Instant Pot Mung Bean Curry with Coconut Milk

Ever wondered what to do with mung beans? Me, too! We love Indian food, so when my daughter’s local Sam’s Club had mung beans on sale, so I bought some and created this recipe. You don’t have to have an Instant Pot to make this mung bean curry with coconut milk, but it sure makes it simple! Instant Pot Mung Bean Curry with Coconut Milk Last summer I tried cooking with mung beans for the first time. Our daughter and…

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Meatless Meatloaf Made with Heart-Healthy Nuts and Lentils

This meatless meatloaf doesn’t taste like meatloaf. I won’t even make that claim. But it does taste good, and it’s full of heart-healthy nuts and lentils. Meatless Meatloaf? I know, it sounds like another oxymoron. I grew up eating a version of this tasty casserole that we just called ‘lentil loaf.’ So that’s what I’ll keep calling it. Science has shown that eating a half a cup of pulses a day will improve your heart health. Eating nuts will keep…

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What are Pulses and Why do I Need Them?

What are pulses and why do I need them? Good question! This week we’ll focus on pulses and some tasty Instant Pot Indian vegetarian recipes. And if you’re looking for gluten-free recipes, you’ve come to the right spot! What are Pulses? Don’t confuse ‘pulses’ with your pulse. In fact, my online dictionary has the first definition for ‘pulse’ as the food, not the heartbeat. The bottom line? Pulses are good for your pulse (and your overall heart health). According to…

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Easy Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

The beauty of this easy vegetarian enchilada casserole is that you can make it vegan and it’s gluten-free! Tofu adds plenty of protein. Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole I love enchiladas, but as a vegetarian, I find it hard to stomach the cheese enchilada offerings in restaurants. My body isn’t used to huge amounts of cheese. I could just make enchiladas at home, but I rarely have the time (or patience) to fry the corn tortillas in oil, wrap each enchilada individually,…

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The Truth About Preparing Tasty Tofu

No, tasty tofu is NOT and oxymoron! The key to preparing tofu (and other vegetarian protein substitutes) lies in remember that tofu is the canvas. You get to paint the flavors! The Truth About Preparing Tasty Tofu First of all, let me assure you that not all tofu is created equal. The most widely available tofu is ‘tub tofu’ that comes in a plastic tub with water. Make sure you purchase extra firm if you buy tub tofu. This kind…

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Try This Easy Vegan Tomato Basil Soup Today!

Don’t let the word ‘vegan’ scare you off. This easy vegan tomato basil soup doesn’t taste vegan. Why Vegan Tomato Basil Soup? Good question! Mostly because, while I don’t mind dairy products, I don’t like cooking with large amounts of cream. I’d rather eat good fats from nuts and keep my heart healthy. I tried some tomato basil soup at a restaurant, and loved the burst of flavors. But I didn’t love the calorie and fat count from the cream.…

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Vegetarian Tuna Casserole: Is it for Real?

Of course not. You can’t have a real fake anything. But my meat-eating friends tell me my vegetarian tuna casserole tastes like tuna casserole, so that’s what I’m calling it! Is Tuna Vegetarian? I remember an incident in Spain while attending college over there for a year. Our choir went on tour, and to save money the choir director arranged for choir members to stay in the homes of the church members whose churches we performed in. We thought the…

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Cauliflower Chipotle Soup Proves Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Boring

Celebrate World Vegetarian Day and Meatless Monday with this easy-to-fix cauliflower chipotle soup. It’s vegan, and tastes great! 31 Day of Vegetarian Recipes You might wonder what a life-long vegetarian would have to say about starting a vegetarian diet. After all, I didn’t give up meat or anything drastic like that. I’ve never craved a hamburger. The only meat that’s entered my system snuck in when Taco Bell didn’t get my order right. I don’t get the ‘it tastes like…

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The Beginner’s Guide to Eating Vegetarian

This year I’m offering a beginner’s guide to eating vegetarian (also a guide for people who just want to eat less meat). This will serve as the landing page, so check back each day in October to find recipes and balanced advice on eating vegetarian. If you have any burning questions, let me know in the comments! The Last Day of September Means Write 31 Days! For the past four years I’ve participated in the #write31days series. This yearly blogging…

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