Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of you. I've been out of the kitchen quite a bit over the past week, mostly playing around with a vintage large-format camera I've somehow become enamored with. It is heavy, slightly awkward, temperamental, doesn't fit in my camera bag, and attracts more attention than I'm comfortable with. But I'm enjoying the pictures it makes. I'm looking forward to getting back into the kitchen though - aside from the camera crush, I've also had enough party food.

I actually went back through my archives today and picked out a handful of recipes to revisit this month - recipes that are light and bright, brimming with vegetables (for the most part), and flavorful. I made the list for myself, but I thought you might get some use out of it as well.

I hope you all are looking forward to 2010 as much as I am. I have a few things I'm anxious to share with you, but more importantly, I wanted to start the year off thanking you for all you share with me - your suggestions, comments, ideas, the photos you post - I feel very fortunate for all of it.

Last year I ushered in the new year with a stomach flu, so we are already off to a better start ;)......The list of recipes:

Miso Soup - A simple, everyday approach to miso soup - this recipe yields me a bowl of soup in five or ten minutes. You can keep it simple if you like, but in this version I add soba noodles and tofu, and a few garnishes.

Double Broccoli Quinoa - I cook up lots of broccoli here, then puree half of it into a pesto. The other half is cut into little florets. Toss the broccoli with some quinoa, sliced avocado and a drizzle of feisty chile pepper oil, and you've got a nice meal on your hands.

Red Lentil Soup - A single-pot lentil soup with brown rice. It is made by browning some onions, adding the rest of the ingredients, and simmering until the whole lot is done.

Orange Pan-glazed Tempeh - The best tempeh recipe I've highlighted to date, it features a simple ginger and garlic-spiked orange glaze that plays off the nutty earthiness of the pan-fried tempeh beautifully.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Apples - Shredded brussels sprout ribbons, apples, garlic, pine nuts, and tofu in a skillet with a hint of maple syrup.

A Tasty Frittata - I make frittatas all the time, and this version with potatoes, onions, and eggs, drizzled with a cilantro chile sauce is a favorite.

Rustic Cabbage Soup - Hearty, healthy, and satistfying - this cabbage soup recipe is super simple to make. Slice a cabbage into thin ribbons and cook it down in a simple pot of sauteed potatoes, onions, beans, garlic and flavorful broth. Finish each bowl with a generous drizzle of great olive oil and a dusting of shredded cheese.

Broccoli Crunch - Tiny green broccoli florets, crisp apples, crunchy shallots, candied nuts and slivered red onions are tossed in a barely sweet, creamy almond vinaigrette. Add baked tofu or pan-fried tempeh and you can easily turn this side into a main course.

Caramelized Tofu - One of my favorite tofu recipes, caramelized strips of tofu served over sauteed shredded brussels sprouts. It comes together quickly and uses just one pan.

Richard Olney's Garlic Soup - I can't get enough of this soup. From Richard Olney's The French Menu Cookbook, it is made by simmering a dozen or so cloves of garlic in water with a few herbs, then thickening it with a mixture of egg and a bit of shredded cheese. It's hard to beat a ladleful poured over some crusty day-old chunks of walnut baguette.

Wishing each of you a happy, healthy, and peaceful new year. -Heidi

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I really liked the recipes...especially the caramelized tofu. Just amazing.

Dave -nibbleanibble

Thank you! This is so helpful. I've just finished the first batch of soup I made to regain my health this January, and I was looking for some new ideas. I think I'll start with that garlic soup with walnut baguette, mmmm... I feel haler already.


Thank you so much for this list -I'm so impressed with your new camera - - -so jealous :) Can't wait for you to start posting new recipes!


And to you! Thank you for YOUR beautiful photos, perfect recipes and kitchen inspiration. Your accomplishments and loyal following are absolutely deserved.

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen

It's so funny to see the Rustic Cabbage soup on the list! A blogger friend just asked today what your favorite soup is and I answered that! I've made it about a half of a dozen times since I discovered it! I absolutely love it and highly recommend it!

