Lentils and peas

Simple Quinoa Pilaf with Peas and Almonds

Simple quinoa pilaf with peas and almonds recipe

Lots of peas and toasted almonds combined with quinoa add up to a tasty and nourishing pilaf. For a light meal, serve with Tossed Salad Wraps or with a bountiful salad of any kind, and fresh corn. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Creamy Green Pea and Cashew Butter Soup

Creamy cashew green pea soup

A delectable, high-protein puree made of cashew butter and white beans silken tofu forms the base of this nearly-instant creamy green pea soup. Served chilled or warm, it’s a treat when you crave fresh soup but don’t have the time for a lot of chopping and simmering more→

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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. more→

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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. more→

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Green Pea and Vegan Cheddar Cheese Salad

Fresh green peas

Here’s a very spring-y salad that pleases both the eye and the palate. I enjoyed it several times while traveling through some of the heartland states some years (or truthfully, some decades) ago, while still a vegetarian rather than a vegan. Its constant ingredients were the peas, cheese, and celery, with additional, varying ingredients. This is my version, a composite of those that I sampled, and now completely vegan, as it’s easy to substitute vegan cheddar cheese for its dairy counterpart. more→

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Yellow Split Pea-Coconut Soup

Yellow split peas

Dishes in southern India frequently include the use of coconut. You can enjoy this soup recipe on its own or serve it as a South Indian “sambar” or “kootu” over rice. Recipe from Coconut Oil for Health and Beauty* by Cynthia and Laura Holzapfel (Book Publishing Co.), reprinted by permission. more→

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Spaghetti Squash with Peas and Almonds

Spaghetti squash

If ever there was a “fun” vegetable, it would be spaghetti squash. I enjoy serving it to anyone who has never tried it, as everyone seems amused by its spaghetti-like appearance. more→

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Curried Lentils with Spinach

Here’s a simple, hearty everyday sort of dish; lentils and spinach are natural companions and curried seasonings marries them nicely. See the shortcut below for making this an even quicker dish using canned lentils. Adapted from Vegetariana. more→

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