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Antipasto Tuna Salad

Liven up your basic tuna salad with the flavors, textures and colors of pickled and fresh veggies. I like to use Mezzetta Italian Mix Giardiniera in this tuna salad, which you can find at most supermarkets in the pickle and olive section. If you don’t already use plain Greek yogurt instead of mayo to make … Continued

  • 2 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Calories: 208

Cashew Zucchini Soup

Creamy soups can be made healthier by swapping out the cream for nuts.  Nuts like cashews offer a significant dose of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats with much less saturated fat than cream. It’s a simple swap that boosts nutrition without compromising taste. Like my Velvety Kabocha Squash Soup recipe, this is a pureed soup. The cashews … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Calories: 117

Tricolor Kamut Salad

Grains and greens are a super satisfying combination because of their high combined fiber content. If you enjoy ancient grains like quinoa and farro, you’ll love kamut too. Kamut is a type of wheat originating from Egypt. It’s not the kind of wheat from which typical bread flour is made, but certainly has the versatility … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Calories: 219

Butter Lettuce Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

This butter lettuce salad is crisp, refreshing and super flavorful with a zesty homemade dressing. The simple Dijon vinaigrette uses kitchen pantry staples so need for bottled, store-bought salad dressing. Make this salad to serve alongside your meal for an extra serving of veggies.

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Calories: 127

Mushroom, Kale and White Bean Soup

This is a delicious vegan soup that makes for a light, but satisfying lunch or an accompaniment to dinner. I love making a large pot of soup during the weekend to enjoy on busy weekdays when there’s just not enough time to cook. This soup pairs well with a loaf of rustic bread and cheese.

  • 8 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Calories: 148

Tuna Salad Niҫoise

Niҫoise salad originates from the French city of Nice and is known to have black (Niҫoise) olives, anchovies, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes and capers. My Tuna Salad Niҫoise doesn’t stray much from this classic pescetarian favorite. Here I use caperberries instead of capers, which are easier to eat around for those who do not like the … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Calories: 423

Coconut Lime Mung Bean Stew

If you like lentil soup, you will love this mung bean stew. The lime, ginger and coconut milk in it elevates this stew with Thai flavors and delicious aromas. Just like lentils, mung beans are nutritionally dense and bursting with plant-protein. Though they aren’t among the most popular beans in the U.S., you can still … Continued

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Calories: 303

Velvety Kabocha Squash Soup

Food has the power to transcend. One bite can take us to a different place and time. We used to love a little Italian restaurant in mid-city Los Angeles called Cube. Although Cube has been closed for years now, I still remember their delicious food, especially the kabocha squash soup on their autumn menu. Unlike … Continued

  • 6 Servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Calories: 111

Pineapple Tofu Fried Rice

This pineapple tofu fried rice is both savory and sweet.

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Calories: 375

Mushroom Toast with Herbed Ricotta and Leeks

Leeks have a sweeter, more mild flavor than green onion and smell amazing when they are braising on the stovetop.

  • 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Calories: 390
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