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If you have never had wheat berries this is a great recipe to start with. Wheat berries are chewy, a bit nutty, and super yummy.

1 cup wheat berries
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
Juice of one orange
1 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dried figs, chopped
2 large stalks celery, diced
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon zest, from 2 lemons
1/4 cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped
Handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
Sea salt, and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Put the wheat berries in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then turn the heat down to low and partially cover the pot. Cook for 45 minutes, or until the wheat berries are soft yet still chewy.

While the wheat berries are cooking, whisk the rice vinegar, orange juice, and honey together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and add the raisins and chopped figs. Turn off the heat and let the fruit steep in the juice and vinegar mixture.

When the wheat berries are tender enough to be chewed easily, drain them, then pour them into a large bowl with the celery. Toss with the olive oil and lemon zest. Add the vinegar and juice mixture, and all the fruit, and mix. Toss with the almonds, chopped parsley, and with the salt. Add pepper to taste.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

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This was a tasty and super easy vegetarian meal. It’s one of those stews that is even better the second day!  This recipe was adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone by Deborah Madison.

olive oil

1 onion, diced

3 gloves of garlic, minced

2 pinches of red pepper flakes (more if you like it spicy)

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 can diced tomatoes (or about 1 cup or so peeled and diced fresh tomatoes)

3 cups cooked chickpeas

2 bunches of spinach, tough stems removed

In a wide saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, paprika, rosemary, and half the parsley.  Saute for 5-8 minutes, lowering the temperature to about medium heat.  Add the tomatoes and chickpeas and season with sea salt and ground black pepper, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the lid and place all the spinach on top, put the lid back on and let the spinach steam for 3-5 minutes until wilted.  Easy!

I served this dish over brown rice.

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This recipe sums up late summer vegetables here in North Carolina. The flavors all fit so well together, even though I forgot a few ingredients. It was so good, I think I’m going to make it again next week!  It is adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks Local Flavors by Deborah Madison.

1 1/2 pounds eggplant, peeled and sliced to 1/2 inch thick (about 1 big eggplant)

2 bell peppers (yellow, orange, or red, or a mix)

olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/3 cup chopped parsley

2 pounds ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1/4 cup Kalamata olives, chopped

1/4 cup Sicilian olives, chopped

3 tablespoons capers

1 tablespoon dried oregano

sea salt and ground pepper

1 pound whole wheat spaghetti

Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano for grating

Preheat the broiler and brush a sheet pan lightly with olive oil, arrange the eggplant on it and brush the tops with more oil. Broil on both sides until browned, about 15 minutes per side. Remove and cut into strips.  Lightly oil the peppers, then broil, skin side up, until blistered. Stack them on top of one another and cover with a bowl or plate to steam for 15 minutes. Peel of the skin and dice.

Heat about 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot. Add the onions, peppers, garlic and parsley. Saute over medium high heat until the onions and peppers are softened, about 5 minutes.  Lower the heat and add the eggplant, tomatoes, olive, capers, oregano and about 1/2 cup water or juice from the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and let simmer for 30 minutes.

In the meantime cook the spaghetti. When it’s all done, top the pasta with the vegetables and grated cheese. Yum! I served this with some roasted asparagus (yes it’s local – I was just as surprised as you are).

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I love quinoa, and I’m always looking for new recipes, and new ways to use it. This is adapted from a recipe in the Moosewood Restaurant cookbook, an oldie but goodie. This was a great way to use some of my local basil, corn, and bell peppers. Make sure to toast the pine nuts before adding them, toasting them makes all the difference. Yum!

1 onion, chopped

3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

olive oil

1 bell pepper, any color – or even a mixture

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp ground coriander

1 cup quinoa

1 2/3 cup water

1 1/2 cups corn kernels (about 2 ears)

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

sea salt and pepper

1-2 Tbsp toasted pine nuts

In a large pot saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil for about 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the bell peppers, cumin, coriander and cook for 2-3 more minutes.  Add the quinoa, water, and corn and bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat, and cook for 20-30 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and all the water is gone. Stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with the toasted pine nuts.

I served this with some local kale (sautéed with garlic and red pepper flakes), tomatoes, and watermelon. Another cheap, easy, local meal.

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This is one of my favorites for a quick dinner. It is simple and really yummy! This recipe is adapted from Vegetarian Suppers by Deborah Madison (one of my favorite cookbooks!).

olive oil

1 onion, diced

1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes

2 cups cooked chickpeas

1 bunch flat leaf parsley

3 cloves of garlic

small handful of sage leaves

salt and pepper

3/4 pound whole wheat pasta (i like using chiocciole- it’s like giant macaroni)

Cook the pasta in a large pot. While the pasta is cooking heat the olive oil in a big skillet and add the onion and pepper flakes.  Cook for a few minutes, then add the chickpeas.  After a few minutes, add the parsley, garlic and sage (leave some for garnish).  Season well with sea salt and pepper.  Cook for a few minutes, adding some broth or chick pea water if needed.

When the pasta is done, drain well and toss with the chickpea mixture, adding a little extra olive oil.  Yum!

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This is an easy and quick meal, that’s also cheap and healthy. Does it get much better than that. Oh, did I mention it’s yummy! The only recipe really needed is the salsa recipe. I’m going to share my famous Kelly’s Salsa recipe. I’ve been making this simple salsa recipe for many years, with many different variations. Here is the basic recipe:

1 can Fire Roasted diced tomatoes (or 1 1/2 c fresh diced tomato)

1 chopped onion

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 large clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup bell pepper, minced (red or green or both)

1/2 tsp cumin

1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

2 tsp soy sauce/tamari

1 jalapeno, seeded and finely minced

Just mix it all together. yum. You can also add some fresh corn for a bit of sweetness.

I served the black bean tacos with some roasted cauliflower, and topped them with Kelly’s salsa and some plain greek yogurt.


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I have been making this soup for over 10 years. It is one of my favorites. It’s perfect on a cold night.  The flax biscuits are from a new cookbook.  It’s called The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook by Cybele Pascal, it’s full of yummy treats.

3 cups split peas

about 7 cups of water or broth

1 bay leaf

2 tsp salt

1 tsp dry mustard

1 large onion, chopped

5 cloves garlic, minced

3 stalks celery, minced

2 carrots, minced

1 small potato, chopped

black pepper

4 Tbsp red wine vinegar

Place the split peas, water, bay leaf, salt and dry mustard in a large soup pot and bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer partially covered for 20 minutes.

Add the onion, garlic, celery, and potato and cook 40 minutes, partially covered.  Add pepper and vinegar to taste.

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