Pinto Bean Purée- Refried Bean Replacement

Refried beans are one of my favorites; nothing better than a bean tostada w picadillo-ish quinoa https://theinternationalveggie.com/recipes/entrees/picadillo-ish-quinoa-vegan-cuban-style-picadillo/, vegan crema (coming soon) , lettuce and pico de gallo (also coming soon), or some salsa https://theinternationalveggie.com/recipes/appetizers-and-condiments/salsa/ and onions!  I think beans transcend culture, especially refried ones. Who doesn’t love creamy fattening stuff? Isn’t that what American comfort…

Dare I Say Dahl?

Sometimes when I feel lonely, I will open my spice cabinet and breath in the smell; it makes me feel close to people that I love. What says home like 7-spice, cumin, ginger, garlic and curry? When I think of home, I think of times spent with family and friends, good food and these flavors. Maybe…

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…

Homemade pasta sauce

For a long time now, I have been searching for the perfect mix of veggies for my pasta sauce. I knew I must be missing some “secret ingredient”. Who knew that secret ingredient was cauliflower?!? :)) I had some in the fridge and thought, “hmm… cauliflower has kind of a meaty taste. Let me try…

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…

Pan roasted garlic

I came up with this lazy hack for roasting garlic one day. It was hot outside and i didnt want to turn on the oven, so i tried this and it worked. 😃 (please note: im not saying this is the propper way of roasting garlic; im sharing how i roast my garlic with you,…

Pad Thai Noodles with Vibrant Peanut Sauce

Ingredients for Noodles: 8 oz Annie Chun’s Brown Rice Pad Thai Noodles (available at Whole Foods) Organic Soy Sauce  Ingredients for Peanut Sauce: 2/3 cup-1tsp Natural, salted peanut butter (the ingredients should be peanuts and salt) (in other words 1tsp less than 2/3 cup; you are removing 1 tsp of the p.b. and replacing it…