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Italian White Bean Soup {vegan, oil-free, high protein}

This fast & easy easy Italian white bean soup is cozy, comforting & delicious! It is also vegan, oil-free, high in protein, & super frugal. Long before I had any specific thoughts or preferences about beans in general, I loved bean soup. Not just any bean soup, but Campbell’s bean and bacon soup. It was …

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Cherry Tomato Chickpea Pasta {high-protein, grain-free, vegan, 5 ingredients}

Amazing, delicious and ready in 20 minutes: high protein cherry tomato chickpea pasta! It is also vegan, grain-free and made with only 5 ingredients. Umm, can we just call this a skillet full of happiness? Hints of spring (cherry tomatoes and fresh parsley), the midwinter comforts of pasta, and enough nutrients (protein, vitamin C, antioxidants) …

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3 Ingredient Almond Flour Vegetable Nuggets {vegan, paleo, keto option}

Almond flour vegetable nuggets made with 3 ingredients! These vegan vegetable nuggets are paleo, keto, oil-free, grain-free, and only 35 calories each! If you happen to be a fan on my 3-ingredient almond flour cookies, I have a savory equivalent that I know you are going to love. It is equally simple, minimalist, healthy, and …

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Chickpea Pasta e Fagioli (vegan, high protein, grain-free}

Healthy and easy vegan chickpea pasta e fagioli (Italian pasta and bean soup). Made with chickpea pasta, it is grain-free, gluten-free, and high in protein (16.8 g per 1 and 1/2 cups serving)! This is exactly what your February, post-Superbowl Monday ordered: a quick, hearty, homestyle soup that doubles as a restorative. It’s also: Vegan …

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Roasted Carrot White Bean Soup {3-Ingredients, vegan, easy}

3-ingredient roasted carrot soup (with white beans)! Vegan and grain-free, it is silky smooth, loaded with flavor, fast and simple to make, and a good source of protein, too! The Trifecta: Delicious, Nutritious & Easy If you have a bag of carrots, an onion, and a can of white beans, you have the ingredients to …

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Stir-Fried Steel Cut Oats {vegan, gluten-free, easy}

Stir-fried steel cut oats with vegetables! Its a fast, easy, gluten-free and vegan meal. Soak the oats ahead and the recipe comes together in minutes. As you may have noticed, I am fond of creating grain-free recipes here at powerhungry. But I still enjoy cooking and eating a variety of whole grains, especially in unprocessed …

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Vegan Spinach Artichoke Soup {easy, high protein}

Creamy, healthy and vegan spinach artichoke soup, made with pureed white beans. It is naturally gluten-free, high in protein, & low in calories. A Healthy Take on Spinach Artichoke Soup Here we are, a week into the New Year. How’s it going? I hope everyone is getting some much needed, post-holiday rest, and perhaps some …

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Sesame Ginger Soba Lettuce Cups {gluten-free, vegan}

Healthy stir-fried sesame ginger soba lettuce cups are fast food made extra-easy! Ready in 15 minutes, these noodle & vegetable wraps are both vegan & gluten-free. I love noodles. Always have. Pasta with sauce, noodle soup, and chow mein, I probably owe much of my height to the many bowls I ate throughout my youth.  …

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Vegan Oat Mushroom Ground Beef {Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free}

Versatile vegan oat mushroom ground beef ! It is soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, high protein, and only 108 calories per 1/4 lb. One batch makes about 3 pounds.  Vegan Ground Beef made with Oats & Mushrooms Happy Meatless Monday, everyone! I’m about to make it happier with a versatile entrée recipe that will make tonight’s dinner …

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Zucchini Soccatas (chickpea flour omelets)

Part omelet, part flatbread, and 100% delicious zucchini soccatas (chickpea flour omelets). Made with 3 ingredients, they have 7 g protein each and are naturally grain-free, vegan, and gluten -free. Mini Socca (Soccatas) are Chickpea Flour Omelets You may have tried my socca recipe, or chocolate mocha socca, or perhaps this may be the first …

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Vegan Ground Beef {Grain-Free, Soy-Free, High-Protein}

Easy, DIY, vegan ground beef!  It is easy to prepare, high in protein (12.4 g per 1/4 pound!), and free of grains, gluten, soy and nuts. One batch makes about 3 pounds.  This post began life as a simple idea for a great summer burger recipe. But as I tested and tasted, I soon realized …

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Lentil & Vegetable Kefta {Vegan, Grain-Free, High-Protein}

Lentil & vegetable kefta that are vegan, grain-free and nut-free! High in protein and low in calories (9 grams protein &156 calories per 3 generous kefta), they make a great meal, snack or appetizer. Kefta. You may know all about them.  If not, allow me to make the introduction. Kefta is a popular street food …

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3-Ingredient Lentil Soup {Vegan, High Protein}

Hearty, high-protein (13 grams), 3-ingredient lentil soup! It is fast, easy & frugal, and also naturally vegan, oil-free, and gluten-free. Simple & Perfect 3-Ingredient Lentil Soup As much as I enjoy cooking, I definitely have nights when I simply want  to eat dinner. A meal made with maximum ease, minimal fuss, and ingredients from the …

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Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup {grain-free, high-protein}

Creamy, healthy, vegan broccoli cheese soup–with neither milk nor cheese! Chickpea flour creates the creamy base in this high protein (12.7 g per serving) vegan soup. Super Nutritious Vegan  Broccoli Cheese Soup Broccoli cheese soup. Creamy, homey and satisfying. Perfect end-of-February comfort food. And I have a recipe for it unlike any other. My version …

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Roasted Tomato Chickpea & Cauliflower Salad {vegan, high protein}

