Cooking in Challenging Times

Chickpea Stew with Lots of Veggies

Chickpea Stew with Lots of Veggies
Kale, Cabbage, Spinach, Carrot, Onion, Celery, Tomato

We are cooking in some challenging times, my friends. But we can do this and we can do this well! Look in the fridge and get excited!

We are cooking without the luxury of just popping over to the supermarket to get whatever ingredient our original recipe requires.

Today’s meal started in the pantry with a can of chickpeas and progressed to the veggie drawer in the fridge. There was a very small head of cabbage left over from my Stuffed Cabbage rolls. Less than a half bag of pre-washed spinach, and an aging bunch of curly kale.

Staples of carrot, onion, celery and garlic are almost always on hand. It was here that this hearty, healthy, satisfying stew recipe began to take shape.

Also, don’t underestimate dried herbs. They definitely have flavor and can substitute for fresh in these unusual times. Hopefully the dried herbs in your pantry are not too old!

Chickpea Stew Recipe

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Broccoli and White Bean Soup with Tempeh Croutons, Microgreens

Broccoli and White Bean Soup

Broccoli and White Bean Soup
#glutenfreevegan
Tempeh Croutons, Microgreens

I’ve got a corned beef brisket cooking on the stove top right now, but that won’t be ready in time to share with you for St. Patrick’s Day dinner. I do, however, have a gorgeous striking spring-green soup here.

It’s vibrant and velvety and vegan. It screams of springtime with its verdant color and micro purple princess flowers which have a delicate texture and mild green pepper flavor. Tempeh croutons add just the right amount of crunch and earthiness.

This Broccoli and White Bean Soup is hearty enough to be served as a satisfying lunchtime meal, one that is healthy and happy… chock-full of protein, veggies, and fiber.

Broccoli and White Bean Soup Recipe

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High Protein Breakfast Risotto #glutenfreevegan

High Protein Breakfast Risotto #glutenfreevegan

High Protein Breakfast Risotto

Red Lentil Risoni with Pea Protein Milk, Cinnamon & Vanilla
Vegan Yogurt, Blueberries, Walnuts, Maple Syrup
#glutenfreevegan

Good Morning Friends! For a very satisfying high protein vegan breakfast, I’m combining a lentil rice alternative with a pea protein milk alternative. Hitting all the delightful breakfast high notes – it is sweet and savory, crunchy and creamy, fruity and nutty, with warm spice overtones.

This recipe was developed for my friends at Explore Cuisine. And for the sixth year in a row, I will be cooking in Anaheim, California for 90,000 natural product aficionados at the Natural Products Expo West  on March 5, 6, and 7. Please stop by Booth #5162 to sample this uber-tasty High Protein Breakfast Risotto in a rotation with my other dishes:

  • Edamame & Spirulina Spaghetti with Vegan Pesto
  • Green Lentil Lasagne
  • Red Lentil Penne, Arrabbiata Style
  • Chickpea Fusilli with Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese Sauce
  • Red Lentil Risoni, Risotto Style with Spicy Soyrizo
  • Black Bean & Black Sesame Fettuccine with Miso Ginger Sauce, Carrots and Zucchini, Sesame Seeds
  • Chickpea Risoni Greek Salad Style

*All of the samples will be vegan and gluten-free.

Explore Cuisine Red Lentil Risoni is an organic gluten-free rice alternative made exclusively of red lentil flour. It is produced in Italy and has 13 grams of protein per 2 oz. serving.

Sproud dairy-free and plant-based milk alternative is developed in Sweden, produced from pea protein that is vegan, environmental-friendly and 100% allergen-free with five times the protein of almond milk per serving.

High Protein Breakfast Risotto Recipe

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Chilled Carrot Avocado Soup

Chilled Carrot Avocado Soup #raw #vegan #glutenfree

Chilled Carrot Avocado Soup
#raw #vegan #glutenfree

Chilled soup, in January? Let me explain.

Rock Stars in the Kitchen Kelly Hansen, lead singer of Foreigner; and Mary Moore, Founder and CEO of Atlanta’s The Cook’s Warehouse teamed up last Sunday at The Las Vegas Market for a gourmet cooking demonstration.

