Yellow Lentil Soup with Spinach & Ginger


Yellow Lentil Soup with Spinach & Ginger

A complete meal including beans, greens and vegetables.  Super easy to make and packed with flavor.  

Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author jennyberk


  • 2 cups Dried Yellow Lentils
  • 1 whole Shallot, peeled
  • 1 whole Clove of garlic, peeled
  • 1.5 inch Piece of ginger, cut into 4 slices
  • 3/4 cup Baby spinach
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Rinse lentils and add to a medium pot with shallot , garlic ginger, and 5 cups water. Bring to a low simmer.

  2. Cook for about 35 minutes or until lentils are soft. Add salt and Tabasco.

  3. Add baby spinach and cook for about 4 minutes more.

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Miso Vegetable Soup

Quickest, easiest soup recipe for the cold weather (with complete proteins).  

Course Soup
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Author Arlene Jacobs


  • 4 tbsp White Miso paste
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp Pickled Ginger
  • 1 cup Cooked Brown Rice
  • 1/2 cup Cooked Broccoli - cut into florets
  • 3 tbsp Chopped Kimchi
  • 1/4 tsp Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Chopped Scallions


  1. Stir 1/4 cup water into the miso until combined. Add remaining water. Add all additional ingredients except scallions and bring to just below boiling.

  2. 2. Ladle into four bowls and garnish with the chopped scallions.

  3. OPTIONAL: Add diced soft tofu

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Quick Stir-Fry with Spelt & Miso

Quick Stir Fry with Spelt and Miso

Need a quick, nutrient dense and delicious weeknight meal idea?  Try this quick stir-fry with the up-and-coming grain du jour, spelt!  This is an easy-to-make and flavorful dish and is packed with flavor.  

Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Arlene Jacobs


  • 1/2 onion - thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup spelt kernels, cooked per package directions
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup Thinly sliced cabbage (savoy or green)
  • 2 teaspoons light miso, dissolved in ¼ cup water


  1. Over medium-high heat, saute the thinly sliced onions in extra-virgin olive oil until they are translucent.

  2. Add the spelt and toss with the onions. Add the miso water and cook for about two minutes.  

  3. Add the spinach and cabbage and stir to combine. Cook until water evaporates, but cabbage still retains a bit of a crunch.

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Honey-Roasted Endives and Parsnips

An elegant and easy roasted vegetable side dish perfect for a weeknight dinner or entertaining.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Arlene Jacobs


  • 12 small parsnips, peeled
  • 6 medium Belgian endives
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp good quality honey wildflower, manuka
  • 2 teaspoons Chopped Thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 350 o F. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook parsnips until they have just started to lose their their firmness, approximately 10 minutes. Drain and place in a gratin dish. (I would slice them in chunks).

  2. Halve the endives, or cut them lengthwise into four, depending on the size, remove as much of the bitter core as possible (without releasing the leaves) with a small sharp knife, and arrange in dish.

  3. In a small pan, heat the butter, olive oil, honey, thyme and salt and pepper to taste until bubbling, and drizzle over the vegetables evenly. Roast for up to 20 minutes or until vegetables have begun to caramelize and soften. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve immediately.


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Rice and Beans with a Twist!

I love love love rice and beans.  I could have it just plain, as is and be totally satisfied with my meal.  It’s easy, protein and fiber rich and really tasty.  Here is a twist on that classic meal with some additional flavors that make it pop and give it a unique flair.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.


Recipe by: Jenny Berk

Serves 2



1 can of organic, low sodium black beans

1 packet of Trader Joe’s brand organic brown rice (microwavable)

1/4 cup feta cheese

1/2 cup of green olives

2 tbsp chopped parsley

1 can of corn or 1 cup of frozen corn

1/4 cup tahini

1 freshly squeezed lemon plus grated rind

Salt and pepper to taste



Open can of corn and beans and drain

Combine with rice in a large bowl

finely chop the parsley and add to the bowl

Add green olives and feta cheese

In a separate small bowl mix together the tahini and lemon juice, plus rind and salt and pepper and mix thoroughly

Add the dressing to the bowl with the rice and beans and use tongs to toss to coat.

garnish with more parsley


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