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Cabbage Salad with Dijon-lime Dressing

Using cabbage instead of lettuce makes a hearty salad, perfect for an entree. With cabbage and carrots as the foundation, almost any vegetables and beans you have on hand can be added. Sometimes I keep it really simple, using only cabbage, carrots and chickpeas, and other times I just keep adding veggies until it’s a…

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Breakfast Burrito Bake

Despite “breakfast” being in the title, this makes an ideal breakfast, lunch or dinner meal. Grated potatoes are added to the vegetables and beans to give some “grip” to the dish, and more grated potatoes mixed with a little nutritional yeast create a cheesy-looking finish. This makes a lot of food—perfect for leftovers! Ingredients water…

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Roasted Carrot & Fennel Soup

This is a simple yet artful soup. While many pureed carrot soups call for ginger or curry, fennel, whose foliage, seeds and bulb can all be eaten, infuses the delicate aroma and flavor of anise (reminiscent of licorice and tarragon). As an added bonus, the carrots add a natural saltiness. Ingredients 8 large carrots cut…

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Tandoori Love Soup

I call this “Tandoori Love Soup” because it’s very sensuous—the sweet and spicy tandoori seasoning (including saffron), shitake mushrooms, sweet yams, and fresh tarragon come together in a dish that is rich in flavor and diverse in texture. Tandoori seasoning is a fragrant, heady mix of aromatic spices. Orange- and red-colored seasoning mixes typically include…

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Minestrone Soup

Minestrone is known in Italy as “the big soup” since it is thick with colorful ingredients. It has no set list of “must have” ingredients, but vegetables in tomato broth with beans and pasta is common. In this version, fresh fennel and fennel seeds are added for even more Mediterranean flair. Ingredients: ½ cup water…

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Hearty Lentil Stew

As the rain rolls in, I roll out my soup pot! This hearty lentil stew is a perfect rainy-day meal all by itself. And it’s super easy to make. Lentils, potatoes and cabbage, mmm. I’m off to curl up with some stew! Ingredients ¼-½ cup water, for sautéing ½ large yellow onion, diced 2 cloves…

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Curry Vegetables & Rice

This sweet and mildly spicy curry sauce is great on vegetables and rice, as well as on baked potatoes. Instead of richness from oil, butter or coconut milk, this sauce calls for ground sesame seeds. While you can buy curry powders pre-made, for this recipe we will make our own. 1 cup water (for sautéing)…

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Mushroom-Basil Au Gratin

This dish is based on traditional au gratin potatoes, but without the cheese, milk, butter and flour. Along with the potatoes, thin layers of mushroom and onion are stacked with fresh chard and basil. A few cashews make the sauce rich and creamy. 4-5 large Yukon potatoes, sliced thinly 8 large white or crimini mushrooms,…

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Un-Split Pea Soup

This recipe is very similar to traditional split pea soup, but uses whole frozen peas instead, which makes for a quicker preparation. The addition of yams gives the soup a slightly sweet taste. 2 bags 10-oz. frozen green peas, thawed 2 cups water ½ cup water ½ large yellow onion, diced 2 ribs celery, diced…

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Spinach & Mango Salad

This colorful spinach salad is a great alternative to your everyday green salad. 1 bunch spinach ½ bunch arugula 1 mango, peeled and diced 1 fennel bulb, grated or thinly sliced 1 cucumber, peeled and diced 1 avocado, diced 2 scallions, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1 lime, juice from…

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