Indianish lentils

One of my favs when we go to indian restaurants is the dahl. So many layers of flavor and such a hominess. The flavors always transport me to another world; I can imagine myself far away heavy in the stifling heat, enthralled by glistening silk saris and bangles, with the smell of spices and freshly…

Portabella Mushroom Burgers

Everyone who grew up on meat will always yearn for the days of family barbecues: thick juicy burgers off the grill, corn on the cob straight off the grill smothered in butter held by corn holders in the shape of actual ears of corn :), mashed potatoes so creamy that chewing is not neccesary and…

Vegan ceasar salad (low fat option*)

My favorite salad in the world is ceasar salad. There is a place in California (I prefer the one in San Diego) called the Veggie Grill. Almost everytime I go, I get their ceasar salad.  The first time I tried it, it boggled my mind that it was vegan. It was amazing; creamy, tart, crunchy,…

Meaty Ayocote Beans (Meat Replacement)

My favorite place ever to get beans is at the Rancho Gordo market. (You can order online, but in person is so much more inspiring.) You look around and there is a sea of white, yellow, purple, red, black, so many varieties of beans, all different sizes and colors. They have definitely used their canvas…

Veggie Biryani

This is my veganized version of iraqi biryani. My best friend’s husband is iraqi, so when i go to visit her, sometimes i get to try iraqi dishes and they are amazing!  I remember when my friend first shared this dish with me. It’s comfort food. It reminds me of home, friends and happy times…

Black Bean Puree

Ok, you got me, im very excited about healthy food, but I LOVE fat, healthy fat, yes, but fat! I could drink olive oil and eat more than one avocado in a sitting. (Just ask my hubby to tell u the story of how i ended up taking sole possesion of the community Guacamole bowl…

Quick and Easy Garbanzo salad

This is a good go-to when you need a quick, protein rich dinner and you want to make sure you get ur greens and veggies. It has a little bite to it from the balsamic vinegar and coarse ground pepper. I make it all the time. Enjoy! 😉 Ingredients 3 cups cooked garbanzo* 2 cups…

Picadillo-ish Quinoa (Vegan Cuban Style Picadillo)

Ingredients  2 1/3 cups cooked Quinoa Mix cooked in veggie broth 1/3 cup raisin 1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste 2 tsp caper, chopped 1 1/2 vine ripened tomato, chopped (or 2 roma) 1 1/5 cup chopped onion 10 manzanilla olives (green olives w red pimiento), chopped 2 cloves smashed garlic 1/4 tsp fenugreek 1/4 tsp…

Vegan BLT

Ingredients  2 pc alvarado protein bread 1/2 tbsp mustard 1-2tbsp reduced fat veganaise, depending on desired fat ratio 5-6 pc Lightlife Smart Bacon (my favorite brand of vegan bacon, u can find it near vegan meats n cheeses in ur grocery store) 6 slices white onion or 1/4 cup caramelized onion 1/3-1/2 haas avocado, depending…

Vegan Shish Tawook (chicken-ish kabob😜) 😋

Ingredients:  1 red bell pepper, chopped in 1/2″-1″ squares 6 large white mushrooms, destemmed and quartered (If you want to make real shish tawook, with chicken, substitute two boneless, skinless breasts or thighs -obviously, thighs would be more flavorful) 2 green zucchini, cut in 1/2″-3/4″ rounds 14 grape tomatoes  yellow onion cut in one inch…

garbanzo soup

One day i wanted to make the traditional lebanese “shorabit aadis” ( lentil soup), but we had just eaten lentils the night before, so i decided to make it with garbanzo beans  and add some butternut squash. I must say, it was super tasty – even my 18 month old neice couldn’t get enough of…