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Soup/Salads

TOASTED ISRAELI COUSCOUS SALAD

TOASTED ISRAELI COUSCOUS SALAD

This toasted Israeli couscous salad is nutritious with chopped fresh vegetables and tasty, with zesty lemon, basil vinaigrette.  This salad is a great lunch or a healthy, flavorful side dish.  I like to serve it with Grilled BBQ Pork Chops, Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken, or…

ISRAELI SALAD

ISRAELI SALAD

This simple, chopped vegetable salad is an iconic part of Middle Eastern cuisine, thus the name, ‘Israeli Salad’.  It pairs wonderfully with hummus and pita, stuffed in a sandwich, or as a first course to any meal.   There’s something to be said for a recipe…

THE BEST CREAM OF ASPARAGUS SOUP

THE BEST CREAM OF ASPARAGUS SOUP

Bright green, smooth, and creamy, this is the best cream of asparagus soup.  It is rich enough to enjoy as a light summer dinner or makes a lovely appetizer. This luscious soup can be served warm or cold if you have leftovers. If your grocery…

TROPICAL BEET SALAD

TROPICAL BEET SALAD

This healthy salad is a lovely blend of tastes and textures.  It goes great with grilled meats, so it’s perfect for summer barbecues.  I like serving it with Grilled Piri Piri Chicken or Sticky And Spicy Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks. Beets are one of the most…

FRENCH WHITE BEAN SALAD

FRENCH WHITE BEAN SALAD

This quick and easy side dish packs a ton of flavor and is a refreshing change from pasta, rice, or potatoes.  I like to serve this dish beside simple proteins like Sticky And Spicy Chicken Drumsticks,  Herb Roasted Pork Loin, or an Oven Roasted Beef…

ULTIMATE COBB SALAD

ULTIMATE COBB SALAD

Cobb salad is a perfect dinner salad and this Ultimate Cobb Salad uses a homemade marinade and dressing that is lower in both fat and sugar.  Tasty, healthy, and easy? Yep, this is one for the recipe box. There is something so satisfying when you…

SPINACH SALAD WITH BACON DRESSING

SPINACH SALAD WITH BACON DRESSING

This simple salad recipe is a flavor powerhouse.  With the iron-rich spinach, protein from the eggs and bacon, and carbs from the stuffing mix ‘croutons’, this delicious salad is also a complete meal.  I like to serve this with a slice of Cheddar Jalapeno Bread…

ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP

ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP

A classic Italian recipe that is hearty enough to be a full meal with a loaf of crusty bread. This soup recipe is a delicious way to warm up on a chilly day.  I like to serve this with a Fennel and Orange Salad With…

FENNEL AND ORANGE SALAD WITH CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE

FENNEL AND ORANGE SALAD WITH CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE

This is one of the best salad recipes.  It is crisp, crunchy, fruity and elegant with the champagne vinegar dressing.   After the holidays and the overindulging, my body craves something clean, crunchy, and healthy.  But I get tired of eating leafy, green salads every day.…

THE BEST CHEESE SOUP (adapted from the 1886 Cafe, Austin, TX)

THE BEST CHEESE SOUP (adapted from the 1886 Cafe, Austin, TX)

Warm, creamy and satisfying, this delicious, cheesy soup recipe is sure to become a family favorite.  It’s perfect to sip on a chilly evening. Garnish the soup with croutons, sliced scallions, or chopped ham or bacon.  It really deserves the title of the best cheese…

AUTUMN SALAD

AUTUMN SALAD

This vegetarian salad is an easy and delicious addition to your Thanksgiving table.  With butternut squash, broccoli, arugula, dried cranberries, and walnuts, this salad is as healthy as it is pretty to look at.  Take care of your vegetarians or health-conscious friends and add this…

CUBAN BLACK BEAN SOUP

CUBAN BLACK BEAN SOUP

This quick and easy soup recipe is healthy, and packed with flavor!  This soup comes together so quickly thanks to the seasoned canned beans. The cumin, lime juice, and cilantro add a Cuban flair and freshness to the soup.  I love this dish.  It is…

HOMEMADE CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD

HOMEMADE CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD

Homemade chicken caesar salad is a delicious, light dinner that is perfect for those dog days of summer.  Crisp and crunchy romaine topped with juicy, flavorful chicken, freshly made croutons, and a creamy, homemade caesar dressing takes this salad recipe to the next level. I…

SOUTHWEST QUINOA SALAD WITH SPICY LIME VINAIGRETTE

SOUTHWEST QUINOA SALAD WITH SPICY LIME VINAIGRETTE

This cold quinoa salad is bursting with bright, fresh flavors and a hint of citrus and spice.  The salad can be made in advance, making it a healthy, quick and easy recipe. Eating a dish of quinoa feels so healthy.  I mean, I feel virtuous…

CREAMY BROCCOLI SALAD

CREAMY BROCCOLI SALAD

This is an easy, make-ahead salad that always gets rave reviews from everyone who tastes it.  Made with fresh, raw broccoli, scallions, raisins, and a homemade slaw dressing that is just amazing. I love this salad.  It has all the yummy elements.  It’s fresh, crisp,…