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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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Global Greens

I call this dish “global” because it lends itself to a variety of seasonings—choose your favorite! Kale, chard, Brussels sprouts, yellow onion, white beans, and a sprinkling of whole mustard seeds come together quickly and beautifully all in one pot. Ingredients 1-1/4 cup water 1 yellow onion, cut into long pieces along the grain (see…

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Portabella Mushrooms & Noodles

I love Asian-inspired dishes, but they are often drowning in salt, soy sauce and oils. I wanted to create a hearty noodle dish without these ingredients, but still full of flavor. Toward this, I include garlic, cilantro, ginger, curry and lime juice. And for those that like it a little spicy, some optional red pepper…

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Curried French Lentils

This is one of my favorite go-to meals. It’s easy to prepare, all in one pot, and is very flavorful and satisfying. It can be eaten alone as a stew, over some brown jasmine rice, or ladled into steamed corn tortillas with rice for an even heartier meal. Ingredients 6 cups water 1 cup French…

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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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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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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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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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Rosemary Mushrooms & Kale

This one-pan recipe is very quick and easy to make, using just kale, mushrooms, yams, garlic and rosemary—yum! For this dish, I use curly kale because of its hearty texture and delicious peppery-ness. Ingredients ½ cup water 1 large yam or sweet potato, skin on, cut into 1/2–inch slices 1 clove garlic cut in half…

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