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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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High Protein Lentil Bolognese {vegan, grain-free, easy}

High protein lentil bolognese served with grain-free (chickpea) pasta is a powerhouse supper! It is also vegan, easy, frugal, and boasts almost 20 grams protein per serving. Bolognese made with Lentils It’s pasta time. Hearty, satisfying pasta that tastes like it has been simmering all day. Pasta that makes you feel cozy, even when it …

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Cauliflower Rice Paella {vegan, keto option}

Cauliflower rice paella! It is fast, easy and delicious, as well as naturally vegan, grain-free, & keto-friendly (with one simple sub). Only 92 calories per satisfying serving, too. Make a Healthy All-Vegetable Paella Traveling home to the San Francisco Bay Area always inspires me with regard to food. Especially when it comes to produce. It …

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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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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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Caboodles – Steamed Cabbage Noodles (vegan, keto, 1-ingredient)

Caboodles – steamed cabbage noodles – are easy, frugal, & endlessly versatile vegetable noodles that do not require a spiralizer. They are keto, vegan, low-carb, low-calorie, oil-free and Paleo. Frugal Vegetable Noodles, Made without a Spiralizer Vegetable noodles are a delicious and simple swap for noodles of all kinds, as well as a fun (and …

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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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Lentil & Mushroom Meatballs {Vegan, High Protein, Grain-Free}

Lentil & mushroom meatballs that are vegan and grain-free! High in protein and low in calories (10 grams protein, 149 calories per 4 meatballs), they are also nut-free, very high in fiber, and can be made without oil. Vegan Ground Beef Meatballs Given all of the cookie recipes I post here on Power Hungry, you …

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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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Vegan Sweet Potato Enchilada Bake {Oil-Free, Grain-Free}

So easy, and so good: my vegan sweet potato enchilada bake! Layered with kale, beans, corn and enchilada sauce, it is grain-free, oil-free, and high in plant protein! Healthy Enchilada Casserole made with Sweet Potatoes Tomorrow is New Year’s Day–time for new pursuits and a long list of resolutions! But we all need to fuel …

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Grain-Free Vegan Matzo Ball Soup {made with chickpea flour)

Grain-free vegan matzo ball soup made with chickpea flour and whole psyllium husks (a unique egg replacer). It is also gluten-free and  100% kosher. Matzo Ball Soup that is Vegan & Grain-Free My college cafeteria gets the credit for my matzo ball soup affection. They offered a great one, rich with fragrant broth, tender vegetables …

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Grain-Free Lentil Loaf {Vegan, High Protein}

Stellar, grain-free lentil loaf made with  ease and humble pantry ingredients. Packed with flavor, it is vegan, gluten-free, high in protein (8.5 grams) and only 150 calories per jumbo slice! A Better, Simpler Lentil Loaf The first time I made a meatless meatloaf of any kind was in my tiny, windowless, graduate school kitchen. It …

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Vegan Lentil Taco Meat {Grain-Free, High-Protein}

Perfect for your next Taco Tuesday, this easy, delicious, vegan lentil taco meat is nutritious, soy-free, grain-free, high in protein (11 g per 3/4 cup!), frugal, easy-to-make, and ready for use in your favorite tacos, burritos, nachos, and taco salads. Vegan Lentil Taco Meat for Taco Tuesday It may be Monday, but I am already …

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Vegan Lentil Cincinnati Chili {Grain-Free, High-Protein}

A hearty, delicious riff on a classic, my Vegan Lentil Cincinnati Chili is made with red lentils in place of the beef. It is easy, healthy, gluten-free, high in protein, and grain-free (if you like), too! A New Take on Cincinnati Chili The first time I stumbled upon Cincinnati Chili was more than 20 years …

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Vegan Avocado Chickpea Shakshuka

California-style skillet supper, made super-simple: vegan avocado chickpea shakshuka! It is egg-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and ready in minutes. A Monday-Friendly Meatless Monday Meal I’m all for Meatless Monday, especially at dinnertime, but I have a caveat: Monday should be given equal consideration with Meatless. Mondays do not need to be capped off with complicated ingredients, …

