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Basil, Shrimp and Tomato Pasta with Feta

This dish is very versatile and can be made with any vegetables or proteins that you have on hand. The fresh basil and feta are the superstars in this dish. Serves 6 Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Ingredients: 1 pound whole-wheat penne pasta 2… Read more »

Black Bean Burrito

Try this recipe for a quick and easy entree. It takes only a few minutes to assemble if you have the ingredients in stock. Serves 1 Serving Size: 1 burrito Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10-12 seconds Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 (8-inch) 100% whole-wheat tortilla ½ cup mixed salad greens ¾ cup… Read more »

Black Bean Salsa

This salsa is great on a salad, as a dip, or with your favorite taco. Vary the ingredients as you like for your taste. If you like it spicy, you can add jalapeno or other chili peppers. You can add different spices to your taste, such as cumin or coriander. Serves 6 Serving Size: 1… Read more »

Black Bean Soup

This recipe uses canned beans, which can be high in sodium. Be sure to rinse well to remove over ⅓ of the sodium indicated on the label. If you want to add some spice, serve this with hot sauce on the side. Serves 6 Serving Size: 1 cup Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 10… Read more »

Brown Rice Salad

This is an example of a recipe that can be made literally hundreds of ways. Add one or two vegetables, one or two fruits, a grain, a bean, and dress with citrus vinaigrette. This recipe uses avocado and orange. You could use cucumber, tomato, onion, or shredded squash – really any vegetable. For the fruit… Read more »

Burrito Bowl

This dish has everything you love about a burrito. Use this formula (rice + beans + salsa + slaw) to create your favorite ethnic food bowl. Serves 4 Serving Size: 1½ cups Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10-15 minutes Total Time: 25-30 minutes Ingredients: 2 cups cooked brown rice 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided… Read more »

Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice

This one-pot meal is a great way to use leftover rice and/or chicken. You can use egg or shrimp instead of the chicken. The type of vegetables can vary depending on what you have on hand. You just need 2 cups of vegetables in total. A good combination is mushroom, peas, carrots, cabbage, and green onion. … Read more »

Cod with Chimichurri Sauce

The new motto after this dish is, “Everything is better with chimichurri”! It is such a simple, yet flavorful condiment. If you are watching your salt intake, the chimichurri sauce can be prepared without any salt, while still keeping a great flavor. Most any white fish (e.g., pollock, catfish, grouper, haddock, halibut, or bass) can… Read more »

Curry Quinoa Salad

This is a great side dish or can be a main dish if added to a large vegetable salad. Serves 4 as a side dish, 2 as a main dish Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes (for quinoa) Total Time: 30 minutes (less if using already prepared quinoa) Ingredients:… Read more »

Fish Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa

These fish tacos are so light and fresh, they will even turn the heads of the fish taco haters. Any white fish (e.g., pollock, catfish, grouper, haddock, halibut, rockfish, striped bass, or swordfish) can be substituted for the mahi mahi, so look for what is on sale. The star of this dish is definitely the… Read more »

Fruit Smoothie

The ingredients in this recipe can be varied according to taste and availability. Kale can be substituted for spinach, and any other fruits can be used as well. Using some frozen fruits will help make a cold, refreshing smoothie. Adjust amount of milk to make it thicker or thinner based upon taste preference. Serves 3… Read more »

Honey Balsamic Glazed Salmon

  This salmon is simple and delicious. No capers? No problem. Use chopped green olives instead. Don’t be afraid to experiment. You can replace fresh rosemary with oregano, savory, tarragon, or thyme. Add more of the herbs you love to create a dish that is all your own. You can also sear the salmon and… Read more »

Honey Citrus Chicken Drumsticks

Remove the skin from the drumsticks for a healthy and delicious finger food – for kids and adults. Serves 6 Serving Size: 1 drumstick Prep Time: 20 minutes Cool Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Ingredients: Zest from one orange Juice from one orange (approximately ⅓ cup) Zest from one lemon ¼ cup honey Pinch salt Pinch pepper ¼ cup olive oil 1 teaspoon fresh thyme 6 skinless chicken drumsticks with bone–in Directions: Preheat oven to 375º… Read more »

Kale and Napa Cabbage Slaw with Chicken or Salmon

  Napa cabbage is a great variety to use in cooked and raw dishes. The combination of kale and Napa cabbage is colorful and delicious. This slaw is great as a bed for grilled chicken or grilled salmon. If you use grilled chicken, toss the chicken in lemon zest and some taco seasoning before grilling.… Read more »

Lentil and Beet Salad

This is an interesting main-dish salad that, thanks to canned beets, is really quick. It is a great use for leftover lentils, you could even use other beans. You can use any salad green, however, arugula, gives a nice spice to the salad. The cumin vinaigrette is great with other salads as well or just as a… Read more »

Lentil Sliders

This recipe makes fun small burgers (sliders) or you can make regular size patties. They are great on toasted whole grain buns with lettuce and tomato. You can also serve them with tomato sauce. The recipe calls for brown lentils but other varieties would be good as well. Serves 7 Serving Size: 2 sliders Prep… Read more »

Lentils with Cumin Vinaigrette

Lentils are a quick alternative to dried beans. No soaking required and cook in a very short time. Delicious on their own, added to salads or soups, or as a base for fish or chicken. This recipe uses a delicious cumin vinaigrette to make a delicious side or main dish. I prefer to use brown… Read more »

Lunch Salad

This is called lunch salad because, yes, you guessed it, it makes a great lunch. Instead of taking tuna, egg, or chicken salad for lunch, which contain mostly meat, you can make this quick lunch salad that incorporates so many more vegetables and grains, and is as satisfying as it is good for you. There… Read more »

