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Chickpea & Avocado Spread

This Chickpea & Avocado Spread is easy to make and is dreamy atop baked potatoes and yams, corn tortillas, green salads, or as a dip for vegetables. Fresh oregano and Meyer lemon combine in a unique flavor for a little something special. Ingredients 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and diced 1 tablespoon Dijon or…

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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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BBQ Beans & Greens

If you miss the tangy, sweet flavor of BBQ sauce, but not all the salt and sugar, you will love this recipe. It’s easy to make and uses pineapple as its secret ingredient. This is a guest recipe by Katie Mae, whom I teach with at TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA. Katie Mae…

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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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Mashed Potatoes

Just thinking about mashed potatoes makes me swoon—they’re so fluffy and belly-pleasing, mmm. But what’s not pleasing is all the butter, milk and cream that is typically added; I don’t want cow in my potatoes, thank you. Below you’ll find an easy recipe for basic mashed potatoes, as well as variations using curry, yams, and…

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Kabocha Bean Dip

Kabocha squash, which resembles a small green pumpkin, is known for its sweet flavor, even sweeter than butternut squash. It provides the foundation for this earthy vegetable dip that also doubles as a sandwich spread. Kabochas are at their peak in fall, but they can usually be found year-round in grocery stores. Ingredients 1 kabocha…

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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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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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Salt-free Ketchup & Baked French Fries

Try this salt-free ketchup with oil-free, baked French fries, as well as veggie burgers or on your morning potato scramble. It uses no added salt or refined sugar, and will keep for up to 10 days in the refrigerator. 1 6-oz. can no-salt-added tomato paste 1 half of an apple diced (with or without skin)…

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Greens & Beans Enchiladas

These scrumptious enchiladas skip the cheese in favor of fresh greens and bell pepper, as well as corn and beans, all topped with guacamole. ½ large yellow onion, chopped 1 bell pepper, diced ½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon oregano ½ teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 can diced tomatoes (or ½ box…

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