This roasted tomato chickpea & cauliflower salad is a vibrant, mid- winter side dish, made with minimal (and familiar) ingredients. It is vegan, grain-free & high in protein, too. Lush summer produce is months away, but that doesn’t mean winter vegetables need to be boring. With a bit of ingenuity and (you”ll be happy to …

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3-Ingredient Vegan Tomato Soup {easy}

Say hello to a healthy, satisfying supper (in minutes) with my 3-ingredient vegan tomato soup! It is velvety, cold-weather comfort in a bowl. Simple, Nourishing Tomato Soup with 3 Ingredients Hello, all! I hope this Monday finds you in good form. In case the cold weather–or, perhaps, Super Bowl festivities– has kept you from stalking …

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3-Ingredient Vegan Enchilada Soup {High-Protein}

Perhaps the easiest option for Taco Tuesday, ever: my 3-Ingredient vegan enchilada soup, ready in 15 minutes! Serve it plain or add your favorite toppings. It is high-protein, oil-free, grain-free. and only 146 calories per large serving. An Easy Taco Tuesday Option: 3-Ingredient Vegan Enchilada Soup Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s been a hectic start to …

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Kale Potato & White Bean Soup {Vegan, High-Protein}

Savor a hearty, satisfying meal while still kickstarting a healthy New Year with kale potato & white bean soup. It’s packed with classic Tuscan flavors, but also protein, fiber, and nourishment! Healthy Heart Soup for January Resolutions Happy 2019, everyone!!! Regardless of the resolutions you may have set for the year ahead–or whether you have …

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Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese {Vegan, Oil-Free, Nut-Free}

Got 10 minutes? Then you have enough time to make some incredible Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese! It is naturally soy-free, grain-free, oil-free and nut-free, plus high in protein. Enjoy it plain, as a snack or appetizer, or slice it for all kinds of sandwiches. It started with Chickpea Flour Feta Cheese. Now it’s time for …

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Chickpea Flour Tofu No-Egg Salad {Vegan, Soy-Free}

Chickpea flour tofu no-egg salad made without soy!  Chickpea flour tofu stands in for the eggs and the mayonnaise. The salad is vegan, soy-free & grain-free. Growing up, I loved deviled eggs and egg salad. But only when they were made by my mother or grandmother. Cooked eggs plus mayonnaise, prepared in unknown circumstances, was …

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3-Ingredient Sweet Potato Tortillas {Grain-Free, Vegan}

Healthy, delicious, versatile 3-ingredient sweet potato tortillas that are naturally vegan and Paleo. They are also grain-free, oil-free, legume-free and nut-free. Egg-Free, Grain-Free, Legume-Free, Nut-Free Tortillas Greetings, everyone!  How about one more tortilla recipe to share–for the time being–before moving on to other subjects? This one is a special request from two different readers, both …

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Fluffy Red Lentil Bread {Grain-Free, Vegan}

Fluffy red lentil bread , made in minutes with red lentils &coconut flour! It is vegan, grain-free, sugar-free, & super-easy to make. Tender Bread Made from Red Lentils I started the week with some “wow.” Let’s keep it going. No. Let’s amp it up. After all, it’s Friday. Ready? Introducing a brand new bread, one …

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1-Ingredient Red Lentil Tortillas {Grain-Free, Vegan}

Utterly amazing 1-ingredient red lentil tortillas that are naturally grain-free, oil-free & vegan. You only need red lentils (plus some tap water and salt).  Mondays need some “wow.” And do I ever have some! First, a question: do you have some split red lentils in your pantry? If yes, and so long as you also …

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2-Ingredient Spinach Tortillas {Vegan, Grain-Free}

2-ingredient spinach tortillas , made with nothing more than chickpea flour & fresh spinach, plus water. They are 100% grain-free, vegan, and scrumptious. Hello, everyone! Forgive me for this belated post, which I had every intention of uploading on Friday, but got waylaid by a series of schedule changes and unforeseen events. All is well, …

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Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potatoes {Vegan, 4 ingredients)

Stuffed breakfast sweet potatoes–the perfect morning meal! This 4-ingredient breakfast is fast (prepare the sweet potatoes in the microwave), delicious, and super-nourishing, all in one fell swoop. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: An Ideal Breakfast on the Go Have sweet potato, will travel. It’s one of my on-the-road solutions for a portable, power breakfast on the road. …

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Vegan Grain-Free Beet Burgers {oil-free}

Your new favorite veggie patties: my Vegan Grain-Free Beet Burgers! They are loaded with nutrition, oil-free, gluten-free, and absolutely scrumptious! It may only be March 2, but I am already dreaming of sunny summer days, lazy afternoons by the pool, and breezy sundresses. Summer weather will likely arrive in my part of Texas in another …

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Moroccan Lentils & Roasted Carrots {vegan, high-protein}

Moroccan Lentils & Roasted Carrots is a healthy, fast, frugal and high-protein meal that is naturally gluten-free, vegan and grain-free! A Fabulous Frugal Meal I’m not afraid of using the F word. It’s sprinkled throughout my blog. When I’m not using it, I’m thinking it. Pretty much all of the time. I’m letting it rip …

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3-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Vegetable Flatbread {Vegan, Grainfree}

Easy-to-make, 3-ingredient chickpea flour vegetable flatbread is full of delicious flavor and nutrition, yet free of eggs, grains, gluten, nuts and dairy. It is perfect for sandwiches, snacks, and all manner of gnoshing! Baked Chickpea Flour Flatbread Made with Vegetables How about a rainbow to start this late-February Friday? You’ve come to the right place, …

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Chopped Radish Cauliflower Salad {easy, vegan, keto}

