Autumn Vegetable Stew — Thanksgiving 2014

The spices in this hearty soup are classic flavors of North African cooking—a mix of sweet, savory, bright, and earthy all in one dish. Saffron may be the world’s most expensive spice, but this recipe, like most, only calls for… Read more

Caldo Verde

Caldo Verde is a Portuguese extravaganza of puréed potatoes with simmered kale, spiked with garlic and made hearty with red beans. From 21 Day Weightloss Kickstart Instructions: Bring the water to a simmer. Add the onion, potatoes, salt, pepper, garlic,… Read more

Adzuki Beans with Kabocha Squash

This recipe may sound a little ho-hum, but it’s actually incredibly delicious. If you prefer a softer, stewier texture, add the squash to the beans 10 or 15 minutes earlier. From The Kind Diet Instructions: 1. Drain the kombu and… Read more

Lentil Vegetable Soup

This soup is a favorite of my boys and so easy to make. I think one of the reasons they like it, is because I chop all of the vegetables really small. And, like most of the soups I make,… Read more

Indian Curry Lentils

A simple and wholesome legumes dish that will tickle your senses with curry and fragrant spices. 55 minutes cook time – though only 3 minutes prep work! Instructions: In one pot bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Add… Read more

Mexican Rice Soup

Since this is such a thick soup, I like to have this rolled up in a tortilla for leftovers the next day. This recipe also lends itself well to using different ingredients that you have on hand. Switch up the… Read more

Fragrant Kidney Bean Lentil Dal

This dish is a dal of sorts, and is especially fragrant and flavorful, rich with spices, and yet not spicy in a hot sense. I enjoy how this dish is not hot-spicy, however, you can always add a few splashes of… Read more

Split Pea Soup

This is my family’s favorite pea soup. My mom has been making this version for over 25 years. This tastes even better the next day and is great over baked potatoes or brown rice. Instructions: Place split peas, lima beans,… Read more

Yam Chickpea Spinach Curry

I was looking for something to whip up for dinner one day and I found some diced frozen yams and spinach in the freezer. So I thought I’d create a different spin on Chana Masala with them and this is what I… Read more

Split Pea & Cauliflower Soup

A variation of pea soup is part of many cultures. In the 18th and 19th centuries, split pea soup played a prominent role in the British and Irish diets. Sailors loved eating peas, because they were inexpensive and stored easily… Read more

Puréed Spicy Sweet Potato with Chickpeas

This soup combines sweet potatoes with earthy spices, a good dose of fresh ginger, and just a small amount of nut butter (gives depth of flavor without being too heavy or cloying). The soup is pureed and then whole chickpeas… Read more

Quick and Easy Thai Vegetable Stew

This delicious stew is a perfect dinner to serve to last-minute guests, but don’t only save it for them—this will hit the spot anytime you’re in the mood for Thai. The stew tastes great served over brown rice. Note: Thai… Read more

Sweet Potato Bisque thanksgiving

This sweet and savory soup could almost be a dessert soup, as ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon are spices you find in many sweet potato and pumpkin pie recipes. The onion and garlic temper the sweetness, however, with a savory boost… Read more

White Bean and Vegetable Soup

This is another great meal because if I don’t have one ingredient, I know there’s an easy substitute in my fridge. This soup has changed over the years. Below is my current version. I serve this with warm bread and… Read more

Curried Tomato Lentil Soup (Shorba Addis)

This recipe is based on an Ethiopian soup with a rich, deep curry flavor and complex textures. It’s easy to make in a big batch for the week ahead, but it’s so good, don’t expect it to last more than… Read more

Red Lentil Chili

This is my family’s all time favorite chili! Red lentils cook very quickly and are not only pretty but creamy and delicious. We love to serve this over a baked Yukon Gold potato. Instructions: Blend the dates in one cup… Read more