Gazpacho with Avocado and Lime Yogurt


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Chilled soups are a favorite around our home during the summer months. Fresh garden vegetables are in abundance and making gazpacho is easy, holds well in the refrigerator for several days and makes a terrific presentation with the addition of the avocados and lime yogurt. Whereas…

BEANS


  Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor   Want to lose weight? Eating more beans can help you achieve that goal. Beans are very nutritious, loaded with fiber, low in fat, cholesterol and calories, inexpensive, have a very long shelf life and are very filling, thus satisfying. There are so many varieties that…

BRAISED GREENS


This recipe comes from Cook’s Illustrated, a publication of America’s Test Kitchen – (If you are not familiar with them, you definitely want to check them out.) Braising is a cooking method most thought of being used with meat, but vegetables too can benefit from braising.

Black Bean, Roasted Corn and Three Chilies Salad


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a terrific summer salad to add to your arsenal. Easy to toss together, refreshing to the taste buds, and versatile, it serves as a wonderful addition to cheeses, fish, and vegetable salad plates. (See pictures below) This recipe, when I do it, uses ingredients…


Recipe inspired by  Chef John Ash who shared this method at the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone Campus, St. Helena, CA during the 2012 Healthy Kitchens Healthy Lives Conference. Adapted and presented by Courtney Thompson. This is a meal fun for the whole family. It allows you to create individual pizzas so there is no…

LENTIL, KAMUT AND MUSHROOM SOUP


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor A very hearty and nutritious soup that freezes well.  Freeze some in one ladle containers for quick lunches. Add a salad and some dark crusty bread for a great dinner.

Corn, Quinoa, and Roasted Rainbow of Chile Peppers Chowder


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor We cooked a large mother batch of corn, beets, tomatoes, and peppers on the smoker/grill the other night which we found on sale at our local organic grocer. As it was going to be a rather blustery and cooler evening we decide soup and salad might…

WHITE BEANS WITH GREENS ALA MARSALA


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., FACOG, Nutrition Editor It’s Monday and you have decided to do a “Meatless Monday”. Here you go! This dish is so tasty it qualifies as comfort food. If you have followed our site and advice about always cooking a pot of beans whenever you are cooking something else, you…

Having Fun with Salads – Get Creative!


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor We all know that fresh vegetables and greens are good nutritionally for us and that homemade dressings are generally devoid of evil chemistry that is used to preserve or other ingredients difficult to read let alone understand what precisely you are putting into your body. Fresh…

Sweet Potato Fries “Bakes?”


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor As we know sweet potatoes are loaded with nutritious goodness, so finding ways to create various dishes with them is not only good for us but can have a very different set of flavor characteristics depending on the direction you choose. Most folks like crisp French…

Buttermilk Fried Okra


Recipe Courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a little twist on Southern style fried okra. Rather than cutting the okra into little chunks and dredging in corn meal I prefer to split the pod lengthways, soak in buttermilk, dredge in a little seasoned flour prior to frying. These cook up very…

Sweet Potato and Apple Bisque


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Not only are sweet potatoes loaded with nutritious elements they are inexpensive, store well, and when cooked may be stored frozen or under refrigeration until future use. I found sweet potatoes at 39 cents a pound at one of my produce haunts and to get a…

Sautéed Portabella Mushroom with Asparagus and Pesto Pasta


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Each day I try to plan to pass through the produce area in one of our local markets, on my way home, to see what is fresh or on sale that I can use for the evening meal. Shopping daily also allows me to get in…

Sautéed Shrimp, Khorasan Wheat (Kamut) and Peppers


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor One of the many ways to use Kamut wheat. Equipment: Sauté pan, medium sauce pot with lid, chef’s knife, cutting board, measuring utensils. Ingredients: 1 cup dried Khorasan Wheat (Kamut) 4 cups water or unsalted vegetable stock ½ lb fresh asparagus spears, stalk end trimmed (save for…

Pappardelle with Red Sauce and Mushroom Meatless Balls


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor I recently made a mother batch of red sauce, and this night I wanted something easy to throw together using the red sauce and pasta. While at the store earlier, keeping the red sauce in mind, I found a sale on a mix of fresh oyster,…

Roasted Cornish Game Hen, Sweet Potato Medallions and Grilled Okra


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Hearty, herby and a terrific combination of flavors, texture, color and smokiness and all prepared on the grill. This dinner is a favorite of the family, takes little prep time and just about cooks itself on an outdoor grill. Throw in a salad, crunchy bread, and…