Fresh, crunchy, peppery and unique, this easy-to-make chopped radish cauliflower salad is an ideal mid-winter side dish. It keeps beautifully (bring on the crunch!), meaning it is a fantastic make & take salad for lunches, too. A Fresh New Take on Chopped Salad Well hello there, everyone! I have a case of sunshine & lollipops …

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Lemony Celery Crunch Salad {vegan, keto}

Lemony celery crunch salad is a fresh mid-winter salad that will awaken your taste buds while energizing & nourishing your everything else :). Vegan, keto and low in calories, it’s a great make-ahead salad, too, ideal for several days worth of lunches or side-dishes. Celery! YES!!! That was your reaction, right? 🙂 No? If it …

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3-Ingredient Vegan Pesto Muffins {grain-free}

Easy, 3-ingredient vegan pesto muffins are the savory breakfast you are craving! Chickpea flour is the not-so-secret ingredient that makes this portable breakfast possible (as well as nutritious). Hallelujah: January is almost over.  January is a fine month in many respects (e.g., clean slate, new possibilities, and, personally, my birthday month), but sheesh, it is a …

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Gluten-Free Teff & Oat Bread {Vegan, Yeast-Free}

My gluten-free teff & oat bread is a perfect power up, any time of day. It is also vegan, yeast-free. easy to make in minutes, and ideal for fueling your next marathon, or any of your epic adventures! Happy Monday, everyone! The Houston Marathon is fewer than 6 days away, whoo-hoo! This will be my …

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Keto Baked Pepita Falafel {vegan, no beans}

If you love falafel, but need a break from the beans, try my easy, keto baked pepita falafel! In addition to being bean-free, they are vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, high in protein and fiber, and ideal for a meal or a snack on the go. Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and …

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Acorn Squash Sheet Pan Dinner {vegan, high-protein}

My acorn squash sheet pan dinner is a high protein & vegan meal made easy! Acorn squash, mushrooms, peppers and Burmese (chickpea flour) tofu are nestled onto one sheet pan for a  healthy and inspired weeknight meal. High Protein Vegan Sheet Pan Dinner As promised in last Tuesday’s post, I have another simple, delicious, plant-based, …

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Eggplant Chickpea Sheet Pan Dinner {vegan, oil-free, high protein}

This eggplant chickpea sheet pan dinner is a Middle-Eastern blend of bold spices and ingredients, including pomegranate seeds, tahini, &  mint. It is vegan, oil-free, high protein and gluten-free. Easy & Amazing Vegan Sheet Pan Dinner Oh, dinner. I love to eat it, but sometimes the thought of figuring out what it will be, shopping …

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Vegan Supper Stuffed Sweet Potatoes {5 ingredients, easy}

Dinner just got easier and more beautiful with these vegan supper stuffed sweet potatoes! Filled with with hummus, toasted walnuts, pomegranate seeds, and mint, this easy meal is packed with big flavors, extraordinary nutrition, and supreme satisfaction. In addition to being naturally gluten-free, grain-free and vegan, a simple Paleo option is provided. I won’t beat …

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Hearts of Palm Crab Cakes {vegan, gluten-free, grain-free option}

Hearts of palm crab cakes are your new favorite vegan appetizer. Canned hearts of palm, when shredded, have a texture and taste that is remarkably like crabmeat. Making them into crunchy “crab” cakes is the natural next step! Oh, friends…I have a game changer recipe for you today. Crisp, crunchy, succulent crab cakes. Made without …

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Jeweled Cauliflower Rice {vegan, grain-free}

Jeweled cauliflower rice is a side dish everyone can love! Based on Persian and North African rice & couscous dishes, it is vegan, grain-free, gluten-free & Paleo. A Delicious & Healthy Side-Dish For All Picking sides is inevitable at holiday gatherings. Some choices may lead to joy and cheer; others may bring annoyance, grumpiness and …

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Chickpea Flour Tofu {soy-free, aka Burmese Tofu}

Chickpea flour tofu (also known as Burmese tofu or shan tofu) is made with ease and is 100% soy-free. It is high-protein, grain-free, vegan, versatile, and so delicious! The New Tofu: Chickpea Flour Tofu  I thought I was done with tofu. I never liked it as an entrée, and I could always detect the flavor …

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Sweet Potato Kale Chickpea Flour Frittata {vegan, soy-free}

Welcome autumn with this delicious, beautiful and easy sweet potato kale chickpea flour frittata . It is vegan, soy-free, and oh so healthy! Only 152 calories per slice, too. A Healthy, Vegan, Make-Ahead Lunch Option Am I the only one who finds lunch a challenge? I am good with breakfast, possibly because I am still …

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Red Lentil Dal Spread {vegan, high-protein, easy}

Red lentil dal spread is the easy, high-protein snack you’ve been craving. Made with coconut milk & lime, it is vegan, easy, & so delicious! Red Lentils: The Perfect Power Snack Ingredient Looking for a crazy-delicious, protein and power-packed snack to keep on hand throughout the week? If you raised your hand, then consider making …

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Creamy Broccoli Hummus {vegan, oil-free option}

Creamy broccoli hummus made with broccoli, white beans and cilantro. It is vegan, gluten-free, and can be made with or without added oil. Whether you love broccoli or tolerate it, this broccoli hummus is a winner. Easy to make, and so convenient for lunches and snacking throughout the week, it’s a recipe to celebrate both …

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4-Ingredient Buckwheat Flax Chia Bread {vegan, GF, oil-free}

Healthy and wholesome 4-ingredient buckwheat flax chia bread is a perfect go-with everything bread! It is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, & easy to make, too. Good morning, everyone! I hope you had a happy Labor Day weekend. Mine was busy, with relatives in town, water-skiing at the lake, and long runs with running buddies. I also …