Christina (Dinner at Christina's)

That is a beautiful photograph. I'd say the camera is treating you well.

Satpreet Kahlon

there's NOTHING like a good old fashioned camera crush. dare i say, it even beats playing around with food in the kitchen. happy new year, heidi!

my spatula

Happy New Year, Heidi. Thank you so much for the joy of your recipes, photos and stories all year long. I look forward to whatever is come next. All the best....


Happy New Year to you Heidi!! Thank you for all those recipes. I'm so glad the caramelized tofu one made the list, b/c it is the first one I made off your site, and though I already admired your blog, the first bite, truly sealed the deal for me.


Happy new year to you


Happy New Year Heidi!

Love the photos you've been taking with your new camera.

Thanks for a perfect list of winter warming recipes to start us off for the year. I think I'm going to make the rustic cabbage soup tonight...


What a great list, that tofu sounds amazing!

Happy New Year!

christie @ honoring health

Happy 2010 Heidi.
Thank you for the list of favorites - I love the garlic soup and have made it several times now, (and linked it in my own gardening blog last autumn re: the garlic harvest). Now I am going to have to try the rest, especially the frittata. Of course I am curious about your new photos, so I will go have a look at that before I do anything else.
All the best wishes for a healthy, joyous new year!
xo Michaela

Michaela @ The Gardener's Eden

Happy New Year!

Your miso soup is a regular appearance on our table, I love it!

I had the shredded brussels sprouts on my list to make soon, good reminder to see it making your list of the best recipes


Happy New Year Heidi !!!
Thanks a million.


Heidi, I saw Super Natural Cooking at Anthropologie yesterday!


Happy new year, Heidi! I love the warm antique hue of the photo above. I think it's neat that you've been playing around with the old fashion professional camera in light of today's emphasis on accelerating technology into smaller, faster cheaper formats.

Thanks for providing a list of good healthy recipes for us to start the new year. All the best, Christine

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best

I really want to try that Miso Soup. Thanks! And Happy New Year!

Katie @ goodLife {eats}

Hi Heidi-

I love, love, LOVE the photos you're taking with your new (old) camera! I've always loved what you take, no matter what camera you might use - but these are exceptionally beautiful. Looking forward to more to come!

Happy New Year to you and W! x


I LOVE the Red Lentil Soup, but have you noticed they are orange, not red and turn yellow when cooked up?
Just think that's interesting. (smile)


Happy New Year! The recipes look wonderful.


Happy New Year to you too!

The Curious Baker

Great review! Seeing these again makes me want to go back.


happy new year all around... I love the lentil soup, it is my new favourite hearty 'fast food' - we cross-country ski a lot and it is great to come home to! sometimes we swirl goat cheese into it, or squeeze lemon or grate parmesan...

my only hitch is that my two and a half year old won't eat it :( ........YET! :)

thanks for all the great ideas... I love getting your e-mails



HOW FUN!! Is it a 4x5 or an 8x10 view camera? I have used a 4x5 before and it certainly does garner quite a bit of attention, but it takes one heck of a photograph! I love your recipes, too! Thanks for all your hard work!

shannon McFerren

happy new year!
gorgeous photos, as always.

thanks so much for this list! i'm definitely making at least 5 of these recipes in the next weeks, will let you know how they turn out! :)


Happy New Year to you too!
What a great list! I was looking for more fresh and simple foods after all the holidays!

My family raved about the cabbage soup last weekend! Thanks!


The orange-glazed tempeh is really delicious. I've been using the glaze on my winter root vegetables and it's been delicious - both as a pan glaze and as a roast. Happy new year!


what a treat you are!!! I don't often comment but I read Everything. Thank you again and a Happy New Year.

susan McKee-Nugent

The red lentil soup was my lunch today in fact, perfect for the snowy weather here in London, and it is truly one of my favourite soups I have ever made. I love your site, thanks for the inspiration.


