In Season

  • Pork and Squash "Noodle" Soup

    1/2 pound pork tenderloin, thinly sliced and browned
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
    1 tablespoon gingerroot, minced
    1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    1/4 cup rice vinegar
    1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    4 cups chicken broth.
    2 cups spaghetti squash, cooked
    1/4 cups green onions, sliced

    1. In a sauce or stock pan, brown pork tenderloin and minced garlic cloves in dark sesame oil.

    2. Add minced gingerroot, low-sodium soy sauce, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, and chicken broth. Stir in spaghetti squash and green onions. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer until heated through.

  • Frutied Squash Muffins

    1 cup flour
    1 cup whole-wheat flour
    1/2 cup honey
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 tablespoon orange zest
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 beaten egg
    1/2 cup orange juice
    2 tablespoons canola oil
    1 cup spaghetti squash, cooked
    3/4 cup chopped cranberries
    3/4 cup raisins
    1/2 cup chopped dates

    1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, honey, baking powder, orange zest, and cinnamon.

    2. Stir in egg, orange juice, canola oil, and spaghetti squash. Blend to form batter. Add chopped cranberries, raisins, and chopped dates.

    3. Pour into prepared muffin tin, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Curried Squash And Veggie Casserole

    1 spaghetti squash, cooked
    2 cups broccoli florets, chopped and steamed
    1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
    1 cup low-fat sour cream
    1/4 cup skim milk
    1 tablespoon curry powder
    1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
     

    1. In a bowl, combine spaghetti squash with broccoli florets, and red bell pepper.

    2. Mix in sour cream, skim milk, curry powder, and Parmesan cheese, stirring well to coat.

    3. Pour into a 9- by 13-inch casserole dish, and top with seasoned whole-wheat bread crumbs or prepared whole-grain stuffing (approximately 2 cups). Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

  • Gingered Fig and Apple Chutney

    1 medium onion, diced
    1 tablespoon gingerroot, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    1/2 cup apple juice
    1 cup apple, peeled and chopped
    1/2 cup golden raisins
    1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom
    4 figs, peeled and diced

    1. In a saucepan, soften onion,. Add gingerroot, apple cider vinegar, apple juice, apple, golden raisins, and ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom; cook on medium heat.

    2. Add figs and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until juices thicken. Refrigerate before serving.

  • Creamy Tomato Basil Spread

    3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped, drained
    1 8-ounce package cream or Neufchâtel cheese
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 cup basil leaves
    1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

    In a blender or food processor, combine sun-dried tomatoes, cream or Neufchâtel cheese, garlic powder, and basil leaves. Process until smooth and then blend in crumbled feta. Enjoy as a veggie dip, sandwich spread, or topping on French bread toasts with diced tomatoes

  • In Season: Figs

    If your only culinary encounters with this fruit occur when it’s squished inside a Newton, you’re missing out on a healthful treat. Tasty whether fresh, dried, poached, baked, or grilled, figs have a higher percentage of calcium by weight than milk (more than double), and an 8-ounce serving of figs provides 30 percent of your daily fiber requirement.

    By Wendy McMillan
  • Grilled Chicken With Fig Sauce

    1 cup onion, diced
    2 teaspoons hot olive oil
    1 tablespoon flour
    1 cup chicken rboth
    1 cup figs, diced
    1/4 cup dry white wine
    2 chicken breasts, grilled or sautéed

    1. In a saucepan, brown diced onion in hot olive oil and sprinkle with  flour. Add chicken broth, diced figs, and dry white wine, and cook on low for 20 minutes or until thick.

    2. Serve over grilled or sautéed chicken sprinkled lightly with salt and pepper.

  • Orange-Basil Sorbet

    2 cups marmalade
    2 cups fresh orange juice
    3 cups water
    1/4 sweet basil, finely chopped

    1. In a large saucepan, combine marmalade,  orange juice, and water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer until smooth and syrupy.

    2. When cool, stir in 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet basil. Churn the mixture in an ice-cream maker, according to manufacturer directions. Freeze.

  • In Season: Basil

    More than just the sum of its pestos, basil also boasts an array of nutritional benefits. A mere 2 teaspoons of the dried herb provide 60 percent of your RDA for vitamin K, which promotes blood clotting and helps the body absorb calcium—crucial in building bone density.

    By Wendy McMillan
  • Lemon Sunflower Pesto

    2 cups basil leaves, packed
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
    1/4 cup olive oil
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

    In a food processor, combine ingredients. Process until texture is even. Add to pasta, or spread on chicken or fish before baking.