Summer Vegetable – Farro Soup

vegan summer farro soup, asparagus, cannelloni beans

Vegan soup with farro, cannellini beans, asparagus, and yellow wax beans, topped with nutritional yeast (or optional Parmesan cheese). Do you have recipes that have been in a pile for-like-ever that you keep meaning to make, but then a bazillion things get piled on top, and you forget all about them? Until you're finally cleaning your desk, or weeding out your computer files, and eureka! you spy a forgotten recipe you'd tucked away, and you instantly know that's exactly what you want to ...

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Well-Seasoned Potato Salad with Mint

Vegan Spicy potato salad with mint

Vegan, spicy potato salad tempered by mint and lime juice. It’s officially BBQ season with the arrival of Memorial Day weekend here in the States. We can BBQ year-round here in California, but it doesn’t become a party until this last weekend of May. It’s one of the few times of year I still make potato salad. Not because I don’t love it, but because my body loves it a little too much. So although I’ve dog-eared Rinku’s new cookbook Spices & Seasons: Simple Sustainable Indian ...

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Vegan Lentil and Potato Salad

LR Lentil and Potato Salad slider

Light potato salad mixed with lentils and tomatoes...perfect for picnics and BBQs. After a winter and spring of house remodeling projects, I am so ready for the BBQs, picnics, and casual entertaining that Memorial Day weekend heralds. Well, just as soon as we fix our deck enough to hobble through another year. It’s squishy in a way that no deck should be. The hard truth is that it needs to be completely replaced. But since it’s only about 4 inches above the ground with no real safety ...

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Gazpacho For a Hot Summer Day

Vegan gazpacho soup for summer lunch or dinner

Refreshing gazpacho with a slight kick - perfect vegan soup for a summer party. It's been a hot summer in the Bay Area. A few days before the 4th-of-July long weekend, a week of 90-something˚  F temperatures was being forecasted. No big deal, those of you in other parts of the country might say; but this isn't an area where homes have air conditioning. After a few days, it's a little miserable when you're used ...

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Umbrian Lentils & Roasted Tomatoes

Umbrian lentil sauté with leeks and roasted balsamic tomatoes

Vegan lentil bean sauté of tiny Umbrian lentil beans with leeks, topped with roasted balsamic tomatoes. Think of this as lentil soup morphed into a sauté. It's about as easy to make too, especially since the lentils I used cooked up so fast. I've made this a number of times with regular run-of-the-mill brown lentils, but then I saw Bartolini's adorable (assuming lentil beans can be considered adorable) little Umbrian ...

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Moroccan Chickpea Pockets

legumes, chickpea, vegan, healthy dinner, moroccan chickpea pita pockets recipe

Vegan entree of chickpeas sauteed in garlic, spices, and tomato sauce that makes for a quick, healthy dinner. Some evenings I’m pulling dinner together on the run because of any number of reasons. It could be a last-minute phone call that delayed me, an appointment that ran late, traffic, or just life. In times like this, I’m so grateful to have little containers of cooked legumes stacked in the refrigerator. After all, just because ...

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Spicy Sweet Potato ‘Fries’

Spiced Sweet Potato 'Fries' slider

Baked sweet potato 'fries', spiced up with cardamom and cinnamon. Served with super-easy maple-mustard dip. Unless you have a staff to insulate you from the world; someone to push a cart around the market, and someone to open doors for you so you don't have to touch anything while you recline on your divan, sipping Oolong tea, and read a book on your Kindle; getting a cold or the flu this time of year is almost guaranteed. ...

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Spicy Squash Boats With Fruity Quinoa Pilaf

Spicy Squash Boats with Fruity Qunioa Pilaf : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Roasted squash basted with a spicy sauce hugs a quinoa pilaf loaded with dried fruit. As we approach the meat-centric holiday of Thanksgiving when turkey is the covergirl of food magazines in the US this month,  I've been compiling ideas for vegetarian dishes that could be served as a side dish or as the main event. I personally think turkey is way over-rated, and pales (no pun intended) next to a ...

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Healthy No-Cook Fudge with Peanut Butter

No Bake (Healthy) Fudge : the Wimpy Vegetarian

Luscious no-cook fudge with coconut oil and peanut butter that sets up in the refrigerator. Gluten-free! As I write this, I’m sitting in the departure lounge of the International terminal in San Francisco, bound for a month in the Italian sun.  You might be thinking, “Wow, she’s that organized that she can do a blog posting at the terminal gate?” I am not. I should have done this no later than yesterday in the comfort of my home where my computer has already made friends with the wireless ...

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Artichokes Filled with Citrus-Raisin Couscous

Artichoke Filled with Citrus, Olive and Raisin Couscous

Cooked artichokes scooped out to hold warm Israeli couscous simmered in orange juice and tossed with olives, apricots, raisins and pinenuts. Today, I'm a guest blogger over at The Badger Girl Learns to Cook as part of a great Healthy Blogger Thursday series. I met Kimberley, aka Badger Girl, on #lovebloghop, and have gotten to know her balanced style of cooking (and living) through her wonderful recipes. Just as I'm mostly vegetarian, she's mostly vegan and mostly wheat-free. Each ...

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