Mom’s quick gazpacho.

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This stretch of otherworldly hot weather has me craving my mom’s gazpacho: cool, savory, unfussy, utterly satisfying. All I have to do is gather some fresh summer produce and plug in the food processor; it does all the work and the kitchen stays nice and cool. Make this at least a day before you plan to serve it; the flavors really develop over time. Get the recipe for Mom’s Quick Gazpacho! Continue reading

Beautiful chicken, carrot and fennel salad.

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Here’s my idea of the perfect lunch: bright, clean, fresh tasting, with equal parts protein and vegetables. It’s one of my go-to salad-in-a-jar lunch recipes. Use leftover grilled or roasted chicken in this salad recipe; the vegetables and light vinaigrette are super easy to make. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Hearty barley and vegetable salad.

I love recipes that do double-duty, like this hearty barley and vegetable salad, which makes a great side dish for roasted chicken tonight and a happy and satisfying lunchtime salad tomorrow. This whole-grain recipe makes a ton, so you can feast on it all week. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Warm spiced lentil soup with squash.

red lentil soup with butternut squash and warm spices recipe | writes4food.com

If, like me, you’re ready for a cleaner diet that’s low on fat and calories and high on vegetables and lean protein, then you’re ready for THIS gorgeous lentil soup with butternut squash and warm spices. It’s quick to prepare and makes a comforting dinner or satisfying lunch. Get the recipe! Continue reading

Clean-out-the-larder minestrone.

I call this ‘clean-out-the-larder’ minestrone, because you can make it with whatever leftover or not-enough-for-a-meal vegetables, fresh or frozen, that you have on hand. Dump everything in a pot, simmer, and voila! Soup! Get the recipe (plus 2 secrets for excellent soup). Continue reading

Perfectly smooth, practically no-fat red pepper hummus.

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This easy homemade hummus is full of flavor and extremely low in fat, making it a healthy dip for veggies, pita chips or breadsticks. Discover the trick to making the smoothest, creamiest hummus ever! Get the recipe! Continue reading