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Ginger Kale with Scallions

How do I love Kale? Let me count the ways! I love Kale today with fresh ginger and green onions. 1 bunch Lacinato dinosaur kale 1/2 cup chopped scallions 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced 1 teaspoon olive or sesame oil, optional water 1. Cut off the stalks from the leafy part of the kale. Set…

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…

Green Juice – Deconstructed (Kale Salad)

Green juice saved my life. Literally. I am committed to consuming green juice every day. That commitment includes one head of kale (about 0.8 to 1 lb) and other vegetables. With a desire to give my body a quick cleanse, I decided instead of juicing, I would “deconstruct” the recipe and eat all my juice…

Stir-Fried Greens

I love my dark leafy green vegetables prepared in a variety of ways. When I would sauté them I typically used garlic and onions. But I could never make them at home to taste like they do at one of my favorite restaurants, Buddha Bodai in Flushing and Manhattan. The Flushing restaurant recently moved and…

Light and Crispy Oat Waffles, Gluten-Free

Waffles are the perfect Sunday morning breakfast. 1 cup rolled oats 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds ¼ cup sunflower seeds (or other seed or nut) 2 tablespoons corn starch, potato starch, arrowroot or Ener-G Egg Replacer 1 tsp cinnamon 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 cups water Vegetable cooking oil for…

Apple Banana Berry Compote

My favorite waffle or pancake topping is fruit compote. Made with fruits that are always available in our house, it’s easy, simple and so sweet. Serve over Light And Crispy Waffles. 2 apples, cut into small cubes (peel first, only if not organic) 1 package frozen raspberries 2 bananas, sliced 1/4 cup water  In a…

Steamed Greens with Vegan Parmesan

Eat more greens! Steamed greens are so easy and so good for you. They are delicious topped with a vegan parmesan made with walnuts and nutritional yeast. 1 head of kale, about 8-10 leaves or other leafy green, like collards, spinach or chard 1/4 cup walnuts 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1) Prepare a pot of…

Miso Vegetable Soup with Leeks And Potatoes

When the weather changes and the chill is in the air, it is easy to feel under the weather, get a scratchy throat or have the sniffles. Warm up with this nourishing noodle soup, feed your immune system and you are good to go. 2 slim leeks, chopped, about 1 cup white part, 1 cup…

V-BLAT: Vegan Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato

Autumn is here. We are trying to get in a few more days of outdoor eating and V-BLT’s or V-BLAT’s (Vegan Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato) hit the spot. On a busy day, we keep it simple with our favorite store-bought tempeh bacon and vegan mayonnaise, although you can certainly make your own. Try it…

Tofu Broccoli Scramble, Gluten-Free

Tofu scramble is a hearty, filling, easy to prepare dish. Once you get the hang of it, you can be creative, varying the spices and vegetables that you add to the tofu. Turmeric is a great spice and an essential ingredient in this recipe. Not only does it have lots of healthful properties but it…

Tofu Sour Cream

This is my vegan version of sour cream. Other tofu sour cream recipes have oil, vinegar, sugar and salt. I like this simple version best. 1 package (12 oz) silken firm tofu 6 Tablespoons lemon juice 3 Tablespoons water Blend the tofu, water and lemon juice until smooth. Store in the refrigerator. Tofu sour cream…

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,…

Pizza: Gluten-free

Pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. But white flour and cheese are two of America’s worst foods in terms of health. Try REAL’S pizza, with organic tomato sauce, chick pea flour crust and cashew grated cheese. Everyone will gobble this up because it looks and tastes just like pizza. And it is.  It’s also…

Classic Italian Marinara Sauce

Classic Italian Marinara Sauce, made with organic tomatoes, so flavorful, no salt or sugar is necessary. Great for all recipes that call for tomato sauce, including REAL’s Baked Eggplant. 1 large onion 1 cup of red or white wine (or water) 2 cups water 3 garlic cloves 1 bunch parsley (about 1/2 cup chopped) 1…

Cashew Jack

Cashew Jack — A variation on the Cashew Cheddar recipe already on our site. I find that this is a much creamier cheese and is perfect for pizza because of the olive oil. You can also experiment with herbs and spices such as adding a teaspoon of red pepper flakes to give it a kick.…

Tofu Steaks and Pasta with Kale

Kale, the wonder food, should be consumed often. Here’s one great way to get your daily dose.   Pasta with Kale, Red Onion and Red Pepper Flakes Serves Four  1 lb brown rice spaghetti 1 large bunch of kale (about 1/2 lb) 1 large red onion 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes 2 cups boiling water…

Chickpea Flour Flatbread: Gluten-free

This is a variation of Socca. It is the easiest flatbread you can make. It’s always a delightful surprise to see the liquid batter come out of the oven as bread after baking. Most of our recipes here are gluten-free. Check them out at the RECIPES tab above. 2 cups chickpea flour (more if needed)…

Simple Buckwheat Crêpes – Gluten-Free (Version 3, All Buckwheat Flour)

This pancake recipe makes a lighter, thinner pancake than our other Buckwheat Pancake or Crêpes recipe posted earlier. Only Buckwheat flour is used here, no other flours are added. Serve with fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries, cooked until soft.       2 cups Buckwheat Flour 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds (I buy them whole,…

Marinated Tea-Smoked Tempeh Slabs

Tempeh — The other, other, white meat substitute. For those transitioning to a plant based diet may we suggest a switch from Tofu to Tempeh as your main event course. On the grill or in the oven, this ancient bean cake is something to live for! If you are a novice with Tempeh, you may…