Quinoa with Jicama and Citrus

 (Serves 6) Vinaigrette: 4 Tbsp. olive oil 2 red onions, cut in half and sliced thinly 1 clove garlic, minced 1 cup olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar  3 Tbsp. lime juice 3 Tbsp. cumin roasted of ground 1 Tbsp. honey  1/4 cup cilantro Quinoa: 1 Tbsp. olive oil  1 cup dry quinoa 2 […]

Nutrient Dense Vegetable Broth 

This stands alone, or you can add cut-up fresh-picked asparagus and bok choy for volume. All you need is a couple handfuls of veggies, a few herbs and a pot and some water. I started with: 1 head of fennel 5 carrots 1 white onion (skin and all) cut into sixths 1 whole leek, cut […]

Fennel Dandelion Salad

1 fennel bulb 1 bunch dandelion greens, roughly chopped 1/3 cup chopped green onions 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 2 lemons 5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp. black mustard seed 1/2 tsp. black cumin seeds (aka nigella seeds) Slice the fennel as thinly as you can. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the fennel slices […]

Fennel, Cucumber, Arugula and Dandelion Greens Salad

1 medium fennel bulb, shaved thin 1 small or 1/2 large cucumber, peeled and shaved thin Juice of 1/2 lemon, more to taste 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, more to taste 1/4cup pine nuts, toasted 2-3 large handfuls arugula 5 basil leaves, chopped Small handful feta cheese, to taste Sea salt 1 tsp. agave nectar or honey […]

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Easy Hot and Sour Soup from Bone Broth

This is fun and simple if you have leftovers and/or stock on hand. You can make the broth ahead and add the vegetables, meat or eggs a day or 3 later.

Cauliflower Dip

We served creamy purée at our Commit to Change retreat on Martha’s Vineyard in March. Try it with sautéed eggplant slices, or cut up any vegetables you like. 1 whole cauliflower, cut into florets and steamed ½ cup cream or yogurt 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons hemp seeds 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 […]

How to Cook with Nettles

April is the month to harvest nettle leaves, before they flower. Nettles are intensely nourishing as a vegetable or as a tea. Cooking dispels the sting, as does drying. Fresh nettles may be simmered in a little water for ten to twelve minutes for a spinach-like vegetable rich in protein. Nettles offer a very high […]

3-Ingredient Jerusalem Artichoke Purée/Dip 

We served this creamy purée as a dip at our Commit to Change retreat on Martha’s Vineyard in March, with a platter of freshly-cut vegetables. You can also use it as a “sandwich” spread on lettuce leaves. 2½ pounds Jerusalem artichokes (also called sunchokes) 2 cups heavy whipping cream Coarse kosher salt Working with 1 sunchoke at […]

Herbed Sunflower Seed Spread or Dip

We served this as a dip at our Commit to Change retreat on Martha’s Vineyard in March, with a platter of freshly-cut vegetables. You can also use it as a “sandwich” spread on lettuce leaves. 2 cup hulled sunflower seeds, soaked for 1-2 hours and drained 1 clove garlic 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 2 tablespoon […]

Dandelion Greens and Spicy Onions

Dandelions are one of the first greens to appear in the spring. Their bitterness and greens is a welcomed change after a winter of roots and meats! The dandelions used in these recipes are long, dark green leaves that are available in supermarkets. Chicory, escarole and nettles are a great substitute when you can’t find […]

Beet Borscht

We love beets. Not only are they colorful, tasty and tender, but they’re packed with nutritional benefits—Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, folate, manganese and more—and are low in calories as well. You can even cook the greens, the way you do Swiss chard—they’re cousins. This is one of the recipes Jan is cooking with her class at Rancho […]

Shrimp with Spicy Lime and Basil 

Shrimp with Spicy Lime and Basil  Serves 6  36 shrimp (medium to large, shells removed, tails may be left on), or 6 per person 1/2 cup tablespoons olive oil 1 bell pepper (red or yellow) chopped into bite-size strips 1 onion (small), chopped or cut into thin wedges 1 cup white wine 1 cup coconut milk 1/2 […]