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  • Meatless Monday: Kale and Yam Bowl

    A confession: despite the popularity of all-things kale (and the fact that I’ve been growing it and eating it for 35 years), I’d never tried making kale chips until very recently. I’ve certainly eaten them. They’re available at most stores these days and they even sell them at my favorite movie theater. And they are very pricey. I’d heard they’re supposed to be easy to make, but I just hadn’t tried. Then I found this kale and yam bowl recipe at Minimalist Baker. When I initially saw the recipe, I was attracted to the combination of yams and kale, a...

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  • Meatless Monday: Yams Stuffed with Black Beans and Avocado

    There’s no argument that cooking from scratch takes longer. Preparing foods in their unprocessed state requires more steps. It just does. I always cook from scratch. That’s just how I learned to cook. Back when I stopped eating meat, in 1978, vegetarian convenience foods were unheard of. I’m quite used to the amount of time it takes to prepare food, and I just account for it when I plan a meal. So it’s a real treat to find something easy, quick and satisfying to make for a weeknight meal. Today’s Meatless Monday recipe comes from Oh She Glows Every Day...

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  • Meatless Monday: Yams with Beans and Greens

      If you’re vegan, you may or may not be aware of a vegan cooking site that has took the web by storm a few years ago. (I first read about it in The New York Times.) It’s called Thug Kitchen. The site was founded by a vegan couple who lamented what they thought to be the “preciousness” of many cooking sites. Determined to spice up their site, they peppered it with salty language (so to speak). The site was instantly popular and has spawned three books so far. I received one of them (Thug Kitchen) as a gift and...

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  • Meatless Monday: Quinoa Veggie Bowl with Avocado Sauce

    The vegan bowls just keep coming. And why not? This, along with the other bowls I've shared in the past few months, is a complete meal. I love having a variety of flavors and textures all in one bowl. This one-dish wonder fulfills my intention for every meal to be at least half veggie and half protein. The avocado sauce is refreshing and adds a nice kick. This particular bowl took three pans to make—a medium sauce pan for the quinoa, a cast-iron sauté pan for the chickpeas and a flat roasting pan for the veggies. The original recipe from Avocado Pesto calls for...

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  • Meatless Monday: Quinoa Roasted Veggie Bowl

    Roasted veggies are just so good. They don’t take a whole lot of time to prepare and cook, and they’re really flavorful. Roasting seems to concentrate their flavors. I made this recipe for my partner and me. As much as I love roasted veggies, they don’t work all that well as leftovers. So I chopped enough veggies for four servings, using the measurements below. Then I tossed all the veggies together and roasted half of them the first day. This made plenty of veggies for both of us. The next day, the bowls took very little time to prepare because my...

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  • Meatless Monday: Savory Yam Pancakes

    A couple weeks ago, I posted a recipe for Yam Quesadillas. While they were absolutely excellent, after I’d used up my tortillas, I still had a lot of the filling left—three cups. Rather than buying more tortillas and continuing on the quesadilla track, I decided to try making yam pancakes with the remainder of the filling. I’ve made potato pancakes in the past, but hadn’t ever tried yam pancakes. The results were wonderful. Based on traditional yam pancake recipes, I simply added two eggs and 2/3 cup of flour to the quesadilla filling. You may want to experiment a bit...

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  • Meatless Monday: Spicy Yam Quesadillas

    When I was a kid, grilled cheese was my favorite meal. I never liked meat, so it was always a relief when my mother would serve the traditional grilled cheese and tomato soup lunch. It meant no bologna, salami or braunschweiger (you don’t want to know), at least for a day. I still indulge in a grilled cheese sandwich every once in a while, but I really enjoy the much less cheesy Mexican version—quesadillas. I don’t eat much cheese. When I do it’s sheep or goat cheese. Quesadillas need only a small amount of cheese, just enough to hold the...

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  • Meatless Monday: Cauliflower-Yam Gratin

    Time for another warming recipe! I’m still looking through my new cookbook, Meatless, for quick, easy, warming vegetarian fare. Because I’m especially enamored of brassicas these days, I chose to try this cauliflower-yam gratin. It’s a great combination. Sweet yams are the perfect foil for cruciferous veggies. This recipe uses culinary sage both in the sauce and as a garnish. Sage may be one of my favorite plants. I have a huge mass of it in my back yard that gets little water in the summer and just keeps spreading. It’s the ultimate high-desert herb. For this recipe, I cleared...

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  • Meatless Monday: Carrot-Cashew Soup

    Meatless Monday: Carrot-Cashew Soup In past Meatless Monday blogs, I’ve extolled the virtues of the wonderful home-cooked food at the place where I’ve practiced silent vipassana meditation for the past 30 years. Today I’ll share my all-time favorite: Carrot-Cashew Soup. Abhilasha Keays, teacher and cook at The Last Resort in Duck Creek, Utah, makes sharing meals at the retreat center feel like a privilege, preparing each meal with fresh, organic ingredients and infusing the food with her love of cooking. The Last Resort is the first place where I ate soup for breakfast. While it’s a bit out of the...

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  • Meatless Monday: Cleansing Kitchari

    Make a Cleansing Kitchari for Meatless Monday It seems that about half the people I know are suffering from sinus infections right now. Changes of season, while they are often welcome, can sometimes create upheaval in our bodies. While springtime often inspires us to emerge from our winter cocoons, it can be wise to make our transition gradually, so as not to overwhelm our bodies and minds. We can also help our bodies integrate the transition by nourishing it with foods that are easily digestible and that have anti-inflammatory properties. Ayurveda offers kitchari (a.k.a. kichadi or kichari), a stew with...

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