Pumpkin Lentil Soup

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This is a nice, comforting soup that’s great for chilly weather. It’s vegetarian and full of healthy ingredients. It’s thickened with a can of pumpkin puree, but doesn’t taste like pumpkin at all. Consider the pumpkin a thickener rather than a flavor-enhancer. As written, the soup is subtly seasoned and has a mild flavor. I […]

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Fresh Corn Salad

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We have the most wonderful neighbors on Shelter Island and this recipe came from one of them. Our neighbor Jessie is famous for her corn salad, which highlights the best of summer’s produce in a very simple but incredibly delicious recipe. This is a perfect recipe for fresh corn season, which is August if you […]

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Black Bean Burgers

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These are the best black bean burgers I have ever made. You have to plan ahead because they need to rest for at least an hour before cooking them, but they’re well worth the planning. Many bean burgers have a mushy consistency. Not these. In a bun, they hold up like a hamburger. I like […]

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Secretly Healthy Fudge Balls

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My friend Kathleen sent me a link to this recipe last weekend. She was trying to replicate fudge balls that she had eaten at a dinner party. She asked me what I thought of the recipe, and I took one look and told her that she shouldn’t waste her time; the resulting fudge balls would […]

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Macaroni and Cheese with Black Beans and Chipotle

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This is my new, favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.   I could eat this every day for a week without getting sick of it, and I almost have, considering I made a lot of it and the boys won’t touch it.   It’s great fresh from the stove, and it’s great as a leftover as well.  When […]

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Spicy Grilled Corn Salad with Black Beans and Feta

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This is one of those delicious summer salads that don’t photograph well.  Don’t be deceived – this tastes incredible.  This is one of my favorite salads this summer.   If you’re a chipotle/adobo fan and you have a barbecue, give this a shot.   It’s easy to throw together, and you can make it in advance.   The […]

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Black Bean and Pepper Jack Burgers

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When I saw these burgers pictured in a magazine, they looked exactly like hamburgers to me. When I made them, they also looked a lot like hamburgers.  Once you bite into them though, they taste like a burrito.   These are one of the better bean burgers that I have eaten.   I still love Mark Bittman’s […]

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Chipotle Quinoa with Corn and Black Beans

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Ok, I think I’ve posted enough sweet recipes lately. Time for a change.

I’m on a quinoa kick these days.   I found that Trader Joe’s sells a great bag of tri-color quinoa and I’ve found all kinds of things to do with it.  This recipe is my current favorite.   My husband likes it so much that […]

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Easy Black Beans and Rice

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I have made this a number of times in the last couple of weeks. It’s a great side dish, and can also be served as a nice vegetarian entree. My husband and I both loved it. The boys? Not so much. My goal is to get my self-proclaimed vegetarian son to like this. It would […]

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

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This chili is delicious, and it’s a perfect weeknight meal because it doesn’t take too long to prepare.   I made it for dinner on Sunday after we had been out all day, and it didn’t take long to make at all.   That said, if you have some extra time when you make this, I […]

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