Thyme-Roasted Carrots

[Editor's Note: Roasted vegetables make for such a simple side dish, and carrots are perfect for this method of cooking. The thyme in this recipe provides an extra dimension of flavor. Carrots are available from local farmers for a good portion of the year, so take advantage of them! --Genie] ...more
Yum! But when you don't have carrots/don't have time...Chocolate Greens 8000 is tasty - I love ...more

Gluten-Free Tomato & Spinach Black Bean Salad

[Editor's Note: I love hearing about farmers markets in other locales, and this post combines the story of a trip to a local market with a recipe for a fresh, easy vegetarian salad that can be served warm or cold. I'm going to assemble it, I think, to take as part of my work lunches this week! --Genie] ...more
Sounds like a winner -- will try some. :)more

Bell Pepper Subzi with Peanuts

[Editor's Note: This quick, delicious Indian dish is designed as a side dish, but it would also make a great vegetarian main, particularly when served with rice or flatbread. It's not hard to assemble, and I love the instructional video featuring Hetal and Anuja! --Genie] ...more
I was lucky to meet the Show Me the Curry ladies a few years ago at BlogHer and they were ...more

One-Pot Chicken and Eggplant

[Editor's Note: After a doctor diagnosed Angie's husband with candidiasis, he had to cut carbs out of his diet for six weeks. Angie took it as an opportunity to rise to the challenge and make delicious food that still fit the dietary restrictions at hand. This one-pot dish not only fits the prescribed menu, but is a terrific, easy, and convenient meal to cook at any time. --Genie] ...more
That looks so good!more

Quick and Easy Baked Chicken With Artichokes

[Editor's Note: This dish takes a shortcut toward fast preparation, but is long on flavor and interest, thanks to jarred, marinated artichokes. Des of Life's Ambrosia has developed a recipe that's great for weeknights when you don't have a lot of time to devote to dinner, but you still want a dish that's elegant. --Genie] ...more
made some, made some changes...and it was delishhhhhh.more

Zucchini Lasagna

[Editor's Note: I'm intrigued by the concept of using zucchini as the lasagna "noodles" in this dish—particularly because this recipe treats the zucchini carefully, so it cooks, but retains its summer succulence. It's a particularly great substitution if you or those you're cooking for can't eat gluten, too. --Genie] Zucchini Lasagna (Without the Pasta Sheets) ...more
I love to make vegetable chicken lasagna. I always add zucchini. Somehow it makes it taste even ...more

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup

[Editor's Note: This creamy blend of cucumber and avocados is augmented by kefir, a fermented milk drink that is said to have a number of health benefits. This soup is vegetarian, gluten-free, and full of summer nutrients—it would be a great treat on a really hot August day. --Genie] Summer Fest: Creamy Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup ...more

Colombian Scrambled Eggs with Tomato, Scallions and Corn

This quick and easy breakfast recipe is a fun departure from plain scrambled eggs. And with sweet corn and tomatoes in season, it's a great way to enjoy summer's bounty. --Genie] ...more
I wish I had seen this earlier this morning! But I know what I'm having tomorrow! ...more

Macaroni Salad

[Editor's Note: If Macaroni Salad is a favorite of yours, but you're someone who maintains a gluten-free and vegan diet, it may have seemed a dish out of reach. But now, with this great recipe, even folks with dietary restrictions can enjoy this summer picnic side dish! --Genie] ...more
Oh I love a nice side cucumber salad!more

Watermelon Creamsicles and Ice Cream

[Editor's Note: It's National Watermelon Day, and what better way to celebrate than with this easy and delicious, preservative-free treat that turns watermelon into either watermelon creamsicle pops or watermelon ice cream? Either way, it's a fun taste sensation for the whole family. -Genie] ...more this...more