Monthly Archives: January 2012

Stir-Fried Vegetables with Ravioli

Tofu-filled ravioli are reminiscent of little dumplings in this veggie stir-fry. Using hoisin sauce to finish the dish adds a tasty glaze and just the right flavor kick to the mild ravioli.

Pasta Twists with Cauliflower and Spinach

One evening not long ago, I had about one hour to make dinner for the family—and eat—between getting home from one activity and going out to another. I improvised based on what was in the fridge rather than following a recipe. This was the result; everyone liked this simple dish so much that I was […]

Seitan Chow Fun

When you’re in the mood for tasty Asian-style fare, this seitan stir-fry, embellished with broccoli, peppers, and wide noodles comes together quickly. Serve with spring rolls (from the natural foods store freezer) and a simple coleslaw with a sesame-ginger dressing.

10 Gluten-Free Grains for Everyone

Amaranth is a tiny, slightly nutty flavored ancient grain. The Aztecs believed it held the secret to long life and vitality and celebrated holidays by eating toasted amaranth. It’s a complete protein, has more iron than most grains, and is also a great source of many other minerals.Whole amaranth is delicious on its own or […]

10 Ways to Go Gluten-Free

Everyone can benefit from eating a wide range of gluten-free whole grains. Gluten-free cooking and baking goes beyond just replacing the few popular gluten grains wheat, barley, triticale, and rye in favorite recipes. It is a celebration of the earth’s bounty. There are more whole grains that do not have gluten. More choices, more whole […]

Stewed Lentils with Vegan Sausage

Well-flavored vegan sausages (Tofurky and Field Roast are excellent brands) make a bold statement in this easy lentil stew. If you can find beluga lentils, they give this dish extra visual appeal. Adapted from Vegan Express.

Lentils with Spinach and Dried Tomatoes

Keep a few cans of organic canned lentils handy to use when you want to make a meal with this nourishing legume in a hurry. To make this dish a little fancier, try using beluga lentils — these small, gleaming black lentils contrast attractively with the spinach and dried tomatoes.

Dilled Red Beans with Pickled Beets

This colorful, subtly sweet-sour bean dish, embellished with the surprising flavor of pickled beets, provides a nice contrast to mild pasta, potato, or grain dishes.