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Potato Patties Stuffed with Spiced Mushrooms and Green Peas

Potatoes are always a nourishing and comforting choice to serve up for dinner, and when they are shaped into heavenly patties with a mushroom and pea filling, complete with fresh dill and spices, and then baked or fried and topped with velvety tomato chutney, culinary bliss ensues. These were served …

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12 Vegetarian and Vegan Appetizers for any Occasion

No gathering is complete without some appetizer nibbles. Previously I suggested some make-ahead vegan-friendly sweets to please everyone with a sweet tooth, and now it’s time for some savory bites to make the occasion extra special, no matter how small or large the affair. Whether you are looking for starters …

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Coriander and Chickpea Flour Fritters (Kothimbir Vada)

Vada — or vadi — refer to a variety of fried savories or snacks that are very popular in southern India. They are commonly made with dals and spices, sometimes potatoes, and are typically served up with chutneys or soupy vegetable sambars. Enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack or appetizer, …

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Baked Quinoa Balls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Little people like me need lots of protein. And this tasty little appetizer idea provides a good and tasty dose with quinoa, beans and peanut butter. I adore little bites, and these little savory balls can be served as a light meal too, as they are quite filling. But these …

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Chickpea Avocado Bites with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I adore little bites and these filling little appetizers could surely be a meal without any other adornments — at least for me! I don’t eat eggs any longer, but the creaminess and taste of this concoction could easily remind one of a deviled egg filling. In this case, I …

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Baked Pumpkin Falafel with Tahini Lemon Sauce

I positively adore falafel. That’s not surprising as I adore little bites. I’ve experimented with many different kinds, including ones featuring quinoa, green peas and sweet potato. As it is pumpkin season, I figured that would just be the right mix with chickpeas and some spices. Certainly rather unorthodox, as …

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Baked Mini Vegetable Chickpea Samosas

I’ve introduced many diners to Indian food and I’ve always found that one of the best ways to initiate those unfamiliar with Indian cuisine is to offer up some appetizers. Of all Indian appetizers, samosas are possibly the most popular. Fried savory pastries stuffed with a spicy vegetable filling, or …

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Quinoa Potato Patties

I’ve been cooking my way through one of my new favorite cookbooks. Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen is a creative twist on traditional Indian recipes designed for the home cook. It’s beautiful to browse through, with plenty of mouthwatering photos and ideas for little bites and meals, breakfast, sides, vegetable and …

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