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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Not-So-Guilty Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

I fondly remember making holiday treats with my mom. An addictive and fantastically easy favorite, usually made for Christmas, were classic peanut butter balls. No doubt many of us remember those chocolate-coated treats with rice crispy cereal included for added crunch and texture. I never could resist peanut butter, and …

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Hearty Mushroom and Barley Soup

Just like the animals in the field (or the squirrels in the backyard, as the case might be), we humans feel the need to “stock up” on nutrients as fall turns into winter. For me and many other vegetarians, this often takes the form of thick, hearty and nourishing soups. …

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Mushroom “Bacon”

In no way was I trying to mimic the actual flavor of bacon here. After all, I’ve been a vegetarian for over 20 years now, and I never was tempted to eat meat ever again once my decision had been made. At this point, I don’t even remember what meat …

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Lemon Chia Seed Cornmeal Bread

This might be my next quick bread obsession. Not too sweet, the bold lemony flavor of this cornmeal loaf studded with chia seeds stands up on its own, and lovingly complements a nice cup of hot tea. Or consider serving alongside a spicy curry for a refreshing taste experience. I …

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Quick and Easy Thai Coconut Soup with Mushrooms and Mixed Vegetables

Thai curries and soups are one of my favorite ways to enjoy vegetables and mushrooms — I love the light and fragrant spicy gingeriness of broths seasoned with Thai flavors. I also appreciate the simplicity of Thai vegetable curries and soups — if you have a jar of Thai curry …

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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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