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Ricotta & Vegetable Galette

Don’t let the thought of making your own dough deter you from making this delicious recipe. This half whole wheat half all-purpose flour dough is both forgiving and easy to make. Galettes are a classic French dish that can be topped with any number of ingredients. Feel free to substitute whatever cheese you like in this recipe, and mix and match the veggies. Other great toppings could be sautéed kale, tomatoes, fennel, or even thinly sliced potatoes. The mushrooms in this dish provide an excellent source of vitamin D, C, iron, calcium, and other beneficial minerals. They can also help alleviate high cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the body. Serve this Galette alongside a simple green salad for a filling and balanced meal.

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Creamed Greens with Faro

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Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all heavy starches and fatty dishes. This recipe is packed with good for you greens and fiber rich farro, tied together with just enough dairy to make it feel like a celebration. Greens like kale, chard, and spinach are rich in folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants that lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and even help to slow your absorption of carbohydrates into your bloodstream after meals, preventing that energy crash and burn, or “food coma” feeling. They also boost your immune system and help fight off those pesky colds. Make this dish as a vegetarian side for your Thanksgiving feast, and as cozy hearty recipe all winter long.

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Baguette Toppers {Perfect for a Party}


Canapés, tapas, amuse-bouche, crostini- whatever you’d like to call them, these thin baguette slices topped with a variety of flavor combinations are the perfect starter to a cocktail or dinner party. They’re a great way to please a crowd too- you can easily adapt the toppings you use to suit your guests.

I start each baguette slice with a spread of ricotta cheese and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. This simple base acts as the perfect platform for all the different toppings. You could also substitute crème fraiche in a pinch.

Serves 8 as an ample snack with cocktails.

Prep Time: 15 minutes     Total Time: 20 Minutes


  • 1 Baguette, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup good Ricotta cheese


Place all your baguette slices in an even layer on a baking sheet. Preheat your broiler, and drizzle the slices with the olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Broil for 1-2 minutes, watching carefully, until the slices are a nice golden brown.

Transfer the slices to a platter, and spread roughly a tablespoon of ricotta on each slice. Now, you can top each slice with whatever toppings you like. Below are some of my favorite suggestions, but feel free to get creative, this is a very forgiving and adaptable recipe.

Strawberry Balsamic: Dice a few strawberries, arrange over the ricotta, and drizzle with a bit of good balsamic vinegar.

Smoked Salmon & Cucumber: Tear off a few slices of smoked salmon, arrange over the ricotta, and top with a few thinly slices of cucumber. Top with a bit of fresh dill.

Hazelnut Honey: Roughly chop a handful of hazelnuts and arrange over the ricotta. Drizzle each slice with a bit of honey.

Tomato Basil: Thinly slice some cherry or grape tomatoes, and arrange over the ricotta. Top each slice with a bit of fresh basil.

Caramelized Onion: Slowly caramelize a thinly sliced onion in a pan with a bit of olive oil until the onion is golden brown and meltingly soft. Spoon over the ricotta, and top with extra cracked black pepper.