Garlicky Curried Lentils

Garlicky Curried Lentils

When I started cooking more plant-based dishes, I got really interested in Indian cooking. I love how Indian is packed with not only lots of veggies but tons of flavor using fragrant spices and herbs. Bonus –> many Indian dishes are naturally healthy and not that costly to prepare.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

This Fried Green Tomato recipe is a remake of an oldie but goodie recipe.

You remember the 1991 film, Fried Green Tomatoes, with Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates? I loved that movie. Ever since then, I’ve been intrigued by fried green tomatoes. In the spirit of celebrating tomatoes, I am squeezing in one more late summer tomato recipe, especially because tomato season is still flourishing here in San Francisco.

Guacamole Wonton Cups

Guacamole Wonton Cups

The Guacamole Wonton Cups are a real crowd pleaser and perfect for when you’re having company over. They are simple to make, feature fresh ingredients, and they are quite elegant looking. They don’t contain meat, dairy or gluten (if you use gluten-free wrappers) so they’ll satisfy even the pickiest eaters. I made these little guys for Superbowl Sunday and they were a big hit.

Red Lentil and Stewed Tomatoes

Red Lentil and Stewed Tomatoes

Winter inspires me to cook warm, hearty dishes with a little heat thrown in – chili, spicy soups and legume dishes, especially lentils. I know plenty of people who are unmoved by lentils but I adore them. They easily soak up different flavors and can be paired with a variety of ingredients. They’re nourishing, relatively inexpensive, filling and easy to prepare.

Rainbow Confetti Slaw

Rainbow Confetti Slaw

The Rainbow Confetti Slaw is so beautiful in color, almost too pretty to eat. It has deep purple hues from lightly-steamed red cabbage, red hues from vine tomatoes, granny-smith apple green, a deeper green from fresh basil, and golden brown from fresh chickpeas.

I like to make this salad often during the cooler months as insurance for staying healthy and getting in a variety of vitamins and minerals. Each color in the salad represents specific vitamins and minerals and as you can see it contains quite a spectrum.

In summertime, you can try pairing this side dish with some picnic or BBQ foods. It’s perfect for picnics or on-the-go because you don’t have to worry about it spoiling as it does not contain any dairy or cheese.