Pear-Oatmeal Crisp

Cooling fall temperatures and in season pears are the inspiration for this pear-oatmeal crisp dessert. It offers great taste and is more nutrient dense than many typical desserts. And there’s nothing like the scent of baking pears, oatmeal, and cinnamon wafting through your house. See the recipe and key ingredient benefits below:

Lentil Soup

As temperatures cool, warm up with some tasty lentil soup. Lentils are a staple of Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine and are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. What I love about most soups is that you can vary the ingredients and amounts to suit your own taste. This lentil soup also freezes very well.

Brazil Nut Basil Pesto

Brazil nuts provide a tasty twist on the more traditional basil pesto and are a good source of selenium. Selenium is a trace mineral, which is a important cofactor for the antioxidant enzyme, glutathione-peridoxidase, and helps prevent coronary artery disease, and certain types of cancer.

Fresh Corn Medley

Looking for a delicious way to leverage all that luscious fresh corn popping up in your garden or farmers’ market? Try this simple summer salad recipe that also features tasty feta cheese, avocado and plenty of spice.

Asian Style Collard Greens

Full of vitamins and minerals, collard greens are surely one of nature’s super foods. Like other leafy greens, collard greens have cancer-preventive properties and may offer protection against heart disease, as well. This Asian style side dish – featuring garlic, ginger and tamari sauce – is as tasty as it is easy to prepare. Remember, it’s good to go green!

Thai Coleslaw

The term “coleslaw” is an Anglicization of the Dutch term “koolsla,” which is short for “koolsalade”, or cabbage salad. This Thai version has a great blend of flavors and textures – tangy, slightly sweet, crispy, and crunchy – and is a beautiful mix of colors. Serve it as a side dish or throw in some leftover chicken for a main salad course.