Cantina Salad (or Salsa)

Serve as:

  • a chunky salad,
  • dice the avocado and dish up as a salsa, or
  • Serve in a whole grain tortilla for a light meal. Adding grain completes the protein makeup. 

Optional: add crumbled cheese like queso fresco or feta


Whisk the following in a large bowl until combined. 

  • Juice of 2 limes (approx 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt


Add the following to the dressing and stir gently to combine. 

  • 1 can black beans (or bean if choice) rinsed and drained
  • 1 can Del Monte fire roasted corn (or reg. canned corn or frozen corn, thawed), drained
  • 2-3 scallions, cut thinly on the diagonal 
  • Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Avocado, chopped roughly – I used about 7 small organic Haas avocados. 
  • 1 poblano pepper, roasted. Remove skin, stem, and seeds, then dice. (Sub fresh jalapeño or canned green chiles) 
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground peppe

Add Chile Lime seasoning, like Tajin, to taste.

Let sit for an hour before serving. Taste and adjust seasonings. 

Light and Delicious Passover Pancakes

Growing up, matzo meal pancakes weren’t a favorite food during Passover. Dense with a haven’t quite finished absorbing liquid matzo meal texture, Mom fried them in peanut oil and served them with Pesadik jam or jelly.

Tupelo Honey Jars. Photo courtesy of L.L. Lanier and Sons.

Over the years, I’ve tried a few different recipes and after much trial, error, and matzo flavored Frisbees™, I have a pretty much foolproof recipe for a fluffy, tasty Passover pancake. Hope you enjoy it served with your favorite pancake toppings. We’re partial to Tupelo honey around these parts.

Makes approx 12 pancakes


  • 1/2 cup matzo meal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar or vanilla sugar
  • Butter or Passover margarine or light cooking oil.


  • Nonstick griddle or skillet – preheating while you make the batter
  • Hand mixer
  • 3 bowls
  • Rubber spatula
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  1. Mix the matzo meal, water and salt into a small bowl and set aside to soften.
  2. Beat the egg whites until foamy, then gradually add the sugar and beat until stiff and glossy.
  3. Using the same beaters (no need to wash), beat the egg yolks until light, pale and thick.
  4. Stir the matzo meal mixture into the beaten yolks.
  5. Stir 1/4 of the egg whites into the yolk mixture to lighten, then gently fold in the remaining egg whites.
  6. Lightly butter or oil the preheated griddle or skillet. 
  7. Drop the batter onto the pan by 1/4-1/3 cup spoonfuls. Spread out lightly so you don’t have a mountain in the middle.
  8. Cook until golden, flip and cook the other side. Serve up!

These will deflate a bit once off the heat, but the light and tender texture remains.

Quick Minestrone

Quick Minestrone Soup

Quick Minestrone Soup

  • 1 32 oz. box Imagine Light in Sodium Creamy Garden Tomato Soup
  • 4 cups (32 oz. ) chicken or vegetable broth such as Organic No-Chicken Broth
  • 2 (16-oz) bag Publix frozen vegetable soup mix (tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, okra, corn, green beans, lima beans, onions, celery)
  • 2 cups cooked protein of choice (leftover chicken, meatballs, firm tofu, vegetarian ‘meat’, etc. )
  • 1/2 tsp each dried thyme, basil, oregano
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cheese tortellini or hearty (fresh or frozen) pasta of choice
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Place first five ingredients in a 6 quart soup pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add the pasta and cook as long as recommended on the package or until tender. Taste for seasoning and add salt & pepper.

Serve hot as-is or with a sprinkling of Parmesan or Asiago cheese.