Savory Corn Fritters {Vegan}

Paring down the cookbook shelves has its advantages. As much as it pains me to let go of books, cookbooks or otherwise, so often the experience is one of renewal and discovery. I looked through books that I hadn’t opened for a while, salvaged some recipes from those marked for …

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Teff Cookies

Teff is one of the smallest and oldest known grains on the planet, and it sure is one of the mightiest. Native to Ethiopia, teff is used in a wide variety of ways, enjoyable just cooked up as is into a porridge, shaped into savory cakes, incorporated into soups, or …

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Chana Palak (Spicy Chickpeas and Spinach)

I used to get confused about the difference between chana saag and chana palak. The common elements are chickpeas, split or whole, and leafy greens. As it turns out, palak means spinach, whereas saag can mean any leafy green, including spinach but also mustard greens, kale, fenugreek leaves or whatever …

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11 Comforting Vegetarian Soups and Salads, for NCR

Happy New Year to my family, friends and readers. Wishing everyone good eats, prosperity and health for 2017. What better way to do that than present The No Croutons Required roundup of vegetarian soups and salads received for the early winter edition? Settle in and see what is on the …

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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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