No Soy, Tofu or Tempeh

Red Pepper Hummus

I am very picky about my hummus. Ready made hummus available today in most supermarkets has preservatives, and too much salt and oil for my palate. It’s really easy to make hummus at home, it’s less expensive and taste so much better. Using all organic ingredients, a little red bell pepper adds a subtle yet…

Minestrone Soup

Celebrate the harvest in a bowl! This very hearty soup can be enjoyed as a main course or as the perfect starter for your next Italian feast. This recipe is also great for canning because it can easily be doubled, tripled and quadrupled, it all depends on the size of your harvest. We garnish steaming…

Creamy Mung Bean Soup

The secret to any soup is the spice. We use a lot of spices and buy them in large bags from Indian and Middle Eastern stores and put them in our own jars. There are many different kinds of curry powder and Malaysian is our favorite. Aside from the spice there are only 3 ingredients.…

Orange You Glad Soup

Citrus is a great way to bring out the flavor in soup. Adding fresh squeezed orange juice to this soup gives a subtle sweetness. Orange you glad? 1 and 1/4 cups Split Toor Dal (yellow pigeon peas) 1 onion coarse chopped, 1/2 inch pieces 3 carrots sliced, 1/4 inch thick (peel only if not organic)…

Leek and Lentil Soup

Summer rain pours down on and off all day long. A great day to stay in and make soup. Lentils, herbs and spices create a satisfying broth without oil or salt. Kelp powder is used in place of salt. It has a salty flavor and natural plant iodine. Enjoy al fresco, like we do on…

Ginger Beans and Greens with Mango and Tomato

Fresh ginger is just so good. It is good for you and it wakes up any dish. This recipes uses diced firm tofu for the bean but you can use navy beans or garbanzo beans instead. Dandelion greens are shown in the picture but any dark leafy green would be fine, like kale, collards or…

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Here’s a satisfying soup that will excite your taste buds. Balsamic vinegar is the secret ingredient that brings out the flavor instead of salt. Serve this soup with a side of warm corn tortillas and a crisp cool salad. Or serve it cold as a chilled summer soup. Garnish with a squeeze of lime, a…

Black Bean Paté

Hummus, a paté made from garbanzo beans, is very popular today all around the U.S. But garbanzos are not the only bean in town! Life is too short to eat only one kind of bean spread. There are so many different kinds of beans waiting to be whirred up into something special. Spice things up…

Val Dal Soup

Val Dal, a lablab bean, is widely used as a food crop throughout the tropics, especially in Africa, India and Indonesia. I like it because it cooks fast, like lentils or split peas and has a light flavor. Why are so many of my soups yellow? I can’t resist adding turmeric to every savory dish…

White Bean and Vegetable Soup

It’s time for soup! Take the autumn chill off with this lovely white bean and vegetable soup. 2 cups small white beans (dry) 2 carrots 1 large onion 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon blackpepper salt to taste (I don’t use any) 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped juice…

Cassoulet

When I lived in the south of France I learned about Cassoulet, a rich, slow-cooked white bean stew made with different meats, like pork sausages, pork, goose, duck and mutton). This was an easy dish to veganize, adding tempeh, seitan and tofu in place of the meats. The French are very particular about ingredients remaining…

Grandma’s Vegan Chopped “Liver”

Grandma’s Vegan Chopped Liver. The tradition continues. My grandmother used to make chopped liver with plenty of schmaltz (chicken fat) and everyone in the family loved it. My mom continues the tradition and makes her version for all the family holidays. Only mom’s ‘chopped liver’ is so much better, made with simple, plant-foods, onions, walnuts,…

Moong Dal Soup

Soup is great any time of the year. Make a lot, freeze some and it’s ready when you are. You can serve it hot, warm or cold depending on the weather or how you feel. This soup is light and very filling. Moong Dal can be purchased in Indian grocery stores but any small lentil…

Two all-bean patties, version 2

Two all-bean patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun: Gluten-Free. Another variation of the bean burger, these black bean burger are delicious served on a sesame seed bun with melted almond cheese. Serve with a mango flavored green iced tea and baked potato fries. 2 cups cooked black beans, drained…

Two all-bean patties…

Two all-bean patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a gluten-free bun. These burgers can be whipped up in no time, ready to grill. These burgers hold their shape well, they are not your typically crumbly veggie burger. They can be made spicier by adding hot pepper, cumin and/or curry powder to the mix.…