BURRITAELITA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BURRITAELITA BURRITAELITA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Chef AJ's Disappearing Lasagna http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940833 The name alone enticed me to try this recipe. What makes it different from other vegan lasagnas? Several features: <BR> <BR> 1. You can substitute cannellini beans for the tofu. I plan to try this the second time. <BR> 2. There are pine nuts in the tofu "ricotta" mixture. <BR> 3. The amount of mushrooms and spinach is more generous than the recipes I've tried in the past. <BR> <BR> I couldn't find no-boil rice noodles, so I just cooked regular lasagna noodles prior to assembly, so adj... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 18:04:54 EST Indian Dal from The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901888 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859404685.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This red lentil dal is delicious! The prep is relatively simple, as dals go. I made this double batch in my InstantPot (IP). It is so great to have a "smart" pressure cooker such as the IP to give me assurance that pressure cooking even tiny lentils will be safe and successful. <BR> <BR> We eat dals all the time, but this has become my husband's personal favorite! There is no free recipe on the Internet, but ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:15:57 EST Kalpana's Black-eyed Pea Curry from The Great Vegan Bean Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894267 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l737426881.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I highly recommend this recipe! It packs a punch and makes eating black-eyed peas a sheer pleasure! <BR> <BR> I soaked and cooked my own black-eyed peas,which I'm sure added to the success of the dish. Try this one! <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:36:06 EST Turkish Lentil Soup from Sundays at Moosewood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873486 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1627767703.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a delicious soup! I chose to add potatoes rather than bulgur. I seasoned the water with no-salt Spike. I used fresh rosemary. YUM YUM YUM! <BR> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:32:27 EST Mixed Three Dal from Indian Vegan Kitchen by Madhu Gadia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871343 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553360586.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This recipe is as simple as it gets in preparation but the resulting dal has a nice complex flavor. I adapted for the Instant Pot by doubling the dals and using 5 c. water rather than doubling the water. Very nice! I steamed the green beans and sauteed the chaunk separately, reducing oil and salt in the dal. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 16:28:32 EST Provencal Stew from The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861559 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1961371656.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This stew is loaded with vegetables: leek, mushroom, carrots, cauliflower, celery, fresh fennel, and tomato. I added asparagus and corn as well. The cranberry beans add density and flavor. White wine and a bouquet garni impart a European flavor. <BR> <BR> Not a fast prep, but well worth the time in exchange for a hearty soup with an appetizing variety of vegetables! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:43:29 EST Bengal Gram and Bottle Gourd dal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853279 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l864815675.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you like Indian cuisine, get this cookbook. It helps someone unfamiliar with Indian cooking techniques and ingredients (like me) make dishes which are like those in an Indian restaurant! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l616799431.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made the Bengal Gram and Bottle Gourd recipe last night with split pigeon peas and zucchini and a handful of Indian spices, all easily ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:51:00 EST Pasta Fagioli with Cranberry Beans and Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836551 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2017462789.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This luscious soup is available at the fatfreevegan website, as it is a creation of Susan Voisin. It is delectable and pleasing to the eye. <BR> <BR> I used Roman beans, a close cousin to the cranberry bean, because cranberry beans are not available in my local stores. I love Roman beans! They really give you something to bite into. <BR> <BR> I also reserved the chopped tomatoes until the beans had cooked i... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:29:17 EST Three Bean Chili from The New Fast Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822972 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1114573872.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can heartily recommend this hearty, fiery and luscious three bean chili, made in a pressure cooker. If you use an IP, I recommend 18 min. of cooking at high pressure. <BR> <BR> The flavor is great and the chili is not time-intensive to make. (Not too much chopping!) <BR> <BR> The recipe is not available on-line. You have to buy the book: The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:05:18 EST Herbed Lentil, Rice, and Vegetable Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818475 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1624647704.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This pressure-cooked, flavorful soup from The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow is not a fast prep, but it sure is rewarding! Lots of veggies, lots of colors, and lots of flavor! i recommend it. The recipe is not on line; you must buy the book. However, every recipe in the book which I've tried has been wonderful. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:36:00 EST Chef AJ's Red Lentil Chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800439 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1711777043.