Mango, Black Bean, and Quinoa Salad

This is a perfect dish for a summer picnic or potluck. Super easy, quick, and delicious.   Serves 6 Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1½ cups chopped, peeled ripe mango 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt added black beans, rinsed and drained ½ cup cooked quinoa 1 cup thinly… Read more »

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Amp up your traditional tuna salad with this delicious recipe. Full of vegetables and flavor, it makes a delectable meal any time of day that the whole family will love. Enjoy it as a sandwich, on top of greens, or alongside our Super Tomato Soup and Olive Oil Toast. If serving as a sandwich, use… Read more »

Mexican Salad

This salad is as beautiful as it is delicious. The recipe calls for making one large salad to serve family style. You can also make individual salads as well. The lemon juice helps keep the avocado from turning dark so you could make this a few hours ahead and keep in the refrigerator. Serves 6… Read more »

Mushroom Almond Burger

These are some of the best veggie burgers ever! The small amount of sharp cheese and the umami from the mushrooms give them a great flavor. When forming the patties, use your hands and place them directly in the hot pan. They are hard to move around prior to cooking and don’t make firm patties.… Read more »

Mushroom Beef Burgers

The Mediterranean way of eating contains very limited amounts of red meat. One way to decrease consumption of red meat is to add vegetables so that you are consuming less. This recipe introduces lots of mushrooms (a 1 to 1 ratio to meat) for a flavorful but lighter burger. Using a food processor will speed… Read more »

Mushroom Beef Tacos

This taco filling is flat out delicious. You will love it. It may sound difficult but it is really not that time consuming. You can make a double batch as it freezes really well. Serve on corn tortillas with shredded cabbage, lime wedges, and our Ginger Mango Salsa. Serves 8 Serving Size: 4 ounces (½… Read more »

Olive Oil Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a popular staple on the Southern dinner table. I have made literally hundreds of dozens over my life. The recipe I always used was the one my mother taught me as a child – mayonnaise (Duke’s of course), vinegar, yellow mustard, pepper – sometimes pickle, sprinkled with paprika. They are delicious. However,… Read more »

Peanut Butter and Apple Slices Sandwich

Is peanut butter and jelly a staple at your house? Try this simple twist on an old favorite to ditch the extra sugar, boost the crunch factor, and amp up the nutritional benefits. Serves 1 Serving Size: 1 sandwich Prep Time: 4 minutes Total Time: 4 minutes Ingredients: 2 slices 100% whole-wheat bread 2 tablespoons… Read more »

Quinoa Pinto Bean Burger

No need to buy veggie burgers when you can make these at home with great ingredients. You can use the seasonings suggested or experiment with others based on your favorite flavors. These are great made ahead and cooked to order. They can be served in a bun like a traditional burger, crumbled in a pita,… Read more »

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This is an amazing vegetarian side dish. Feel free to add a small amount of turkey bacon for added flavor if you wish. Serves 4 Serving Size: ¾ cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20-30 minutes Total Time: 35-45 minutes Ingredients: 1 pound (approximately 4 cups) Brussels sprouts 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons… Read more »

Salmon Burgers

These burgers are super easy and can be made in just a few minutes. Have your fishmonger remove the skin from the salmon to make this even easier. You can serve this as a burger on a bun with Sriracha mayonnaise (½ Sriracha and ½ mayo), or you can serve it on a bed of… Read more »

Salmon Chowder

Any mix of rice will work in this recipe, however wild rice adds a nice bit of color. Serves 4 Serving Size: 1 cup Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup finely chopped onion ½ cup chopped carrot ⅓ cup chopped celery ½… Read more »

Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp

With garlic, tomatoes and strands of spaghetti squash to twirl around your fork, this dish will surely satisfy your craving for Italian food. If you’ve never cooked a spaghetti squash, there’s nothing to fear. Once you cut lengthwise and scoop out the seeds, it goes in the oven for 40-50 minutes until fully cooked. For… Read more »

Tuna Burger

Tuna makes a surprisingly delicious burger option. This recipe is a quick and easy crowd pleaser that makes dinner or lunch a breeze. Leftover patties refrigerate well and can be eaten the next day (cold or reheated) for a convenient and satisfying meal at work or home. Top your burger with your favorite garnish to… Read more »

Turkey and Bean Taco Salad

This recipe will soon be one of your family’s favorites because it is easy to make and big on flavor! Leave out the ground turkey for a vegetarian friendly meal. Serves 4 Serving Size: ¼ recipe Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15-20 minutes Total Time: 25-30 minutes Ingredients: Bean Topping: 1 tablespoon olive oil… Read more »

Warm Citrus Spinach Salad with Scallops

Scallops are delicious, but can be quite expensive. Consider this a special-occasion salad if you stick with the scallops. For an everyday salad, consider replacing the scallops with shrimp or fish. Serves 4 Serving Size: 4 cooked scallops, 2 cups of salad Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Ingredients:… Read more »

White Bean Hummus

Traditional hummus is made with chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans). This recipe uses white beans. It gives it a great mild flavor that lets the blast of lemon come through, and it’s very easy to make. Serve with carrot and/or celery sticks for a great snack or lunch.   Serves 14 Serving Size: ¼ cup… Read more »

Whole Wheat Pasta with Beans and Greens

This is a great way to serve pasta with lots of vegetables and beans. The whole-wheat pasta is a nice taste compliment to the beans. Using a prepared sauce makes this recipe quick – if you prefer to make your own, that is fine too. The red pasta sauces that you can find in the… Read more »