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Avocado, Banana & Pear Smoothie {vegan}

Feeling the need for a late-summer, nutrition reboot? My avocado, banana and pear smoothie will have you feeling and looking refreshed and revived in no time. So, the story behind this post begins with a little event I participated in on July 23rd: the San Francisco Marathon! I have been training for the past 3+ …

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Red Pepper Romesco Sauce {vegan, gluten-free, easy}

Say hello to Red Pepper Romesco Sauce, one of the most versatile sauces you have ever met. This Spanish sauce brightens and enhances vegetables and main dishes, doubles as a dip (or spread) for all of your favorite dunkables (packed lunch: simplified!), is a breeze to prepare, and is potent with power ingredients. In one …

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Parsnip Chickpea Flour Pizza Crust {grain-free, vegan, 3 ingredients}

Parsnip chickpea flour pizza crust is the grain-free recipe you have been looking for! Only 3 ingredients (plus water and salt) it is vegan (egg-free & dairy-free), gluten-free and versatile. Whether you are new to or well-versed in the concept of grain-free pizza crusts, I have an original, vegetable-centric option that I hope will have …

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Vegan Eggplant Pizza Slices {Gluten-Free, Fast, Easy}

Summer is here, and the options for delicious eating are too many to count! But if you insist on enumerating your options, do consider my vegan eggplant pizza slices! Easy, ready in under 30 minutes, and gobble-up-every-last-bit good, they are exactly what you want for dinner tonight (even if you did not know it until …

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Chickpea Flour Broccoli Pasta Frittatas (vegan, grain-free)

My chickpea flour pasta broccoli frittatas are vegan, grain-free & so delicious! Chickpea flour batter and chickpea pasta make make these mighty muffins possible. They have 136 calories and 7.2 g protein each! Vegan & Grain-Free Pasta Frittatas Every once in awhile, I come up with a recipe that makes me pinch myself. Not because …

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Mushroom Kale Quinoa Muffins {vegan, oil-free, GF}

So satisfying, and packed with nutrition, my 90-calorie mushroom kale quinoa muffins are perfect portable mini-meals! They are vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, & flourless, too.     Hi everyone! I hope that it’s been a good weekend all around for each of you. I managed to squeeze in a long run on Saturday morning (before it …

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Vegan Quinoa Muffin Tin Burgers {gluten-free}

My vegan quinoa muffin tin burgers are just what you need for a savory snack, packed lunch, or quick dinner (sliders!). They are oil-free, gluten-free, and only 91 calories each. Summer is coming to a close, and grilling will soon be replaced by stews, soups, and slow-cooker meals. But that doesn’t mean you have to …

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Vegan Quinoa Omelet Muffins {high protein, gluten-free}

Vegan quinoa omelet muffins, made with chickpea flour in place of eggs! Made in a muffin tin, they are gluten-free, high protein, and only 154 calories each. Google “quinoa egg muffin;” you’ll generate more than 4 million hits. It’s a wee bit popular. The reason is self-evident: take a super-grain (quinoa; one of the only …

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White Bean Flax Biscuits {4 ingredients, vegan, oil-free}

Super-fast, easy, vegan white bean flax biscuits! Delicious and versatile, they are also grain-free, oil-free, sugar-free, and made with only 4 ingredients. Peanut butter. Jelly. Avocado. Chocolate-hazelnut spread. Hummus. They all taste pretty darn great on bread. They also deserve to spread on great bread. So…here’s some great bread, in compact biscuit form! Not sweet, …

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Coconut Flour Cauliflower Bread {vegan, keto}

Quick and easy individual coconut flour cauliflower bread, made in a muffin tin! The bread is naturally vegan, grain-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and keto, plus, only 52 calories each! Cauliflower is having a heyday, shifting shape to become a grain stand-in for rice, couscous, and pizza crusts, as well as a fine ready substitute for potatoes in …

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Chickpea Flour Vegetable Frittatas {vegan, grain-free}

Scrumptious chickpea flour vegetable frittatas, made with chickpea flour in place of eggs! They are vegan, grain-free, & only 77 calories each. Egg-Free Mini Frittatas for Brunch or Easy Breakfasts Frittatas are perfectly suited for weekends, brunch and guests, so that’s exactly what I whipped up today. These are not Martha Stewart’s frittatas, although I think …

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Chickpea Flour Tortilla Espanola Muffins {vegan, grain-free}

Chickpea flour tortilla Espanola muffins are perfect for healthy meals and snacks on the go. They are vegan, grain-free & only 105 calories each. Happy Mother’s Day! Confession: I almost took today off from posting. It is partly because it’s Mothers Day, but more to do with the fact that today was day two of tournament baseball …

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Chipotle Cheese Bread Bites {Vegan, Oil-Free, GF}

Healthy & vegan chipotle cheese bread bites that taste like your favorite queso dip! They are oil-free, gluten-free, & have just 80 calories apiece. A perfect savory fitness snack! Queso  is on the menu at just about every Tex-Mex joint here in the Lone Star State, and no wonder: warm, gooey cheese, typically with a hot pepper …

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Tex-Mex Black Bean Frittatas {vegan, grain-free, high-protein}

Tex-Mex black bean frittatas, made with chickpea flour instead of eggs! Vegan, grain-free, and high-protein, they are perfect for lunches and in lunches & high-protein snacking. Vegan Frittatas with Tex-Mex Flavors I am feeling a wee bit like Wile E. Coyote. Super genius. I owe it all to black beans. As well as frozen peppers …

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2-Ingredient Chickpea Flour Tortillas {vegan, grainfree}

