I’ve been a member of the chickpea “fan club” ever since I was a kid. OK, so not really! But I guess that’s one thing that can happen when you have a Lebanese mother who was an amazing cook (and caterer)! No complaints here … my nutritionist self loves that these pulses offer plenty of protein and fiber. Though, if my mother were still around, she’d probably be a bit bewildered by all of my non-traditional chickpea concoctions. This is one of those.
Sure, a spinach and feta omelet is a comforting, breakfast-y pick. But how about a spinach and feta salad in the morning? Do it! I adore doing salad for breakfast or brunch. You get the deliciousness of an omelet along with extra nutritiousness. Plus, it’ll satisfy until your next meal without giving you that uncomfortably full feeling. In fact, don’t just reserve this salad for breakfast; it’s equally lovely for lunch or dinner. Hope you try it soon!
I like traditional mustard. But I looove fruity mustard. Luckily, it’s super easy to make it yourself. It literally takes seconds to fix. You’re definitely going to want to try this two-ingredient berry version. Enjoy it as a condiment of choice for meatless or no-so-meatless burgers or cheesy sandwiches. Use it as a dipping sauce in place of honey mustard. Or try it as a topping for grilled fish or poultry. Yep, it’s quite versatile. By the way, you can transform this recipe into an intriguing three-ingredient condiment by adding 1/2 teaspoon of minced fresh herbs, such as basil, rosemary, or tarragon. Whether you opt for the two- or three-ingredient version, do plan to enjoy it often!
If you haven’t tried it yet, pomegranate juice makes a clever culinary liquid, not just a beverage. In late fall and all winter long, I love using a combination of pomegranate juice and arils in cooking to add rich color, antioxidants, and naturally-derived sweetness with a hint of tartness. The juice is delightful when paired with butternut squash, like I do in this recipe. Serve this up just like you might mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes for a scrumptious change of taste—-and to punch up gorgeousness on your plate. It makes an ideal Meatless Monday or holiday dinner side, too!
I’m nuts about nuts! I actually have over a dozen jars filled with various nuts on my kitchen island so that I can grab a handful anytime for any reason. During the fall, I find myself reaching for super nutritious pecans most often since they’re super versatile and pair so well with seasonal foods, like butternut squash, pumpkin, apples, and pears. I love them as the star of the show, too. That’s what this recipe is all about. The pecans are glazed with a just-right sweetness from coconut nectar. You can use pure maple syrup, if you prefer. The pumpkin pie spice provides that distinctive pumpkin pie-like flair, of course. And the pinch of sea salt punches up taste and...