Two Bean Quick Vegetarian Chili


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a fairly quick fix for lunch or dinner and very hearty, especially if you add a couple of pieces of gunslinger or regular corn bread. You can use already soaked & cooked red beans and black, or if you don’t have stored a mother…

ItalianTomato and Fresh Basil Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor There is lots of basil available in the yard this time of year in containers and random plants throughout the yard from seeds that have blown around. You can never have too much basil and a quick lunch that is really tasty and easy to make…

Cilantro Pesto Stuffed Shrimp


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a very tasty and a little spicy dish with great eye appeal. I like to serve them with yucca fries with a honey mustard dip and a cold black bean and mango salad. Enjoy! Equipment/ utensils required: Chef’s knife, cutting board, cast iron skillet…

Yucca Fries with Honey and Stone Ground Mustard Sauce


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Try this if you can find fresh yuca root, also called Cassava or manioc, as it is unusual to many folks that may not even know what yucca is let alone having it as part of a meal. The look is similar to potato fries but…

Black Bean, Cilantro and Mango Salad


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This tasty Caribbean Style cold salad is really easy to prepare and has a pleasing eye appeal and a very exotic nose.  You may choose to make ahead of time and hold, refrigerated for up to 2 hrs. prior to service. Enjoy!

Italian Style Vegetable Ragu over Quinoa Pasta


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Pasta’s in Italy are as diverse as you can imagine from region to region and range from very simple pasta’s with the pasta, oil, and cheese to more complex vegetable combinations called ragu. The following is a combination of ingredients high in nutritional value, and combined…

CILANTRO, JALAPENO AND LIME HUMMUS


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor As with all hummus recipes, many of the ingredients can be increased or decreased according to taste, such as salt and chile peppers. This recipe can also be customized to each person’s taste by adding more jalapeno for more heat and more cilantro for those who really…

Southwestern Roasted Chilies and Roasted Corn Chowder


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a variation of a previous green chile and corn chowder published, with the difference being the addition of tomatoes, removal of the potatoes, heavy cream and milk, and substituting rice cream as the thickening agent. This version adds nutrition and reduces fat and calories…

Red Cabbage Slaw


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor I’ll make this condiment fresh for fish or shrimp tacos. Gives more crunch than lettuce and the color is much more interesting. Enjoy!

Vegetable Soup Another Mother Batch


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a perfect vehicle for a mother batch that may, once initially cooked, be stored in sealed containers, frozen and then reheated for service. What is really great about a basic vegetable soup is that first you can use whatever veggies you like and when…

Succotash Plus


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove D.O., FACOG- Nutrition Editor A dish usually assembled as some combination of corn and lima beans, other vegetables can be added to make it taste however you like. This recipe incorporates tomatoes, okra, corn, lima beans and chile peppers to give it more nutrition and substance. It is a great…

Saffron Risotto


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove D.O., FACOG- Nutrition Editor A great side dish with chicken, pork, shrimp or fish. The preparation is a little time consuming and quite a lot of stirring during the process is required to finish with the desired creamy consistency, but the work is worth the time spent. If you choose…

Eggplant, Portabella and Roasted Pepper Vegetable Lasagna


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The key to this recipe is grilling and roasting the vegetables to add a slightly smoky flavor and allowing the flavors of each vegetable intensify and become more complex as they begin to caramelize. For this recipe I am using eggplant picked from our urban garden,…

Coconut-Curry Sweet Potato Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The following soup is my take off of an Indian style squash soup, substituting sweet potatoes for the squash, as sweet potatoes are plentiful in our area during the summer and winter and they add a decidedly flavorful dimension that squash lack. In the picture of…

Basic Smashed Red Potatoes with Cheddar Cheese and Greek Yogurt


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Smashed potatoes are easy to make and versatile in that you can add so many flavorful ingredients, chives, cheese, yogurt, bacon, onions, peppers, whatever pleases your palate, to the potatoes when you mash them. The following recipe makes a “stiff” smashed potato dish with the skins…

Black-Eyed Peas


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove D.O., FACOG- Nutrition Editor Black-eyed peas are a Southern staple and as such may be used in many ways, straight up with a dollop of chow chow or pear relish, they become BBQ black eyed peas by adding a little Southern style BBQ sauce, or in the case of the…

Roasted Summer Vegetables with Pork Rice and Chutney


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor We’ve discussed the idea of constructing plates of food following the Mediterranean style of proportion, 50 % vegetables, 25 % grains, rice or fruit, and 25% protein. The following dish is a pretty good example of such a construct using seasonal vegetables, rice, and pork left…