From the Pantry: Merkén (Creamy Sweet Potato and Leek Soup)

Creamy Sweet Potato and Leek Soup Recipe - Andrea Meyers

We’re more than halfway through January, and yes I’m still working off those holiday pounds. Well, and there might have been a few before that that I’m working on, too. For most of the year we eat pretty healthy, it’s just that time between Halloween and New Year’s Day that is a bit dodgy for… 

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Butternut Squash and Cannellini Bean Bisque with Parsley, Sage, and Pistachio Pesto

Butternut Squash and Cannellini Bean Bisque Recipe with Parsley, Sage, and Pistachio Pesto - Andrea Meyers

The crazy cold weather last week left us shivering. Up north people are more prepared for it than we are here in the Mid-Atlantic region. We had the fireplace going most of the day and sipped hot tea to stay warm, and ate some hot soup for dinner, which is fine by me because soup… 

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Cranberry, Apple, and Quinoa Stuffing

Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe with Cranberry, Apple, and Quinoa Stuffing - Andrea Meyers

Roasted acorn squash is one of my favorite vegetarian or vegan meals because the squash is such a great palette for stuffing with all sorts of grains and vegetables, and this recipe is one of my favorites. The squash roasts while you make the quinoa stuffing on the stove, then finishes all together with a… 

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Tuscan Cannellini Beans with Mushrooms, Spinach, and Pesto

Tuscan Cannellini Beans Recipe with Mushrooms, Spinach, and Pesto - Andrea Meyers

Last week we had our first hard frost. Autumn had been teasing us with frost warnings for almost a week, though nothing had come of it yet. We’d picked the last of the tomatoes and peppers, and our counters overflowed until we made the last batch of sauce and Michael chopped about 10 pounds of… 

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Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Spinach Curry with Quinoa

Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Spinach Curry Recipe with Quinoa - Andrea Meyers

All that wet, cool weather we had last week kept us indoors. Every time I had to go out, I got drenched and chilled. I was ready for the fall temperatures, just not eight inches of rain in six days. Thank you very much, Tropical Storm Karen. Staying trapped indoors for a week got a… 

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Mediterranean Spinach and Bean Salad

Mediterranean Spinach and Bean Salad Recipe - Andrea Meyers

A few weeks ago, after a good treadmill workout at the gym, I stopped in the café to grab a quick and healthy smoothie for lunch. They had some prepared salads in the cooler and I stopped to check out the selection, and this bean and spinach salad caught my eye. I adore garbanzo beans… 

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