Happy New Year Recipe

I went back through my archives today and picked out a handful of recipes to revisit this January - 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.

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 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

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


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

sarah (syrupandhoney)

Happy New Year! Thank you for the wonderful recipes.

Jennifer Gould

Happy New Year Heidi!

Estela @ Weekly Bite

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!


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


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.


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!


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

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.


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 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!


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!


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! :)


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 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 maureen


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


Happy New Year to you too!

The Curious Baker

Happy New Year! The recipes look wonderful.


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