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.eatunprocessed.com/dietitian.htm<BR>l#56 </link> <BR> <BR> This is a favorite chili of mine--so tasty and nutritious! Follow the link for a video about how to make it. Delicious over a baked sweet potato and topped with Chef AJ's vegan parmesan (also in video). Just sharin' a good thing. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:54:27 EST My Favorite Winter Minestrone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786610 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846170684.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>fatfreevegan.com/blog/2013/10/30/win<BR>ter-minestrone/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is my favorite minestrone ever. You must use a pressure cooker to get the same result. I like to add steamed green beans and an extra can of chickpeas. Delicious, warm, comfort food! Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:05:28 EST Warm potato salad with chickpeas and mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781194 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l641862214.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>fatfreevegan.com/blog/2014/03/19/war<BR>m-potato-salad-with-spinach-and-chickp<BR>eas/ </link> <BR> <BR> I recommend this recipe! My only caveat is that it took 15 min. for the potatoes to cook, not 8-10. Delicious and filling! <BR> <BR> Made it again on this snowy night February 21, 2015: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1022203700.jpg"> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:07:52 EST Black-Eyed Pea Soup from The New Fast Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775012 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1474163359.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a very flavorful and filling dish. I recommend making the pressure-cooked and easy veggie broth because it makes the rice so flavorful. <BR> <BR> I did have trouble with my Instantpot overheating when I added the soaked black-eyed peas, so the next time I will just cook the black-eyed peas first and add them later. <BR> <BR> from The New Fast Food by Jill Nussniow Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:17:22 EST Harvest Vegetable Soup from The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771467 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l184559707.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made my own allium broth following Jill N's instructions and it really created a rich taste for the soup. Very nice soup, just as written. Not really fast, but really delicious. Yielded 4 quarts. <BR> <BR> I recommend this cookbook if you like to pressure cook beans and soups. All the recipes are really delicious! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:10:24 EST How I Cook When I am Working Full-time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764774 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326437461.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mixed Three Dal, from Indian Vegan Kitchen by Madhu Gadia <BR> <BR> How I Cook When I am Working Full-Time: <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning: Sort and soak legumes <BR> Last night: Pressure cook legumes. <BR> Early morning (1:30 a.m.): Store cooled legumes in fridge. <BR> Morning: Warm legumes while making chaunk (sauteed spices) to add to pot. Chop baby greens and fresh tomato. <BR> Reward: Enough delicious dal... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:41:48 EST Chop one onion, one potato, two carrots... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761520 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1089677361.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...put them in a pressure cooker with lentils, bay leaves, thyme, and some veggie stock, and voila! You have a delicious lentil stew to enjoy for several days. That was easy! <BR> <BR> <BR> Shane's Fabulous Lentil soup from Jill Nussinow's The New Fast Food. The recipe is not available free on the Internet, but the cookbook itself has many delicious and quick recipes for those who have a pressure cooker or In... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:55:13 EST Middle Eastern Chickpeas with Spinach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757140 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1241483818.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This dish is unbelievably delicious! from Jill Nussinow's The New Fast Food, a cookbook I highly recommend if you have a multicooker or a pressure cooker and like bean dishes. Every recipe in there is delicious! <BR> <BR> I made a double batch of this today and finally had to put it away in the fridge because I kept "tasting" it. I'm about to explode! Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:32:04 EST Quick Chickpea and Summer Vegetable Curry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740384 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l687056196.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made this curry in an Instant Pot multicooker, but you can make it in a regular pressure cooker. It is delicious and not too fussy! <BR> <BR> The recipe is in The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow, which I highly recommend because it is TRUE! Pressure cooking allows you to create your own "fast food"which you can enjoy for several days. <BR> <BR> Check it out! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:00:38 EST Enchilada Casserole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732665 <link>www.straightupfood.com/blog/2014/04/<BR>14/enchilada-casserole/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l492270285.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The sauce is made by blending up a portion of the ingredients in the casserole and adding it back to the casserole. No added oil, lots of flavor! <BR> <BR> I doubled the recipe because we are taking one of the casseroles to a family picnic, and I don't expect there to be any left! Sat, 5 Jul 2014 18:42:01 EST Spicy Thai Noodles a la McDougall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730743 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1028265780.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Go to www.drmcdougall.com and search for Advanced Study Weekend Recipes. This recipe is on Day One. <BR> <BR> I am currently making recipes from Dr. McDougall's Advanced Study Weekend. These Spicy Thai Noodles are a delectable and nutritious dish for a hot summer day! They took some patience to prepare, but they were worth my time and effort because: <BR> <BR> 1. They are beautiful and incredibly delicious ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 17:20:08 EST African-inspired Red Bean Stew, Robin Robertson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697164 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l585691848.