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Aromatic Chana Dal Kitchari with Saffron

After seasonal feasts, it not uncommon to crave more cleansing and nourishing dishes such as kitchari (or kitcheree or khichdi). Essentially a one-pot Indian meal, the common feature of a kitchari is a digestive aiding combination of split legumes, rice and spices and often vegetables. Such preparations are open to …

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Olive Oil Almond Cake {Vegan}

I’ve had years of experience experimenting with savory dishes in my kitchen, and my cooking confidence level has increased as a consequence. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter, instead choosing to adapt it to suit my preferences so that it becomes my own. It’s not unlike me to …

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Best Black Bean Salsa Recipe

Salsas, dips and sauces are always better when they are made at home. They are usually straightforward and easy to prepare and keep well for a few days in the refrigerator, if not longer. And not only are homemade preparations cheaper than store-bought ones, they are always fresher too. It’s …

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Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Muffins

There is nothing quite like the distinctive and comforting aroma of fresh gingerbread baking in the oven. Especially prized during the winter months and a favorite during Christmastime, it’s really quite easy to make the magic happen in your own kitchen. Cookies, loaves, breads or muffins, or all of the …

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Creamy Green Pea and Collard Greens Soup

Although I ordinarily love to spend time in the kitchen, sometimes I prefer to prepare dishes that require little fuss. My efforts were amply rewarded with this creamy, elegant and delicious soup featuring sweet green peas and earthy collard greens. Not only do you get a healthy quotient of green …

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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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No-Bake Almond and Cocoa Cherry Energy Bites

When it comes to meal times, I usually enjoy smaller portions, preferring to have smaller meals interspersed with healthy bites of energy throughout the day. This way of eating is a good way to maintain a healthy weight, and it aids in digestion because the body is not taxed with …

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South Indian Chickpea, Cauliflower and Potato Coconut Curry

What I thought was my introduction to Indian food and cooking years ago was actually an introduction to north Indian cooking — all of the Indian restaurants in my city and most of the Indian cookbooks available back then were north Indian. Since then, I’ve been introduced to some of …

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12 Make-Ahead Vegan Christmas Sweets

Christmas is a busy time for many, especially for those providing the lion’s share of the nourishment. Sweet indulgences of course occupy a central role at this time of year and must be taken into account. Thankfully many treats can be prepared ahead of time and offered up when needed. …

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Guacamole Rice

Avocados are something I usually have on hand. They keep well if purchased when firm and they are simply wonderful just sliced and served up all on their own, just as is for a snack or as part of a meal as a nourishing and refreshing side. They also happen …

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