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The Lowly Lima Part One: Artichoke Fennel and Lima Bean Stew

This recipe makes us love the lima bean, the humble bean that many people are not even sure they actually like. Fresh bulb fennel is combined with canned or frozen artichokes, lemon juice and lima beans.  Don’t like fennel?  Try this and you may change your mind as the vegetable combination mellows the anise flavor and creates a fresh taste.With its lemony sauce and less common blend of vegetables, this stew is delicious and hits the spot for flavor, with the fennel melting into a ...

Nut Balls Not in Politics? Yes, Easy Fruity Nutty “Candies” Please

These "candies" are really just a mixture of dried fruits, seeds and nuts. Similar to the ones you can buy (but fresher), you can use any dried fruits and nuts of your choice and even add extras such as coconut shreds to suit your palate.  We always start with dates, which we pre-soak unless they are super-fresh and juicy.This version also uses dried cherries, Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, raisins, coconut and dried blueberries but it's just a guide. Other great options include hemp ...

Fall Plums Love (Vegan) Tarts

As we say hello to Autumn, we must make our peace with the last of the summer flavors. Gone are the peaches and berries, the sweet corn and melons. Fortunately, Fall is prime time for fruits like apples, pears and those fleeting late Italian prune plums.So begins the annual Fall Plum Tart, modeled on the famous New York Times recipe. They  call it torte; I call it tart. Take your pick. It's super easy and will impress every time.For years, a variation of this sweet and tangy plum ...

Red Beans and Coconut Rice – Under Pressure

Pressure cooking can really save time and make it easier to avoid heating up the kitchen -- so necessary in the hot summer and really, at any time of year, who wants to spend extra time cooking? This recipe with its West Indian flair makes the best use of it, turning a  rice dish into a hearty meal in itself or a great accompaniment to other foods. Rather than standard red beans, try the Salvadorean frijoles rojo de seda, which are actually silky in texture as the name suggests.We like ...

Stress Less Burgers: Vegan Under Pressure

The world's a stressy place, right? How about a way to create less stress?  That's where a pressure cooker comes in handy, which you may have noticed we mention more and more.  One source of recent inspiration is the fantastic new book by Jill Nussinow, aka The Veggie Queen,  who is an extraordinary cook, long-time food expert and a full fledged RD (Registered Dietitian).Vegan Under Pressure doesn't just refer to how we feel each day. It is a compendium of recipes and more important...

Ital is Vital: Jamaican-Style Coconut Bean Stew

Mon, this stew make me feel irie. Yummy, creamy and filling, it's a great main course served with rice.  Ital food is rasta, designed to increase health and vitality (what is called livity) through avoidance of "dead" (animal) food.Feel free to use whatever beans and veggies you have on hand.  Don't have plantains? No problem. Try sweet potatoes, peppers, cabbage, and other types of beans. Leftovers also make awesome patties (see pie crust recipe here).Depending upon whether you ...

Warm Up with Animal-free Mango Coconut Cake!

It’s cold! Eat warm cake.  Animal-free mango coconut cake, that is, all without leaving home.This recipe was born out of a desire not to go out of the house (wind-chill is currently in the FU range). Since the recipe uses only pantry items, shopping was not necessary plus those dried mango slices purchased on impulse at a foray into Trader Joe’s could be put to good use.Inspired by several vegan mango cakes on the Internet, this recipe adds coconut for a more tropical flavor. ...

Healthy Hot Holiday Tamales

While some cultures definitely associate tamales with Christmas and holiday time, tamale-eating doesn't have to be limited to special times of year.  In fact, we like them so much that it feels like a celebration every time we eat them.This version is vegan, natch, and they freeze well (assuming there are any left). The assembly process is easy though a bit time-consuming but well worth the trouble. Be creative on fillings - these are black bean and sweet potato but you can use virtually ...

Fast Fall Farro with Wild Mushrooms, Roasted Squash and Cranberries

Farro is one of those "ancient grains" now being touted in food circles. Funny, right? In case you havent tried it, it looks like barley but is chewier, with just the right heft to be a central part of a hearty Autumn menu. This “pilaf” cooks quickly in a pressure cooker and is best served with sautéed mushrooms and seasonal veggies. For those cooking without pressure (who does that?), refer to the note below.Incredibly, we found some mushrooms on a piece of firewood (fine oysters) ...

Easy Seitan for Any Recipe

Seitan is one of those vegan foods you either love or hate. To the gluten-free among us, it's a real no-no. Personally, we think it sometimes gives the chewiness some recipes need. We've sliced for stir fries, chopped for "meaty" sauce and used on sandwiches.This basic version can easily be adapted depending upon your flavor preferences. Adding to Mexican food? Try cumin and chili powder. Indian? Add curry powder and coriander. Like a chicken-ish flavor? Use no-chicken seasoning.  You get ...