Make This Super-Easy Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup!

Whether you use an Instant Pot, a slow cooker, or a saucepan on the stove, this sweet potato and red lentil soup is super easy to make! Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup Recipe I didn’t realize that lentils came in color and flavors other than basic brown-green until a few years ago when I grabbed a bag of lentil at my favorite bulk food store and forgot to read the label. Instead of buying 20 pounds of regular lentils,…

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Instant Pot Chana Masala You Can Make in a Hurry

Try this Instant Pot Chana Masala, a great way to prepare garbanzos and serve up a tasty meal in no time at all! Instant Pot Chana Masala I needed something quick and easy for dinner last night, so I thought I’d try making one of my favorite garbanzo dishes in my Instant Pot. Although you can cook pulses from their dry state in the Instant Pot with some success, I find it easy to just use the quick-soak method. When…

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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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The the Best Easy Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup Recipe

This easy creamy vegan broccoli soup recipe is so good, no one will know it’s vegan! Easy Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup Before I divulge the recipe for creamy vegan broccoli soup, let’s take a moment to talk nuts. You may have heard that nuts are bad for you because they are high in fats. A study published in April of 2018 in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that contrary to popular belief, nuts and seeds can lower your cardiovascular…

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