Soups & Stews

Cream Of Broccoli Soup

Makes 8 servings Ingredients 2 lb broccoli, separated into stems and florets, stems peeled 1/4 cup olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 leek, white and light green parts, chopped 1 celery stalk, chopped 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 6 cups vegetable stock or chicken broth 1/2 cup heavy cream, […]

Allergen Friendly, Salads

Creamy Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

Makes 4 to 6 servings We don’t like to dumb food down for kids, but we also know that sometimes kids are picky. So this plant-forward (vegan, in fact!) pasta salad is just a good starting point. The tangy chickpea dressing is creamy like mayo, but packed with protein. Add […]

Family Fun

Family-Friendly Stir-Fry for Lunar New Year

At the same time many of us are packing away our noisemakers and funny 2020 glasses, people all over the world are just beginning to prepare for the new year. Chinese New Year is a celebration of the lunar new year — the first day on a calendar based on […]

Chef's Notes Plus

Grill Anything (Yes, Even Pasta!)

By the end of this summer, I will be able to write a book on how to cook exclusively outside. As I’ve mentioned, probably too often, I live in Texas, where it is currently HOT. My house is small, but tragically under-cooled in the summer, so when I turn on […]

Side Dishes

Steamed Broccoli

Makes 4 to 6 servings Use this recipe as a template for just about any steamed vegetable, like asparagus, cauliflower, or carrots. The cooking time will vary depending on which veggie you use, but the key is maintaining a semi-firm texture and a vibrant color. If your steamer basket is […]

Main Dishes, One-Dish Meals

Take Out-Style Chicken and Broccoli

Makes 4 to 6 servings This dish may not be authentically Chinese, but it is a kid-friendly introduction to a common Chinese cooking method: stir-frying. Once you get the hang of the technique, you can experiment with new ingredients, like chiles, Szechuan peppercorns, and and bok choy. Ingredients 3 tablespoons […]

Family Fun

Try New Things: Gai Lan

We love all veggies (yes, even beets!), but there are some that really suit our fancy. Gai lan is one! Sometimes called Chinese broccoli, gai lan is, well, not particularly extraordinary. It’s relatively neutral in flavor, a lot like regular old broccoli, with a familiar texture (yup, like broccoli!). It […]

Soups & Stews

VEGAN CREAMY BROCCOLI SOUP

Serves 8 Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 small yellows onions, diced 1 cup chopped carrots 2 small Yukon gold potatoes, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 10 cups chopped broccoli florets and stems, reserved separately 8 cups vegetable broth 1 cup raw cashews 2 teaspoons cider vinegar 2 teaspoons […]