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Broccoli Soup

My favorite things about this soup: It’s very easy to make; it doesn’t call for too many ingredients; it’s creamy and rich without any added fat; it has a nice salted flavor without added salt; it’s very hearty and filling; and, oh yeah, it’s delicious! Ingredients 6 cups water 1½ pounds Yukon gold potatoes (2…

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Curried Sweet Potato Salad

If traditional Potato Salad was in a midlife crisis and its therapist asked, “What would you be if you could be anything in the world,” it might say “Curried Sweet Potato Salad!” It’s distinctive, daring, and delectable, not to mention, attractive! Ingredients Dressing: 1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews (2 ounces) 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup…

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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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Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Don’t throw the baked potato out with the butter, sour cream and bacon bits! Hundreds of potato stuffing possibilities exist that are delicious and have no relation to meat and dairy. Read on for ideas and a recipe for easy, creamy Broccoli Sauce. It’s time to rethink the traditional baked potato and fixin’s. Potatoes are…

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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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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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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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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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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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