Seasonal Sundays (Week 14) Late March – Early April

Spring is bursting forth! You'll want to check out the many spring-friendly recipe ideas for Easter for those who celebrate but also for the time between now and then. For seasonal cooks, it's so incredible to migrate into a new season ...
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

Unexpected Grieving Up until my dad's care center and then the country locked down last year, the dog and I visited him nearly every day.

Show up that often and you get to know the nurses, the caretakers, the kitchen staff, the office people, the laundry people, the maintenance people and Dad's fellow residents, especially his hallway neighbors and tablemates.

But I didn't expect to truly grieve not entirely unexpected losses, people all well into their 90s: Mr. Samuels who passed away the very day the dining room opened back up again earlier this month; Mrs. Mooney and Mrs. Carlton who passed away last spring but whose losses are fresh and raw for me.

May their memories be a blessing ...

And as we venture out, don't you think we'll all come across "missing" people? Maybe a favorite barista has just gone back to school or the favorite checker at the grocery store has retired ... but ... still, they've gone missing and we may always wonder.

PS Today is my dad's 95th birthday! In his honor, will you please call your dad, your son, your nephew, a neighbor, just to connect, to offer/share a story? Life at 95 can be lonely. So many losses, even memories can be lost to time. Such limited mobility, so little independence. But today there shall be birthday songs over the phone and in person and a cake and a shirt depicting a WWII battleship on which he served. We hope he'll feel loved, even with the realities of long- and social-distancing.

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: The creek bed is filled with clumps of daffodils, all "planted" by squirrels who dug up bulbs near the house to, ahem, "squirrel" them away. Tis wondrous down below, all those sunny faces, reminding me of the "laugh-o-dills" when my now-strapping nephew was small.

Get outdoors ... new visages, deep breaths, fresh perspective.


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Easy Green Chile Egg Casserole ♥ No bread! Just eggs, green chiles, bits of cheese and a surprising ingredient, cottage cheese. Vegetarian. Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly!

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Italian Pasta Salad with Garlicky Tomatoes & Collard Greens, another healthy refrigerator salad ♥ Vegan. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Refried Bean Sauce with Eggs on Top ♥, a hearty protein-packed weekend brunch recipe.


Turkey Sweet Potato Soup ♥, one of my oldest recipes, a healthy colorful soup made with sweet potatoes and leftover turkey.

  • "Very good! We really enjoyed this soup. I didn't have any bacon, it still had plenty of flavor." ~ Pat on Pinterest
  • THE RECIPE Turkey Sweet Potato Soup A healthy, colorful soup.

The Three A's of Spring: Asparagus, Artichokes & Avocados

Tired of same-old steamed asparagus? Find new inspiration in this collection of seasonal Asparagus Recipes ♥, savory to sweet, salads to sides, soups to supper, simple to special. Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes.

Tired of the same-old steamed artichokes? Find new inspiration in this collection of seasonal Artichoke Recipes ♥, including many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes.

Avocado lovers rejoice! A whole collection of seasonal Avocado Recipes ♥, savory to sweet, salads to sides, soups to supper, simple to special. And guacamole! Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes.

Spring Sides for Spring Gatherings

Greek Baked Beans (Gigantes Plaki) ♥, healthy beans cooked in the oven until creamy with tomatoes, warm spices. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free.

Tourlou Tourlou (Greek Baked Vegetables) ♥, a vegan rainbow of vegetables slow-cooked in the oven. Great for parties, serve hot or at room temperature.

Moroccan Onions ♥, sliced, spiced and roasted onions, easy to make for one or two or a crowd. Simple but gorgeous!

Easter Salads

Seven-Layer Strawberry Salad with Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing, another show-stopping salad ♥, a strawberry riff on the classic seven-layer salad.

Smitten Kitchen's Avocado-Cucumber Salad ♥, addictively good, so many variations. Low Carb. Gluten Free.

Green Cabbage Salad with Fresh Lime Vinaigrette, another fresh, healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture. Vegan. Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Spring Pies That Shout "Celebration"

Fresh Strawberry Pie ♥, with a homemade chocolate cookie crumb crust, cool, light and refreshing. Only 200 Calories. Weight Watchers Friendly. Make It Today, Serve It Tomorrow. Low Cal. Low Carb.

Coconut Cream Pie ♥, how to move grown men to silence. Super fast to make.

Perfect All-Rhubarb Pie ♥, a summer masterpiece and a perfect balance of sweet and tart and cinnamon.

