Salmon Fried Rice

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes Dairy Free
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I thought it would be easy to sit down at the computer and share the amazing experience I had last week, but I’m still at a loss for words. The story actually began a few months ago, when I encouraged my 10-year old daughter to enter the Epicurious “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge”.  Her task was to create a lunch recipe that followed the USDA My Plate guidelines, essentially 25% lean protein 25% whole grains and 50% vegetables. The contest, created in concert with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, promoted a kids-in-the-kitchen approach to healthy eating. […]

White Bean Salad with Tuna and Watercress

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes , Salads/Sides
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My apologies for having gone missing in action. (Apparently I can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.) I’ve been working on recipe development and writing for my next cookbook, The Brassicas: Learning to Cook the World’s Healthiest Vegetables, which will be published by Ten Speed Press next spring. I’ll be wrapping up the manuscript over the next few weeks, and hopefully you’ll be hearing a lot more from me at that point. Turns out one of my favorite brassicas (if I could possibly choose) is cress–either watercress or land cress–and it’s the perfect […]

Quinoa Salad with Chicken and Grapes

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes , Salads/Sides Dairy Free
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If you envision chicken salad as a big bowl of mayonnaise-coated chicken—and little else—it’s time to rethink the possibilities. In this updated combination, the chicken takes a backseat to quinoa, a protein-rich, gluten-free grain. I toss the two with grapes and celery for crunch and cumin-lime vinaigrette for the perfect summer picnic fare. Quinoa cooks quickly–start to finish in under 15 minutes–and you can even make it a day or two ahead. I often grab a rotisserie chicken from the market (make sure it’s gluten free) and dice up the meat for the salad. You […]

Wild Rice Salad with Smoked Fish

Makes : 4 to 6 servings | Main Dishes , Salads/Sides Dairy Free
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With summer rapidly approaching, I like to have several recipes for on-the-fly gluten-free grain salads in my back pocket. Perfect for picnics or just a simple dinner, you can create your own salad based on ingredients you have around. Start with a cooked grain or bean–wild rice, rice, quinoa, or lentils, for example–add some protein (or not), crunchy vegetables, and a bright vinaigrette to tie it all together.  You can even cook the grains a day or two ahead; keep them refrigerated until you’re ready to assemble the salad. This wild rice salad, for example, […]

Tandoori-Style Chicken

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes
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Indian food ranks high on my list of favorite cuisines, especially given that so many of the dishes (minus the bread) are naturally gluten free. My son and I often get our fix at one of the local lunch buffets, but my daughter declares Indian food universally “too spicy”. Since many Indian dishes can be quite healthy as well as gluten free, I wanted to find a way to incorporate a few kid-friendly meals into my rotation at home. My daughter already loves chicken, so that seemed like a good starting place. The marinade comes […]

Chicken and Black-Bean Nachos

Makes : 4 servings | Main Dishes
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Where has the time gone? I’ve spent much of the past two months on the road at various conferences and I just realized we’re nearing the end of April. I really enjoy taking these trips, meeting new people, and having the chance to sample some great restaurants in other cities. But what I miss most–other than my children–is cooking in my own kitchen. After several restaurant meals in a row, I am so looking forward to eating my own food! In addition to missing the kitchen, another problem with being on the road is worrying […]