The presentation was delightful and the food was divine. Along with Chilled Carrot Avocado Soup they prepared Kelly’s Kickin’ Guac with Blue Corn Chips, Ensalada de Noche Buena, and Argentinian BBQ with Chimichurri.

In addition to sharing his enthusiasm for cooking and how clean healthy eating was important to his career as a singer, Kelly captivated us with stories about his gourmet food competitions, life as a rock star, and a bit of history of Foreigner whose first album debuted in 1977.

Las Vegas Market Cooking Demonstration

Las Vegas Market is a trade show held twice a year at the World Market Center located in downtown Las Vegas. It is a 5 million square-foot showcase for home décor, furniture, lighting, textiles, housewares, gifts, gourmet products, hospitality furnishings and more. Additionally, the trade show features many excellent seminars, presentations, and cooking demonstrations.

Kelly & Mary’s soup demonstration was so fast and easy. Fresh vegetables, fruit, and spices just go into a blender, et voilà – a very tasty, raw, vegan, gluten-free, healthy soup is born! I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR A SOUP LIKE YOU, TO COME INTO MY LIFE.

Chilled Carrot Avocado Soup Recipe

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Semi-Frozen Vegan Cheesecakes

Semi-Frozen Vegan Cheesecakes

Semi-Frozen Vegan Cheesecakes
Cashew Coconut Filling
Date Walnut Crust, Frozen Berry Topping

I really like the idea of having an elegant little dessert on-hand. One that is homemade and ready to serve simply by thawing for 10 to 15 minutes. Beyond tasty, this recipe is also gluten-free and vegan so it appeals to all my guests!

The icy cold dessert would be great any time of year, but it is especially nice for summer entertaining topped with fresh berries that have been frozen to get that cool frosty look.

Semi-Frozen Vegan Cheesecakes Recipe

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Refreshing Rice Noodle Salad, Ginger Lime Dressing

Refreshing Rice Noodle Salad, Lime Ginger Dressing

Refreshing Rice Noodle Salad

Thai Brown Rice Vermicelli, Butter Lettuce
Carrot, Cucumber, Red Bell Pepper, Serrano Chile, Fresh Herbs, Peanuts
Ginger Lime Dressing

Warmer weather is on its way and this salad is the perfect antidote for those sweltering days to come. It’s light, cool, fresh, refreshing, and zingy. The rice noodles come from my friends at Explore Cuisine – made in Thailand, organic, whole grain, gluten-free. Crisp strips of colorful vegetables, a fiery chile, and lots of rough chopped basil, cilantro, and mint are combined with roasted peanuts and a lively ginger lime dressing. This rice noodle salad is lightweight yet satisfying and it’s a wholesome recipe to help beat that heat.

Refreshing Rice Noodle Salad Recipe

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Chickpea Spaghetti with Roasted Carrots, Cilantro Dill Pesto #glutenfreevegan

Chickpea Spaghetti with Roasted Carrots, Cilantro Dill Pesto

Chickpea Spaghetti with Roasted Carrots
Cilantro Dill Pesto

My health-minded friends at Explore Cuisine have just released a new line of Pulse Pastas.  Certified vegan, organic, and gluten-free – their Pulse Pastas are made in Italy into spaghetti, penne, fusilli, and lasagne shapes.

Pulses are part of the legume family, the term “pulse” referring to the dried seed. Dried peas, edible beans, lentils and chickpeas are the most common varieties of pulses. Pulses are very high in protein and fiber, and low in fat.

Made of chickpeas, red lentils, or green lentils these noodles are much more than a gluten-free pasta substitute, they are smart choice for the chef to savvy home cook, and they make a perfect dish for everyone at the table. Packed with protein, high in potassium, with lower net carbs, and a good source of fiber – beyond the health benefits, these noodles have an impressive taste, texture, and color.

Here, chickpea spaghetti is paired with carrots that have been roasted and slightly caramelized for depth of flavor. The carrots were spiralized for a nifty presentation. Fresh and herby, with bright lemon and zippy garlic flavor – the cilantro dill pesto complements the roasted carrots. It is a simple but very tasty and healthful dish.

Chickpea Spaghetti with Roasted Carrots Recipe

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