Navy beans are one of our favorites here…well, especially Al’s favorites. He likes them with just about anything…in a salad, as part of a main dish or as a side in a main meal. He likes them in many combinations, but most of all, he likes them in soup.
As fresh asparagus begins to show up in the produce market in abundance, I find many recipes to enjoy it – soups, salads, sides, quiches – you get the idea. The best way to enjoy it, though, is perhaps the simplest – pan-grilled in a little oil (or, if you’re like my husband, in a little butter) until crisp-tender, with simple herbs and maybe a squeeze of lemon just before serving. This is cooking gluten-free, making food everyone will like.
This raw, chilly spring day made me think that the time had finally arrived for some warm, comforting soup! I love to curl up on the sofa with a good book or a crossword puzzle and a steaming cup of my home-made soup.
Want to spice up your meal plan without having another pot of chili this week? How about some lean boneless pork loin seasoned with green chilis? That’s good by itself, served like a stew, with maybe a green salad on the side, but you can also fill out the gluten-free meal by serving the pulled pork over some bean burritos. If you like, add a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of shredded cheese, and some salsa.
Here we are again being inundated with ads for rich desserts and treats. This time it’s for Valentines, which I’m all for, naturally, but aren’t there some other desirable gifts besides candy and jewelry? Chocolate may be rich in antioxidants, but it’s also usually rich in sugar and calories that I don’t really need to focus on right now.
Instead I’m concentrating on one of my favorite lunches, a salad with beans, crisp veggies and a little Dijon dressing. Maybe we’ll talk about chocolate later….