2-ingredient chickpea flour tortillas are the best and easiest grain-free tortillas! Made with chickpea flour and flaxseed meal (plus water and optional salt). They are vegan, grain-free, oil-free, and incredibly delicious and versatile! The search for great gluten-free tortillas is over. I was born and raised in California, and have been living in Texas for …

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Broccamole (super-healthy + less fat & calories)

Many in my adopted state will consider this post heresy. For I am proposing the addition of pureed broccoli to guacamole. Here in Texas, guacamole comes close to being a food group unto itself, served on just about everything, with just about anything, for just about any meal (breakfast, brunch, lunch, snack, dinner), or just about any gathering. …

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Matcha Green Smoothie Bowl

  Happy New Year, everyone! Today is the perfect day for sharing a refreshing, nourishing breakfast option: Matcha Green Smoothie Bowls. It will jumpstart your well-being as well as revive your taste buds following the delicious richness of the previous month of holiday treats and meals. Smoothies are a regular part of my breakfast and …

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5-Minute Chickpea Flour Soup {gluten-free, vegan}

5-minute chickpea flour soup is a French mug-full of delicious, healthy eating! It is vegan, gluten-free, & made in a microwave (or on stove). Almost Instant Soup, Made with Chickpea Flour Raise your hand if you’ve ever grown weary of sweet power bars, granola bars, energy bars and other such snacks! I am all about …

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Winter Tabbouleh with Freekeh, Sweet Potatoes & Pomegranate

It happens more times than I can count that my new favorite recipes are ones thrown together on the fly with what’s on hand. Add this Winter Tabbouleh to the list. A friend sent a message Thursday night inviting us to come to a “Friendsgiving” get-together on Friday before everyone heads out of town or …

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Goat Cheese Muffins made w/ Chickpea Flour {Grain-Free, Gluten-Free}

Of all the ways you can make muffins — and, heaven help me, I know firsthand that the ways are many — going savory is among the best. Part of it is probably the unexpected: try a word association game with anyone, mention “muffin!” and the answer (99% of the time) will be “blueberry!” or another sweet variation. …

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Creamy Vegan Zucchini Potato Soup {easy, 5 ingredients}

So satisfying, but still summery: my creamy vegan zucchini potato soup (the potatoes add creaminess, without cream!). The soup is vegan, gluten-free, and made with 5 ingredients! The other day, I mentioned that I am enjoying hot porridge and hot soup for breakfast and lunch, respectively, despite the Texas heat. Afterwards, some of you tweeted …

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Welsh Lentil & Carrot Salad with Goat Cheese & Mint

I love a hearty salad–beans, grains, lentils, mixed vegetables, whole grain pasta–when it’s a million degrees outside. With a few minutes of effort, I have delicious eats for quick mini-meals or snacks for several days. Even a petite bowl-ful is infinitely more satisfying than a handful of dry crackers or watery “baby” carrots. This beautiful …

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Chickpea Thumbprint Cookies {Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free}

Thumbprints are endearing cookies. Typically petite, round, and dolloped with something sweet in the middle, they are charming with a cup of Earl Grey tea, or perhaps a tall, cold glass of milk. Not these thumbprints. Say hello to power thumbprints! Sure, they are still as cute as can be, but their charm belies their powerful …

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Chopped Kale Salad {Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free}

In many ways, my parents fit the 1970s, San Francisco bay area stereotype of hippy living. My dad drove a a VW camper (pop-up top), my mother made most of her own dresses, they bought groceries from the Co-op, and grew copious quantities of vegetables, fruits, and herbs in our backyard garden. But more than …

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Lemony Arugula Walnut Spread {gluten-free, vegan}

Lemony arugula walnut spread made in minutes with white beans Loaded with superfoods, it is naturally gluten-free, grain-free and vegan.   Arugula is one of my touchstone ingredients. If it is featured on a menu, I will invariably order whatever it is on, I throw handfuls of it on pizza (even ordinary delivery versions), and …

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Chickpea Flour Mini Quiches {vegan, grain-free, gluten-free}

Today is the last day of my month of portable power food (I’ll do a round-up of all of the recipes in a separate post), all of which I designed for staying on track through January in particular, but all year round, too. I’ve written only one savory option so far (Paleo Almond Flour Mushroom …

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Paleo Mushroom Muffins {gluten-free, grain-free, almond flour}

My Paleo Almond Flour Muffins recipe is one of my most popular posts, so it was a natural to develop a savory version in line with my month of portable, nutritious, empowering eats. So let me introduce you to my Almond Flour Mushroom Muffins. They are naturally gluten-free, grain-free and Paleo. Mushrooms? Muffins? Some of …

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3-Ingredient Cantaloupe Strawberry Smoothie {vegan, Paleo}

The perfect post-workout smoothie? You found it: my 3-Ingredient Cantaloupe Strawberry Smoothie ! It is vegan, Paleo, and has no added sugar. A Perfect Post-Workout Smoothie Say hello to a perfect, post-workout smoothie. Sure, you can slurp this any time of the day, but the combination of cantaloupe and strawberries is a slam-dunk after a …

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3-Minute, Healthy Microwave Mug Meal: Spiced Lentils with Yogurt, Almonds and Mint

Is lunch a challenging meal for anyone else out there? I can do a great, healthy breakfast before I’m fully conscious–for example, a green smoothie, egg or tofu scramble, or multigrain toast with PB&J or some smashed avocado. But lunch? I’m a mess. Largely because I fail to plan. But also because I forget. Even …

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Spinach, Lentil & Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Happy National Spinach Day! Who knew? I certainly wouldn’t have, were it not for an email alert from one of the Health websites to which I subscribe (I love that I was alerted about spinach). Almost every day is a spinach day on my menu–I stuff it into blueberry smoothies, layer it in sandwiches and …

