Beans and Peas

Easy Haunted Shepherd’s Pie (and Very Quick Spelt Foccacia)

October 30, 2015

  Maybe my little ghost made of leftover spaghetti squash looks more like a version of Big Bird than Casper, but this idea was just so darn cute I had to use up my leftovers to create a little Halloween comfort food. I had absolutely nothing to do with dreaming it up; I found it […]

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Sweet or Savory Vegan Hearty Hot Pockets (Spelt or Gluten-Free)

October 10, 2015

Maybe the reason I’ve been baking since I was a little girl is that it’s in my blood. I’m sure that’s what my grandmothers would say. And my maternal grandmother would proudly remind me of her brothers, the Marcils, who ran a bakery in the small town back east where my mother grew up. Later, […]

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It Takes a Vegan Village: Red Lentil Fusion Stew–with Gluten-Free Injera

September 18, 2015

Lately I’ve been very engaged in the living of new stories, and not so much in writing them down. Sometimes they have to be lived for a while to know what to say about them. When I’m not drawing, sometimes I read over “old stories” I’ve posted here on the blog. So while I’m slowly […]

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Kissing the Earth (And No Bake Stuffed Summer Squash)

July 21, 2015

It was late March, the very beginning of Spring, and I had just planted some red russian kale seeds in the one patch of dirt getting direct sunlight at this early angle in front of the studio in the backyard of the house on Van Buren Street. It was unseasonably warm. I had just finished […]

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Vegan Versions: Gluten Free Korean Style Red Pepper Paste

January 1, 2015

One of the most fun things I learned after discovering Fat Free Vegan Kitchen nearly 7 years ago now was the custom of eating black-eyed peas and greens at New Year’s time for good luck in the coming year. If you haven’t had your black-eyed peas yet and are wondering how to fix them, here’s […]

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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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