Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen

Based in London, Ontario, a veteran vegetarian for 23 years serves up a collection of delicious culinary creations from her kitchen, with an emphasis on spicy Indian dishes and whole foods. If you want to know what sensible vegetarians eat, Lisa's Kitchen is the place to be.

Cherry Coconut Milk Smoothie

Breakfast is an important meal of the day as it provides the necessary nutrients and fuel to get us going in the morning. I have never been a big breakfast person though, so instead I often have a power-packed smoothie with fruit, almond milk, sometimes a bit of protein powder and various other delights. This smoothie might just be one of the tastiest yet ....more

Summery Tomato Soup with Pasta and Chickpeas

I've called this recipe summery not only because it is easy to make and satisfying without being too filling — if you resist the temptation to go for a second bowl — but because it has a fresh colorful vibrancy in taste and appearance that comes from cooking with fresh herbs from my garden and fresh local summer produce. While salads are often preferred during the hot months, I enjoy soups all year round. This also happens to be a new favorite vegetable soup and I'm certain this will be a staple on the menu, no matter the time of year ....more

Tamarind Broth with Puréed Toor Dal and Spices

A heat wave has once again enveloped Ontario, and that means lighter meals are in order. I've been serving a lot of salads lately, and wanted something fairly light, but different. A craving for Indian creations got me searching for some new ideas ....more

4 Ingredient Raw Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups

Before I moved away from processed sugar and store-bought treats, Reese's peanut butter cups used to be a weakness of mine. Now that I have learned more about making healthy treats in my own kitchen, especially healthy raw delights, I can still enjoy the taste of peanut butter and chocolate without the guilt. No food processor is required to make these raw delights, and best of all, there are only four ingredients, unless you want to count a little dash of vanilla and a sprinkle of sea salt as ingredients ....more

No Croutons Required - July Edition submission requests

It's my turn to host No Croutons Required this month. Alternately hosted by my good friend Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes and Lisa's Kitchen, this monthly event features vegetarian and vegan soups and salads. It's been a hot summer so far, so I except we will be seeing plenty of salads on the table ....more

My Legume Love Affair # 96 - June 2016

Once again I was the host for MLLA for the month of June. Legumes are an important source of protein for vegetarians and vegans alike. A special thanks to all who took the time to contribute a recipe to inspire other cooks in the kitchen ....more

Dressed Up Kale Salad

With the wicked heat and high humidity here in London, Ontario lately, salads are surely in order. And the simpler and healthier, the better. This also happens to be the time of year to take advantage of seasonal vegetables, and as kale is one of my favorites, this leafy and earthy vegetable was the star of this show in a salad that is completely vegan too ....more

Bisi Bele Bhath (Rice with Lentils and Spices)

This combination of rice, toor dal, vegetables and spices is essentially a south Indian variation of north Indian kitcheree — the classic one-pot meal — with the use of tamarind, coconut, aromatic spices and a tempering characteristic of south Indian cooking. The bisi bele spice mix is a rather unique and wonderfully aromatic blend of coriander, fenugreek, dried chiles and cinnamon that is a snap to make up. A fragrant and warming dish with a bit of heat and a delightful sweet and sour flavor, bisi bele bhath is all you need for a satisfying and nourishing meal ....more

Chickpea Olive Salad with Za'atar and Cherry Tomatoes

With temperatures soaring at the end of May, a simple salad was just what I wanted for dinner. Of course, simple is very often the tastiest, especially when it's simple that you want and you're using great ingredients. I've been enjoying finding ways to use za'atar lately — a highly aromatic and uniquely delicious Middle Eastern blend of dried herbs, sesame seeds and salt, za'atar goes wonderfully well with tangy foods like tomatoes as well as with bread ....more

My Legume Love Affair #96 - June Edition 2016

I'm excited to host My Legume Love Affair this month. As many of my readers will know, this is a long running event focusing on the goodness of legumes, started by lovely Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook and now administered by me of Lisa's Kitchen. Each month we have a different host but it's my turn now for the month of June ....more