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Teff Bowl with Avocado, Chickpeas & Lemon-Tahini Sauce

I’m going to bowl you over. With teff. Teff is an itty bitty, teeny tiny grain–considered the world’s smallest grain–that has a nutty, subtly sweet flavor (no bitterness). I am falling for it, hard! I am confident you will too. It’s indigenous to Ethiopia, and, if you’ve eaten at an Ethiopian restaurant, you’ve likely enjoyed …

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4-Ingredient Vegan Power Bread {oil-free, GF}

My 4-ingredient super-power bread is so delicious, nutritious, and easy! It is also vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, yeast-free, and flourless. Vegan Gluten-Free Bread that Is Super Easy I do not fare well in cold weather. As soon as the weather drops below 50, I reach for my fleece, plug in the space heater beneath my …

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Broccoli Chopped Salad with Cilantro & Lime {5 ingredients}

“To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist — the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one’s vinegar.” — Oscar Wilde Tired of eating the same old chopped romaine with a squirt of low-calorie ranch? Then don’t. It’s time to …

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4-Ingredient Quinoa-Black Bean Chili (vegan)

One of the perks of being married to an academic–coupled with living in a college town–is that I can continue to follow an academic calender. At this time of year, that means one thing: Spring Break! I was never very excited about spring break as an undergrad. I wasn’t that kind of co-ed. In fact, …

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Detox Broccoli Soup with Ginger & Lemon {vegan, gluten-free}

I have the flu. It’s not pretty. I’m a terrible patient, largely because I am so impatient. Doctors’ orders annoy me, and since I am reluctant to see my general practitioner, the closest doctor is Kevin, so I take my irritation out on him. This particular bout of illness was following my usual cycle; it’s …

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Grab & Go Grain & Greek Yogurt Pots

The inspiration for these little pots of yum is easily explained: I saw similar parfaits in a fancy New York grocery store (which shall remain nameless, although it rhymes with Mean & Peluca) made with farro, artisanal Greek yogurt (regular Greek yogurt is so pedestrian), and wildflower honey that must have been harvested by fairies …

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Crispy Baked Amaranth Patties {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

                                I know, dear readers, that you likely have a cozy relationship with quinoa. But what’s your status with it’s itty bitty cousin, amaranth? Like quinoa, amaranth is technically a seed, not a grain (specifically classified as a “pseudocerreal”), and …

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Freekeh, Peach and Basil Salad

And so another food obsession begins: this time, it’s freekeh. Freekeh (pronounced FREE-kah) is an ancient grain that is typically made with durum wheat that has been harvested while still green (not the slightly greenish hue of the grain in my photo below). What happens next in the harvesting process make the grassy flavor of …

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Whole Grain Baking Powder Foccacia {no yeast}

Happy Monday, everyone! First, an apology. I typically feel guilty when my blog post is more of a short recipe share, but such postings often end up being more popular than the verbose treatises I agonize over for hours. Hmm, I sense a learning moment. So here we go with this Monday’s recipe in brief.Every …

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Lentil-Quinoa Frittata Bars {Gluten-Free}

I followed through on my promise to myself in yesterday’s post and have set about on a full-fledged cleaning tear. The pantry and refrigerator are scoured  to their bright and shiny sheen of yore, and now I’m on to the closets. Oh, the glamour! I especially need to finish going through Nick’s old toys and …

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Lemony Lentil and Quinoa Salad {gluten-free, vegan}

I’m back from a whirlwind of a trip to New York City to attend the annual conference for the International Association of Culinary Professionals. This year’s theme was The Fashion of Food and upon leaving, I feel like I have a fabulous new wardrobe, replete with dazzling accessories. So many amazing writers, chefs, bloggers, and …

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Sweet Potato Bisque with West Indian Spices {Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free}

I would not have guessed that I would be longing for a bowl of soup today; the temperature has been pushing 90 since the weekend and the humidity has been Texas with a capital T. But the wind was gusting last night, and the windshield sported a few sprinkles as Nick and I drove home …

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3-Ingredient Black Bean Pumpkin Soup {vegan, oil-free}

3-ingredient black bean pumpkin soup is perfect for a quick, nutritious weeknight supper. It is vegan, oil-free, & scrumptious. Graduate school made me a better cook and more firmly directed me on to the road to recipe development. It wasn’t the examination of social theory, the fun-filled evenings in the library stacks, or trudging through …

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Roasted Sweet Potato & Rosemary Sorghum Pilaf {Vegan, GF}

Last night, I finally got around to using the remainder of sorghum that’s been sitting in my freezer for several months. I’ve used sorghum in place of barley in several soups, but I have yet to make a dish that has the grain as its primary focus. At this point, you may be asking yourself …

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Healthy Roasted Carrot Hummus (No Beans)

Your new snack obsession: Healthy roasted carrot hummus, made without beans! Nutritious and delicious in one fell swoop, it is also vegan, gluten-free & Paleo. I am giddy with excitement over my new recipe: Roasted Carrot Hummus! My intent was to develop a number of recipes this week that were Halloween-y, yet healthy. All things …

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3-Ingredient Carrot & Red Lentil Soup {vegan, oil-free}

Cozy up to a bowl of velvety, 3-ingredient carrot & red lentil soup! It is vegan, oil-free, and decadent tasting, but only 108 calories per serving. When the going gets tough, the tough make soup for dinner. It’s been a long week for a variety of reasons, but a definite plus is that the weather …

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Broccoli, Black Bean & Quinoa Salad {vegan & gluten-free}

