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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chipotle Enchiladas

“Vegetarian Times touted this dish as their reader recipe contest winner in their December 2011 issue.  For a non-traditional enchilada recipe to win the cover photo for their holiday issue, I knew this had to be something special . . . and it is!  I don’t especially love sweet potatoes in savory casseroles but when […]

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White Bean Minestrone (Vegan)

“I love minestone soup but I like to make it with extra beans instead of pasta to up the nutrition and lower the extra calories that the pasta can add.  Of course, this has one of my favorite “secret” ingredients that I like to add to tomato-based brothy soups. . . worchestershire sauce.  This adds an […]

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Black Bean soup

Blissful Black Bean Soup (Vegan)

“A classic black bean soup featuring crisp savory notes from a dry sherry and tomatoey base.  I like to use a poblano pepper instead a green bell pepper to spice it up a notch.  This is a great recipe to use when you have a few cups of black beans.  It’s simple but not lacking in […]

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Shepherds Pie

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie (No-Guilt Version)

“In the spirit of warm comfort food, what can be more delish than a warm bowl of Shepherd’s Pie? But the calories–Oh, my!  Indulge in this and be guilt free.  This lower calorie, lower fat version is served right in a bowl, sans the pie crust (who needs all the fuss and fat of actually making a […]

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Hottie black eyed peas

Hottie Black Eyed Peas And Greens

“A side that can stand on its own and even be the star of the show!   This is another delicious recipe adapted from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s “Appetite For Reduction“!  My Southern originating husband and his (meat loving) family love this dish.  What can be better than smoky, spicy beans and greens?  This delicious dish […]

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Greek Lentils on Pita

Mediterranean Lentil Salad on Whole Wheat Pitas

“A bright and colorful Mediterranean-inspired mix of lentils, fresh bell pepper, tomatoes and spinach tossed in a garlic, olive oil and balsamic dressing and topped with a sprinkling of feta cheese.  You can eat this on its own or you can couple this with baked whole wheat pitas.  I love taking this to potlucks or gatherings and […]

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White Bean Tomato & Kale Soup

White Bean, Tomato and Kale Soup

“I love a warm tomato broth based soup with beans and greens.  I was inspired by West Coast Nest’s Kale and White Bean Soup which looked delicious! I added a fun twist and spiced it up with my secret ingredient that I find always does the trick for bean and lentil soups–vegan worchestershire sauce.  It adds just the right tanginess to […]

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Garden Dill Chickpea Salad

Garden Dill Chickpea Salad (AKA Protein Salad)

“This is a great alternative to pasta salad.  Adding chickpeas takes the place of pasta and brings a punch of protein to the mix.  This dressing is made of a light vegan mayo blended with garlic, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and refreshing dill.  I love to make this with veggies I can’t find a use […]

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Mexican Casserole

Chipotle Mexican Guisado (Mexican Casserole)

“A delicious one-dish Mexican casserole chock full of beans, roasted potatoes, bell peppers and protein packed quinoa!  I throw in lots of my signature Chipotle Mexican seasoning for a smoky and spicy flare.  The seasoning is easy to whip up and you can make extras to keep on hand for later use in taco’s or burritoes. This dish takes […]

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French Green Lentil Soup

French Green Lentil Soup

“French Green Lentils (Lentilles Du Puy) are a peppery lentil that hold their shape well when cooked, making them perfect for soup or stews.  The base ingredient includes caramelized onions and tomato paste that is deglazed then enhanced with a secret ingredient (Worcestershire sauce) that adds tang, spice and warmth to this simple soup.  Although petite in size, […]

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