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Meatless Mondays with Martha Stewart – Tarragon String Bean Salad

My dad loves string beans. Or maybe it’s that he doesn’t totally hate them. Growing up, it seemed that this was the one vegetable that was always on the table, no matter the season or the meal. I thought it was because string beans seemed to be the least offensive green thing my parents could get me to eat, but now I know it was the least offensive green thing my father would eat. The other day my dad came home with a huge bag of string beans…

Meatless Mondays with Martha Stewart – Green Olive Tarragon Tapenade + a Really Good Sandwich

Isn’t it funny when you suddenly start liking a food that you previously despised? How does that happen? This is the case with me and olives. Up until just a couple years ago, I thought olives were totally vile, and now I worship them. With so many varieties and seemingly endless possibilities for culinary use, olives are especially good for vegetarian fare as they enrich and deepen the flavor of almost anything: salads, sauces, soups, stews….

Meatless Mondays with Martha Stewart – Lemony Leeks with Chickpeas and Feta

I say leek, you say potato leek soup? Many people are unfamiliar with how to cook, prepare, and include leeks in their diet, other than in the classic vichyssoise. Although they seem like more of a sideline vegetable, leeks have a flavor and texture special enough to be the center of attention. And now that leeks are entering their peak season, it’s the perfect time to experiment with this tasty and surprisingly healthy vegetable. Leeks…

Meatless Mondays with Martha Stewart – Root Vegetable Mulligatawny

  Raise your hands if you’ve seen enough of the kitchen lately. Anyone? I am just about at that point – yes, even me! The holidays are always a blur of delicious food and lots of dirty dishes, and for those of you following the Whole Living 2012 Action Plan (I hope you enjoyed my detox recipes in week 1!), you know that meal prep can be tiring. So if the time has come when you just feel like making a huge pot of something that can last a…

Meatless Mondays with Martha Stewart – Vegan Chanterelle Cream Soup

The first soup of autumn has a ceremonial air about it. Anticipating the shortening of days, the colder months ahead, the turning inward and search for warmth, I find myself at the stove once again to create seasonal food at its best. The first soup of this fall, I knew would be chanterelle. In part because I am in love with this mushroom, and in part because the one I made last year, totally flopped. I tried going the traditional route with…

Meatless Mondays with Martha Stewart – Crusted Jerusalem Artichokes with Beluga Lentils, Kale, and Harissa

I’ll never forget when I was working on an organic farm in California, weeding in the garden, about to pull up what I thought was a gigantic invasive species of some sort. Turned out it was Jerusalem artichokes (also called sunchokes). If you have never seen these little tubers before, you would be shocked to see the size of their plants in comparison to the teeny tiny edible roots. Despite their name, Jerusalem artichokes are actually a…

Meatless Mondays with Martha Stewart – Jeweled Rice

I often joke that the color wheel is missing a shade, one I would affectionately call “Copenhagen gray.” A delightful combination of dull steel blue and gunmetal. Although this winter has been particularly bright, there are still those days that seem like the sun never actually rises…and then it’s nighttime. I suppose that is why this week, I’m craving color—something bursting with crystal clear hues and juicy flavors. We’re…

Meatless Mondays with Martha Stewart – Earth Bowls

Have you ever gotten a craving for something you’ve never even eaten before? I have. Yesterday morning I woke up and just had to eat some freekeh. Despite the “freaky” name, freekeh (pronounced free-kah), has been a dietary staple for hundreds of years in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Freekeh is very similar to cracked wheat or bulgur, but has one interesting difference: the grain is made from young green wheat that goes…