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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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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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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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Un-Split Pea Soup

This recipe is very similar to traditional split pea soup, but uses whole frozen peas instead, which makes for a quicker preparation. The addition of yams gives the soup a slightly sweet taste. 2 bags 10-oz. frozen green peas, thawed 2 cups water ½ cup water ½ large yellow onion, diced 2 ribs celery, diced…

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Spicy Root Vegetable Medley

This is a mildly spicy root vegetable dish that can be served at a holiday meal instead of mashed potatoes or au gratin potatoes, or anytime. 1.5 teaspoons ground coriander 1.5 teaspoons paprika 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1.5 teaspoons dried sage, minced fine 1 medium Yukon Gold potato, cut into 1-inch…

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Split Pea & Yam Soup

Sweet yams and greens add a new level of excitement to traditional split pea soup. This recipe is very easy to make and yields a large pot of soup, perfect for a family dinner or lunches for the week. Ingredients 9 cups water 2 cups dry split peas 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 medium…

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