Beans and Peas

Golden Vegan Shepherdess Pie

December 18, 2014

  The Winter Solstice is my favorite holiday. There’s so much incipient hope in the turning of our earth back toward the light on the longest night of the year. I also adore that “solstice” literally means “standing still.” As the sun seems to change direction it hangs, seemingly stationary in the sky, for the […]

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It Takes a Vegan Village to Make an Easy Holiday Meal

December 9, 2014

I was delighted by a recent comment from one of my regular readers who called the prep required for my recipes “leisurely.” I like that word for the slow steps that often go into making my whole food healthy but complex and inviting to taste. My holiday strategy is really just more of the same. […]

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Tasty Thai Style Hummus

August 6, 2014

  When it comes to a vegan staple, hummus is right up there at the top of the list–it’s healthy, can be made low fat or fat-free, travels well, and can be spread in a sandwich, a pita, or used as a dip. The usual treatments with garlic and lemon, or the addition of roasted […]

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Sprouted Black Bean Hamburger-less “Help Her”

May 3, 2014

I like to laugh to myself that my skillets full of veggies, beans and starch are vegan versions of old timey hamburger helper–without the hamburger, salt, fat or pasta. Instead they are a mishmash of flavors, colors and textures that come together really quickly and leave me full and happy. They help the “her” in […]

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Vegan Strategies: Last Minute Chopped Salad with Sprouted Quinoa

April 14, 2014

Life is full of contradictions. How can a house that’s been a residence for 117 years be the only one on the block not zoned as a residence? How can a salad you can make at the last minute have an ingredient it takes about two days to make? I will tell you how. What […]

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Sure Things

March 30, 2014

I love it when someone answers me in a way that sends me back to the literal application of what I’ve just said, even if it was couched in an expression or figure of speech no one usually takes literally. It’s especially rich when it’s someone who’s known me over a long span of time. […]

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Cold Snap Millet and Lentil Stew (Vegan and Soy and Gluten-Free)

January 10, 2014

Spending some time outdoors, even on the most unforgiving coldest days in Winter, is a must for my well being. While I hate it when it rains on the snow, then freezes at night into smooth sheets of black ice, I never fail in my love for the crisp cold air of Winter. Even when […]

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Red Quinoa-Brown Rice-Lentil Stuffed Squash (Gluten-Free)

November 25, 2013

Once upon a time, there was an unassuming whole food vegan (gluten-free) one-pot meal on my stove nearly every week. Like my Bright Yellow Spit Pea and Rice Pilaf, it had just 5 ingredients (6 if you count the cooking water). When it comes off the flame, it looks like this: After a half hour […]

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Slow Miracle Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

November 15, 2013

I’m posting another recipe a little bit sooner than I usually do, because thanks to Lee over at Veggie Quest, I’ve been educated to the fact this is National Split Pea Soup Week. Lee has a gorgeous and delicious looking recipe for Vegetarian Curried Split Pea Soup over on her blog, which I suggest you […]

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Bright Yellow Split Pea and Rice Pilaf

November 7, 2013

The Huffington Post recently posted this article about scientists who calculated there are 8.8 billion earth-like planets in our galaxy–that’s more planets than there are people on earth. About 1 in 5 of the stars in our galaxy are stars like our sun, and it’s the planets around these stars that were calculated. And that’s just […]

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