Grilled Pear Salad with Strawberries and Chevre

A quick spell on the grill draws out pears’ sweetness in this delightful sweet and savory salad. Ingredients 1 clove garlic, pressed 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon honey, to taste 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for pears 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 4-oz. package mixed greens, washed and dried 3 large...

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Sometimes, the old way is the best way. Folks have been turning the humble sweet potato into a caramelly, candied celebration for much longer than we have been spiralizing and making chips out of them. And for good reason — these butter-soft, sweet treats will melt in your mouth. Ingredients 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled...

Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

Chewy, nutty wild rice is seasoned with herbs and cheddar in these delightful stuffed squash halves. Ingredients 2 medium sweet dumpling or acorn squash 1 cup wild rice blend (packaged or bulk) 1 cup corn kernels, frozen 4 teaspoons scallions, chopped 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon dried sage, crumbled 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1...

Greek Meatloaf

Give your meatloaf some Mediterranean flair with tangy feta and bright lemon zest. A warm spiced-tomato glaze goes over the top halfway through baking, giving each slice a bit of sweet, tomato contrast. Ingredients 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 cup breadcrumbs 2 ounces feta cheese 2 teaspoons fresh lemon...

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is just the thing on chilly days or when you’re under the weather. This quick version takes just 30 minutes to prepare. Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 large carrots, chopped 1 rib celery, chopped 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme Salt to taste 2...

Banana Beet Muffins

Beets may not be top of mind as a muffin ingredient, but they lend natural sweetness and beautiful color to these tasty gems. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 cup rolled oats 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup mashed...

Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing

Pick up some prepared cornbread or make your own for this crowd-pleasing stuffing. Spicy chorizo gives the whole pan a bit of heat, and there are enough vegetables to make it interesting. This recipe works well as a Mexican-inspired main dish or as a hearty side with simple roast chicken. Ingredients 1/2 cup ground Mexican-style...

Penne with Kale, Gorgonzola and Walnuts

This comforting pasta dish features a blend of flavors from kale, walnuts and creamy gorgonzola cheese. Instead of making a time-consuming sauce, simply toss the pasta with garlicky olive oil and melting cheese to cover the penne and kale with a rich, tangy coating. Ingredients 1 pound penne pasta 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped 3...

Apple-stuffed Pumpkins

Two great harvest-time foods bake together for a comforting fall dessert. Buy the smallest mini-pumpkins you can find (about the size of a grapefruit), or substitute small sweet dumpling squash. Pumpkins become lush, edible bowls for apple pie filling, sweetened lightly with maple syrup. For a sweet finish, top with a dollop of whipped cream...

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are lightly sweet, laced with the flavors of molasses and spice. Here, a bit of whole wheat flour is easily disguised by the spices. Use your favorite cutters to make little figures, or stars or whatever strikes your fancy. Royal icing is traditionally made with raw egg whites (see Notes for raw egg...

Gumbo

Gumbo is a Southern classic, a rich stew thickened with a roux, as well as the thickening properties of okra. Here you have the option to use rice flour, for a gluten-free roux, and frozen okra, which is easy to find year round. Ingredients 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour or white rice...

Gingered Beet and Apple Salad

This jewel toned sweet slaw is a beautiful, refreshing and delicious. A great recipe for beet fans and beet hesitators alike. Ingredients 1 pound beets, peeled 1 apple (about 1/2 pound) 1/4 pound carrots, peeled 1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced 2 tablespoon apple cider 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced 2...

Apple and Celery Stuffing

This version of a classic side features tart apple to wake up your palate, along with the classic flavor of celery and plenty of herbs. Ingredients 3/4 loaf whole wheat bread, cubed to make 8 cups (10 slices) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 4 stalks celery, chopped 1 medium carrot, quartered lengthwise...

Spiced Sweet Potato Pie

If you’re a fan of pumpkin pie, you’ll love this Southern favorite made with sweet potatoes. Ingredients 1 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes 3/4 cup half and half 2 eggs 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 pie...

Turmeric Pork Loin with Root Vegetable Slaw

Pork loin gets a tenderizing treatment by pounding the sliced meat and bathing it in yogurt. This is a delicious way to use an inexpensive cut of meat. The colorful slaw is a snap to make with the shredding blade of your food processor, and it’s a crunchy side for the savory spiced pork. Ingredients...

Pumpkin Sheet Pie with Oat Crust

Instead of making two pies, make one sheet pie for a little variation on the traditional. If rolling out a sheet of pie crust seems daunting, try this easy press-in crust, more like a pecan-studded granola bar than a pastry. Garnish the squares with whipped cream and serve up to guests. Ingredients 2 cups rolled...

Pumpkin Puddings

Craving pumpkin pie? Try this streamlined pumpkin pudding in easy, single-serving ramekins. Skip the crust and get right to the pumpkin-spice flavors you crave, sweetened with a touch of maple syrup. A dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream makes it even more special. Ingredients Butter, for ramekins 1 15-ounce can of pumpkin 1/2...

Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs and Icing

You can get as elaborate as you want with your cut-out cookies, depending on how many shapes and sizes of cutters you have. A few drops of food coloring (look for natural food dyes) will make your frosting into whatever seasonal colors you want to play with, as well. You can also use the royal...

Overnight Oats with Almond Butter and Fruit

Make breakfast a breeze with these tasty, healthy overnight oats. Ingredients 1 tablespoon almond butter 3/4 cup almond milk, or other milk 1 tablespoon chia or flax seeds 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 cup dried fruit or 1/2 cup fresh or frozen fruit Preparation In a pint jar or 1 1/2–2 cup...

Indian-spiced Pork with Roasted Veggies

Use a sheet pan to make a delicious Indian-inspired meal where the veggies and spiced pork bake in one pan. Pork tenderloin takes on a spicy crust, and the juices mingle with cauliflower and red onions. Ingredients 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon curry powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin...

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Brighten up your meal with this sweet potato side, accented with tart cranberries. Ingredients 3 large sweet potatoes (3 pounds) 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries 1 15 ounce can coconut milk, full fat 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional) 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup whole...

Lemon-sage Foil-grilled Squash

Try this easy technique for making tender, roasted squash on the grill. A foil packet holds in the moisture from the squash so that it steams in its own juices, concentrating the sweet, earthy flavor. A sprinkle of lemon zest and black pepper makes this dish irresistible. Ingredients 4 cups butternut or other winter squash,...

Creamy Roasted Mushroom Soup

By roasting the mushrooms for this soup in the oven, you make them tender and juicy. When you uncover the pan, they brown and shrink slightly, concentrating the flavor. Save time by making the rest of the soup while the mushrooms are in the oven. Ingredients 8 ounces fresh button mushrooms, coarsely chopped 8 ounces...

Spiced Squash Pancakes

These moist, deep orange cakes are a breakfast treat, and if you like breakfast for dinner, these would be perfect candidates. Walnuts and maple syrup add crunchy sweetness. Ingredients Syrup 1/2 cup walnut pieces 1/2 cup maple syrup Pancakes 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 cup unbleached flour 4 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons baking...

Horchata Hot Cocoa

Craving something warm and chocolate-y, but more interesting than the usual cocoa? Make this streamlined version of horchata, a Mexican drink made from rice, almonds and spices, and then transform it into a steaming cup of delicious cocoa. By using prepared rice milk, you skip soaking, grinding and filtering the rice, and can go straight...