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Three Asparagus Dishes Beckon Spring to Stay

Despite the dismal weekend forecast, organic asparagus are popping up everywhere in gardens and stores, so what better time to make a steaming pot of Easy Asparagus Soup!

Springtime in the South is such a tease:  it’s 80 degrees in February, and then in April it snows. Or as anticipated on Saturday, there will be rain all day, keeping everyone inside during the first full weekend of April, and then the overnight temperature will dip to a wretched 32. Be strong, beautiful azaleas!

As the days warm up into the 80s here next weekend (and as cities further north and west will at least have a brief respite in the 50s), you might want to try a gluten-free Asparagus Pilaf with Quinoa or Millet or some Quick Sautéed Asparagus.

Enjoy these reprised recipes. In partnership with my publisher, I’ve been working full-time to finish production on my gorgeous new cookbook! I’ll be back with another spring recipe this month, so stay tuned.

Lisa J. Mitchell







Seven-Minute Sides: Pan-Seared Tofu

If you’re craving vegetarian protein for an energy boost at the end of a long day, or you need a protein to round out your vegetable plate, this Pan-Seared Tofu may become your go-to option.

Quick Pan-Seared Tofu with Broccoli, Sweet Potato & Shiitake Mushroom Soup.

Quick Pan-Seared Tofu with Creamy Broccoli  & Sweet Potato & Soup.

By itself, tofu is the poster-food for “bland,” but it quickly can be transformed into something delicious with a little soy sauce and some of your favorite spices! Happily, a tofu side is very easy to make, and as important, it’s filling.  It’s also naturally gluten-free.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, it’s especially important to stay attuned to getting enough protein to support your active life. After a hard workout, you may find that you’re craving protein. Or you may discover — as I did — that you’re not sleeping well because you haven’t gotten enough protein to ground vatawhich is essential for restful sleep. And if you’re particularly hungry at night, some tofu along with your vegetables or soup will ensure that you’re well satisfied before bed.

From an Ayurvedic perspective, naked tofu is cooling, which will increase vata. However, when you add warming spices to tofu, it becomes balanced for all doshas, and its density is grounding. The key to balance is to vary your proteins. Eating tofu once or twice a week is fine for most people. During the week you’ll also want to include nuts, nut butters, and seeds in your diet because they’re delicious — and Read More

Seven-Minute Sides: Smoky Greens

June14no2(1)A pot of fresh greens is so quick and easy to make! It’s the perfect side dish to a cool summer soup, a quinoa salad, or some Southern black-eyed peas. Greens are always ideal when your priority is easy cooking with a dash of healthy and delicious.

I was inspired to make this dish when one of my husband’s patients brought us a large bag of beet greens right out of her garden, but you can also use a bunch of kale or chard. (Chard cooks more quickly than kale). I suggest  6 to 10 large leaves per person, at least, since they will reduce to a small serving after cooking.

You can use any type of seasoning, but a good artisan salt like Salish Alderwood Smoked Salt transforms an ordinary dish into gourmet food. If you crave a little heat, add some fresh ginger. If Read More

Seven-Minute Sides*: Sautéed Asparagus

Need a quick side dish to finish off a meal with perfection? Enter sautéed asparagus in saute panSm
asparagus, my favorite side to accompany almost any menu. It comes in especially handy when you’re making a complex main dish that is time-consuming and you need an easy recipe to complete the meal.

With organic asparagus still in abundance around much of the country, I’m offering this recipe as a follow-up to last month’s asparagus soup. Asparagus complement many menu centerpieces, from legumes, vegetable entrées and casseroles to more omnivorous fare. You can add asparagus to a salad for panache. Surprise your beloved with asparagus in a goat-cheese or all-veggie sandwich.

I call this recipe a seven-minute side, but if you buy pencil-thin asparagus they will cook in three minutes! If you buy the extra-thick stalks, the dish could take as long as 10 minutes, but that’s prep to plate. Read More