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Cannellini bean soup

Easy Cannellini Bean Soup

I originally made this soup trying to recreate the side of white beans at Zoe’s Kitchen, which is too high in oil to my liking. ~ Alina

Warm Potato Salad (for FFV)

Warm Potato Salad with Spinach and Chickpeas

This warm potato salad is a step aside from the traditional version: it’s cooked in a hot skillet and doesn’t call for mayonnaise or other fattening dressings. ~Alina

Eggplant Rollups for FFV

Eggplant Rollups with Black Bean-Potato Stuffing

A delicious dish with an Italian flare, these eggplant rollups will warm your heart and soul! – Alina

FFV lentil soup

Triple Lentil and Cauliflower Soup

This triple lentil and cauliflower soup is oil-free, packed with nutrition and fiber, and can easily become the next staple food on your dinner table! It’s quick to put together and may just give you a reason to clear your pantry from those handfuls of leftover dried lentils. ~ Alina

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