From the Pantry: Chana Masala (Cardamom Pods)

Andrea Meyers - Chana Masala

Dishes with beans are some of my favorite vegetarian sources of protein, and I especially like them flavored with many kinds of spices, such as this chana masala (chana = garbanzo beans/chickpeas; masala = spices). If you like Indian food, then chana masala is a must to add to your repertoire because it truly is… 

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Spicy Thai-Style Eggplant

Andrea Meyers - Spicy Thai-Style Eggplant

Our summer garden is going gangbusters this year, and we have some surprise Thai basil volunteers that seeded themselves in our bay laurel tree pot. The plants have already gotten huge with fragrant leaves and pretty purple flowers, giving us plenty to cook with. The pungent flavor is a perfect match for this spicy Thai-style… 

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Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

Andrea Meyers - Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

There’s something about whole baby carrots steamed with the tops on, fork tender and sweet. I adore that delicate flavor and crunch and think they really add beauty to a plate. They are like the little black dress of carrots. And many times they are insanely easy to prepare, like this recipe from Cooking Light.

Warm Green Lentil Salad with Caramelized Onions, Feta Cheese, and Pears

Andrea Meyers - Warm Green Lentil Salad

When the cold of winter comes on, I don’t crave cold salads and raw vegetables, I like my vegetables cooked and my salads warm, or at least want some warmth, and cooked lentil salads are perfect for winter. The thing I like about this lentil dish is they can be a bowl of comfort food… 

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Roasted Butternut Squash Polenta with Smoked Gouda and Sauteed Mushrooms

Andrea Meyers - Roasted Butternut Squash Polenta with Smoked Gouda and Sauteed Mushrooms

Polenta isn’t typically the first dish I think of for Thanksgiving dinner, but after tasting this baked polenta with the roasted butternut squash and smoked Gouda, I’ve changed my mind. This dish would make a delicious substitute for traditional stuffing and has a lovely rustic appearance. The combination of the roasted squash, smoked Gouda, and… 

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Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce

We’re doing a special Thanksgiving edition of The Kids Cook Monday, because what better time to get the whole family in the kitchen than for one of the most festive meals of the year? There are several parts of the traditional Thanksgiving meal that the kids can help with, and one of our boys’ favorites… 

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Indian Savory Yellow Rice (The Kids Cook Monday)

Indian Savory Yellow Rice (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Rice is a common side at our house since we eat lots of Asian and Mexican food, and our pantry is stocked with several different types. For Asian dishes we cook with brown jasmine or brown basmati rice or a couple different kinds of short grain rice, depending on the dish. This traditional Indian basmati… 

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Good Bite Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy Giveaway

Good Bite Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy

I’m very excited to be part of the new cookbook Good Bite Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy, created by the contributors to GoodBite.com and photographed by the super talented Matt Armendariz. The recipes are all about helping you get delicious healthy food on the table with less fuss on busy weeknights. Most of the recipes… 

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