Grain bowl built on healthy, filling ingredients

This Dec. 8, 2017 photo shows a Korean grain bowl in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Every New Year, lots of us resolve to lose weight. And every year, lots of us fail. The problem? We go from eating too much food, much of it unhealthy, to eating very little of anything. But after starving ourselves for a while, many of us return to our old habits and regain the weight.

Chopped Winter Salad

This November 2017 photo shows a chopped winter salad in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Mia via AP)

How often do we read some article about how meaningful it is to cook with the seasons? But winter can test those good intentions.

Smoky lentil soup gets depth, flavor without meat

This Dec. 18, 2017 photo shows lentil soup in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

Rich bean soups are classic winter comfort food. They are filling, healthy, and inexpensive, making them a worthy addition to the menu rotation. The downside to dried bean cookery is the time it takes to soak and then cook beans. Canned beans are a reasonable substitute, although they cost more than three times the price of their dried, bagged counterparts.

Dried fruits and cognac shine as a fruit compote

This undated photo by chef Elizabeth Karmel shows a dried fruit compote. Fruit compote, also known as stewed fruit, is a combination of dried plums, apricots, cherries and a tiny bit of minced crystallized ginger, that stays good in the refrigerator for a very long time. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Karmel)

Fruit compote — or stewed fruit — is an old-fashioned thing that seems just right for right now.

Indoor plant watering

I recently purchased some new indoor plants. I have not been very successful growing indoor plants. One of my friends says I overwater and another one tells me I underwater. How often should I water my plants?

Pair carrots with harissa for a bright dish

This Dec. 11, 2017 photo shows a North African carrot and chickpea salad in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

I first tasted harissa when I was 19, and I traveled on a lone adventure to Tunisia after spending a semester abroad in France. I browsed the open markets, with their appealing drapey white cotton clothing - I wore billowy pants from that trip for years to follow.

Delicious chicken and rice in a pressure cooker

This Nov. 29, 2017 photo shows an under pressure quickie chicken and rice in New York. Whether you make the Spanish staple, Arroz con Pollo or make up your own version, it is soul-satisfying and perfect for the cooler weather. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Karmel)

Chicken and Rice is having a moment. Whether you make the Spanish staple, Arroz con Pollo or make up your own version, it is soul-satisfying and perfect for the cooler weather.

Serve petite beef filet for a holiday dinner

This Nov. 29, 2017 photo shows a prosciutto and red pepper stuffed petite filet in New York. The filet is made with a petite beef filet and stuffed with prosciutto, pesto and roasted red peppers. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Want to serve a fancy roast for Christmas dinner without breaking the bank? Try a petite beef filet. Cut from the shoulder, long and thin, and weighing between 8-10 ounces, the petite filet looks like a mini tenderloin of beef — one of the priciest and most popular of roasts. But it’s much less expensive and more flavorful than the tenderloin. And tender, too.

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