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/ Spinach Sambhar from Indian Vegan Kitchen by Madhu Gadia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024901 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf2657fa-bd5f-4663-8c0a-49b05bca171c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This cookbook never disappoints, and I'm particularly in love with this recipe. It is so aromatic I could "eat" the air in my house! I made a tripled recipe in my Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker with no problem at all. If you'd like the recipe, borrow the cookbook from your local library or better yet, buy it! If you like Indian dals, you will love this cookbook! Sun, 1 Nov 2015 19:08:50 EST Winter Minestrone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020997 <link>fatfreevegan.com/blog/2013/10/30/win<BR>ter-minestrone/ </link> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6183ceef-fef8-4865-8ae3-b1c56f114a90.JPG"> <BR> 16 cups of veggie goodness! I substituted large lima beans (cooked from soaked beans) and green beans for color. YUM! Sun, 25 Oct 2015 16:47:57 EST Easy homemade vegetable broth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020862 [ <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07a1b0f7-9500-4c9d-b5c5-06a986d7ffd0.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Spark Friends: It only takes 15 min. to cut up large chunks of carrots, celery, leek, and onion, toss them in a pressure pot with water, bay leaves, and a sprig of thyme to create your own delicious 8-10 cups of vegetable broth in 5 min. on high pressure. Small investment for big flavor! <BR> <BR> If you would like a simple "recipe" for broth, check out Jill Nussinow's The New Fast Food ... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 11:09:50 EST Easy Vegetable Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017181 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e702c736-74ab-4669-a2ba-76765bbd1fbb.jpg"> <BR> Vegetable soup (with some beans) is a warming and filling meal in the fall. I just wanted to remind everyone that you can save yourself a lot of time by using frozen "soup vegetables" from the store. The soup vegetables taste great, they're already pre-cut and include lots of variety. <BR> <BR> I learned this trick from Jeff Novick's Fast Food DVD recipe for Longevity Soup. Sure came in handy t... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 20:38:02 EST Three Bean Chili from The New Fast Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013331 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/38816a03-abb7-4256-ad92-349d15a01043.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is a VERY tasty chili, particularly if you cook your own beans and use the pot liquor (bean broth) to cook the chili with. Very flavorful and full of veggie goodness. From The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow, one of my favorite cookbooks! Sun, 11 Oct 2015 19:43:17 EST Minestrone Soup from Plant Pure Nation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008658 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f94168fd-78b4-43a1-87f3-f00072448fbb.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Great soup to make on a rainy day at home. This is a double recipe-- 5 quarts' worth! Cabbage, onion, carrots, celery, potatoes, garlic, Italian seasonings, cannelini beans, stewed tomatoes. It's still simmering, so I'll comment on the taste later. <BR> <BR> Oh, boy! This is a delicious soup! Worth every minute I put into cutting up the vegetables. i used Rapunzel no-salt bouillon for ... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 16:30:11 EST Red Kidney Bean Curry from Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004633 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7117d831-09f9-4216-acd1-ac937e04f0cb.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is a good curry. However, for a lot less effort, Susan Voisin's Rasedar Rajma is more flavorful. This curry, though, will fuel us through the week, and I like the inclusion of hot chili peppers for some nice heat. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 21:21:42 EST Buddha Bowl from Plant Pure Nation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002755 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cdc17abc-43ac-4c9e-95d6-2074e1498303.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is a delicious meal in a bowl! I can't wait to have it again tomorrow at work. It's beautiful and full of flavor! I forgot to add the chopped avocado this time, but will tomorrow. The homemade Tahini sauce and combination of bits of vegetables is really wonderful. <BR> <BR> Recipe from Plant Pure Nation Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:12:38 EST Italian Eggplant Casserole from Plant Pure Nation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000993 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44b05879-6b42-4ecd-ad1e-6ed3a01dbcb5.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Great dish--beautiful and delicious. Just beware--it is a LOT of work. Only make it if you want to honor the eggplant, tomatoes, and basil in your garden. Otherwise, wait for a special occasion and make it the day before! <BR> <BR> from Plant Pure Nation cookbook Sun, 20 Sep 2015 19:44:20 EST Creamy Black Gram and Kidney Bean Curry a la Vegan Richa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997564 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c2093f4-9905-48b5-a630-f4c9c79618c4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Creamy Black Gram and Kidney Bean Curry from Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen cookbook. The creaminess comes from the soft urad dal, the tomato chaunk and a touch of non-dairy milk. I recommend using cashew milk rather than almond milk, as the flavors would blend better, but almond milk is OK. <BR> <BR> A very flavorful curry and very pretty, too! I recommend this recipe and plan to make i... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 22:29:31 EST Vegan Cabbage Rolls from fatfreevegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987625 <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/2013/01/vegan-<BR>cabbage-rolls.html?printthis=1&printse<BR>ct=2 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43d746c4-4ef3-45e4-92cd-3eed7327adaf.JPG"> <BR> <BR> These cabbage rolls are delicious! However, they do require love and devotion, so only make them if you love cabbage rolls. I used garam masala, fresh lemon juice, and fresh parsley to season the lentil and bulgur filling. I also added additional bulgur to the tomato sauce at... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:38:12 EST Green and Red Bean Curry with Okra http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974896 Recipe from The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94c93cee-e864-442e-9d50-6f2374023d28.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is a spicy and delicious stew from the book The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow. I recommend doubling the recipe, as a double recipe makes 3 quarts, and this will go fast! Sun, 9 Aug 2015 20:38:10 EST Mediterranean Stew Moosewood Lowfat Favorites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969164 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be872fc2-0c00-4e61-8eb1-6de4ee0f1168.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This recipe is delicious and nutritious. It does require time to chop the vegetables on which the soup depends: bell peppers, asparagus, summer squash, zucchini, onion, garlic, but the result is delicious and the recipe is generous. I doubled the recipe and made a very large soup pot of the stew, so my effort will have us well-fed and happy for days. <BR> <BR> The Moosewood Lowfat Favori... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:41:26 EST Curried Split Pea Soup with Cauliflower from fatfreevegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963907 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/587e72f0-1d90-42f0-b3e2-2abd7f27e45a.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/01/currie<BR>d-split-pea-soup-with.html </link> <BR> <BR> This soup is delicious! There is a bit of veggie prep at the beginning, but I love having a couple of vegetables in with my beans, don't you? <BR> <BR> Did you know that you can pressure cook split peas? Yes, you can! At least you can in the more modern pressure cookers. I cooked this soup ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:49:37 EST Cristianos y Moros from The New Fast Food by Jill Nussinow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962944 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8babdd4-56ae-4bc6-bd1e-916fd8250062.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Very tasty seasoned beans and bell pepper to enjoy with rice! Relatively easy prep. Buy the book or borrow from the library, because I don't think the recipe is available on the web free. The book is worth it anyway! Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:08:07 EST Quinoa Salad with Currants and Pistachios http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958026 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91787802-d561-49ef-b8b4-a2f04e7a8de0.JPG"> <BR> <link>www.eatunprocessed.com/ep21-30.html#<BR>26 </link> <BR> <BR> This quinoa dish is Wow-Zowie! I substituted Goji berries for the currants and added chickpeas, but the original recipe is just as good. The lime juice lends a salty taste to the dish, so no need to add salt, and it is so moist and delicious I wouldn't think of adding oil (there is no added oil in the recipe). Highly recomm... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 10:16:28 EST 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! <BR> <BR> 08/16/15 Made it again! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid... 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