The Dinner Bell

Seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, the dinner bell rings. If we're gonna eat, somebody's gotta cook, some nights fuel, some nights a feast. Let's make it good, a welcome end to our days.
Honey Mustard Chicken ♥, fast & simple, five ingredients. Weight Watchers Friendly!

Easy Skillet Stroganoff (Beef or Chicken), more weeknight comfort food ♥ Budget Friendly. High Protein.

Afghan Eggplant & Tomato Casserole (Borani Banjan) ♥, an explosion of tastes and textures and temperatures. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Put an Egg on Top aka "How About Eggs for Dinner?"

Why should breakfast get all the eggs?! If eggs for dinner were a club, I'd be president, chief marketing officer, resident evangelist, public advocate and ... hey, wanna join my club? Start here!

Light Tomato Basil Quiche Recipe ♥, a make-ahead, healthy, vegetarian and light quiche recipe.

Recipes That Stand the Test of Time

To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. The result is a fascinating collection of recipes, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years. Here's just one.

Asparagus Tapenade, another healthy vegetable appetizer ♥ Fresh & Seasonal. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Great for Meal Prep. Vegan. Gluten Free.

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on "usefulness". See? Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade.

Made Me Think ...

  • Foods From Afar Hope to Catch the Eye of American Shoppers from the New York Times. Ha! I fell for this just this week, coming home with "'Swedish porridge rice," at about 4X the price I'd pay for short-grain rice. Key take-away: "One of the biggest hurdles is choosing visual clues — fonts, colors, illustrations and photographs — that channel a product’s physical or conceptual provenance. A brand identity that’s too sleek and polished might appear inauthentic and lose credibility. Yet folksy designs or a reliance on regional symbols can look cliché and dated."

  • One Way to Let Your House Speak from The Nester. We've plotted to paint our east-facing (read "dark") dining room a pretty light green for too long. But before I commit to cover a very dark saturated orangey-red (that I've never liked ...) with a much lighter, less saturated paint, I think the room and I need to have a little sit-down. Key Take-away: "Sometimes a home is bossy on color, sometimes it’s more about a specific style or time period, sometimes it’s more about the setting like rustic, metropolitan or beachy. It’s our job to pay attention to the bossy parts of our home, and then from there, add our unique style in a way that it works with what already exists in the home."

  • Russia's Asymmetrical Attacks on America, podcast from Policology. What an eye-opener. "The people who are doing this are disarming the American public [that's us, people] against a key threat."

Soups & Salads Bridging the Seasons

March is such a funny month for cooking, some wintry days (yo, soups!), some spring-like days (hey, salads!) and so many days neither one nor the other, just smack in the middle. So what grabs us depends on the day, yes? That's why I spent a year gathering all of A Veggie Venture's best soup and salad recipes into easy-to-scan month-by-month collections.

Feeding a Sugar-Conscious Sweet Tooth

You too? We're cutting back on sweets without demonizing dessert, usually with smaller batches, smaller servings, shareable desserts or fruit desserts in addition to limiting frequency. But some times?

Chocolate Cream Puffs Stuffed with Strawberries & Cream ♥, barely sweet little desserts just two bites big, perfect finger food.


Who else loves seeing old photos pop up, quick memories from years past? Welcome to a recipe timehop ...

Is a Stand Mixer Better for Kneading Bread Dough? The Case For & Against ♥

Easy-Easy Slow Cooker Honey Carrots ♥, just 5 minutes prep, budget friendly, healthy and kid friendly.


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Ham 101: What to Know Before Buying a Ham and (Sloooow) Baked Potatoes (How Long to Bake a Baked Potato). But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

Greek Greens, how to hold dark leafy greens for later, another simple technique ♥ Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Great for Meal Prep. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Light 'n' Easy Chocolate Pudding ♥, just five ingredients so perfect for weeknights or late-night chocolate attacks.

Just Updated!

How to Cook Asparagus in the Microwave ♥ Weeknight Easy. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan.

Sautéed Broccoli Slaw, another super simple vegetable ♥ Vegan. Weight Watchers Friendly. Fresh & Adaptable.

Don't Be a Stranger ...

I'd love to hear from you. Comment, send me a quick e-mail via, dot-dash in Morse code, build a fire for smoke signals, launch a message in a bottle, send a Christmas letter, get the dog to yip, toss me a note wrapped in a rubberband, write a message in the sky, scratch a note in the sand, listen to a seashell, tuck a question into a plastic Easter egg, whatever.

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. If you make this recipe, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below.

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