Sophia Zergiotis

Chickpea and Spinach Couscous with Cashews

Spinach and chickpea couscous from Love and Lentils

This is a dish that is on my ‘I have nothing in the fridge’ or ‘I have no time to cook‘ or ‘I want something healthy that my kid will love‘ recipe roster. It’s something that I have been cooking for years and is still a family favorite. I love the simplicity of it, and the versatility. If you don’t have chickpeas, go ahead and use white navy beans or kidney beans. If you don’t have spinach, use collard greens or kale. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils. more→

Yellow Pear and Spinach Smoothie

Pear and spinach smoothie from Love and Lentils

I used forelle pears for this smoothie, as they are cute and adorable and bite-size. Okay fine, not only because of that, also they are quite sweet and have a bit of a cinnamon spice flavor (making them perfect for kid-friendly snacks or smoothies). This variety is only available from about September until December, so use another kind of nicely ripe yellow pear at other times or if unavailable. I call this smoothie my winter blend; because of the pear variety and also because it’s not a freezing cold drink. If you want to make it colder, go ahead and add a few ice cubes. This makes 1 large or 2 moderate smoothies. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils.
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Mango Lentil Salad With Cilantro-Lime Dressing

Mango Lentil Salad by Sophia Z from Love and Lentils

This lentil salad is unique, blending Indian flavors from the cumin and coriander with the Mexican flavors of mango and lime. One of the best things about salad is you can combine ingredients that you wouldn’t normally pair up, and it usually works wonderfully. French lentils, also known as du Puy lentils, are the best type of lentil to use in salads. Green, brown, and red lentils are perfect in soups and stews because they’re soft and tend to fall apart, while du Puy lentils work better in salads because they hold their shape well when cooked properly. All in all, a refreshing summery salad, with  great sustenance from the lentils. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils.

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Potato and Grilled Corn Salad with Fresh Dill

When summer is in full swing, it means picnics, family bike rides, BBQs, and lots of dinners on the patio. A popular summer salad which I was never really able to get behind is the traditional potato salad. I just find it too heavy with mayo and much too creamy for my liking. I do, however, love the idea of grilled corn, fresh dill, and tangy mustard in my potato salad, and that’s just what I did to recreate this classic dish. This recipe makes for excellent leftovers, and it’s so easy to whip up to bring along to a lunch or dinner party. It won’t leave anyone feeling weighed down by heavy mayo, and you can proudly say it’s vegan! Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils.
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Coconut Mint Chip Shake

Mint Chip Milkshake by Sophia Z from Love and Lentils

I was a huge fan of milkshakes growing up (who wasn’t?). My all-time favorite ice cream flavor has always been mint chocolate chip, and today, it’s my son’s favorite as well. I thought of combining these two delicious childhood favorites into one leaner, greener dairy-free drink. The beautiful green color comes from healthy baby spinach. The flavor has the perfect amount of mint, and you can top your milkshake with chocolate chips like I did, or cacao nibs for a bittersweet flavor. This makes 1 large or 2 smaller servings. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils.  

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Roasted Sweet Potato Macaroni and “Cheese”

Sweet potato vegan mac n cheese1

This mac and cheese is 100% vegan and so healthy! The ‘cheese’ in this recipe is a combination of roasted sweet potato, mustard, and nutritional yeast. The result is a nostalgic mac and cheese with a grown up edge and a rich, creamy, and satisfying dish! This recipe utilizes gluten-free pasta, but if that’s not a concern for you, any whole-grain short chunky shaped pasta will work. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils. more→

Crunchy Almond Cacao Nib Cookies

Cacao Nib Cookies

These cookies are truly guilt free. They’re refined sugar-free, dairy free, and filled with nutritional ingredients. They are very light and the cacao nibs offer the perfect crunchy texture. If you are unfamiliar with cacao nibs, they are nature’s chocolate chips. Cacao nibs are literally cacao beans that have been roasted and separated from their husks, then peeled and crumbled.

They may look sweet, but aren’t. They’re pure, bitter cacao, and offer a great crunch to baked goods. Cacao nibs are also very nutritional. Did you know they have a higher antioxidant level than blueberries? And, they’re one of the best sources of magnesium. Cacao nibs offer a great, natural way to include this important mineral in your diet, while satisfying those chocolate cravings.  Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis, from Love and Lentils

Makes about 16

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a small bowl, mix coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, almonds, coconut, and cacao nibs. Add dry ingredients to wet.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop tablespoons of the dough onto the baking sheet about 1 to 2 inches apart.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden around the edges. Let stand for a minute or two, then cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy with a nice cup of coffee or tea and store the rest of the cookies in an air tight container for up to a week.

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Cauliflower ‘Risotto’

cauliflower risotto

One of my favorite meals to make is risotto. I actually don’t mind the laborious process; it’s quite meditative and helps slow you down. A little splash of water, a stir, a sip of wine – so relaxing! But it’s just not realistic on a weeknight when time is limited and there’s a lot going on. We had our risotto with a side of roasted asparagus (chopping it and stirring it in is also an option) but you can easily adapt this risotto with ingredients you have on hand; add mushrooms, peas, tomatoes, basil, or other veggies and herbs you may be craving. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis, from Love and Lentilsmore→

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pear, Cranberries, and Vegan Parmesan

brussel sprouts salad

I love fresh salads for lunch or sides, and frankly the bigger the better. I wanted a little bit of everything in here; crunch, sweetness, cheesiness, and something that can be prepared ahead of time and thrown together later. I think we all typically boil or roast brussels sprouts, but have you ever had these amazing little greens raw? They have a similar texture to shredded cabbage, but much more flavorful. Shaved Brussels sprouts, chewy dried cranberries, toasted almonds, fresh pear, and vegan Parmesan cheese make this salad irresistible. Recipe and photos contributed from Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils more→

Quinoa and Cranberry Salad

Quinoa and cranberry salad

Quinoa is gluten free and a great source of protein. One cup of quinoa boasts 8 grams of protein. To put that into perspective, the average woman requires about 46 grams of protein per day. It has definitely become a very popular grain to everyone, being low in fat and high in nutrients, it is replacing the traditional rice or couscous in many recipes. Contributed from Sophia Zergiotis’ blog Love and Lentils more→

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