Savory Oatmeal with Scallions & Soy Sauce ♥ Recipe

Today's recipe: Something old, something new. Mark Bittman's savory oatmeal, part of his new diet regime. Weight Watchers 1 point. Vegan. "Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue." If this were a bride's wedding day tradition, she'd be three out of four with today's healthy breakfast recipe. Something Old : Oatmeal for breakfast. (See How & Why to Cook Oatmeal Every Day . I'm an oatmeal fiend!) Something New : Oatmeal in a brand-new way, oatmeal with an Asian flair, with green onion and soy sauce. Sound weird? Um, yes. But is it good? Yes!! I'm not giving up my favorite oatmeal with peanut butter (or a new stir-in, tahini!) but I was surprised how hearty and satisfying this oatmeal tasted, and lasted, throughout a cold and blustery morning. Something Borrowed : Food writer Mark Bittman's diet strategy, Vegan Til Dinner. He used it to drop 35 pounds, lower his cholesterol and blood sugar. It's a simple ide

Asparagus Scallion Salad ♥ Recipe

Asparagus and scallions gently poached together, then drizzled with a simple vinaigrette and tossed with hard-cooked egg. (Who else has leftover cooked eggs from Easter?!) Dreamy good plus low carb and low cal. For Weight Watchers, this substantial (lunch anyone?) salad adds up to only PointsPlus 2. ~updated & republished 2015~ ~ more recently updated recipes ~ How many children have gagged over boiled asparagus? What were we thinking, leeching all color and flavor from the earthy spears, leaving a mushy gushy slimy mess? Ish, no wonder. So please, stick with me here, I really truly want to sell you on this little salad which I completely adore. These asparagus are not boiled – nosiree, they are poached . What's the difference? Marketing, people, vegetable marketing. WORD DANCERS And one more thing. The asparagus are poached with – no turning up your nose, please! – scallions. Yes, other people call those little gems green onions, but me, I'm sticking to scallions i

Quick Radish & White Bean Salad ♥ Recipe

How to fall in love with radishes: Toss together a quick medley of chopped radishes and tomatoes brightened with olives, capers, parsley and lemon juice. Add canned beans for protein. Skip the oil. Swoon. Turns out, every year I fall in love with a new vegetable. In 2009, the unlikely addiction is the radish. For the last few months, radishes are such a staple that like lettuce and milk, they need no mention on the grocery list. Texture-wise, I've fallen in love with their crunch, taste-wise with that slight bite of radish pepperiness, visually with those clean white interiors framed by clear red skins. All winter long, one salad after another, radishes add a special oomph. Forgive me, but am I truly writing an ode to the radish? What crazy person creates room for radishes in her brain? Aren't they always an afterthought, never the star? In this quick 'n' easy lunch salad, the radishes do take center stage, they're what turn a bean 'n' stuff salad int

Parsnip Pear Purée ♥ Recipe

Today's vegetable recipe: An unusual side dish, a purée of a vegetable and a fruit, here parsnips and pears mellowed with cognac, sour cream and allspice. P arsnip P ear P urée. Say that three times, fast. Pppppp. Now join me in wondering how to make something that looks so plain -- it's just a blob of white stuff, right? -- look as pretty as it tastes. Perhaps a plump piece of pork perched upon top? and prepared for a party? Enough with the Ps. This stuff is good. It is also one of the most unusual savory side dishes I've ever tasted -- still, it's not 'weird'. (We know how people hate weird, right? Me too.) Mostly, you take a taste and wonder, What is that? Is it nutmeg? No, it's sweeter than nutmeg, something almost fruity. It's also a great way to use up a surfeit of pears, 12 pounds of bruised-looking but otherwise perfect fruits purchased over the weekend for $.89. Any ideas on what to do with the rest of those pears? PARSNIP PEAR PURÉE Hand

Homemade Black Bean Burgers ♥ Recipe

Today's recipe: Quick and easy black bean burgers, made at home with easy pantry ingredients. You can even freeze your own! For years, I have forsworn veggie burgers. (Ewww, the salty-slimy 'Garden' Burger? To my taste, more like a compost heap.) No more, no more!! I've been missing out, completely, because -- yay, rah! -- we can make homemade black bean burgers. And it's easy! And cheap! And -- this is the crucial test -- they taste great! And they pull together in a flash. And better than THAT? They freeze! Next time I'll make up a big batch, vacuum pack them with the FoodSaver , to have on hand, pronto, for a quick lunch or light supper. PS To the punctuation police blinking in disbelief about all the exclamation points? Try one of these black bean burgers, you'll be backflipping too. (!!!!) RECIPE for HOMEMADE BLACK BEAN BURGERS Hands-on time: 20 minutes Time to table: 20 minutes Serves 4 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup chopped green onion, rou

Roasted Cauliflower with Saffron ♥ Recipe

Today's vegetable recipe: Cauliflower roasted with saffron and spices. Low carb. Weight Watchers 1 point. So. I'm learning a lot about vegetables these days, though -- get this -- by eating , no tasting , no, positively hating oxtails. ( Note to Vegetarians ) It all started before Christmas when my friend Sharon had a recipe calling for oxtails and wanted to know what they were. My answer -- and I was wrong, to be sure -- was that oxtails were actually not the tails from beef cattle, even if the words made you think so, sort of like a rump roast is actually a shoulder roast. (Go figure.) But then last week, oxtail stew was on the tasting menu at a local restaurant and -- being an adventurous eater -- I placed my order, looking forward to a delicacy. But OH MY. YUCK.YUCK.YUCK. Now to be fair, the thinking is that the oxtails were no good, past their due date, shall we say. But with one bite, I was ready to gag and now, even nearly a week later, anything remotely close to un

Finn Crisp with Laughing Cow & Radishes ♥

Today's recipe: A quick snack or light lunch. Low carb. Weight Watchers one point. I may love to cook but I also love little-assembly-required quick lunches and snacks. They're not recipes, per se, more concepts. But I'm picky. Fast. Cheap. Quick. Easy. No dishes. Crunch. Fresh. Transportable. (And I think other readers must be hungry for such snacks and quick lunches too, as often as you check out my idea for a Satisfying Lunch in One Point .) Enter my latest obsession that combines two products that have been right there under my radar fuh-EVAH . I just love these little sandwich snacks! They're crispy and creamy and crunchy all at the same time. Finn Crisp Unlike most crackers, the ingredient list for Finn Crisp is short, just whole grain rye flour, water, yeast, salt and caraway. Wow! Whole grain and high fiber! No fat, no cholesterol, low sodium, with a little protein, too. Finn Crisp are easy to find in North America, I think, but prices vary widely. At t