Category: Take Back the Kitchen

Take Back the Kitchen: Chicken Sausage with Stewed Tomatos

We are deep into tomato season and I am looking for ways to use up my tomatoes other than raw tomato salads. Using flavorful chicken sausages is a great way to add flavor and texture to your tomatoes. Enjoy!

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Easy Green Bean Coconut Curry

We are in the throes of a frigid winter and what is more comforting than a nice steamy, bowl of soup? Better yet, a nice steamy bowl of Thai curry soup? Here’s a simple recipe to use up your already cooked butternut squash. Freeze the leftovers for a nice treat later this winter as well. Enjoy!

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Tahini Salad Dressing

I’ve been doing a lot of food shopping in Paterson, NJ lately because of their wonderful Middle Eastern stores. One of my favorite reasonably priced items to get there is tahini. I stocked up on it and have been making loads of hummus, tahini cookies and the following salad dressing that I replicated from memory, as best I could, from my friend’s dressing at our book club years ago. I hope you like it!

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Garlic Buckwheat with Coriander and Currants

I love cooking up a lot of grains and then letting the recipes flow from there. I’ve been making a lot of buckwheat lately, something healthy and new for me, and then throwing in some spices, nuts and dried fruit. Using up some vegetables makes this a simple and tasty side dish or main dish. Enjoy!

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Healthy Truffles

I’ve been experimenting with a lot of different ways to make healthy desserts for myself and my kids and I must say that this one really satisfies. The cocoa powder gives it the essence of a chocolate truffle without all the sugar. Enjoy!

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Mung Beans and Brown Rice

It’s the start of a new year so why not make it a healthy one from day one? I whipped this dish up pretty quickly and ate it for lunch for a few days. I used leftover brown rice that I always have prepared in my rice cooker. Treat yourself to a rice cooker in 2015. It will change your life!

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Chick Pea Salad For a Crowd

A few weeks ago I had to make a dish for a large pot luck dinner I was attending. I had nothing prepared but remembered my giant can of chick peas. Costco has a huge can that I keep in my basement in case of emergencies and I am so glad I remembered it! With a little browsing through my pantry and fridge, I came up with this very simple and healthy dish that was a hit. I hope you like it!

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnuts

Brussels sprouts are one of those vegetables that can be oh, so bad or oh, so very good. For example, the boiled or steamed, mushy version of my childhood, not so good. These buttery, mustardy roasted ones? Delicious!! Try to find cute, little ones for this recipe if you can. Enjoy!

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Savory Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Need to take a break from holiday food madness? Try these simple yet healthy and delicious pancakes that can be served for breakfast or as a bread with soup or Indian Dahl. Feel free to add or omit any spice to give them the flavor of any regional cuisine. Enjoy!

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Chipotle Cole Slaw

As crazy as this sounds, I am thinking of replacing cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving with my new cole slaw. Who needs all that added sugar? This tasty slaw will add some moistness to the turkey and give it a little kick. Who’s with me? It’s also a great way to use up that never ending cabbage that is always staring back at you from the fridge.

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