Fragrant Kidney Bean Lentil Dal

This lentil dal 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… Read more

Split Pea Soup

This is my family’s favorite split 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. From Instructions: 1. Place… 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 Thai 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:… 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: 1. Blend the dates in one… Read more

Black-Eyed Peas

This recipe will convince you that healthy does taste better! From Instructions: Soak the black-eyed peas in double the water for 12-24 hours. Drain and rinse the beans. Bring the beans to a boil in 3 cups of water. Immediately… Read more

Curried French Lentils

This is one of my favorite go-to meals. It’s easy to prepare, all in one pot, and is very flavorful and satisfying. It can be eaten alone as a stew, over some brown jasmine rice, or ladled into steamed corn… Read more

Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes

This soup has an irresistible quality; the flavors are deep and earthy with some sweetness from the potatoes. Don’t let the number of ingredients intimidate you – they build layers of flavor, but this soup is not at all difficult… Read more

Navy Bean Soup

Navy beans, like all dried beans, are a healthy component of a whole-food, plant-based diet. You can make this dish more brothy or creamy, depending upon your preference. Instructions: In a large soup pot, layer the bay leaf, celery, onion… Read more

Autumn Minestrone

Nothing says comfort food like a hearty bowl of soup. Curling up on the couch with a great book or movie and a steaming bowl of this twist on minestrone is heaven on any night of the week. Full of… Read more

Irish White Bean and Cabbage Stew

I created this recipe from basic ingredients (cabbage, potatoes, carrots) and seasonings (parsley, thyme, rosemary) that can be found in the simple, hearty dishes of Irish home cooking. With barley and white beans, too, it’s a healthy, filling meal all… Read more