TGIF, everyone! I hope it is as gorgeous where you are as it is here in Texas. I wasn’t sure if I would have time to post today due to my work schedule (combined with staying up too late last night watching Project Runway). But I am enjoying being back in a regular posting mode, …

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Lemony Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad (vegan, keto)

Lemony shredded Brussels sprouts salad will change your ideas about this petite green vegetable forever! Crunchy, fresh, crisp and delicious, the salad is also vegan, keto and paleo. Eating your Brussels sprouts suddenly got very easy. And incredibly delicious. Though the calendar says October, it  still feels like summer here in Texas (possibly winter where …

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Lentil Salad w/ Pomegranate & Avocado

I’m admittedly immodest about my savant-like memory of the food items stocked in stores across town. Ask me about price, availability, sizes, freshness, superiority, inferiority…you name it, I can tell you. Just don’t ask me when Kevin is in the vicinity, as he’ll think you’re encouraging my obsessive-compulsive tendencies (why does he always have to …

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Broccoli, Bean & Egg Power Salad

Nick and his best buddy Jack had a fun-filled day this past Saturday, beginning with some “tennis” (i.e., whacking balls around the tennis court while Eralda–Jack’s mom, and my lovely friend–and I played ball girls) and ending with the dyeing of eggs back at our house (in actuality, it ended with tears when the two …

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30-Minute Sweet Potato Chili (vegan + gluten-free)

I’ve been eating far too much cake the past week. It’s all in preparation for a new cookbook (!) coming out in the not too distant future. I’ll share more soon. I’ve been giving away as much cake as I can, and limiting my consumption to “test bites,” but in sum, it’s still a lot of …

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Easy Coconut Flour Focaccia (gluten-free, grain-free & paleo)

I realize I will get no sympathy from my east coast friends by complaining of the 70-degree weather we experienced here in Texas yesterday, so instead, let me simply extol the gorgeousness of today: sunny, clear, and, at present, a cool 49 degrees. I started the day with a brisk walk at 6 am with …

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15 Minute Lemony Greens Soup (vegan + glutenfree)

It’s a fresh new year! I hope this finds all of you happy and well! Today’s post is ridiculously easy. I happen to be a big fan of ridiculously easy. I’ve been infatuated with the Green Smoothie Revolution book I bought last fall. I’ve been stuffing spinach into my smoothies since I was in graduate school; slurping …

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Quinoa Salad with Radish, Cucumber & Lime (gluten-free & vegan)

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m short on words today: my in-laws are en route for a short visit, I have a cook-off in Houston tomorrow, this weekend is Kevin’s birthday, and I am behind in my work. It’s the perfect equation for writer’s block. And grumpiness. And panic. It’s particularly frustrating, as I do have a …

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High Protein Avocado Toast (vegan)

I’ve been feeling guilty at the end of my yoga sessions of late. I am refreshed and rejuvinated by the final savasana and the caramel alto of my superwoman-of-an-instructor Amy’s voice. But then she asks us to wish for peace and harmony of all living creatures. And there’s the rub–because from late spring to early fall, I …

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Quinoa Salad with Berries, Cucumber & Almonds {vegan}

Every food blog needs an interjection of hilarity from time to time. Mine most often comes from kitchen mishaps: a soup explosion on the ceiling (be careful pureeing those hot soups in the blender!), a gray strawberry cheesecake (thank you aluminum springform pan), or a black bean pound cake (this deserves a post of its …

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Mexican Street Corn Salad {Raw, Vegan}

I know that fall and winter holidays are touted as the ideal time for cooking and entertaining, but the pressure and the presents, not to mention the dark, cold days, make the prospect daunting, the tasks overwhelming. But give me some sunshine, flip-flops and a grill, and I’m ready for a great time, anytime, with …

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Muhammara (paleo+glutenfree+vegan)

You need easy food. I need easy food. We both want easy food that is also darn delicious and available for immediate eating, whether as a nibble or as part of a meal. We both need muhammara. I consider muhammara–along with hummus and other easy, healthy spreads–a food staple throughout the summer. Strike that–I make …

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Apple, Broccoli & Sunflower Seed Salad

Sunday in East Texas was clear and beautiful following a night of showers. Thank heavens. The humidity from the day before had me grumpy and lethargic; my downward dogs were droopy dogs in yoga class. The shift in weather–and Nick sleeping past 7 am, hurrah!–was merely the start of a great day, the highlight being …

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Macaroni & Cheese with Cashew Cheese Sauce {Vegan, GF Option}

For my entire childhood, I had a week’s notice of my dinner fare. Every Saturday morning, my mother plunked a pile of cookbooks and her overstuffed recipe box on the dining room table and mapped out a week of dinner menus before heading to the local co-op. It helped her manage her budget, shopping and …

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Split Pea & Green Pea Soup {4 ingredients, Vegan, High Protein}

Split pea & green pea soup is a fresh, bright variation on heavy split pea soup. It is vegan, high in protein, and both easy & frugal to make.  4-Ingredient Split Pea & Green Pea Soup I’m giddy with Olympic fever, and following the visions of snow-capped mountains night after night (oh, Canada…) I’ve had …

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Easy Vegan TVP Meatballs {high protein, grain-free}

Easy vegan TVP meatballs! They are very high in protein (almost 30 grams per serving), simple to make with pantry ingredients and also grain-free and gluten-free. Hooray for fall! After months of blazing heat, suffocating humidity, and malevolent mosquitoes, East Texas is, virtually overnight, a tranquil haven. Praise be! Post-church, Kevin, Nick and I spent …

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Winter Barley Salad w/ Beets, Carrots & Feta (quick and easy!)

