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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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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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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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Spinach & Mango Salad

This colorful spinach salad is a great alternative to your everyday green salad. 1 bunch spinach ½ bunch arugula 1 mango, peeled and diced 1 fennel bulb, grated or thinly sliced 1 cucumber, peeled and diced 1 avocado, diced 2 scallions, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1 lime, juice from…

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Hoppin’ John with Avocado-Cucumber Dressing

Hoppin’ John, a southern U.S. dish featuring black-eyed peas, is traditionally eaten on January 1st to bring good luck in the New Year. In this version I use fennel and collard greens, and top it with a creamy avocado dressing. Ingredients 1 medium onion or shallot, chopped 1 bell pepper, seeded and diced 2 ribs…

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Fruit Salads with a Twist

1. Fruity Greens (above) Fresh spinach or arugula Chopped parsley Organic strawberries Orange segments Red onion, diced Avocado, diced Lime juice Hulled sesame seeds 2. Herbed Fruit Salad Grapes Melon Pear (or apple/Asian pear) Mango Blueberries Banana Minced fresh basil or mint leaves 3. Pineapple Pucker Fresh pineapple cut into chunks Fresh mint leaves, minced…

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Spinach and Mango Salad

This salad is very easy to make, with refreshingly tangy and sweet flavors, a great alternative to your everyday salad. 1 bunch spinach ½ bunch arugula 1 mango, peeled and diced 1 fennel bulb, grated (optional) 1 cucumber, peeled and diced 1 avocado, diced 2 scallions, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped 1 tablespoon rice…

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