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“Autumn” minestrone for a blustery April Monday

Published on April 4, 2011 By Therese

I’ve had soup on the brain for days. Mostly because it has rained every day for a week plus.  So an old Moosewood recipe came in handy today when the temperature topped out at 49 degrees and showers persisted. Chock full of all kinds of vegetables for Meatless Monday, “Autumn” minestrone is perfect for cool […]

"So, what's for dinner?"

Published on May 11, 2010 By Trixie

It wasn’t my husband asking; this time it was the clerk at the QFC market. “This all looks so healthy!” she said as she checked out the zucchini, scanned the boxes of mesclun and arugula. “Uh, well, I’m thinking about a salad,” I said, remembering a page of salad recipes I clipped from Real Simple. […]

Recycling menus on the meal plan

Published on April 19, 2010 By Trixie

Now that we’ve passed the 12-week mark on my commitment to maintain a weekly meal-plan for a year, it’s inevitable that some meals would begin to reappear. For Tuesday’s dinner I was eager to recycle one recipe in particular from Week One: Sausage and White Bean Casserole. The combination of cannellini beans and swiss chard, […]

Soup in a flash and evil banana bread

Published on March 2, 2010 By Trixie

The pressure cooker earned its stripes tonight. Three minutes of sauteing and five minutes under pressure rolled up to a rewarding soup.  It doesn’t sound too exciting, but the peasant cabbage and bean soup with kielbasa was delicious.  And healthy. Low fat turkey kielbasa, cabbage, cannellini beans teamed with diced tomatoes, thyme, onion, celery, garlic […]

Salads sneak into the menu (happily)

Published on February 17, 2010 By Trixie

One of the ironies of having a meal plan is the freedom it offers to be flexible.  Knowing in advance what you’re going to assemble for dinner on busy weeknights prevents headaches and hassles.  It also seems the mere existence of a meal plan can inspire other ideas, depending on what’s stocked in the kitchen. […]

Broccoli rabe, pasta and more

Published on February 11, 2010 By Trixie

A friend of mine is a dietitian so she always has lots of ideas about what we can (or shouldn’t) eat. She talks about the “mental cookbook,” that little collection of recipes that sits in your brain. They’re the Old Faithfuls, the recipes you reach for on a regular basis because a) you want an […]

Meal plan, in flux

Published on January 21, 2010 By Trixie

This week marked the first time I’ve done a complete meal plan in a long time.  We’re nearly through the week and it has gone fairly well. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – right on schedule and delish.  Last night I burned out. Opted for frozen pizza and was so scattered I left the cardboard on it […]