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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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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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Mustard Greens Pepita Pesto {Vegan, Nut-Free}

Spicy, citrusy, mustard greens pepita pesto, the perfect midwinter, superfood sauce for pasta, or as a spread or dip. Bonus: the ingredients also make it an ideal exercise recovery food! I am pretty sure that what I am about to say has never been uttered or written before now: Pesto is an ideal exercise recovery …

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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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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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Chickpea Flour Soda Bread {vegan, grain-free}

Quick and easy mini chickpea flour soda bread with “everything” topping. They are grain-free, vegan, gluten-free, and so delicious! Oh my oh my. You are going to LOVE these: tender, fluffy soda bread minis, made vegan, grain-free and gluten-free. It’s all made possible with chickpea flour, which does the usual job of grain flour, but …

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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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Mushroom Almond Flour Bread {keto, vegan}

Baked in a muffin tin, this mushroom almond flour bread is 100% scrumptious, as well as vegan, keto, & grain-free. Great for snacks and portable lunches! Vegan Keto Bread Made with Almond Flour Creating grain-free bread is challenging. Creating vegan, grain-free bread ? Without the structure of gluten, grains and the volume and protein structure from …

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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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Baked Vegetable & Hummus Bites {vegan, grain-free, gluten-free}

I have a very special snack to cap off this first month; it took some finagling to get it right, but, oh my stars, the final result is a winner. It’s my hummus and vegetables bites. Forget packing one container of hummus, another of cut-up vegetables. With a few humble ingredients, a muffin tin, and …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Quick Pumpkin Polenta with Kale {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Like my recipe today, this post is quick and easy. I spent a few hours this morning finishing up Nick’s Halloween costume. On a scale of 1-10 on craftiness, I am about a 2.5, but I nevertheless found a cute, and (seemingly easy) costume–a crocodile wrestler–that instantly became the object of Nick’s desire. It would …

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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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Easy Mung Bean Soup (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Aren’t mung beans pretty?   I know you’ve had mung bean sprouts in one form or another (perhaps an Asian stir-fry, Chinese take-out, or a Banh Mi sandwich), but it’s far less likely you’ve tried them whole. I couldn’t resist these jade beauties on one of my visits to Central Foods in Houston–I tend to …

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Watercress & Walnuts (vegan +glutenfree + paleo)

My friend Kristen asked me if I could provide a brief tutorial for how to cut up and use cauliflower. I had made this very salad for her–roasted cauliflower with toasted walnuts–and she said  that, whle she loved it, she was completely intimidated by cooking cauliflower, especially cutting it up into pieces. So here goes (don’t …

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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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Chickpea Flour Spinach Gnocchi (vegan, grain-free)

A bowl full of chickpea flour spinach gnocchi, topped with warm marinara and vegan Parmesan cheese, is sure to be your new favorite Italian supper! The gnocchi are vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, and high in fiber. It’s been cold–COLD–in Texas this February, and no, I don’t mean 50 degrees. I’m talking icy, single digit mornings, and …

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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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Black Bean Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (4 Ingredients & vegan)

I have come to the conclusion that everyone wants easy recipes for dinner. Come six o’clock on a Tuesday night, even those who proclaim steadfast allegiance to the slow food movement long for a delicious meal made with 4 to 6 familiar ingredients (give or take), even fewer steps (ideally while doing something else at …

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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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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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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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Easy 1-Pot Pasta Pomodoro {Vegan, Gluten-Free Option}

Native Californians have their share of regional expressions, but in terms of interest, variety, and color, we can’t begin to compete with Southerners. Sadly, years of graduate school have expunged most of the phrases from my husband’s vernacular, but they always return, at least in small measure, when we spend time with my in-laws. I …

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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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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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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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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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Easy Spinach-Almond Balls {paleo+GF+vegan)

With its unapologetic green color and earthy flavor, spinach is not a vegetable about which most people are indifferent. Particularly in the frozen spinach category, too many fall into the “you’ve got to be kidding” category, most likely based on memories of grade school lunches past where the innocent green was boiled to brownish-grey oblivion …

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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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