January 2011

Winter warmth salad

January 31, 2011

Much of the country, particularly the north east, has been battered by snowstorms and freezing temperatures of late. For many people, this winter has been fierce. For me, though, it feels kind of silly to be writing about winter. Where I live in New Orleans, it’s a mild sunny day, and I have the windows [...]

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How to make kale chips

January 27, 2011
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It happens on a fairly regular basis. I’m at the farmers market in line to buy my greens. There’s a person in front of me (or behind me) pondering a purchase of some kale. They may pass it by, or they may go ahead and buy it because they know it’s good for them – [...]

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Black bean and mushroom quesadillas with guacamole, roasted acorn squash and spinach salad

January 24, 2011
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When I first started to incorporate more plant-based meals into my diet, Mexican-style food became one of my favorite go-to meal inspirations. There are endless things you can do with beans, veggies, spices, and a tortilla of some sort. I’ve always liked quesadillas in particular. I like the way I can display the crispy-yet-gooey wedges [...]

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Dare to be different

January 17, 2011
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Growing up, I wanted to be “different.” I wanted to be that cool girl who was doing her own thing. Don’t all teenagers? Yet, truly being different was a risk neither I nor my friends were willing to take. I remember one particular mall outing with two friends in the early 1990s. The three of [...]

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A colorful, curried red lentil soup of my own

January 10, 2011
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When it comes to the kitchen, winter is just about synonymous with lentil soup. Strangely, though, sometimes I completely forget about lentils for a while. I was trying to figure out why that is. I didn’t grow up eating lentils, so it’s not been something I naturally gravitated towards. But I think it’s mostly because [...]

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