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Category Archives: Lentils & Beans

Black Bean Empanada- Galician Style

There are core combinations of ingredients in every cuisine that are constantly repeated in recipe over recipe. In Spanish cuisine, one such combination is bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and garlic. This combination cooked in olive oil is known as a “sofrito.” It is the foundation for

Red Lentil and Lime Soup

I always gravitate towards making soup when the forecast calls for really cold weather (remember the vegan Creamy Potato Soup I made when we had snow here in early January?) Well, snow is on the way again tomorrow for my area. Here’s my answer: a red lentil and lime soup. This simple and

Sprouted Moong, Rainbow Carrot and Meyer Lemon Salad

I have been wanting to make something with Meyer lemons for a long time. They are only available on the east coast for a few short months during winter. When I found them the other day at the grocery store next to a bunch of beautiful rainbow carrots, I knew exactly what to make-  a cool, crisp,

Purple Kale and Ground Lentil Sauté

If you are looking for a new way to get more greens and protein into your diet, this dish accomplishes both. Finely cut kale is sautéed with protein rich ground lentils to create a vegan dish of substance. This is a curry style from Southern India called “Paruppu Usili”. It works

Sambar (a spicy lentil gravy)

Sambar is the quintessential South Indian dish. It was traditionally part of most household’s daily main meal. Consequently, there are quite a few variations. It is vegan, gluten free and full of protein and vitamins. It’s really just cooked dal (lentils) + tamarind water + vegetables

Pasta e ceci

Pasta e ceci is a very simple, tasty Italian dish that happens to be vegan. Ceci, or chickpeas, give this pasta robustness. The garlic and rosemary, sautéed in olive oil, add amazing flavor and fragrance. An interesting story on the role chickpeas played in an event in Italian history: Sicily was

Fresh Corn Tortillas with Spicy Blackbeans

From hole in the wall places to upscale restaurants, the Mexican cuisine in Texas (“Tex-Mex”) can’t be beat. We lived there for many years and really enjoyed this amazing cuisine. My favorite restaurants in Dallas for Tex-Mex if you are ever there- Via Real and Blue Mesa. Here

Black Bean Salsa & Plantain Chips

When we lived in Dallas many years ago, we loved going to a Brazilian restaurant in the Knox-Henderson area called the Samba Room. They had some great vegetarian dishes using root vegetables, plantains, coconuts and beans. The spices they used a lot are ones I am familiar with from Indian

Lentil Crepes

There are many varieties of crepes (thin pancakes) in Indian cuisine. “Adai” (pronounced like “UH DAY”) is a pretty healthy lentil crepe from southern India. It’s vegan and gluten free. As you have probably read, lentils are high in protein and nutrients. They are

In Honor of “National Kale Day”

Did you know today is National Kale Day? According to the founders of this celebration: “National Kale Day celebrates kale’s incredible health benefits, highlights kale’s culinary versatility, and promotes eating, growing and sharing kale throughout America. National Kale day is the first