Herbed Bean Salad with Garlic Toast

There’s a few things I really love… fresh herbs, beans, and garlic toast!  This recipe combines all of them for a seamlessly delicious meal.  I love the contrast between the warm, crisped garlic toast, and the cool, fresh bean salad.  The celery brings some crunch, and the sherry vinegar brings the acidity.  At once, this…

Stuffed Red and Green Peppers

Red peppers, green peppers, red lentils, barley (or short grain brown rice!), dried currants, and a bountiful amount of fresh herbs.  Stuffed peppers exist in cuisines from around the world, and this recipe takes inspiration from the Persian classic, Dolmeh Felfel, a stuffed pepper dish that is fresh, hearty, and incredibly delicious.   While I had…

Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

Light and refreshing, this salad is the definition of summer.  Fresh cantaloupe, crisp cucumber, mint, lemon, and rich macadamia nuts.  Perfect as a cookout side or lazy, hot evenings when cooking is the last thing you want to do!  The best parts… the way mint works with cantaloupe, the refreshing cucumber mingling with lemon and salt,…

Grilled Peach Salad

Growing up in the US’s Midwest, I was spoiled every summer with Southern Illinois peaches.  They were bigger than a softball and incredibly juicy.  So sweet, so perfect.  If you could stand to turn on the oven, they made such an incredible peach-raspberry cobbler. But this post isn’t about dessert, it’s about making an unbelievably…

Grilled Pomegranate Molasses Tempeh

Grill season is the perfect time to whip out the pomegranate molasses.  It works so well on grilled foods, especially tempeh.  While my local natural foods store carries it, it can be a little tricky to find.  You may want to try an international foods store, or order it online.  Or if you are feeling…

Grilled Vegetables with Za’atar Chickpeas and Mint Pistachio Barley

Za’atar is an herb and spice blend from Levantine cuisine.  I was first introduced to it by a former roommate, who called it “the spice”.  While there are variations across the Middle East, the star of za’atar is thyme.  It is often served with pita and olive oil.  The pita is dipped in olive oil,…

Tempeh Souvlaki Pita

With the summer approaching, I thought there is no better time to start skewering.  Even though I’ve been vegan for 20 years, I still get excited about grill season.  As soon as the weather is warm enough (and even sometimes, when it isn’t quite yet!), I am ready to fire up the grill.   Souvlaki…

Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Pistachio Dipping Sauce

When I was a kid, my family frequented a diner in our town.  I always got the sweet potato fries.  Even if I ordered the soup, I was still getting sweet potato fries.  They were thin cut like chips, and were hot and crisp.  One bite, and they would start to disintegrate in your mouth….