Broccoli, Quinoa and Black Bean Burrito with Cashew Sauce

One of the reasons, among many, that I don't tend to eat out or carry in is because the food that I make in my own kitchen is not only more affordable, but also much more interesting and nourishing than most of the restaurant offerings available. Take this vegan version of a Mexican classic — the burrito. Wraps are among my favorite comfort foods ....more

Buttermilk Lemon Scones

Often when I want a quick solution to fill out and complement a meal, I will make up a batch of scones or biscuits. They don't take long to prepare and there is no substitute for homemade preparations. Over the years I have gained a bit of a reputation for making some fine quick breads, and after years of practice and the quest to create that perfect biscuit that rises well with a flaky and layered texture, I think my efforts have been rewarded ....more

Simple Lemon Urad Dal

As much as I enjoy cooking, there are days when I want a meal to come together with little fuss. Dal soups and curries are always a fine choice. Nourishing and warming, oftentimes such easy preparations are the ultimate comfort food ....more

Brussels Sprouts Risotto

It seems that many people dislike or generally tend to avoid Brussels sprouts, a distaste that usually seems to have been born out of childhood experiences with a plate of bland, soggy and over-boiled vegetables. Their flavor is a bit more on the bitter side than many vegetables, which might also explain why children aren't so fond of them, but these little green cabbage-like buds are very healthy and should appeal to the adult palate once given a chance. Well, even as a child I'd never actually disliked Brussels sprouts, but nevertheless I seem to have largely neglected them in my meal plans ....more

Quinoa Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chunks

Cookies are something you never grow too old to indulge in. Though I've developed more of a taste for savory things, that doesn't mean decadence has to be sacrificed along with flavor. I just use less sweetener generally in my treats and desserts with attention to more wholesome ingredients that contribute plenty of flavor in their own right ....more

Curried Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie with Portobello Mushroom Sauce

I found out recently that my husband is a big fan of shepherd's pie. I suppose the subject never really came up before because when I met him, I was a long time vegetarian. The occasion for the conversation was a take-out meal from a vegan restaurant that had a version of shepherd's pie on the menu ....more

Middle Eastern Inspired Spicy Chickpea, Eggplant and Tahini Stew

Many of my ideas for recipes are inspired not only from my extensive cookbook collection, but also from fellow bloggers. This is one such recipe that I was energized to make after reading a fairly recent post by Rosa Mayland. Rosa not only posts must-try creative recipes, but also photo essays that are breathtaking and reflections that are always thoughtful and considered ....more

Curried Red Kidney Beans with Paneer (Paneer Rajma)

One of my all time favorite dishes, especially enjoyable during the winter months, is rajma, a robust north Indian classic featuring plump red kidney beans in a thick and spicy tomato gravy. Just as there are countless ways to prepare Mexican-inspired chili stews ever so popular in the Western world, there are likewise many variations on the rajma theme. This particular version elevates the rajma experience a level as it incorporates succulent cubes of paneer cheese into the mix making for a substantially more filling dish that is especially unique and satisfying ....more

Kalamata Olive Bread with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

There is nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baked bread, especially when you add some cheese, olives and sun-dried tomatoes into the mixture. This easy quick bread is guaranteed to be eaten up as fast as the time it takes to make. Rustic, flavorful and just about the ideal accompaniment to any Italian meal or just as is for a light lunch with a pat of butter if desired, this one ought to be on the menu all the time, at least once a week ....more

No Croutons Required - November Roundup of Soups and Salads

Welcome to the No Croutons Required roundup of vegetarian soups and salads for November 2014. Thanks as always to those fellow bloggers who took the time to share a recipe with us. Settle in an have a look at these lovely creations ....more