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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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Baked Split Pea-Nuts {nut-free, high protein}

Your new favorite nibble: 2-Ingredient Baked Split Pea-Nuts! Made from humble split peas, they are nut-free, vegan, high in protein, gluten-free, grain-free, frugal, and fabulous. ‘Tis the season to enjoy all kinds of snacks and nibbles, and I have a great one to share: baked crispy “nuts” made from split peas! I’m a nibbler. Always …

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Baked Split Pea Meatballs {vegan, gluten-free, high protein}

Grab the bag of split peas in your pantry and make a batch of baked split pea meatballs! They are vegan, gluten-free, high in protein & fiber, and so tasty, both for meals and snacking! Yellow Split Pea Love The only way I ate split peas for the first two decades of my life was …

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3-Ingredient Black Bean Chili {vegan, oil-free, high protein}

Dinner, made simple: thick, spicy, 3-ingredient black bean chili made in under 30 minutes! It is vegan, oil-free, high in protein, and so darn good. Oh, dinner. Haven’t I made you six thousand times in the last two months?  And yet, I can’t quit you. My hunger persists. I propose a compromise: a hearty dish …

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2-Ingredient Lentil Flax Bread {vegan, oil-free, grain-free}

Craving bread? Then head to the pantry and grab a bag of lentils to make my rustic, 2-ingredient lentil flax bread ! It is vegan, oil-free, high in protein (8.5 g per wedge), gluten-free, and ready in under an hour. Easy Rustic Flatbread Made with Lentils Lentil tortillas are one of my favorite tortillas to …

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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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Basic Vegan Chickpea Flour Muffins {grain-free, oil-free}

Tender, oil-free & vegan chickpea flour muffins made with three kinds of chickpea products (canned chickpeas, chickpea liquid, & chickpea flour). They are grain-free, easy to make, & have 137 calories & 5 grams protein each. I have a short and sweet post for all of you today, with a short and sweet recipe to …

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4-Ingredient White Bean Flatbread {grain-free, vegan}

Healthy 4-ingredient white bean flatbread, made with dried white beans and coconut flour! It is grain-free, low carb and easy-to-make. Grain-Free Bread made with Dried Beans For my latest ultra-simple bread creation, I decided to revisit one of my favorite recipes from last year–my Red Lentil Sandwich Bread— for inspiration and a variation. I was …

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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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Sesame Sriracha Stuffed Cucumber Cups {Vegan, Keto, GF}

Sesame sriracha stuffed cucumber cups, filled with an easy, flavor-packed, Asian filling. Vegan, keto and gluten-free, they are perfect for show-off appetizers or healthy snacks. Healthy Fresh & Flavorful Snacking: Stuffed Cucumber Cups Just in the nick of time, I have an appetizer recipe to share that is perfect for any and all New Year’s …

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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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Flourless Lentil Flatbread {Grain-Free, Vegan}

Rosemary & garlic flourless lentil flatbread, made without grains! It is naturally vegan, and incredibly easy to make, too. Most importantly, it is 100% delicious! What a relief that fall is finally here! At long last it is time for soups, crock-pot meals, all things apple and pumpkin, and baking of all kinds. I’ve got …

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Vegan White Bean Pesto {High Protein, Nut-Free}

Versatile, velvety-smooth vegan white bean pesto, made in minutes with 5 ingredients. It is high protein & can be enjoyed as a sauce, dip or spread! Hello, everyone! Apologies for my brief posting furlough. I was home in California, relishing some quality time with my family, as well as the San Francisco fog. Both were …

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Peanut Butter Coconut Flour Protein Balls {4 ingredients, grainfree, vegan}

An ideal snack for workouts, lunches, afternoon pick-me-ups, and breakfasts, these 4 ingredient peanut butter coconut flour protein balls are also naturally vegan, grain-free, simple to prepare (no cooking required!) and so delicious. My willingness to bake flew out the window as the temperature approached 100 degrees today. Oy vey! I reworked my plans, making …

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Coconut Flour Lentil Cookies {Grain-free, Vegan}

Delicious, satisfying, and nutrient-packed coconut flour lentil cookies are perfect for breakfast (yes!), or for packing on day trips and into school lunches! The cookies are grain-free, vegan, and easy-to-make, too. Happy August, everyone! It is approaching one million degrees here in Texas, so you may be surprised that I have been baking. I know, …

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1-Ingredient Black Bean Tortillas {Grain-Free, Vegan}

1-ingredient black bean tortillas made with dried black beans (plus water & optional salt). They are grain-free, oil-free, vegan & only 50 calories each. I remember when I first stumbled upon the “Will it Waffle?” book. I picked it up in a bookstore and looked at nothing else for the next hour. It is such …

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Vegan Breakfast Sausage Patties {Grain-Free, High Protein}

Say good morning to vegan breakfast sausage patties! They are delicious, satisfying, high in protein and also grain-free (thanks to the addition of coconut flour).  A bit of baking soda helps to keep the patties light and tender. A Filling High-Protein Breakfast Option: Vegan Breakfast Sausage Patties Hello everyone! I hope your summer is in full …

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Fresh Herb Lentil Bread {Grain-Free, Vegan}

This grain-free & vegan fresh herb lentil bread will easily become your favorite bread of the summer! Made from regular lentils, coconut flour, and a heap of fresh herbs, it is ideal for snacking, sandwiches, & as an entrée accompaniment.   Hello, everyone! I have another grain-free bread on offer, and it is perfect for …

