Peppery Red Lentil Patties

I created this recipe for my “Fantastic Fiber” theme at work. Lentils are high in fiber and so versatile. Because of their high fiber content, they are considered to be one of the cleansing foods. This is a new way to enjoy lentils, an idea I got from the Indian dishes idlis and vadas, which…

Kichari: Lentil & Brown Rice Stew

This is a variation of my Indian Kichari recipe. Ingredients 1 cup lentils, rinsed and drained ½ cup brown rice, rinsed and drained Water 2 vegetable bouillon cubes (or to taste) 1–2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger 2 teaspoons curry powder ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder 2–3 cups chopped vegetables (carrots, yams, potatoes,…

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…

Summer Lentil Salad (French Lentils, Cucumber, Tomato & Herbs)

All summer long I have been creating different types of summer salads–figuring out how many ways I can use zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, etc… This recipe is a variation of another lentil salad that I created. I changed it up by adding local, seasonal cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Salads can be quite diverse and when adding…

Veggie Nut Burgers

This is a variation of my Veggie Nut Loaf recipe. Some of our customers thought it would work well as a veggie burger, so I turned the loaf into burgers. They came out great! Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 celery stalk, chopped 1 ½…

Red Lentil Stew

This is a great one-pot dish made with legumes, grains and veggies. People really enjoy this recipe, and it’s so easy to prepare. Ingredients 1½ cups red lentils*, rinsed and drained ½ cup millet (or quinoa or steel-cut oats), rinsed and drained Water 2 vegetable bouillon cubes (or to taste) 1–2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger ½…

Red Lentil Doshas (Savory Indian Crepes)

Doshas are a popular dish in South India. They are traditionally made with basmati rice and a type of legume called urad dahl. The beans and rice are soaked in water, then ground into a batter and fermented overnight. I have simplified the recipe and used red lentils, a more common legume, which is readily…

Veggie Nut Loaf

Years ago during my ashram days I used to make a nut loaf from the Higher Taste cookbook. The original recipe has cheese in it so I made some adjustments to make this recipe vegan. I omitted the cheese and added chickpea flour as a binder. I also used lentils to put more fiber and…

Lentil Stew

Lentil Stew is a great one-pot meal. Legumes, grains and veggies are all cooked together in one pot, yielding in a very satisfying stew. You can add your favorite vegetables or use the ideas suggested below; season according to taste. Some curry powders are stronger than others and some bouillon cubes are saltier than others….

Black Lentils with Caramelized Cabbage & Onions

I wanted to create a new lentil recipe–something other than another lentil soup (which I often make). In the summertime I prepared lentil salads, but now that the weather is cooler I thought to try something new. Rather than make a cool salad with lentils, I prepared a warm lentil dish. Black lentils (and French…

Lentil Curry with Rhubarb & Fennel

It’s springtime! Time to get inspired by our early seasonal crops. Rhubarb is one of our early spring veggies. I have always shied away from using this nutritious vegetable as it is very sour. Rhubarb is often used in desserts with the addition of a lot of sugar. I didn’t want to go down that…

Foods for Winter Blues

If you are like most people, the shorter daylight hours and dreary weather of winter can sometimes get you down. Less sunlight and fewer opportunities for outdoor exercise can combine to make you feel sluggish. But did you know you can improve the way you feel by eating certain natural foods? It’s true. In fact,…