Creamed Spinach

Creamed  Spinach is a childhood favorite. I wanted to create a healthier version without the use of milk or cream. I prepared this is at work recently and the customers loved it! Ingredients 1 (10-ounce) package frozen cut spinach, thawed or 1½ -2 pounds fresh spinach—washed, stemmed and roughly chopped 2 tablespoons  olive oil 3 tablespoons chopped…

Creamy Millet Polenta with Cauliflower

I’m enjoying creating recipes with healthy, whole-grain millet. Polenta, which is commonly made with ground corn, has become quite a popular dish. Other grains can also be used to prepare polenta. “It is historically made from other grains. It may be served as a hot porridge, or it may be allowed to cool and solidify into…

Spaghetti with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichoke Hearts

I happily discovered  pasta products from “Explore Cuisine”. I was immediately impressed!  Each 2-ounce serving has a whopping 20-25 grams of protein and 10-15 grams of fiber! The nutritional value is incredible for a pasta product. As the goal of my recipes is to maximize nutritional value, it was the perfect ingredient for my dish. It…

Seasoned Baked Tofu

Baked tofu is a staple in my home. It’s a great way to add texture and flavor to tofu–and it’s healthier than frying. With just two simple seasonings, the tofu is well flavored. I made this dish at work the other day and everyone really loved it–especially the kids! They were very happy to take…

Millet Croquettes

This is a fun way to prepare millet. Croquettes are crispy, savory cakes (patties) that can be made with a variety of ingredients. In this recipe all the seasonings are cooked into the millet; this adds a depth of flavor to the patties. The starch in the millet binds the croquettes (no eggs or flour needed). It’s…

Frittata

This is my vegan version of frittata. I’ve always loved quiche, so decided to experiment with a frittata recipe, which is like a crustless quiche. I was pleased with the results. For a thicker frittata, double the recipe. Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 cups chopped or very thinly sliced onions 1 cup finely…

Edamame Spaghetti with Sundried Tomatoes & Olives

This is a variation of my Spaghetti with Artichoke Hearts recipe. In my other recipe I used a pasta product from “Explore Asian”. “Explore Asian” is now “Explore Cuisine” and their packaging has changed. It is still the same impressive pasta product, with each 2-ounce serving providing 20–25 grams of protein and 10–15 grams of fiber! The…

Cumin-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

This is a simple snack recipe. Chickpeas are full  of fiber and protein–and are great for a nutritious, filling snack. Ingredients 2 (15-ounce) can chickpeas/garbanzos, or equivalent cooked 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (or your favorite cooking oil) 4 teaspoons nutritional yeast 1 ½ teaspoons adobo seasoning (or to taste) ¼  teaspoon smoked paprika 1/8 teaspoon…

Vegan “Chicken” Salad

The deli at Mother Earth’s Storehouse prepares a couple of different “unchicken” salad recipes. I have to admit that I “stole” their idea and decided to create a recipe of my own since I liked it so much! TVP (textured vegetable protein) is an inexpensive plant-based protein. The taste is pretty neutral and takes on the flavors of whatever…

French Lentil Salad

I love lentils! I have been making lentil soups for years, but I wanted to make a lentil dish also suitable to the warm weather seasons. French lentils hold their shape and texture, which makes them a great ingredient for a salad. This is my first lentil salad creation, which evolved into several variations–and it’s…

Kale Chips

I love kale! This highly nutritious leafy green can be prepared in so many ways and added to many different dishes. After the first time I tried kale chips, I decided to make my own. I was surprised to see how easy it is. You can cook the kale on a high temperature for a…

Black Lentils with Caramelized Cabbage & Onions

I wanted to create a new lentil recipe–something other than another lentil soup (which I often make). In the summertime I prepared lentil salads, but now that the weather is cooler I thought to try something new. Rather than make a cool salad with lentils, I prepared a warm lentil dish. Black lentils (and French…