Tomato-Rice Soup

Tomato Rice Soup

Tomatoes and rice are a famous combination, and are complemented nicely in this soup by white beans, greens, and fresh basil. This hearty Tomato Rice Soup can be a meal all on its own, or serve it with a side of homemade, oil-free corn chips. Print Tomato Rice Soup Prep time:  20 mins Cook time: …

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Enchilada Casserole

This hearty casserole is easier to make than enchiladas since you don’t need to roll tortillas or make a separate sauce. Corn tortillas are added in with the beans and vegetables to thicken the casserole; a dish that everyone at the table will enjoy! Ingredients 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 2 cups) 1 medium…

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Pesto Pasta

Ah, lovely pesto! Summer is here and so is the fresh basil. “But don’t you need oil and cheese to make pesto?” No way! These ingredients are traditional, but they can be simply omitted, resulting in a sauce that is much lighter and fresher in taste. Pesto is an Italian oil-and-herb sauce, with garlic, pine…

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Vinaigrette Salad Dressings

Summer is here, and it’s time to break out the fresh and fruity salad dressings! Making plant-based salad dressings free of oil, salt and sugar can be easy, especially with a template. Find one below as well as 5 vinaigrette dressing recipes. Vinaigrette dressings are beloved for their sweet, spicy and tangy combinations. They are…

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Quinoa Holiday Dressing

Quinoa makes an excellent whole-grain alternative to bread or rice in holiday dressing. This recipe is traditionally flavored with fresh sage, thyme, and rosemary, with the addition of mushrooms, greens and almonds. Ingredients: 3 cups water 1-1/2 cups dry quinoa 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3 ribs celery, sliced 10-12 mushrooms, sliced 1 teaspoon granulated…

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Creamy Mushroom Soup

If you have fond memories of Cream of Mushroom soup from the can like I do, you will enjoy this soup—even more so than the canned, whose appeal is largely due to its high salt content. This recipe leaves out the salt but not the flavor. Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods, and there…

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Macaroni Salad

This summertime macaroni salad is egg- and oil-free. And while most macaroni salad recipes call for sugar in the dressing, in this recipe a couple of dates take its place, resulting in a dressing that is reminiscent of Thousand Island. Ingredients 2 cups dry whole-grain macaroni pasta (brown rice or quinoa are good) water for…

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Burrito Bowl with Guacamole and Salsa

This recipe was inspired by many trips to Whole Foods Market for a burrito bowl when I was too tired to cook. Burrito bowls came onto the scene as more people cut out refined carbs, including tortillas. This is one of my favorite easy meals. This recipe is very open to interpretation, so have fun…

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Pizza Pasta

Pizza pasta has all the traditional flavors of pizza but without the white flour, oil and salt that usually comes along with it. This dish prepares quickly and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. Any type of whole-grain pasta may be used (I like fusilli). Ingredients whole grain pasta, any shape, enough for 2 hearty…

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Trumpet Rolls

Trumpet mushrooms, also known as King Oyster mushrooms, have a texture similar to raw fish when cooked, making them perfect for sushi rolls. They require some preparation, but they are well worth it, as an alternative to rice and steamed veggies, or as an impressive potluck or party contribution. Ingredients 2 cups sweet brown rice…

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