Whole Grain

Ooey Gooey Monkey Biscuits for Brunch

Ooey Gooey Monkey Biscuits for Brunch

Do you crave some comfort? We are all feeling it. I’m forging ahead with all the healthful piles of plants that I usually serve, and feeling good about it. But a balanced life also affords us a little treat. Like these caramel-drenched, walnut-studded Monkey Biscuits.

Squash and Wild Rice Make Comforting Muffins

Squash and Wild Rice Make Comforting Muffins

Winter Squash and Wild Rice for the Season Everybody needs a little comfort right now. It's cold out, and these are challenging times. What better way to warm up than to turn on the oven and bake some tender, fluffy muffins? These are perfect for cozy breakfasts at...

Fast and Good West African Peanut Soup

Fast and Good West African Peanut Soup

Craving something creamy? Ditch the dairy and indulge in a bowl of creamy, spicy African Peanut Soup. It’s the ultimate pantry dish, and packs in flavor while it saves you time (and cash.)

Kale and Kimchi Fried Red Rice with Tofu

Kale and Kimchi Fried Red Rice with Tofu

Fried rice is one of the best uses of a leftover ever devised. In Asian countries with rice-based cuisines, there is bound to be some left over. Nobody wants to waste valuable food, so creative cooks find a way of making that cold rice into a a dish that may well be better than the original dish. That dish is, of course, fried rice. Take cold, crunchy rice and toss it in a hot pan, and you have food that comforts your very soul.

Try Creamy Chinese-Style Corn with Tofu over Black Rice

Try Creamy Chinese-Style Corn with Tofu over Black Rice

And once you’ve had corn on the cob three nights in the week, you might want to branch out and try making something a little different. That’s when I like to make this quick and easy Chinese-inspired dish. It’s a brilliant idea, really. If you are thinking about canned creamed corn, banish that from your mind. When you puree fresh corn, season it with lots of fresh ginger, garlic, and chilis, it has much more pizzazz.

Try Tomato Mayonnaise Pie!

Try Tomato Mayonnaise Pie!

When tomatoes are at their peak of flavor, give them a starring role in this fast and easy pie! Shave time and ingredients from your effort by using mayonnaise as the secret ingredient in the crust, and as a base for a lemony drizzle at serving.

Have You Tried Fresh Edamamae?

Have You Tried Fresh Edamamae?

Fresh Edamame pods are a seasonal treat, and when they come to market, snap up a few bunches to boil, then either eat them as a snack, or slip the beans from the hulls and use them in salads, soups, dips, and anywhere you might use a bean or pea.

Peachy Cornbread Cobbler, with Calhoun County Peaches

Peachy Cornbread Cobbler, with Calhoun County Peaches

I’ve been extolling the under-the-radar Calhoun County peaches, the first peaches that blew my mind. Perhaps I’m being parochial, perhaps my Proustian peach experience has elevated these particular peaches above all others in an indelible way.

Savor Citrus in Red Curry Mock Duck with 3 Oranges over Fonio

Savor Citrus in Red Curry Mock Duck with 3 Oranges over Fonio

Red Curry Mock Duck with Three Oranges In the dark, cold months of January and February, we can thank the citrus growers of Florida and California for shipping us rays of edible sunshine. Just as the winds howl and the snowbanks grow tall in Minnesota, our southern...

Buckwheat Biscuits, With A Crunchy Secret Ingredient

Buckwheat Biscuits, With A Crunchy Secret Ingredient

It's biscuit season, and just in time for Veganuary, I'm baking up lots of these plant-based, versatile Crunchy Buckwheat Biscuits. There are many secrets to making a great whole grain biscuit, but these pack a crunchy punch that you may never have tried before. The...

Bake a Raspberry-Nectarine Slab Pie, Make People Happy!

Bake a Raspberry-Nectarine Slab Pie, Make People Happy!

On a fine Saturday morning, everything seems possible. The day stretches before me, like a bottomless well of time, free to do something adventurous. Rested and ready, I make my way to the Farmer's Market most Saturdays, where tables of colorful produce stretch out...

Golden Oats, Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Golden Oats, Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Life is dangerous. No matter how careful you are, pain is hovering in the wings, waiting for its moment. I can't help with all the emotional pains, but lately, I've been looking for foods to help out with the physical ones. Anti-inflammatory foods have become my...

