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Black Bean Jumble Salad

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed 1 small sweet onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 green pepper, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1 t. cumin pinch cayenne, or to taste 1/4 cup chopped cilantro Freshly ground pepper to taste Combine all ingredients and chill at least 20 minutes. 4 servings

Thai Flavors Salmon Soup

6 cups bouillon (chicken, fish or vegetable flavor) 1/2 pound raw salmon 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (not sweetened) 1 tablespoon yellow Thai curry paste (see note) OR 1 teaspoon mild curry powder 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root (optional) pinch cayenne, (optional, to taste) 1 14-ounce can coconut milk 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1 bunch green onions, sliced thin (white part...

Curried Broccoli Soup

1 head broccoli 2 large potatoes 2 cloves garlic 6 cups bouillon 1 teaspoon curry powder 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind Orange slices (optional) Chop the broccoli, potatoes and garlic. Combine with the...

Spaghetti Squash with Ratatouille Sauce

1 spaghetti squash, cooked 1 onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup bouillon 1 eggplant, cubed 1 can (28 ounces) plum tomatoes, undrained, chopped 1 tablespoon dried oregano pinch cayenne, or to taste 4 small zucchini squash, sliced 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (optional) juice of 1 lemon Prepare the spaghetti squash. Meanwhile, prepare the ratatouille sauce: In a large...

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...

California Tuna Salad

1 7-ounce packet tuna (or a 6-ounce can, drained) 1 16-ounce can kidney beans, drained 3 oranges, peeled, halved and cut into 1/4" slices 4 green onions, sliced (white part) 1/4 cup Italian dressing or plain yogurt Juice and grated peel of 1 lime 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin Freshly ground black pepper to taste Lettuce leaves...

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...

Grecian Garbanzo Stew

2 onions, chopped 1/2 cup bouillon 2 carrots, sliced 1 28-oz. can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained 1 tablespoon Greek Spice Blend (or 2 teaspoons oregano plus 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind) ...

Spicy Peanut Dip

You can make this as zippy or mild as you like, depending on the heat of your favorite salsa. Add Tabasco sauce to your taste if you want to turn up the heat. 1 cup crunchy style peanut butter 1 cup medium-hot salsa (bottled or home-made) 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce Combine all ingredients in a...

Veggie Rice

Note: This tasty recipe was contributed by eZine reader Cheryl Lee. 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 large onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown rice 4 cups bouillon, or water + 1 teaspoon salt 3 plum tomatoes, chopped 1 1/2...

Diana’s Cooking Videos

Diana Mixes a Salad Diana Cooks Whole Grains Diana Cooks Whole Grains in a Steamer Diana Cooks Extra-Quick Chili Diana Cooks Oatmeal for a Healthful Breakfast Diana Makes her Southwestern Bean Salad More coming soon

Caesar Salad with Creamy Tofu Dressing

For the dressing: 4 garlic cloves, peeled 2 tablespoons Dijon style prepared mustard 1 package (12 ounces) soft tofu ΒΌ cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon soy sauce or Asian fish sauce, or more to taste 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. For the salad: 1 small head (clean) Romaine lettuce 2-3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan...

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...

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...

Tomatoes and Basil

Sliced vine-ripened tomatoes Chopped fresh basil leaves Rice wine vinegar Freshly ground black pepper to taste Combine the ingredients in any quantity you wish.

Spaghetti Squash Soup with Artichokes

1 spaghetti squash, cooked 8 cups bouillon 1 tablespoon oregano pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste 1 large red onion, halved and sliced thin 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 stalks celery, sliced 1 box frozen artichoke hearts, cut into bite-size pieces 2 cups cooked wild rice or other whole grain 1 can chick peas, undrained 1 lemon 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley Prepare the spaghetti...

Kamut-Lentil Salad

1 cup dry green or brown lentils (see note below) 6 cups bouillon 2 cups cooked kamut, barley or other whole grain of your choice 1 bunch green onions, sliced (white parts only) 1 red bell pepper chopped 1 cup sliced baby carrots 1/4 cup light Italian dressing 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin pinch cayenne or a dash of hot sauce, to taste lettuce...

Two-Bean Cabbage Slaw

1 16-ounce can red kidney beans, drained 1 16-ounce can chick peas, drained 1 small head cabbage, slivered 1 small onion, chopped 1 green or red bell pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon fennel seeds Peppercorn ranch or other light dressing of your choice Combine the vegetables and chill. When ready to serve, stir in the dressing to reach the consistency you like. 6-8...

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

Moroccan Onion Relish (for fish steaks)

Note: This relish is delicious with broiled, baked or steamed fish. Try it with halibut or salmon steaks or the seafood of your choice. Serve with lemon wedges. 2 pounds onions, peeled, halved and cut crosswise into thick slices 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Pinch of ground allspice or cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground...

Mexican Shrimp Salad

1 pound cooked shrimp 2 cups small broccoli florets 1 cup baby carrots, cut in 1/2" chunks 1 pickled jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced, or to taste 3 cups romaine lettuce, torn in 1" pieces 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved if large) 1 cup frozen corn 1/4 cup lime juice 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt freshly ground...

Trail Mix Bars

3 cups rolled oats or quick-cooking oats 2 cups trail mix OR any combination of dried fruits, nuts and seeds (your choice) 1 cup mashed ripe bananas, apple butter, apple sauce, or any fruit puree Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. Line a cookie sheet with foil and pat the mixture onto it about 1/2"...

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,...

Suzanne’s Mango-Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats 1 cup powdered (dry) skim milk 1 cup bottled mango sauce (I use Trader Joe's brand) 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup sliced almonds 2 tablespoons buttermilk, milk or yogurt Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. Pat into a non-stick 9x13" baking pan (spray with Pam or...

Gazpacho I

Gazpacho is a chilled vegetable soup; this version is mild, smooth and refreshing. 2 medium cucumbers, peeled and chopped 8 vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled 1 large onion, chopped 5 garlic cloves, peeled 1 green pepper, chopped 4 cups bouillon 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, or to taste 1 teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper Combine all ingredients, puree in a blender (or use a hand...

Quick and Hearty Chick Pea Soup

1/2 cup bulgur 6 cups bouillon 2 16-ounce cans chick peas 2 teaspoons oregano 1/4 teaspoon harissa, or hot pepper sauce to taste 1 10-ounce bag baby spinach leaves Lemon slices or wedges for garnish Bring the bulgur and bouillon to a boil. Add the chickpeas, oregano and harissa sauce. Return to boiling, reduce the heat and simmer until the bulgur...

Basic Quinoa

Note: Quinoa is a whole grain that is quick to cook, so you don't need to plan ahead; you can cook it while you prepare the rest of your meal. It comes in boxes and is available in many supermarkets. 1 box (12 ounces) quinoa 4 cups bouillon Bring the bouillon to a boil, stir in the...

Lentil Tabbouleh Salad

Traditional middle-eastern tabbouleh is made with cracked wheat; this recipe uses the same flavors with lentils. 4 cups cooked brown or green lentils (see note) 1 red onion, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 cup chopped Italian (flat) parsley 1/2 cup plain yogurt Juice of one lemon Combine all ingredients and chill. 4-6 servings Note: I developed this recipe using the pre-cooked...

Vietnamese Fisherman’s Soup I

4 cups fish stock 2 T. lemon or lime juice 2 T. sugar 2 large cloves roasted garlic 1 T. fish sauce 1 onion, sliced 1 carrot, grated 1...

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...