Soup season is the best. As much as I enjoy cooking, I also enjoy being able to make a big batch of one item and eat leftovers all week, simplifying my routine and freeing up more time for other things. This Italian White Bean Soup is a new one, and it’s so easy and tasty that I’m sure it’s going to make its way into this year’s fall rotation. Serve it up with some garlic bread and YUM. 

For a very long time, I really thought I hated tofu. It had a weird, soft texture, it tasted like nothing, and it fell apart easily. Why eat the stuff? But then, this recipe from Cookie and Kate came along and changed all that. She managed to take that spongy, weird brick of soybeans and turn it into crispy, crunchy cubes of flavor, and now tofu makes it on to my plate at home regularly. Try it out for your next meatless monday meal and you won’t be sorry!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you can never have enough quick meal recipes up your sleeve. Quesadillas make for a super easy and speedy meal, and adding in an extra plant (beans, veggies) can pump up the flavor and the fiber content. Beans are chock-full of fiber, protein, B-vitamins, iron, and minerals, and I love that so much nutrition can be packed into such a humble (and cheap!) food. 

My favorite recipes to share aren’t the ones that look extravagant or take hours of prep to make. They’re the practical ones: the ones that I myself make on a regular basis, the ones that can be whipped up on a weeknight, the ones that take under an hour to prepare. Sometimes it’s fun to spend hours cooking something new and elaborate, but most of the time, I want to cook something that’s tasty, fast, and gets the job done. Like this pasta. I started making this pasta when I had my first real garden and my Super Sweet 100 tomato was going crazy, vining all over the neighborhood. Picking cherry tomatoes by the bowlful,… View Post

  This grain salad was exactly what was needed after a steamy couple of weeks in the Midwest. It’s hearty enough to be filling but tastes light and cool on a hot day. Grain salads tend to make great dishes for advance preparation; they can typically be served cold, warm, or room temperature, they last several days in the fridge, and they only get tastier as they sit and their flavors meld together. So many thumbs up.  This dish will be even better if you can find a really good feta. I stumbled across the most delicious Greek feta when I was testing this recipe, and I think you should find some for yourself. International food stores are gold… View Post