Keep Cool, Bake a Slow Cooker Dessert with Summer Fruit

Keep Cool, Bake a Slow Cooker Dessert with Summer Fruit

It's an unavoidable truth. The summer fruits are perfect for baking into pies and crisps at the same time that you don't want to turn on the oven. July and August are already heating up the house, and the last thing I want is to crank the oven for a couple of hours....

Make a Pizza with Edible Flowers, It’s Like Eating Summer

Make a Pizza with Edible Flowers, It’s Like Eating Summer

I recently did a cooking demonstration at the Mill City Farmer’s Market, showing the crowd how to cook stuffed squash blossoms. The number of people who told me that they had no idea that you could even eat squash blossoms convinced me that it’s time to talk about...

Try Palapa, Filipino Flavors Make Meal Prep Easy

Try Palapa, Filipino Flavors Make Meal Prep Easy

I'll tell you up front. I've never been to the Philippines. I'm not an expert on "authentic" regional cuisine of the Philippines, if there is such a thing. But I love trying the flavors of faraway places, especially when they are perfect for adding to plant-based...

Bake Some Purple Carrot and Blueberry Bars for Prince’s Birthday

Bake Some Purple Carrot and Blueberry Bars for Prince’s Birthday

June 7 is Prince's Birthday I'm a Minneapolitan, and let me tell you, we all felt the loss when Prince left us too soon. He was our home town musical genius, rockstar, and part of our personal soundtracks since the 80's. He was also a quiet philanthropist, sharing his...

Make a Cheesy Veggie Wrap with My Vegan Meal Prep Cookbook

Make a Cheesy Veggie Wrap with My Vegan Meal Prep Cookbook

Meal Prepping is the Answer If you want to eat well, save money, and save time, you need to get into meal prep. Specifically, Vegan Meal Prep. Even if you aren't full-on vegan, you can prep all the plant-based foods. You may find that it's perfectly satisfying, or you...

Eat Curry, Feel Better, Try Fonio

Eat Curry, Feel Better, Try Fonio

Butternut Squash Curry is Comfort Food Sometimes you just need comfort. A gentle, easy Butternut Squash Curry is just the ticket. Tender, sweet squash cubes, bathed in just enough coconut milk and spice to make it creamy will make you feel warmed and nourished from...

Warm Up with Tasty Scones Made From Freshly Ground Flour

Warm Up with Tasty Scones Made From Freshly Ground Flour

Fresh Flour Makes a Great Scone Nothing makes a snowed-in morning feel cozier than a batch of scones, still warm from the oven. Scones are so simple, simple enough that little shifts in technique and ingredients can make the difference between a decent scone and one...

Celebrate Valentine’s With Brilliant Beet Handrolls

Celebrate Valentine’s With Brilliant Beet Handrolls

  Valentine's Day Sushi! Valentine's Day always calls out for a splash of red on the plate. Crimson hearts and ruby red beets just go together. So, for a heart-healthy flash of red, try my Pickled Beet Handrolls. There is pink pickled ginger, pink tofu, and curly...

You Need Meal Prepping, and Caramelized Onions Make Life Better

You Need Meal Prepping, and Caramelized Onions Make Life Better

Meal Prepping is The Key to Eating Well Ask people what keeps them from eating healthfully, and most will say: lack of time. Somewhere along the line, we became convinced that it's just as good to grab packaged food, to save time for other things. But the real...

Make Easy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crispy Bars

Make Easy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crispy Bars

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crispy Bars Are Calling Your Name! My neighborhood grocery store folks know how our minds work. When you stand in line at the register, they have thoughtfully provided a stack of appealing, easy to grab treats, to tempt the hungry shopper....

Make a Pistachio Cream Pizza, and You Won’t Miss the Cheese!

Make a Pistachio Cream Pizza, and You Won’t Miss the Cheese!

  Vegan Pizza. For some, it's the final challenge. All that meat and cheese is just too hard to give up, right? Not so fast. All you need is some of the mock "ham" from my Plant Based Meats Cookbook and some pistachios to make a really satisfying, savory pizza....

It’s Time To Bake an Apple Raspberry Galette

It’s Time To Bake an Apple Raspberry Galette

At the farmer's market last weekend, as I shivered in the 40 degree air, I marveled at the bounty of vegetables that the end of September brings. Summery sweet corn and tomatoes were there, alongside Fall-ish squash and apples. Strikingly, there was an abundant...