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1-Ingredient Split Pea Tortillas {Grain-Free, Vegan}

Hearty and versatile 1-ingredient split pea tortillas that are grain-free  & vegan. They are oil-free, sugar-free, vegan, high fiber and high protein, too. I am not very good at leaving well enough alone. For example, when the 1-ingredient red lentil tortilla recipe I devised last week turned out to be a big hit, the gold …

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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, …

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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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Vegan Chickpea Flour Chocolate Cake {Grain-Free, 1-bowl}

The recipe you need for upcoming spring and summer celebrations: my vegan chickpea flour chocolate cake! Made in one bowl, it is grain-free, gluten-free and vegan. It’s not a miracle, but it is most definitely marvelous! Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope this post finds you well and (wishful thinking for all) enjoying the first glimpses …

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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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Healthy Brownie Batter Hummus {vegan, oil-free}

Have you got 3 minutes? Then you have enough time to whip up a batch of healthy brownie batter hummus! It tastes like indulgence, but is a super nutritious treat! It is vegan, oil-free, & only 38 calories a serving. Brownie Batter Dip Made with Chickpeas! Hooray, the weekend is upon us! Whether your plans …

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Vegan Gingerbread Chickpea Blondies {oil-free, flourless, grain-free}

Vegan gingerbread chickpea blondies nourish your body as they satisfy your sweet tooth! They are flourless, vegan, oil-free, grain-free, gluten-free and low-sugar. Hello, everyone! I hope this Sunday finds you happy and well, and, for those of you in the United States, safe (and undelayed!) in your return Thanksgiving travels. I am thankful to be …

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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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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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Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cakes {oil-free, gluten-free}

Packed with 14 grams of plant protein, these vegan oatmeal raisin protein cakes are a perfect breakfast or snack! They are oil-free, gluten-free, and baked in a muffin tin. We are a mystery to many. We are the oatmeal-raisin cookie lovers of the world. While others recoil at the mention of raisins, or cry “foul!” …

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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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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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Blueberry Chickpea Flour No-Cornbread (Vegan, Grain-Free)

Forget about grains and make a batch of my blueberry chickpea flour no-cornbread instead! It is vegan, grain-free, and gluten-free! Eek! Ack! I have no idea how it is the Monday before Thanksgiving, and yet the calendar insists it is so. I have a terrible habit of posting holiday-themed recipes AFTER the holiday, but not …

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Buttermilk Chickpea Flour Pancakes {Grain-Free, Gluten-Free}

Good morning, everyone! I hope you are off to a great week. It is thundering and pouring rain in my neck of the woods, which has me savoring my cup(s) of coffee all the more. I ran a half marathon on Sunday morning which was wonderful because it was right here in my town–the route …

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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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Coconut Cookie Dough Energy Truffles {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Every so often I have a day that feels like I’m playing volleyball with a shotput. It comes out of left field, sans any easy explanations such as lack of sleep, one too many glasses of wine the night before, or a Leviathan load of stress. Do you have such days? For some reason, they seem …

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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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Grain-Free Red Lentil Granola {vegan}

Shake up your breakfast cereal routine with grain-free red lentil granola! It is high in protein & fiber, & frugal too! Make Healthy Grain-Free Granola with Lentils I love a challenge, especially a recipe challenge. Depending on the complexity of the task (e.g., alternative baking), it is often equal parts logic problem and scientific experiment. …

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Vegan Yellow Split Pea Soup {easy, frugal}

Vegan yellow split pea soup is a healthy, protein-packed, and frugal soup that is delicious and satisfying! It can also be made with green split peas or yellow lentils. Yellow Split Peas are Creamy & Mild Yellow split peas. I like them. A lot. Cheap, easy to prepare, creamy, versatile, naturally gluten-free and vegan, and …

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Sesame-Ginger Edamame Carrot Salad {high-protein}

Sesame-ginger edamame carrot salad is a fresh, vibrant and high protein option any time of the year. The salad comes together in little time and can be enjoyed as a side or as the main event. I had every intention of crafting and posting a blog entry yesterday, but I found myself in full-blown grumpy-pants …

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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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Koshari–Egyptian Chili {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Ready for an introduction to your new favorite go-to recipe? Meet koshari. Koshari is to Egyptians what chili is to Americans. Made of lentils, rice, tomato sauce and a kick of spice, it is a fast-food staple offered by street vendors in cities such as Cairo. And what a great fast food: combining lentils with …

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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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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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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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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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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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No-Bake Chocolate Black Bean Protein Bars (vegan+glutenfree)

Meet your new favorite homemade chocolate power bars! Here’s why you will want to make these: *Real cocoa powder *Cheap! *Yummy! *High protein *No added sugar *No nuts or soy *Extremely fast to make *Extremely easy to make *Vegan *Super-Nutritious (omega-3 fatty acids, high in antioxidants, high fiber, good source of protein) *Allergy-free/Gluten-free option! Do …

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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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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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Oil-Free Crispy Roasted Chickpeas {Easy, High-Protein}

Truly crunchy oil-free crispy roasted chickpeas! A healthy high-protein snack, they can be kept plain or seasoned any way that you like with herbs and spices. Today, I ate roasted chickpeas. It’s something I’ve waited two decades to try. I have known about roasted chickpeas since I was seven years old. I was obsessed with …

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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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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 w/ Lime Dressing

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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