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can google this recipe under "African-inspired Red Bean Stew" and "Robin Robertson." It's from her cookbook 1000 Vegan Recipes. It is viewable on Google Books. <BR> <BR> I have to say this is one of the most delicious stews I have ever made in my entire life! The slightly spicy flavor, the abundant veggies, and a hint of peanut butter put it over the top for an exciting meal! <BR> <BR> I tripled this recipe... Sat, 17 May 2014 17:29:25 EST Indian split pea stew with potatoes, cauliflower and collard greens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686630 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1349118117.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This recipe is from the Vegan Survival Guide by Ursula Escher. There are lots of similar recipes on the web. I added my own special touch by adding some chopped collard greens. The dish requires an afternoon at home, because split peas take their time to cook (unless you want to go the slow cooker route), but the time was well spent! Now we have 12 servings of this delicious, nutritious and filling main dish f... Sat, 3 May 2014 18:04:44 EST Spinach Sambhar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675302 Here is a photo of a spinach sambhar I made. It is from Indian Vegan Kitchen by Madhu Gadia, my favorite Indian cuisine cookbook. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l147989853.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is absolutely delicious! My husband and I both love it. For this dish, you will need to make your own sambhar powder, so dried red chiles and tamarind sauce would have to be in your pantry, but if you want authentic taste, you need to get authentic ingredients. We buy o... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:05:08 EST Awesome squash and bean soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651920 <link>www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/brow<BR>se-all-recipes/squashandwhite-bean-sou<BR>p-parmesan-biscuits-00000000007676/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1031852851.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hands down, this is the easiest soup to make, and one of the most delicious ever! Just sayin'. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:30:39 EST Better than McDonald's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636884 I am still attracted to and occasionally indulge in two things at McDonald's: the classic egg McMuffin and a vanilla cone (usually not in the same visit). <BR> <BR> However, I have found something that I like just as much, if not better. I fry up a spicy tofu scrambler and place it on some Ezekiel whole wheat raisin muffins and top it with some ketchup. YUM! I will take a photo next time I make it, but the tofu scrambler is such a pretty yellow with such great flavor, and the raisin muff... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 12:07:42 EST Potatoes, tofu and veggies from The New Fast Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623194 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1071916338.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Potatoes, tofu and veggies, oh my! Oh my, how tasty! Oh my, how quick! Oh my, how beautiful! <BR> <BR> I've been having fun playing with my new Instapot (google under Instant Pot), which pressure cooks veggies and beans quite well. <BR> <BR> Jill Nussinow, author of The New Fast Food, takes the guesswork out of how long to cook veggies and how much liquid is needed. She adds just the minimum water required t... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:18:46 EST Chef AJ's red lentil chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608854 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1935419401.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOfxvkqjIS4 </link> <BR> <BR> This red lentil chil recipe is pressured cooked. The bell peppers and onions are blended in a high speed blender with tomato for the sauce. I like the way it turned out. It's going to be delicious over pasta or a baked potato. <BR> <BR> One recipe makes 3.5 quarts. I left out the chipotle chili powder and smoked paprika because we prefer it with... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:25:40 EST Black bean soup with "Mashed Potatoes" (caulifower) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606486 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l686715588.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.drfuhrman.com/library/recipes.as<BR>px?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Face<BR>book%20Post&utm_campaign=1.8.14%20Memb<BR>er%20Photo%20Contest%20Voting </link> <BR> <BR> Very nice Irish style black bean soup! I actually used the black bean soup recipe from the InstaPot recipe book, but the mashed cauliflower is from the Fuhrman link. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:25:03 EST Quinoa vegetable paella http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605936 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1182999852.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/2007/01/quinoa<BR>-vegetable-paella.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is a beautiful and flavorful no-fat-added dish with lots of nutrition. I loved it, but my husband and mother-in-law were not so fond of it. Quinoa is not everyone's favorite grain, and the smoked paprika does have a strong presence (2 tsp. is a lot!). <BR> <BR> As for me, I enjoy the smoky flavor and the dish has lo... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:48:15 EST Better than Taco Bell! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604693 On the way home from work today, I was tempted to stop by Taco Bell for an easy bean burrito supper. However, I remembered that we have fat free refried beans in a can at home. Also at home was whole wheat lavash, cherry tomatoes, fresh cilantro, garlic, scallions, and a lime. I made a turn so that I could pick up some avocadoes at the grocery store. