Beet-All Pasta Salad
Mix pasta, spinach, beets, onion and walnuts in a salad bowl. Combine maple syrup, vinegar, and olive oil in a small jar and shake well. Pour over salad. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until you're ready to eat.
Blueberry Banana Smoothie
Bananas that are getting past ripe work perfectly in smoothies. Peel them, wrap them in plastic, and freeze them.
Do-It-Yourself Trail Mix
Toss wheat cereal and cashews with raisins, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, or chopped dried apricots.
Fresh Tomato Sauce
Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use, or use immediately. To make the dipping sauce, put it in a blender and blend on high about 10 seconds.
Go Swiss with Rosti
Rosti has been called the national dish of German-speaking Switzerland. Rosti is similar to hash browns and is usually topped with cheese.
After combining ingredients, cover and chill for 2 hours before serving.
Roast for 15 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness of asparagus), shaking once to turn spears. Pour on balsamic vinegar and serve hot or at room temperature.
Red Rosemary Vinegar
To prepare as a gift, strain the vinegar into pretty bottles. Add a fresh sprig of rosemary to each.
Roast carrots, turnips, squash, and garlic for about an hour, stirring once or twice.
Southeastern Seasoned Catfish
Rub the fillets with spices, Broil about 4 inches from heat for about 5 minutes. Turn fillets and broil 3 to 4 minutes longer.
This meal is generally lightly seasoned, which allows each diner to add condiments to individual taste.
Vegetable Dip Mix
These ingredients are in the right proportions for one batch of dip mix. For a gift jar, keep adding a round of all five ingredients until you have enough to fill the jar.
This is a picture-pretty first course for a summer meal. Make in advance and serve chilled.
These muffins are perfect for breakfast or a snack. They get their crunch from chopped walnuts.
California Marinated Salad
Fresh, delicious, and ready to serve in short order - a super salad that's perfect for parties - or dinner at home.
Mushroom Crab Appetizer
Deliciously decadent, but healthy! Garnish with chopped red pepper for extra color or a shot of Tabasco for spiciness.
Seedless Raspberry Sauce
This takes some patience, but you will be rewarded with a rich, seedless sauce, perfect for topping anything from fruit, to meat, to chocolate cake!
Summer Squash Saute
This recipe takes about 10 minutes to cook, once you’ve cut all your vegetables. It’s a good dish to top pasta or serve with grilled chicken, lean beef, or salmon.
Apple Coffee Cake
This cake gets its moistness from the apples and raisins, so it requires little oil.
This is a lovely side dish for chicken or fish.
Low-calorie, kid-friendly recipe that provides 1 cup of healthy vegetables per serving!
Red Beans and Rice
If you have time, make your brown rice from scratch. Use chicken broth instead of water to amp up the flavor. It will take about 45 minutes. In a pinch, instant brown rice is OK.