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Turmeric Spiked Red Lentil and Spinach Dal

Turmeric is one of nature’s most powerful healing and anti-inflammatory foods, which makes it convenient for those of us who like to cook Indian food that it is also such an essential ingredient in curries. Earthy, slightly bitter, and ranging from aromatic to pungent in taste, turmeric is difficult to …

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Creamy Mung and Adzuki Bean Curry with Coconut

Red adzuki and green mung beans never get neglected for too long in my kitchen. Sweet and earthy, both of these beans are quick to cook up, easily digestible, and serve as a simple but tasty base for Indian curry spices and seasonings … what’s not to like? This curry …

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Creamy Avocado Carrot-Kale Slaw with Chickpeas

What to do when cravings for a healthy kale slaw and plump buttery cooked chickpeas coincide? Why, just toss some of those chickpeas into your kale slaw! Combined with shredded carrot and tossed in a creamy, tangy and zesty all-vegan avocado and mustard dressing, this is a not only a …

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No Croutons Required – 10 Vegetarian Summer Soups and Salads

Welcome to the summer edition of No Croutons Required, a monthly event co-hosted by Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes and myself. As folks are busy during the summer, we extended the challenge to two months instead of one. I know that I haven’t been cooking very many new dishes as it …

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Cashew-Cream Filled Raspberry Chocolates

I think we are all familiar with those stale sugar-laden filled chocolates that make their appearance in a box, especially around Christmas. You know, the neighbor who thinks that gifting something is better than not, but the rather pathetic excuse for chocolates usually ends up in a staff room or …

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Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Mushrooms and Sumac

As the astonishing heat and humidity of the past few months seems finally to be settling down in southwestern Ontario, soups become more appealing. I always find the transition from blazing temperatures to cool ones quite an adjustment — a warming bowl of nourishing soup is solacing and comforting and …

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Mango Banana Coconut Smoothie

As I don’t usually eat breakfast, smoothies are an ideal way to get needed nutrients to start your day. Fruit is essential for most of my smoothies, along with coconut milk or almond milk and other juices, such as carrot juice and cranberry juice. This smoothie is one of my …

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Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Curry with Swiss Chard and Roasted Eggplant

Black-eyed peas have long been one of my favorite legumes, adding a welcome earthiness to dishes comprised of tangy, zesty or spicy flavors that make them a wonderful base in curries. In this nourishing curry, earthiness takes the main stage with roasted eggplant and Swiss chard. The eggplant isn’t really …

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Roasted Potato and Mushroom Soup with Coconut Milk

This summer hasn’t really been soup weather because it’s been a scorcher. At the same time, sometimes soup is just want you want, and this warm creamy soup with roasted potatoes and succulent earthy portobello mushrooms simmered in a fragrant and lightly spiced coconut and almond milk broth is one …

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Spicy Lentil Patties with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Weekends are when I usually fuss around with slightly more complicated creations. Not that these spicy and flavorful little red lentil patties are really complicated, just a bit more time consuming than other dishes that I might make during the week. You don’t even need to pull out a food …

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