Thank you so much for these recipes most of which I used through out the year.
I missed the garlic soup recipe which I plan to make this evening for my family. I love garlic soup all the versions. The first time I encountered garlic soup was my first real lesson in eating frugally.
Happy New Year to you and the family. I love this site and I do use the recipes.

Singing Sparrow

I actually made the Red Lentil Soup night before last and brought it for my lunch today at work. I had printed off the recipe a while back when you featured it, and never got around to making it until now. So delicious. Thank you!


Yummy site and Oprah thinks so too - congrats! Here is what I received in an email today:

For healthy eaters: To cut back on calories (and your carbon footprint) without sacrificing flavor and variety, head to Heidi Swanson's 101cookbooks.com. The author of Super Natural Cooking, Swanson focuses on healthy, seasonal, eco-conscious recipes, including a deceptively rich and creamy garlic soup and okonomiyaki (a.k.a. Japanese pizza), a savory pancake dressed up with leeks, almonds, and chives.


Ohhh, I love the list of healthy recipes! Thank you! I think I will make the Double Broccoli Quinoa tonight :-)


I was just reading about the best diet to reduce blood pressure, and the article emphasized lots of fruits, vegetables, and soy products, so I'm doubly thrilled with this list. It will get me off to a great start. Thanks so much!


Happy New Year Heidi!

Estela @ Weekly Bite

Happy New Year! Thank you for the wonderful recipes.

Jennifer Gould

I've made your red lentil soup a couple times in the past week. Looove it!

sarah (syrupandhoney)

Glad to see the caramelized tofu on the list! It's one of the recipies I come back to again and again!


I will definitely be making the frittata as the cilantro chile sauce you drizzle it with sounds amazing! I am totally looking forward to this year - 2009 was a terrible year!

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home

A wealth of great recipes to choose from. Thank you and Happy 2010 to you too!

anna maria

The double broccoli quinoa was my favorite. I almost skipped the chile oil, but was glad I didn't. It was fabulous!


Thanks for the reminder of great recipes. I was wondering what to cook and had no inspiration. Thanks for all that you give us.


Happy New year ...
snaps are good


Thanks for all the interesting and i am sure tasty soup recipes.I can't wait to hit the kitchen Thanks also for a wonderful site it inspires me daily to cook and live more healthy happy 2010


Happy New Year Heidi.
Your web site is my absolute favorite, and your recipes have helped me enjoy the time spent in the kitchen.

Rose D

I have the Olney book and have wanted to make the garlic soup for awhile now - thanks for the reminder. Love your site and happy 2010.

Charles G Thompson

I love your website and tell everyone about it. I am visiting SF this week, staying with some friends in the Mission. Last night I cooked the Brussels Sprouts and Apples and tonight I am going to make the Chipotle White Beans for my hosts. What a gorgeous, sunny week in one of my favorite cities in the world!! As my husband said when we were at the Ferry Bldg. on Saturday - "This is the Shangri-la of food!"


I like your idea of the rice in the red lentil soup. I was in Turkey a few months ago, and they put bulgar wheat in it.

I've made red lentil soup many times but never with shallots. What was I thinking?

Lentil Breakdown

I'd already earmarked the Rustic Cabbage Soup to try this week, but I might have to work a few more of these in over the next couple of weeks, too! The weather here is miserable, so I'm in the mood to stay in and putter around in the kitchen. :-)


Happy New Year Heidi. With many thanks for your inspiration and energy.


the Rustic Cabbage soup is absolutely one of my all time faves - it always comes wonderful - i made it at the end of the summer w/some baby purple cabbages that i grew in the garden and it not only tasted great but it was SO beautiful to look at!!!

make it SOON if you haven't!!!


Happy New Year, thanks for all you share with us!
I'd love to see a picture of your new camera , anything that takes pictures that amazing is worth taking a peek at.


The maple-glazed tempeh is definitely my favorite of your list. Red lentil soup close on her heels...

