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Spaghetti with Fava Beans and Mint

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    I am always looking for new ways to enjoy pasta. The base combination of olive oil, garlic and parmesan reggiano is the beginnings of a great dish.  The addition of the fava beans and mint give it some sustenance.  Finally, the addition of red pepper flakes kicks it up a notch, just be careful […]

Lentil Salad

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  If you are looking for a simple vegan salad to take to the beach or enjoy for lunch, this simple salad is sure to please.  It takes only about 20 minutes to make, most of the time is waiting for the lentils to cook.  It’s easy and full of flavor with the maple syrup […]

Bean Succotash

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  One of my favorite food shows of recent is PBS’ The Mind of a Chef.  Season Two is now on Netflix and I am working my way through the season which features Southern Chef Sean Brock. It’s been a great second season especially after an amazing Season One staring David Chang. The first episode shows Brock […]

Red Lentil Coconut Curry Soup

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  Lentil soups are very hit or miss in my experience.  They are often too watery, lack flavor, or get too complex where the soup has too much going on to enjoy it.  Fortunately, this evening was a hit or as my wife said “this one’s a keeper.” I love coconut milk based curry and […]

Abundance Bowl

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  We often take a long drive out to Ojai on Sundays to get out of the city and to experience one of our favorite Farmers’ Markets. There is a great selection of organic fruits and vegetables plus some great cheese vendors, but it’s more about the experience.  An experience of driving through the hills […]

Vegetable Pearl Couscous

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  This is a dish that can be used to clear out your vegetable drawer.  Any vegetable will do fine in this and it is a great way to use some of the vegetables you just didn’t get to or that you found at the Farmers’ Market but didn’t have  a specific plan for.  Here […]

Vegan Tacos with Mashed Sweet Potato

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Vegan Tacos with Mashed Sweet Potato Serves 6 18 corn tortillas canola oil for frying 1 large Japanese sweet potato, peeled and cubed 1/4 cup almond milk 1 can black beans 2 carrots, cubed 1 green pepper, diced into small chunks 1 teaspoon cumin salt and pepper cilantro, finely chopped green onion, cut into 2-inch […]

Orzo Pasta Salad with Lemon, Cucumber and Feta

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  It’s summer again in Los Angeles.  After a cooling spell of a week in the 60s, we are back to 80 degree weather in April.  So what better time to bring out a recipe my wife found on Pinterest she has wanted to try.  The combination of fresh lemon juice, cucumbers and one of […]

Black Bean Quinoa Enchilada Bake

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It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a recipe from the kitchen. Sadly 2014 hasn’t been the year of focusing much on my blog as I planned. Perhaps this first post of 2014 will change that and get me back on track as there is so much going on as we are getting ready for the […]

Butternut Squash Vegetable Wraps

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  Pasadena is nuts on New Year’s Eve and I’m not just talking about the night.  All day long the city is taken over with preparations for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl.  We decided for a second year to venture to the insanity next to the Rose Bowl where all of the Michigan State […]