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4-Bean Salad

This salad is like a zesty 3-bean salad but with 4 types of beans, as well as corn, peas and red onion. The dressing is tangy and mildly spicy due to the garlic, mustard and cumin. A colorful salad perfect for all P’s: potlucks, parties or picnics! Salad ingredients: 3 cups cooked green beans (or…

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Southwest Stew

This chunky, satisfying stew is full of beans, greens, corn, mushrooms, bell pepper, and plenty of herbs and spices to please your taste buds and fill your belly. This recipe makes 12 cups of stew, perfect for leftovers throughout the week! Ingredients 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped 6 medium…

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Black Bean & Rice Stew

This satisfying, chunky stew is a breeze to make since you can use canned beans and tomatoes. This dish is perfect for cozy dinners or easy, filling lunches for work. Ingredients: 1 cup water (for sautéing) 1 large yellow onion, chopped 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced 2 ribs celery, diced 8 button or crimini mushrooms,…

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Cuban Black Bean Burgers

These veggie burgers are made with plantain, which gives them a fragrant aroma and unique flavor. In addition to the plantain, they derive their Cuban flair from black beans, rice, red pepper, lime, coriander, paprika and cumin. Ingredients: 1 cup cooked brown rice (short-grain or sweet brown works great) 1 ripe plantain, peeled and diced…

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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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Kichadi (Indian rice and lentils)

Kichadi is an East Indian comfort food that features rice and lentils (or often split peas), and a variety of spices and vegetables. The combination of herbs and spices will fill your kitchen with a wonderful fragrance, and reward your tongue with spiciness that isn’t overly hot. This hearty dish is not short on ingredients,…

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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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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

While most hummus recipes call for olive oil and tahini (sesame seed paste), both of which are high in fat and calories, this recipe does not, making it low in fat but still high in flavor. Use as a dip for vegetables, a sandwich spread, or a topping for baked potatoes. Ingredients 1 medium-large red…

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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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