Happy New Year, Heidi! Can't wait to see what you'll come up with in 2010. ;)


Happy New Year Heidi! I love your blog and cook from it at least once a week. It is my first recommendation to friends who want to try cooking more vegetarian meals.

I want to plug the shredded brussels sprouts/apples combo -- easy and wonderful!


I've learned so much from you- thanks!

Simply Life

Good reminders...I've been dreaming of all things cabbage lately, so the shredding and the souping are my call to action!


Thank you for posting such an inspiring, healthy and varied list of recipes. I'm planning on trying each of these this month. They are mostly ones I've meant to try previously, so the 'reminder' is helpful. Varied ingredients, healthy and interesting! Thanks! Happy New Year!


I love lists, epescially when every item is something to look forward to.

tom | tall clover farm

You are so right that the beginning of the new year and end of the holiday season brings a real desire for simpler and healthier foods. Can't wait to give some of these a try.

Deborah Dowd

Hi there!

Happy New Year ! All the best for 2010.

Thanks for sharing so many good recipes with us, and these lovely pics as well.



I made quinoa the other day and adored it. Can't wait to see yours!

Georgia Pellegrini

Thank you for these New Year gifts and Happy New Year to you with anticipation for your 2010 creations,

Maurice J. Mollan

The broccoli crunch and caramelized tofu recipes are two of my very favorite recipes in my repetoire. I also ADORE your pan seared brussel sprouts. Thank you for all of the inspiration - I love turning people on to how delicious vegetables can be!


I was flustered by schoolwork after getting home today and was having trouble thinking of a fifteen-minute meal-- the Brussels sprout and apple salad was perfect. Your site is such a wonderful resource for healthy, exotic (and often quick) recipes, and I'm sure I'm not the only person who finds that invaluable! Thank you for having such a beautiful food philosophy and for sharing it with others.

Wishing you the very best in the new year!


Happy New Year to you Heidi! 2009 was wonderful with all the colourful pics and delicious recipes. It was an adventure and thanks to you! I am looking foward to 2010 and i am so anxious, and i wish you all the success in all your plans for 2010! GOD BLESS YOU!

Abie Winfield

True friendship adds a new meaning to everything in life, it makes life thounsand times sweeter. Come to South Africa for 2010 World cup.

paul mwanza

hello heidi, thanks for all the great recipes, i have sent ur details to my daughter so she can enjoy the recipes firsthand, she is stoked : ) keep up the fantastic work, liz vincent, western australia. happy new year!!!


i make the orange-glazed tempeh and the red lentil soup over and over and over again. two of my faves!

also, i must thank you for the sparkling cranberries recipe. they were a hit at my NYE party! i am so thankful to have a place where i can always go for creative, healthy, and simple vegetarian dishes. happy new year!


Happy New Year to You! I adore your blog, your work, your eye....your photography!!!! Can't wait to journey 2010 with you!


Your red lentil soup has become part of my everyday cooking. I cook that soup at least once per week. I love it. It helped me get over my fear of red lentils too.


Happy New Year Hedi! Hope you have a fantastic 2010!

James B

I ll hope more & more recipes in thise year.


I can't post a comment to the posole/pozole recipe, but I had to thank you for it as it has introduced me to a new area of cuisine.

I ordered the hominy from Rancho Gordo, received it here in Sedona in just a matter of days, and made the Red Posole last night. Rave reviews from husband and friend, a "keeper" as they say. Thank you!

HS: I happy to hear it MaryBeth, I just picked up two more bags of hominy yesterday :) Looking forward to experimenting with the pozole verde.

MaryBeth M

Heidi, Thanks for your inspiring recipes - both food wise and lifestyle wise! Several weeks ago I was scrambling for a meatless dish for some friends and made your baked spinach and toasted almond pasta dish - it was a hit! Thanks again.


Happy New Year Heidi! Looking forward to a new year with the company of your nummy recipes. :) Advanced thanks for them!

Bumble Duckie

what kind of camera?


Happy New Year, Heidi! I hope it's a great one for you and your loved ones!

