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Cookbook Review: Simple Green Suppers

Simple Green Suppers, by Susie Middleton, and photos by Bandi Baird
Description from NetGalley (thanks to them for my copy):

125 recipes for complete one-dish vegetarian suppers that pair pantry staples with fresh ingredients–perfect for nonvegetarians aspiring to eat a more plant-based diet.

Available on Amazon, April 11th
Paperback, Kindle

Thank You to Roost Publishers and NetGalley for my free e-copy. There are affiliate links in this post, meaning if you click on them, I am compensated. It in no way affects your costs or my opinions. Read my full disclosure.

Can I just say, if I could eat paper, I would eat this book! I love her pictures of beautiful food. I am always trying to eat more vegetables and trying even harder to keep it interesting- I seem to make roasted vegetables over and over, until now I am sort of just done with them! Vegetables can be sort of, well…boring. I needed some inspiration.

This book gave me just that. I love the sound of these recipes of hers:

Broccoli Raab and Creamy Goat Cheese Baked Pasta Gratin…YUMMMM

Quinoa & Bean Salad with Tomato-Nectarine-Curry Dressing…WhaaaT?

Two-Potato Red Onion & Bell Pepper Taco with Lime-Chipotle Sauce….The sauce alone, guys!

The Contents are separated into:

  • Noodles
  • Grains
  • Beans
  • Leaves
  • Toast
  • Tortillas
  • Eggs
  • Broth

There is an intro and follow up in each chapter and the book for essential techniques…I didn’t love the overkill on this, as I sort of know how to cook the basics, but if you are a newbie, this would be really helpful information on the “how-to’s” of cooking vegetables and handling ingredients, like “Tips & Strategies for Tortillas.”

Because I am in LOOOOOVE with the toast chapter, I made this ridiculously good avocado toast- Now don’t be dismissive! Avocado toast recipes are a dime a dozen, right now, but this one is special: pickled beets and deliciousness abound. My hubs went crazy for this, and we had to have it two days in a row! So good:

Avocado Toast with Baby Kale, Blue Cheese, Pecans, Quick-Pickled Radishes, and Honey

Simple Green Suppers Avocado Toast

Ridiculous, right?! So freaking good. I don’t think my pics do this justice at all- I was rushing through taking them, so I could stuff this in my mouth! The blue cheese and pecans were deal breakers for me- this is my new toast.

If you need veggie inspiration like I did, then this book is for you. This book is going on my gift list this year for sure! For everyone.

You are welcome- and Thank You to Roost Publishers and NetGalley for my free e-copy. There are affiliate links in this post, meaning if you click on them, I am compensated. It in no way affects your costs. Read my full disclosure.



Lemon Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes #Sunday Supper

lemon quinoa salad with tomato and asparagusThis week is all about Spring recipes on the #SundaySupper site, but honestly, I think that thinking is kind of hopeful! We still have snow and have more coming, so “spring” is just not on the horizon yet in these parts of New England. That said, I am sharing a great recipe for a healthy, lemony, quinoa salad that thankfully, you can enjoy whenever you want to – Spring or not!

If you like pasta salads but don’t want to eat all that…well, pasta, then quinoa salad may be your new favorite thing. Quinoa is just plain yummy and a good way to switch up your boring routine salads! This spring-time version has all the best smells too: basil and lemon. Oh my. My kitchen smells amazing from this!

Lemon Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes #Sunday Supper

Lemon Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes #Sunday Supper


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove peeled garlic, pressed
  • 10 spears fresh asparagus, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4-6 basil leaves, chopped or thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to season


  1. Make the quinoa according to the package directions (simmer until done). Set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium saute pan, add the oil and saute the garlic, taking care not to burn.
  3. Add the asparagus and saute until it turns bright green and then browned a bit.
  4. While this cooks, to a large bowl, add the cooled quinoa. Squeeze the lemon juice over the quinoa with zest and stir to combine. Add the tomatoes and basil. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the asparagus, making sure to scrape the oil and garlic into the bowl. Stir gently to combine it all. Serve at room temperature or chill until ready to serve cooled.
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Thanks to the host this week, Anne from Simple and Savory.

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lemon quinoa salad with tomato and asparagus

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Tomato, Lime, & Tortilla Soup #SoupSwappers

Tomato, Lime, & Tortilla Soup

This week, I am joining for the very first time, some other soup-obsessed bloggers to bring you soups inspired by Mexico! Who knew? How many soups can there be? Well, turns out there are quite a few and my addition to the wonderful list, is this Tomato, Lime, Tortilla Soup, that is a vegetarian broth, so my house could enjoy it all this Lenten week!

I was inspired by a recipe in my old “Sundays at Moosewood(affil. link)” cookbook that has great vegetarian dishes represented from all around the world.

Her version of this soup is called “Sopa de Lima” and uses fresh tomatoes and whole chilis and whole cumin seeds. I made mine more weeknight-friendly with a can of San Marzano tomatoes, since it’s winter here in New England, and ground cumin and chili powder. I added some lime zest too, since my limes weren’t giving this the punch it needed. And then, I added white corn, because I like it, and it added a bit more ‘bite’ to the meal.Tomato-Lime-Tortilla-soup

Can I just tell you how good my house smelled while I was making this?! Lime is such a great, fresh scent- love it in this soup as it makes it different from anything I’ve ever had before.

If you are trying to avoid carbs, just leave out the tortilla chips and call it, “Tomato-Lime-Corn Soup.” It is still delicious! Here’s the simple and light recipe:

Tomato, Lime, & Tortilla Soup

Tomato, Lime, & Tortilla Soup

This is a light and easy soup to make during the week that will feed a large crowd or just you and a freezer for leftovers!


  • 1 cup chopped yelllow onions
  • 4 peeled garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 3 TBSP. olive oil
  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1, 28oz.can of san marzano tomatoes, liquid reserved for another use.
  • 1, 32oz. carton vegetable broth (about 4 cups)
  • 1, 15oz. can white corn
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice and zest of one lime
  • tortilla chip crumbles
  • chopped cilantro (optional)
  • salt to taste


  1. In a large pot, heat the oil to medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions and garlic and saute until onions are soft.
  3. Add the chili powder, oregano, and cumin. Heat one minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes, breaking them up with your fingers as you add them in, corn, and vegetable broth. Sprinkle salt over the top. Stir and simmer, covered for 15 minutes.
  5. Add the lime juice and zest. Stir and remove from heat.
  6. Serve with crushed tortilla chips added on top (and cilantro if you like it).


*If you don't love tortilla chips, don't add them- you may have to add a bit more salt, as the chips add a bit of salt at the end of cooking.

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I hope you all check out these great recipes and feel free to add a recipe of your own if you have one! Thanks to Karen at Karen’t Kitchen Stories blog for hosting!

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