Black Bean & Rice Stew

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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, […]

Cabbage Salad with Dijon-lime Dressing

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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 […]

Mashed Potatoes

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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 […]

Carrot Cake Donuts

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Anything “carrot cake” is O.K. by me, and if it looks like a donut, even better! Carrot cakes are typically loaded with oil, butter, sugar and eggs, all of which I avoid in my recipes; so coming up with a cake that is just as tasty (and moist but not too heavy), was a fun […]

Kichadi (Indian rice and lentils)

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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, […]