Spicy Broccoli, Cauliflower & Onion Soup

Spicy Broccoli, Cauliflower & Onion Soup
When we harvested our broccoli this year I froze a fair amount for days like this…the ones where you don’t have a lot of time. This is the perfect soup to make on those crazy active days without sacrificing great flavor. I have three secret ingredients that I use to give this soup depth and warmth. It is very delicious so if you’re in the mood for a great soup and you don’t have a lot of time…this is a go-to. Also if you want to use up the stalks after the florets are used this is also good… Continue reading

Hearty Vegetable Pasta Salad

Hearty Vegetable Pasta Salad
This week Linda and I will be sharing two great salads to help you get healthy for summer! I love a good pasta salad – especially when entertaining – because it’s simple, inexpensive and goes a long way. The great thing about this salad is there is only a little pasta and a lot of rough greens but when you add them to the hot pasta, they soften a little and soak up the vinaigrette.  You can add chicken and make it the main coarse. Any way you serve it – it’s a healthy addition to the menu! Continue reading

Farro, Broccoli, Apple & Walnut Salad

Farro, Broccoli, Apple & Walnut Salad

I love creating new combinations for salads…I saw a little bit of farro left in the pantry and decided that I wanted to use it…so on the menu today is a hearty Farro, Broccoli, Apple & Walnut Salad…the dressing is a Maple Walnut-Mayo combination that just pushed it over the top! The other great thing about this salad is that it gets better as it sits… Continue reading

Ham & Swiss Wrapped Broccoli With Onion Bechamel

Ham & Swiss Wrapped Broccoli With Onion Bechamel 7
This is a dish my mother made for us growing up. Probably created from one of those 70’s throwback cookbooks. I often cringe at some of the ingredients they recommended. Obviously ‘processed’ was the star in every dish. It was surely economical for a family of six however, and mother was always health conscious. I will admit that when I was 7 and this plate was put in front of me… I know I made an awful face!… Alas, we grow up and learn to love the very dishes we shunned as kids. I made this dish today for lunch and my Hubby said it was absolutely delicious! Continue reading

Meatless Monday: Broccoli Cheddar Chowder

Broccoli Cheddar Chowder

MEATLESS MONDAY! We have 25 beautiful broccoli plants in the garden. After they make the initial broccoli head like the one in the grocery store, the plant starts producing little broccoli shoots. Well, I have many, many little broccoli shoots. Since my husband and I love soup, I decided to make a Broccoli Cheddar Chowder for lunch. I like to top mine with a little hot pepper oil from the best hot peppers I have ever had, Pap’s Peppers from Altoona, Pa, (Oh, So Good)! My son was visiting and he and my husband said it was the best broccoli soup they ever had. What a wonderful compliment… Continue reading