Lentil and Pasta Salad

Lentil Pasta Salad

A smoky, hearty Lentil and Pasta Salad is just the kind of food that keeps me fueled and satisfied during a long workday. And when I come home, after battling D.C.'s rush-hour Beltway traffic,  I still have enough energy to take on anything, from a dog with an upset tummy (poor Opie) to cooking for … [Read more...]

Garlicky Pasta with Broccoli and Beans

Pasta with Broccoli and Beans

Here's a pasta recipe for weeknights that's delicious, packs a healthy wallop, and takes very little time to put together-- in fact, no more time than it takes you to cook up that pasta to al dente perfection. My Garlicky Pasta with Broccoli and Beans. I used wholegrain spaghetti for this recipe, … [Read more...]

Pasta with Roasted Peppers

Pasta with bell peppers

Bell Peppers. Glorious, gorgeous, round, rotund bell peppers in all colors of the rainbow. They are just about everywhere right now, and I can't get enough. Especially when I can add them to some wholegrain pasta for a delicious, summery, fresh meal that I know is good for me. I got some green, … [Read more...]

Pasta Gratin with a Cauliflower Chickpea Sauce

Pasta Gratin with Cauliflower Chickpea Sauce

I think I am in love. Truly, madly, deeply in love. Or at least as much in love as one can be with a pasta. I had been wanting to make a cauliflower sauce for my pasta -- isn't it all the rage? -- but I'll admit that as much as I love cauliflower, I am not a fan of the boiled-cauliflower smell. … [Read more...]

Pasta Avocado

Avocado Pasta

This is a creamy, dreamy pasta recipe to die for, and I am kicking myself because I didn't think of it before. My Pasta Avocado -- or Avocado Pasta -- comes from a combination of my two favorite cuisines -- Italian and Mexican. And it's so simple, you can put it together in minutes, really, with … [Read more...]

Italian Wild Rice and Chickpea Soup with Asparagus and Leeks

Italian Wild Rice Asparagus Soup

When you live with a dog, you soon start to see the world through his eyes. A dog's world is rich--  infinitely richer than our human one. We only appreciate the familiar and we are held back by our inhibitions and all those pesky little things like behaving ourselves in public. A dog, with no … [Read more...]

Black Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

Black Rice Risotto

This one's going to be a short post today because it's 10 pm now and the only reason my tired eyes are open is because I can't wait to share this recipe with you: my Black Rice Mushroom Risotto with Caramelized Onions. You know I am always looking for easy weeknight recipes to brown bag for lunch, … [Read more...]

Asparagus Potato Pizza with Kale Pesto

Asparagus Pizza

This past weekend was pretty much a washout here in the Washington area. It rained in the morning, it rained in the afternoon, it rained in the evening and it rained all night. It rained on Saturday and it rained on Sunday. In fact, it even snowed for a couple of hours. Imagine. Opie, who will not … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese

Lentil Bolognese sauce

Desi often teases me (not seriously, he gets the vegan thing) about how, when we travel, I miss out on the best food. In New Orleans, while he was enjoying the seafood this city is so famous for, I was scouring menu cards-- often fruitlessly-- for beans and rice made without meat stock. He won't … [Read more...]

Pasta with Greens and Beans

Pasta with Greens and Beans

I made this Pasta with Greens and Lima Beans in an awful hurry the other night. I was nursing a cold but I was also craving a big, comforting bowl of pasta with great texture and flavor. It had to be nutritious enough to see me through the illness, and  flavorful enough to appeal to my hibernating … [Read more...]

Pasta Puttanesca, Gluten-Free

Gluten-free pasta puttanesca

I am not a big fan of tomato-based pasta sauces, but there is one -- just one-- dish that makes me feel like I've died and gone to Italian food heaven: Pasta Puttanesca. Perhaps that's largely because the tomato flavor in Pasta Puttanesca is not overriding. Instead, it has the olives and the capers … [Read more...]