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, at Safeway ripe avocados were on quick sale, 4 for $5, ripe and ready to enjoy. <BR> <BR> As soon as I got home, ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:44:08 EST The best place to eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602726 <link>www.drmcdougall.com/health/education<BR>/videos/mcdougalls-moments/eating-out/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sometimes a statement you've heard 10 times before jumps out at you and you finally hear it and take it in. That's what happened to me when I began to watch this video, "Eating Out," by Dr. John McDougall. <BR> <BR> "The best place to eat is at home," he begins. I finally heard it. Yes, the best place to eat is at home! Home is where all the good food is. Home is where I can eat and... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:52:15 EST Mango dal made in Instapot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602279 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l407577937.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>instantpot.com/instant-pot-mango-dal<BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> I made this Mango Dal in my new InstaPot. It worked out well. I used no-chicken Better than Bouillon for the broth, and pre-soaked the chana dal. I also added lots of fresh cilantro and did not add any additional salt. Besides that, I followed the recipe and it turned out very tasty--just the thing for a frigid winter day. <BR> <BR> This wa... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:50:59 EST Eat the Rainbow Chili, fatfreevegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583924 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l683725636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Eat the Rainbow Chili, fatfreevegan.com Photos of plant-based foods don't always communicate how good and delicious they are. This is one. However, I can say that both my husband and I love the flavors. One caveat: do not double this recipe unless you have someone to help you with the chopping! I finally pooped out and asked my husband to mince the garlic. I couldn't imagine chopping one more vegetable! But this so... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 07:18:56 EST Garbanzo Spanish Stew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569830 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l357247059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>community.cookinglight.com/archive/i<BR>ndex.php/t-78312.html </link> <BR> <BR> I depend on bean and vegetable stews and fresh salads to keep me healthy through the holidays! <BR> <BR> You can find the recipe via the link. The answer to her question is yes, the garbanzos must be cooked. I pressure cooked mine the day before. Garbanzos are notoriously hard to soften up, so 10 minutes definitely would ... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 11:55:30 EST Cauliflower Dal with Panch Phoran http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561108 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1954424840.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey all, Just wanted to recommend yet another most excellent recipe from fatfreevegan.com. If you don't have the spice Panch Phoran in your cupboard, wait until you can get some from your friendly Indian grocery store. Very tasty, reminiscent of those fennel mixes you can enjoy on your way out of an Indian restaurant. Not hard to make, either. I made this on a workweek night, which is saying a lot for the ease... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:21:50 EST Baked Ziti with Vegetables and Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530390 This Baked Ziti is from the October 13 McDougall newsletter, <link>www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2013nl/oct/<BR>recipes.htm </link> <BR> <BR> It requires a lot of veggie preparation, just as vegetarian lasagna does, but it is very good. I would recommend it! Veggies include lots of onion, bell pepper and mushrooms, along with broccoli and asparagus. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l480405709.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I would recommend it! Veggies include lots of onio... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 21:12:50 EST Stuffed Acorn Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517821 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1062709298.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cut the acorn squash in half and roast at 400 degrees with the seeds still in the squash. Remove from oven. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, steam saute 1/2 c. chopped celery, one small onion, chopped, 2 minced garlic cloves, and 1 cup of mushrooms, chopped with 1/2 tsp. basil, 1/2 tsp. oregano, 1/4 tsp. sage. Add the veggies to 1 cup cooked brown rice along with 1/4 cup raisins and 1/3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds or roasted... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 14:44:51 EST Winter Minestrone Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505773 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1436805536.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This winter minestrone soup is just starting to simmer. It has all kinds of veggie goodness in it: butternut squash, turnip, cabbage, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, green beans, tomatoes, along with barley, macaroni, and kidney beans. It is my favorite minestrone soup, but you do have to commit to lots of vegetable chopping. I divide the cutting into sessions to make it less tedious. The soup makes 16 cups ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 08:35:22 EST Observations upon eliminating nuts and oils from my eating plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505088 For a few weeks now, I've ceased eating nuts as a snack, no longer put Earth Balance on my bread, and cook without added oil. I have been noticing subtle changes, to wit: <BR> <BR> 1. My skin looks cracked and dry. Therefore, I plan to add the equivalent of one fat serving per day, preferably nuts or seeds in a salad dressing. <BR> <BR> 2. My blood pressure is at a nice low. Although I continue to take my blood pressure medicine, it was 110/ 64 yesterday at the doctor's office. I'm ho... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 10:13:31 EST Dal-Vegetable Stew from Indian Vegan Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498785 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1795418256.