By the way, great photo!

kamran siddiqi

Happy New Year! I just made the orange pan-glazed tempeh the other night once again (except I used tofu). It's become my go-to tofu recipe and it's delicious!


happy new year to alll


hppy new yr to all those ppl out there!!

- -


Hello Heidi. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes. May your New Year be creative and fun, healthy and loving, full of great food and great friends.


my little expat kitchen

hi Heidi,
Happy New Year to u.... thank u for the lovely recipies, just loved ur red lentil soup.saw ur photos they r really good...hope to see more of them this year.Have a great year ahead.


Hi Heidi,
Happy New Year to U too! Can you offer any advice, I have just started a cooking blog and I would love to know some of the things that worked for you and also what didn't. Thanks so much!


hi..Heidi, we also wish you a very happy new year! hope this year also we will get good recipes too. thanks very much.


I frequently have stomach flu over New Year's -- I blame eating out around the holidays when food isn't delivered as often as it should be. These recipes are all (or nearly all -- I'm still skeptical about tempeh) so tempting!

Kate @ Savour Fare

Happy New Year Heidi; you are amazing...keep up the great recipes and blogging. I truly enjoy reading your posts and testing out your recipes...my favorites here are your Cabbage Soup and your Garlic Soup; very delish!

The Healthy Apple

Thank you Heidi, for a great year full of great recipes... one of my New Years goals is to post more on your site. Im glad the double broccoli and the red lentil made it on your list!


Hi Heidi,

Happy New Year to you too! I only discovered your great blog before Christmas and have only tried your ginger choc cookie recipe so far - delicious!

Looking forward to try out more interesting and yummy recipes of yours this year. Thank you!


A very Happy New Year to you too.


happy new year too everyone and to a brand new happy 2010 to everyone in the whole entire world. :)


congradulations on being in Oprah magazine! I thought it was too cool that your website was recommended.

Nara Meyer

The Rustic Cabbage Soup is delicious. Perfect for this MN winter day.


I made the Rustic Cabbage Soup Today. Delicious!


Kristin-Victus Vinum Vita

awwwww such a purrrrrty picture


Meandering through archives and pulling out some soon-to-revisit faves is a great way to start the year. Thanks for refreshing these in my mind! Wishing you all the best for 2010! :-)


happy new year too everyone and to a brand new happy 2010 to everyone in the whole entire world. :)
for a great year full of great recipes
thanks! from Albania


happy new year and pongal [sankranti] for all of you


Happy New Year Heidi! And to everyone else! Blessings and abundant health for 2010. Your recipes definitely make my mouth start watering. These recipes all sound so good - and are motivating me to get back on track to eating healthier after all the holidays!!! Thanks again from the Heartland!!


I'd like this recipie.


I just want to say, I'm so glad I found your site. I've tried 4 of your recipes so far (super orzo salad, a warm red cabbage salad, broccoli crunch, and pineapple rice).

The great thing about your recipes is that they really help a person discover just how tasty healthy cooking can be. For instance, I don't even like broccoli. And yet, I LOVED the broccoli crunch salad recipe. Just fantastic. Thanks so much.


Happy new year 2010!

And if i can wish you something it is to discover a spicy.. Kampot peper..


Poivre de Kampot

I just used the orange glazed tempeh as inspiration for my final cooking practicum in culinary school and it turned out incredible. Thank you HS for being such an inspiration and hopefully one day I will be as talented as you are!


Heidi, thanks so much for Broccoli Crunch, my new favorite way to eat broccoli. Halved the recipe and polished off the entire lot for dinner. Great tastes and textures! Absolutely LOVE it.


Hi there Heidi

I accidently stumbled across your site. What a wonderful discovery! A delight to read and I am sure to experiment with as well.

You have made my day, and I will for sure stay in contact, and try a lot of your recipes, and send you some of our well tested and delightful African fare.

It looks like I will have to look no further for THE ULTIMATE recipe, one is always searching for.

Well done and THANKS

Greetings from SOUTH AFRICA


margaret Hattingh

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