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Not-So-Guilty Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

I fondly remember making holiday treats with my mom. An addictive and fantastically easy favorite, usually made for Christmas, were classic peanut butter balls. No doubt many of us remember those chocolate-coated treats with rice crispy cereal included for added crunch and texture. I never could resist peanut butter, and …

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Hearty Mushroom and Barley Soup

Just like the animals in the field (or the squirrels in the backyard, as the case might be), we humans feel the need to “stock up” on nutrients as fall turns into winter. For me and many other vegetarians, this often takes the form of thick, hearty and nourishing soups. …

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Mushroom “Bacon”

In no way was I trying to mimic the actual flavor of bacon here. After all, I’ve been a vegetarian for over 20 years now, and I never was tempted to eat meat ever again once my decision had been made. At this point, I don’t even remember what meat …

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Lemon Chia Seed Cornmeal Bread

This might be my next quick bread obsession. Not too sweet, the bold lemony flavor of this cornmeal loaf studded with chia seeds stands up on its own, and lovingly complements a nice cup of hot tea. Or consider serving alongside a spicy curry for a refreshing taste experience. I …

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Quick and Easy Thai Coconut Soup with Mushrooms and Mixed Vegetables

Thai curries and soups are one of my favorite ways to enjoy vegetables and mushrooms — I love the light and fragrant spicy gingeriness of broths seasoned with Thai flavors. I also appreciate the simplicity of Thai vegetable curries and soups — if you have a jar of Thai curry …

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Coriander and Chickpea Flour Fritters (Kothimbir Vada)

Vada — or vadi — refer to a variety of fried savories or snacks that are very popular in southern India. They are commonly made with dals and spices, sometimes potatoes, and are typically served up with chutneys or soupy vegetable sambars. Enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack or appetizer, …

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Vegan “Bone” Broth

There are times when we don’t have much of an appetite, but these are often time when it’s the most important for us to get our essential nutrients even though only a minimal amount of solid food may or can be eaten. Bone broths — made by simmering beef bones …

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Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili with Azuki Beans, Barley and Mushrooms

Vegetarian chili is a comforting, warming and nourishing one-pot meal for which I never tire of exploring new ideas — nor do my husband and I hardly ever tire of eating, especially during the cold months. Despite the relative simplicity of chili, at times the infinite number of variations on …

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Black Bean Cocoa Fudge

Before you grimace over the thought of beans featuring in a fudge, I urge you to put your hesitations aside and consider this naturally sweet, protein-packed fudge. Honestly, you would never know there were legumes in the mix if the cook hadn’t spilled the beans. I served one to a …

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Vegetarian Lasagna with Chunky Tomato Sauce and Cashew Bechamel

I’ve always found that a good vegetarian lasagna always pleases a table seated with a mix of vegetarians and carnivores. Why not take it a step further and make the whole thing dairy-free? Those who have tried offerings from my kitchen need no convincing that vegan creations are every bit …

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