Madras Jackfruit-Chickpea Shepherd’s Pie

I used to have an obsession with the Madras Potatoes from the Whole Foods’ Hot Bar. After a long run or a tough workout, all I wanted to do was load up a brown paper take-out box with their delightful, spicy potatoes. When we left California’s Bay Area, it marked the end of Whole Foods’…

Wild Rice Mushroom Soup

When it gets cold outside, there’s nothing like a bowl of soup.  This recipe is hearty, flavorful, and healthy.  I love how sherry vinegar makes a good mushroom soup, an extraordinary mushroom soup.  It’s the secret ingredient that really makes this recipe!  I do not recommend skipping it, because you’d be missing out.  But, If…

Slow Cooker Pomegranate Walnut Lentil Stew

A few months ago, I was reading about fesenjoon, a Persian stew that uses ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses to create a savory, sweet and sour flavor.  While there are variations in how to make the stew, it usually involves chicken or duck.   This recipe takes inspiration from fesenjoon, but goes down a vegan…

Vegan Greek Spinach Pastry

Fresh marjoram is like a sweeter, woodsier oregano.  The Greeks (and Romans) thought of it as a symbol of happiness.  When it’s baking in my oven, I think of it the same way.  The smell of fresh herbs and buttery pastry are intoxicating!   My husband wanted spanakopita.  While the traditional Greek spinach pastry has…

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Like most of the US population, potatoes are one of my absolute favorite comfort foods.  And while it’s definitely a food associated with North America, it has a much longer history with South America.  Cultivation of the potato in South America is thought to be somewhere around 10,000 years ago.  North America can thank Peru…

Porcini Lentil Loaf

Traditionally, I am not a fan of “loaf” of any kind.  I usually find them a bit underwhelming.  So, I wanted to create a loaf that was flavorful, savory, and stayed together.  I wanted to create a loaf that was easy to make and delicious.  I wanted to create a loaf that would urge everyone…

Hearty Seitan and Winter Wheat Berry Chili

I’m going through a phase with whole grains.  Maybe it’s because Bob’s Red Mill is right down the street?  Maybe it’s because I feel burnt out on brown rice?  Maybe it’s because the texture of whole grains are more interesting to eat?  It is probably all of these things.  And fall is the perfect time…

Sun-Dried Tomato Lentil Wheatballs

Lentils, toasted walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon peel, spelt, a little bit of oregano, a little bit of parsley, and some torn spinach.  Delicious, rustic, homemade “wheat”-balls!  Perfect for pasta night topped with your favorite marinara.  Tasty on a hoagie bun topped with sauce and melty cheese.  Or if you’re feeling especially ambitious, make them according to…