Soups, Salads, Sandwiches

Easy, healthy recipes for quick midday meals.

warm arugula salad with poached egg

A delightful lunch or a light supper, this warm arugula salad can also be made with baby spinach leaves. Click for the recipe

avocado grilled cheese

Lots of flavors and great textures in this avocado jalapeño grilled cheese sandwich. Lovely with some cold beer. Yes, it has a lot of fat – but most of this fat comes from the avocado and is very good for you.
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cabbage salad

In this cabbage salad, a simple dressing of sesame oil, vinegar and soy sauce results in delightfully complex flavors. The dressing ingredients make a small amount of dressing for the amount of cabbage, but it’s a very strong-flavored dressing, so as long as you mix it well into the cabbage, it will be delicious.
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eggplant sandwich

Eggplant sandwich – a delicious, filling vegetarian sandwich filled with roasted eggplant, goat cheese and basil. A wonderful combination of flavors and textures. I imagine that a sliced tomato would be great in there as well, I just didn’t have any in the house.
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pumpkin soup

Just like my easy tomato soup, this pumpkin soup recipe was inspired by my strong desire, during lunch this past weekend, to avoid chopping, sautéing and pureeing. I wanted to just throw a few things in the stockpot, cook to allow the flavors to meld, and enjoy. I also knew that I wanted my pumpkin soup to have Thai-inspired flavors.

We all loved the result – a light, creamy, mildly spicy and very flavorful pumpkin soup. In fact, I got an immediate request to add pumpkin puree and coconut milk to my shopping list, to ensure that I make this soup again very soon!
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lentil soup

Hearty and flavorful, this thick lentil soup is wonderful with crusty whole-wheat bread or with whole-wheat dinner rolls.
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pea soup

A delicious, thick, satisfying pea soup. You can keep it vegan by not adding sour cream, but the small amount of sour cream used here does add creaminess and flavor.
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