There comes a time in most every home cook’s life when the thought of setting foot in the kitchen seems abominable. The feeling may strike at any time; it bears no correlation to the home cook’s love or loathing of assembling a meal. It can last a few hours, a few days or several weeks …

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Artichoke Heart Hummus {No Beans, No Tahini}

Creamy and healthy artichoke heart hummus, made without beans and tahini!. It is vegan paleo, and bright with the flavors of lemon and roasted almonds. Hummus Made with Artichoke Hearts Instead of Beans As promised in yesterday’s post for Grain-Free Artichoke Spinach Dip Muffins, I am offering an even simpler option for artichoke hearts (following …

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Grain-Free Artichoke-Spinach Dip Muffins {Paleo}

I have a problem. I have a hard time resisting amazing sales. Not on clothing. My downfall is a great deal on high-quality ingredients. That’s how I ended up with a dozen cans of organic artichoke hearts. So in the interest of making room in my pantry, and appeasing my husband, I am using at …

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Midwinter Carrot Millet Salad

A few years ago, I decided I’d had enough of negative New Year’s resolutions. Pledges to to lose 5 pounds, give up coffee & fruity candy (what was I thinking?), and relinquish noontime daydreaming made me grumpy and blue, and that’s no way to start the New Year. So bye-bye self-inflicted, guilt-laden, prickly punishments disguised …

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Quinoa Burgers with Hummus & Roasted Red Peppers (vegan & glutenfree)

I’ve been on a vegetarian bent since Sunday, largely because it was my husband’s birthday last week, and that meant several days of Kevin’s favorites: steak, cherry pie, fried chicken, red wine… Yum. It was fun to slip into Southern kitchen queen mode for a spell, especially to celebrate, but I was in dire need …

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Easy Brown Rice Sushi Balls {vegan + gluten-free}

This is one of those “it’s about time” posts, meaning I’ve had good intentions of posting about these yummy sushi snacks for some time. But doing so required me making and then photographing them while the sun was shining, so…here I am, months later, addressing the topic at last. But perhaps the procrastination paid off, …

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3-Ingredient Tomato Lentil Soup {vegan, high-protein, oil-free}

Easy, delicious, 3-Ingredient tomato lentil soup, with 14.5 g protein & only 135 calories per serving! It is vegan, oil-free, & gluten-free. A Healthy, Humble (Jellybean Detox) Soup Recipe This morning I awoke with a jelly bean hangover. It wasn’t altogether unpleasant. In review, it was more accurately a jellybean and chocolate bunny hangover. Rising …

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Easy Barbecue Tofu {vegan & gluten-free}

Even the most avid cook occasionally balks at the prospect of preparing dinner. When this happens to me, I respond by firing up the stovetop for one of my reliable, stress-free standbys, such as my barbecue tofu. Before I get to the sandwich recipe, it’s worth addressing the “why bother with tofu?” question. My answer …

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Yogurt (High Protein!)

I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m obsessed. A fellow running friend, who shares my love/infatuation with all things yogurt, told me about her favorite power snack: Greek yogurt mixed with peanut butter. I went home and made it within 30 minutes of her telling me, and oh my goodness, I am smitten. It …

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Chickpea and Potato Masala {vegan + gluten-free}

When I was in graduate school, my California friends and acquaintances back home would invariably ask the same question with every return visit: “Remind me where it is you attend school? It’s one of the I states, isn’t it?” After years of replying “Indiana,” the abbreviated responses remained constant: in summer, “Ooh, Hot!” and in …

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Spinach, Jicama & Chickpea Winter Salad

Good morning, everyone! Hope this February day is going well so far. Today’s post is short and sweet, or, more specifically crunchy, since it involves my new twist on salad. Salad, or, more generally, vegetables, in the winter are challenging. New Year’s resolutions are made to eat more of them, but one can only eat …

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3-Ingredient Vegan Bean Burgers {oil-free, gluten-free}

Need a last minute lunch or dinner in minutes? Try my 3-ingredient vegan bean burgers! You most likely have the ingredients–canned beans, rolled oats, and barbecue sauce– in your pantry right now. The upside of going out to lunch with friends is just that: going out to lunch with friends! The time feels even more …

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Edamame , Corn & Quinoa Salad {vegan & gluten-free}

Cool, hip, and beautiful from every angle, edamame is the supermodel of the frozen vegetable world. People who shun all other frozen vegetables proudly display their edamame bags in supermarket carts and proffer it as a sophisticated nibble at dinner parties. Edamame is a specialty variety of soybean harvested while still green. Because they are …

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Green Pea Guacamole {No Avocado}

Who knew that frozen peas could be so ridiculously delicious and versatile? But before I develop a distinct green tinge, I’ll move on to another vegetable. Tomorrow I’ll begin anew with another option from my list of vegetable favorites (surf in to see what’s in store–no hints!). The inspiration for recipe # 3 comes from …

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Green Pea Soup with Tarragon {vegan, fast, frugal}

“How luscious lies the pea within the pod.” –Emily Dickinson   I made this soup for lunch today using the second of my three bags of frozen peas. I’ve made the basic soup before, but this is the first time I’ve added tarragon (I have a tiny patch growing beside the remains of a tomato …

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Easy, Spicy Chickpea & Quinoa Soup

I started thinking about the makings for this spicy, North-African-inspired chickpea & quinoa soup while visiting my parents over Christmas. We started talking about Boxing Day on the way home from the airport (on Christmas Day); it brought back a flood of recollections. Here’s why. Along with the trimming of the tree, the four hour-long …

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Easy Pumpkin Soup {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo}

I have not wrapped a single present…have been having too much fun cooking and writing blog entries. Plus, I’m excited about heading home to the bay area tomorrow. In addition to love of family, it is also about love of ingredients that I cannot get here, so it’s off to several haunts in the days …

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