are like the canned fried onions minus the oil, frying, preservatives, and strange chemicals. This is a great recipe to prepare with kids. Have them dunk the onions in the wet mixture and help bread them with you. This recipe is for shoestring onions. I made this for my Green… 

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Lucky Watercress & Lime Soup

LUCKY WATERCRESS & LIME SOUP

Question: What does a 7-course Irish meal usually consist of? Answer: A boiled potato and a 6-pack of Guinness Actually, truth be told, Irish cuisine has come a long way. In celebrating my Irish heritage this month, I’ve decided to highlight a few Irish-inspired recipes and share them with you. This recipe, Watercress & Lime Soup, is not… 

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Red Lentils with Stewed Tomatoes

RED LENTILS WITH STEWED TOMATOES

Winter inspires me to cook warm, hearty dishes with a little heat thrown in – chili, spicy soups and legume dishes, especially lentils. I know plenty of people who are unmoved by lentils but I adore them. They easily soak up different flavors and can be paired with a variety of ingredients. They’re nourishing, relatively… 

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Tomato Mint Quinoa Salad

TOMATO MINT QUINOA SALAD

Quinoa is a very intriguing ingredient. It’s classified with the rest of the grains but it’s not even a grain, it’s a seed. Pronounced “keen-wah,” this grain-like crop has been around for over 6,000 years, originating in the Andean region of South America. The Incas held the crop to be sacred and referred to it… 

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Spicy Watermelon Salsa

SPICY WATERMELON SALSA

Piggy-backing off the last post, I found a new way to use my delicious, plentiful watermelon. So far, I made watermelon coolers, watermelon ice-pops, and now a yummy and spicy watermelon salsa! Watermelon is the perfect ingredient for a sweeter-style salsa. The two star ingredients in this salsa, though, are really the spicy Padrón pepper… 

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Herb Lentil Loaf

HERB LENTIL LOAF

Cooler weather always gets me in the mood for hearty casseroles and loaves. This is a wonderful hearty dish, although it doesn’t look too pretty in this photo It has a yummy earthy taste from the mushrooms, nuts and cheese. It’s packed with flavor thanks to the variety of herbs and garlic. I tell you… 

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