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Big Mo Minestrone with Garden Fresh Vegetables

(Ward answers the foreboding doorbell)
This is one of those go-to soups that we use frequently to feed the family.  Lots of fresh vegetables.  The beans and potatoes keep the dish hearty.  Economical, comforting food.

Bok Choy Tofu Yaki Soba

(Where will Doris sleep?)
Vegetable Yaki Soba is one of my go-to meals when I can't think of anything to make. It's easy.  It's inexpensive.  Warm, nourishing garlic ginger broth with simmered vegetables ladled over noodles.  Young and old love this one-dish meal.  Maybe Doris would like it too.

Bourbon BBQ Prawns

(Our Ward is here to stay)
Ever wondered what spices and flavorings comprise that sassy New Orleans flavor?  We've spelled it out for you in this video. Vegetarians and vegans - replace the shrimp with cooked black-eyed peas (so good!).

Caribbean Lime Halibut

(The band gets a gig in Pasco?)
Marinate wild halibut in lime ginger and garlic; reduce the remaining marinade to a nice glaze after cooking the fish and everyone at the table will love you.

Chicken Tikka Masala

(Ward's extended stay)
You have to try this sassy saucy Indian dish.  The tikka sauce is a pure heaven combo of tomato sauce, heavy cream and spices.  Our recipe also offers a vegetarian version made with chickpeas.  Everybody's happy! 

Chickpea, Carrot and Broccoli Indian Curry

(Jane phones home)
An easy family meal made easier if you have a jar of curry paste handy. This version merges familiar carrots, potatoes, broccoli and chickpeas into a tomato-based curry sauce. Just right served over Golden Spice Rice or Quinoa or while retrieving your child from jail.

Chili con Grass-Fed Carne

(Is chili Dutch?)
Crazy easy con carne. Cinnamon, onions, kidney beans, beef and tomatoes. The neighbors beg us to invite them over.

Dr. Bruce's Awesome Salmon

(Ward blends in)

There's a reason this is named awesome and it's all about the marinade - lime, ginger, garlic, scallions and toasted sesame oil team up for a big win.  Tips on how to choose healthy fish offered up from Steve.
Falafel Burgers

(Ward seeks love connection)
Make your Mondays (or any day) meatless by whipping up this vegetarian delight.  There are some secrets to getting them right (psst...watch the video).

Farro Mushroom Risotto with sage and thyme

(Two weeks till the wrecking ball )
Farro (aka emmer) is a chewy, satisfying whole grain grown locally in Washington State.  Soak it and cook it slowly to maximize flavor and tenderize the texture.  The fresh herbs and mushrooms add amazing aroma.

Gay's Mini Pot Roast with Many Vegetables

(Steve has a beef with the roast)
Lots of carrots, parsnips, potatoes and Brussel sprouts take a long trip with red wine and a modest piece of grass-fed beef. Tasty destination worth the drive.

Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken

(Will Phil pass the test?)
Roasting a chicken (or two depending on your family size) saves minutes and money.  The flavorful chicken can be used for Sunday dinner, and then transformed into a Tuesday soup, a Thursday salad.

Mirin Baked Chicken with Shitake Mushrooms

(Facelift, the social network for Ward)
This succulent entrée is crazy simple.  The mirin (sweet rice wine) and tamari meld with the chicken to make a dark sweet sauce.  The oven does all the magic. 

Orange Glazed Salmon Kebobs with Yogurt Garlic Dip

(Ginger gets a bath)
Impress everyone at the dinner table with these savory sweet salmon morsels. The reduced orange, honey and tamari glaze and the cool yogurt dip will help Jane regain a smile after what she's just seen.

Pepper Crusted Seared Ahi

(Men throw fish at Jane)
Hopefully they threw no ahi tuna at her.  This delicate fish should be barely seared.  The black pepper crust and the fruity sauce elevate the fish dish to rock star status. Serve it to guests.

Poached Salmon Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Gremolata

(Not the masters of their domain)
Unbelievable news revealed by Ward as Cynthia prepares this savory, mouth-watering salad from one of her favorite cookbooks. Blanched green beans, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes and wild salmon gently poached in aromatics. Try this one!

Pressure Cooked Garlic Mashed Potatoes

(Cynthia snoozes while Jane mashes)
Saves time and  intensifies flavor to use the pressure cooker.  Add garlic for an extra dimension (or try adding a little wasabi powder for a little kick).

Roasted Kabocha and Chicken with Chocolate Enchilada Sauce

A combination inspired by Southern hemisphere gods, perfect for a northern hemisphere fall or winter supper.  Roast and dig in!

Samurai Salmon Bowl

(Ward moves on)
This combo of salmon, nori, avocado and zippy wasabi will have you leaping into action like a Japanese war lord.  Dine and conquer!

Split Pea Soup with Potatoes and Dill

(The new neighbor)
Not real pretty to look at but neither is the new neighbor.  We give you the how to on both a vegetarian version and one that includes ham. The cumin + dill marry well with peas.  Try it.  You'll see. 

Squash and Raisin Stuffed Chicken Breasts

(Steve sells home plate)
Stuffed chicken breasts sounds difficult and gourmet - not true. A fantastic way to renovate leftovers like roasted squash and extend a pound of chicken to feed a family. Very pretty morsels too!

Stuffed Collard Greens with Tzatziki Sauce

Stuffed Collard Greens with Tzatziki Sauce
(What ever happened to Phil?)
Greens greens and more greens!  We're sporting a vegetarian and non-vegetarian filling for these beauties. 

Sweet Rice Timbales

(Joaquin seeks Scrabble partner)
Like the refreshing flavor of sushi rice?  This video recipe shows you how to make it using whole grains and natural sweeteners.  Plus we show you how to make shapely rice and a glimpse of Jane's boy. 

Szechwan Tempeh

(Steve and Cynthia throw caution to the breakwind)
This is a favorite dish of mine that I use frequently to introduce my students to tempeh.  We usually serve it with a grain such as
Quinoa, Mediterranean Quinoa, Sweet Rice Timbales, Saffron Buttered Millet or Soba NoodlesMANGO LIME SALSA is the perfect sweet condiment for this savory vegetarian dish.

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

(Steve rebounds for soup)
This traditional Thai soup uses coconut milk, lemon grass and fish sauce to form a flavorful base.  The ginger garlic influence make it a perfect kill-the-cold  soup.  A popular family favorite.  We also give instructions for how to make this a vegetarian/vegan dish in the recipe. Enjoy!

Thai Yellow Curry Tempeh

(Ward lets it simmer)
Okay - you'll need to stretch yourself and shop for lemongrass, Thai red chilies, Kaffir lime leaves and fish sauce but the enhanced coconut milk will make you soon no matter what vegetables, tofu, chicken, shrimp or tempeh you invite in.

White Bean and Kale Minestrone

(Can't run with scissors!)
Cooked white beans, fresh sage and a touch of tomato paste create the creamy base for this nourishing soup.