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Marinated Tofu Stir-Fry

This recipe is one of my favorite quick suppers, the marinade ingredients have been taped inside a cupboard for years now! It's vegan so a good choice for Meatless Mondays and low in fat and calories so a great choice for Weight Watchers and healthy eaters. For awhile, I called this recipe "Kitchen" Stir-Fry because honestly, it tastes good made with whatever's in the kitchen. Just keep tofu and frozen vegetables on hand, then add whatever other vegetables sound good. After that, honestly, this stir-fry kind of cooks itself. Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Weeknight Easy. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real .

Very Very Green Green-Pea Soup

By my count, there are two basic and entirely different soups made from peas, a long-simmering split pea soup made from dried peas and this quick 'n' easy bright-green soup made with fresh green peas, especially inexpensive frozen peas that are such a convenience. For anyone who wonders if there's an actual meal in that bag of frozen peas buried in your freezer, I'm here to say, yes, yes and YES! Grab a big soup pot or a Dutch oven, just cook a few pantry ingredients and you won't believe the great soup whose origin and inspiration is really and truly, a simple bag of frozen peas. Real Food, Fresh & Fast. Made from Scratch. Hearty & Filling. Budget Friendly. Easy Weeknight Supper. Low Carb. Low Fat. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegetarian & Easily Made Vegan. Naturally Gluten Free. Rave Reviews. What're you waiting for?!

Baked Chicken with Herb-Roasted Potatoes

Back in the day, this was my mom's favorite quick chicken recipe. It was comfort food for cool Minnesota nights, warming her kitchen, filling the whole house with the enticing aroma of roasted chicken and potatoes – and in just a couple of hours, filling our bellies too. The recipe couldn't be simpler. Just brush chicken with sour cream and toss potatoes with mustard, herbs and a little olive oil. Then bake them side by side. Tonights's Supper? Really, it's that easy. Recipe updated & republished 2015 to remember my mom on what would have been her 85th birthday ... COMPLIMENTS! "... it was delicious." ~ Jessie Your best recipes – where do you find them? My own bookshelves hold dozens of cookbooks. The basement houses who-knows-how-many back issues of cooking magazines. An invaluable food website is Epicurious , where every-day home cooks critique recipes from Gourmet, Bon Appetit and other food magazines. The Food Network is enterta

Sausage & Kale Split Pea Soup

Back in 2004 when I first wrote this column, something called "kale" was the new green on the block, not the trendy find-it-everywhere green it is today. For this recipe, I modified a classic split pea soup, adding kale for healthiness and a touch of sweetness and a bit of sausage for richness and texture. Delicious, this stuff! It's easily converted to a vegetarian or vegan soup and perfect for the fickleness of late-winter, early-spring days. Let's go green, "kale green"! COMPLIMENTS! "It was great!" ~ Kathy Lime green. Mint green. Olive green. Sage green. Kale green. Kale green? Yes, kale green. It’s a new green, in the color and the culinary sense, your body and taste buds will thank you for seeking out. Kale is part of the cabbage family. Like most greens, it is easiest to find during the winter. Find bunches of kale, its leaves dark and tinged with purple and packed with calcium, iron, folic acid and vitamins A and C,