Apricot-cardamom Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are delicious and pretty! They highlight fresh apricots, cardamom, dates, tahini (ground sesame paste), and white sesame seeds.  I took these to a recent potluck and they got rave reviews from everyone who tried them! Print Apricot-cardamom Oatmeal Cookies Prep time:  25 mins Cook time:  17 mins Total time:  42 mins Serves: 24 (1...

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Baba Ghanoush

Baba ghanoush is a Middle Eastern dish made of cooked, mashed eggplant, tahini (sesame seed paste), and seasonings. Traditional recipes call for olive oil and salt, but I do not use these ingredients, so they are left out. I serve this as a dip with fresh vegetables or as a topping for potatoes instead of...

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Summer Slaw

This colorful raw salad calls for golden beet, zucchini, carrot, radish, cucumber and jicama, and has a light, tangy dressing. Shredding the vegetables in the food processor makes preparing this salad fast and easy.  Great for a party, potluck or picnic! You will be using the shredding/grating blade of your food processor (this is the...

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Rice Salad with Asparagus & Shiitake Mushrooms

I call this a salad but it could also be a side dish. The bottom line is that it is de-lic-ious! Made of brown rice, asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, green peas, green onions, pecans, and one of my favorite fresh herbs, tarragon. Great texture and flavor, with a light dressing of lemon juice, mustard and garlic....

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Vegetable Quiche

Quiche is traditionally made with eggs, cheese, cream, and lots of salt, but since I avoid these ingredients, you won’t find any of them in this recipe. But—this crustless quiche is packed full of delicious vegetables, herbs and spices, and has a great flavor! Ideal for a special occasion breakfast, lunch or dinner. I recommend...

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Scalloped Potatoes

These scalloped potatoes sidestep traditional unhealthful ingredients like cream, butter, and cheese—and even added salt, and they still taste amazing. Garlic, paprika, black pepper, sweet onion, and fresh thyme combine to deliver top-notch flavors! Print Scalloped Potatoes Prep time:  30 mins Cook time:  60 mins Total time:  1 hour 30 mins Serves: 6 to 8  ...

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Pumpkin-Walnut Cornbread

This twist on traditional cornbread is perfect for the holiday table, a healthy departure from nutrient-poor, white-flour breads and rolls. Lightly sweetened with dates, this bread is a great complement to soups and stews, potato dishes and salads. Print Pumpkin-Walnut Cornbread Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  38 mins Total time:  58 mins Serves: 9  ...

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Shepherd’s Pie

This healthful and flavorful Shepherd’s Pie defies tradition by forgoing the usual ground or minced meat, and uses portabella mushrooms instead. This version also leaves out the butter and milk, but leaves in the mashed potatoes, carrots and peas! Print Shepherd’s Pie Prep time:  55 mins Cook time:  30 mins Total time:  1 hour 25...

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Peach Pie-lets

These single-serving peach pies (“pie-lets”) are delicious and very cute, ideal for a special end to any meal. I don’t use butter, shortening, sugar, salt, or white flour in my recipes, so I’m using a cookie crust, which I like even better than traditional crust. Print Peach Pie-lets Prep time:  30 mins Cook time:  25 mins...

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The Self-publishing Path

I wanted to write a post about my cookbook experience since so many of my blog followers and newsletter subscribers have been intimately involved with it becoming a reality, from recipe testing to fundraising to getting the word out. I cannot thank you enough, so I will just keep thanking you. Thank you. 😉 I...

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