Polenta Pizza

Polenta Pizza: Vegan, salt- and oil-free. Now you can have your pizza and feel good, too! (StraightUpFood.com)

Pizza is the ultimate comfort food, and this pizza delivers! The herbed polenta crust is topped with easy-to-make sauce, as well as onions, mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, and rosemary. Now you can have your pizza and feel good, too! I hesitate to say that this pizza is “easy,” since you need to prepare three recipes: […]

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, […]

Pizza Pasta

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Pizza pasta has all the traditional flavors of pizza but without the white flour, oil and salt that usually comes along with it. This dish prepares quickly and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. Any type of whole-grain pasta may be used (I like fusilli). Ingredients whole grain pasta, any shape, enough for 2 hearty […]

Minestrone Soup

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Minestrone is known in Italy as “the big soup” since it is thick with colorful ingredients. It has no set list of “must have” ingredients, but vegetables in tomato broth with beans and pasta is common. In this version, fresh fennel and fennel seeds are added for even more Mediterranean flair. Ingredients: ½ cup water […]

Curry Vegetables & Rice

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This sweet and mildly spicy curry sauce is great on vegetables and rice, as well as on baked potatoes. Instead of richness from oil, butter or coconut milk, this sauce calls for ground sesame seeds. While you can buy curry powders pre-made, for this recipe we will make our own. 1 cup water (for sautéing) […]