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I experimented with steam-frying the onion rather than sauteeing it in oil, and the stew turned out just as silky smooth and delicious. This stew is very distinctive, due to its complex onion- tomato spice paste and the inclusion of eggplant and butternut squash. I love it. <BR> <BR> I also love the cookbook Indian Vegan Kitchen by Madhu Gadia. First authentic Indian cookbook that helped me understand how to c... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:40:00 EST Polenta with Black Beans and Mango Salsa, from Starch Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492164 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1172400301.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This photo should make those who say vegetarian cooking is boring take notice and reconsider. I can't imagine more color or flavor than is in this delicious and beautiful dish. <BR> <BR> Be prepared, as always, to do a lot of chopping and dicing (thank goodness for my onion chopper), but hey, when it's done, it's done! <BR> <BR> From the book Starch Solution by John and Mary McDougall. There are a lot of good ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 19:02:23 EST Portuguese White Bean Soup, Moosewood Cooks at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485584 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1724541075.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This soup proves once again that all vegetarian bean soups are not alike! They each have their own unique flavors and textures. This recipe calls for ground fennel, which I love. <BR> <BR> From the Moosewood Cooks at Home cookbook, here: <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share a good thing. I soaked and pressure cooked my own beans. <link>www.indiadivine.org/audarya/vegetari<BR>an-forum/1153349-1-moosewood-restaura... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 18:08:36 EST McDougall Oatmeal Raisin Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485563 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1872810764.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These oatmeal raisin cookies taste exactly like "the real thing," yet they are made with all natural ingredients and without any dairy, egg, or oil. I give the recipe two big thumbs up (two thumbs being the highest rating, because I only have two thumbs). <BR> <BR> The only thing I would alter for my own tastes is to just add a touch of molasses and skip the brown sugar because otherwise the cookies are too swee... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:42:43 EST Curried Vegetables with Dahl, Moosewood Cooks at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479952 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2045465348.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As with many plant-based dishes, the chopping is the main event. However, the reward is plenty of flavor and colors! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l25241699.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I recommend steam-frying the veggies rather than sauteeing them in oil. It's not necessary. <BR> <BR> http://low-cholesterol.food.com/recipe/c<BR>urried-vegetables-with-dahl-54870 Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:40:23 EST Fuhrman's Yummy Banana Oat Bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473645 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l774427456.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'd been meaning to try making these bars for a long time, but rarely had the time to bake anything "extra," meaning not essential to our eating plan. <BR> <BR> But....THEY ARE VERY GOOD! <BR> <BR> I am astounded that without flour, eggs, oil, milk, sugar, baking powder or baking soda, I can make fruit/nut/oat bars that are chewy, just sweet enough, and delicious! They taste like an apple-nut cake I used to make... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 15:24:22 EST Labor Day Chili from Moosewood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471842 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l919622457.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It wouldn't be Labor Day Chili without the labor part. I wanted to use lots of tomatoes from our garden, and as you can see, the prep required some vegetable chopping (and dicing for the celery and carrot). The recipe, Vegetarian Chili, from the original Moosewood Cookbook, even calls for cooking the bulgur in tomato juice, which was easy enough to make in the Vitamix with some no-salt seasoning (Fuhrman's Matoze... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 16:46:42 EST I'm a star at my doctor's office! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464334 I was aware that my doctor referred to me as a star patient, but didn't know until today that the doctor's assistants were also aware of my long-term success (six years) at keeping diabetes at bay. Today one of the assistants asked me whether I was still not taking any diabetes medication, and I answered "Nope!" She turned and announced to the PA (Physician's Assistant--a kind of doctor), "She's the only one!" meaning that I was the only one of this doctor's patients who was able to control ... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:37:15 EST Hernerakkaa, yellow split pea soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464331 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1146464302.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a yellow split pea soup with vegetables from Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant. You can cook it in water or veggie broth. I added Vogue Vegebase to the pot, and it is smelling heavenly while it cooks! <BR> <BR> The soup includes generous portions of potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, turnips, and parsnips. I made a double recipe, which filled my 12 quart soup pot! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:29:51 EST Moosewood Bean and Bean Gumbo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459030 <link>www.glutenfreeveggie.info/?p=228 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1405211426.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A very tasty and filling gumbo! I really like it. It took me about 30 min. to cut up the onion, celery, garlic, and tomatoes, but boy, is it good! Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:33:26 EST