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As we grow through life, we are often presented with various challenges and obstacles. We may experience grief, loss, or confusion; we may have difficulties in our relationships, or be at a crossroads—deciding which way to proceed forward on our path. If you find yourself in need of support or guidance, if you’re struggling in…

Cashew Coconut Bites

This is a very simple healthy dessert recipe. It is one of my dried fruit-based desserts, made with all healthy ingredients and no empty calories. People really enjoy this little sweet treat–and moms were happy to give it to their kids! Ingredients 1 cup medjool dates (or other moist date), roughly chopped ½ cup toasted chopped…

Potato-Cabbage Pancakes

This is a variation of my Cabbage Croquettes recipe. I prepared this on St. Patrick’s Day, as cabbage and potatoes were quite prominent on this day. Ingredients 2 packed cups shredded potatoes 1 cup shredded cabbage ½ cup finely chopped kale ¼ cup grated onion or chopped scallions 1 cup garbanzo (chickpea) flour 2 teaspoons adobo…

Autumn Slaw (Cabbage Apple Citrus Salad with Walnuts & Raisins)

This is a variation of my Autumn Slaw recipe. In this dish, as well as in the original, there is no added sugar, salt or oil. Instead of fresh orange juice, I use one of the new vinegars we now carry at Mother Earth’s  Storehouse, tangerine balsamic. It blends quite well with the fresh lemon…

Chickpea Flour-Kale Bites

Another chickpea flour-inspired recipe! This is a variation of an Indian dish known as kothimbir vadi–a popular Maharashtrian street food. Years ago I used to make this dish during my ashram days–a time when I experimented with quite a few traditional Indian creations. I had forgotten about this recipe until recently. I’ve been enjoying showing…

Creamy Tomato Soup

I’ve always loved tomato soup. It’s so warm and comforting. This is a creamy version made without cream. Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup chopped onions (1 medium onion) 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 3–4 medium potatoes, chopped (you can also use a combination of potatoes and parsnips) ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black…

Pasta Bolognese

This is a basic marinara recipe with added vegetable protein for a more substantial and “meaty” sauce.  It’s easy to prepare, but still quite enjoyable. There are only a few ingredients, so it’s important that they are all good quality. Ingredients 1 (16-ounce) package pasta (regular or gluten-free) 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons…

Savory Vegetable Crepes

This is one of my easiest, quickest cooking recipes–and they are so delicious! You can eat them for a snack or for breakfast. Ingredients 1 cup garbanzo (chickpea) flour 1 cup water 3–4 tablespoons chopped scallions or grated onion ½ cup finely shredded or minced veggies: cabbage, carrots, kale… (you can use other veggies as well)…

Tofu Salad

This is my rendition of  tofu salad. It looks and tastes like egg salad, but it’s vegan. In the warm weather I like to create dishes that don’t require cooking. Tofu is rather bland, so I have really seasoned it up. I served it out at work this weekend for the first time and received great responses….

Tomato Vegetable Soup

Tomato soup is a childhood favorite (yes—the kind from a can). This recipe is definitely a healthier version. The kale, quinoa and nutritional yeast add extra fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals to the dish. It’s chock-full of nourishment! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil ½ cup chopped onions (1 small onion) 2 tablespoons minced fresh…

Cashew Butter Fudge

This is a variation of my Almond Butter Fudge recipe. It’s easy to make and people really enjoy it! Ingredients 1 cup cashew butter (you can use any type of nut butter) ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (or other type of milk) ½ cup coconut sugar (or other unrefined sugar) Pinch of salt (if using unsalted…

Split Pea-Chia Patties with Tahini Dressing

This is a variation of my chickpea chia patty recipe. Ingredients 1 cup dry split peas, soaked overnight (at least 8 hours) 1 tablespoon chia seeds 6 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons chopped fresh garlic 1 teaspoon curry powder 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste) ½ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger ¼ teaspoon cinnamon Soak chia seeds…