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…

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…

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…

Tofu with Peanut Sauce

The first time I tried Thai food, I fell in love. Since then I have created a few recipes to emulate the dishes I have come to love. Ingredients 2 (14–16-ounce) blocks of extra-firm tofu, cut into ½–1-inch cubes and baked* 4 tablespoons liquid aminos or soy sauce (for baking) 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil…

Cajun Quinoa

This recipe is a variation of my Cajun Quinoa Salad. Now that the weather is cooler,  I am more inclined to prepare warm dishes (rather than salads). To stay true to its name, “Cajun”, I added the Cajun holy trinity, which consists of celery, peppers, and onions. The nutritional yeast gives the dish extra flavor–and protein. This…

Creamed Spinach

Creamed  Spinach is a childhood favorite. I wanted to create a healthier version without the use of milk or cream. I prepared this is at work recently and the customers loved it! Ingredients 1 (10-ounce) package frozen cut spinach, thawed or 1½ -2 pounds fresh spinach—washed, stemmed and roughly chopped 2 tablespoons  olive oil 3 tablespoons chopped…

Thai Curry Chili

If you’re in the mood for a different style of chili sure to satisfy, this is it! I have combined traditional chili flavors with Thai flavors. The coconut milk blends well with the tomatoes and spices. You can serve it as an entrée or as an appetizer over tortilla chips. Ingredients 1 (28-ounce) can crushed…

Lentils with Caramelized Cabbage & Onions

I wanted to create a new lentil recipe–something other than another lentil soup (which I often prepare). During the summer I made a few lentil salads, but now that the weather is cooler I decided to try something new. Rather than make a cool salad with lentils, I prepared a warm lentil dish. French lentils, (small) brown…

Potato Parsnip Leek Soup

It’s that time of year again! Soup time. During these cooler days we love to enjoy a nice, warm bowl of nourishing soup. For this recipe I use parsnips in addition to the potatoes for increased flavor and nutrition. I received great feedback from our customers. Another winner! Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2…

“Cheesy” Cauliflower Soup

I often use nutritional yeast as a vegan cheese substitute because of its cheesy taste. It is not active, so does not promote yeast growth in the body. Nutritional yeast is a complete protein containing all of the essential amino acids. It’s an easy way to add extra protein to your dishes and extra flavor…

Chickpea Chia Patties

This is a variation of my Chickpea Patties recipe.  I wanted to improve the recipe by increasing the moistness, so I added soaked chia seeds to the chickpea mixture. I was very happy with the results—and so were the customers. I got rave reviews! Ingredients 1 cup dry chickpeas—soaked over night (at least 8 hours)…

Brown Rice Pilaf with Sautéed Veggies & Tahini Sauce

In this recipe I incorporated many of the different whole food groups (grains, legumes, vegetables, nuts and seeds) into one dish.  It’s hearty, tasty–and satisfying! Ingredients 2 cups cooked short-grain brown rice* 3 tablespoons olive oil or your favorite cooking oil 1–2 tablespoons chopped or minced garlic 1 cup chopped onions 1/2 cup cooked black…