Bowtie Pasta in a Light Bolognese Sauce

-+*This is my new favorite sauce to eat pasta with, and I never thought I’d say that about a bolognese. I have never been a huge fan of bolognese sauces because of the heavy tomato base. As much as I adore il pomodoro, I do not like pasta sauces that tend to be even slightly acidic….

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Filo Lasagna #vegan

High Protein Filo Lasagna With Roasted Veggies

-+*Winter is slamming the northeast these past couple of weeks, and holed up in the house on stormy nights — trying to ward off a stubborn cold for more than three weeks now — I have been trying to think of the perfect recipe to make the both of us feel all warm and gushy…

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Tunisian Pasta

Pasta With Tunisian Spices

-+*Here’s something fresh, spicy, clean and SIMPLE to keep you feeling fit while you go about the business of enjoying another shiny new year: my Pasta with Tunisian Spices. This is an easy pasta for a weeknight, and it would be pretty great with couscous, but I had some pastina– really tiny, star-shaped pasta and I thought I’d use it up….

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Roasted Cauliflower Pasta Sauce

Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower Cashew Sauce

-+*Last week, Desi and I were helping care for a neighbor’s dog, Elvis, for a couple of days while his parents went to a family wedding. Elvis is a huge yellow lab who, at two, is barely out of puppyhood. He is a terror on the leash and his idea of a walk is dragging whoever…

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Lentil Pasta Salad

Lentil and 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 an army….

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Pasta with Broccoli and Beans

Garlicky 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, but feel free…

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Pasta with bell peppers

Pasta with Roasted 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, orange and yellow…

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Pasta Gratin with Cauliflower Chickpea Sauce

Pasta Gratin with a 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…

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Avocado Pasta

Pasta Avocado

-+*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 a…

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Italian Wild Rice Asparagus Soup

Italian Wild Rice and Chickpea Soup with Asparagus and Leeks

-+*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 such irritants in the…

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Black Rice Risotto

Black Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

-+*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…

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Asparagus Pizza

Asparagus Potato Pizza with Kale Pesto

-+*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…

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Lentil Bolognese sauce

Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese

-+*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…

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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…

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