Main Dish Recipes

Uttapum: savory indian pancakes

These little pancakes are one of my favorite go-to's throughout the year...and I thought it might be a fun recipe for the holidays, as the red and green definitely make a plate feel festive and fun! Savory Indian Pancakes Uttapum are South Indian pancakes that are...

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Veggie Gluten Free Pot Pie

Fall Comfort Food When the leaves begin to change colors and the air begins to get crisp, I not only LOVE pulling out my boots, but also my favorite fall comfort foods :)! Although I've made Pot Pie before, this was the first time I've made one since being...

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Cherry Tomatoes 3 Different Ways

For those of you that follow me on social media, you might have seen that the cherry tomatoes we planted back in May have exploded :)! The little seedlings we started from scratch are now 6-7 feet tall and fully loaded. On Instagram and Facebook, I asked friends and...

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Pure Vegetarian: Nourishing the Body and Soul 

Wisdom & Deliciousness from the kitchen of Lakshmi Hello Everyone, today I'm feel blessed to share an interview with Lakshmi Wennakoski-Bielicki. This talented yogini, chef, photographer and writer is the founder of the blog, purevege.com as well the author of...

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Holy Days & Fasting Pancakes

I feel like the Fall snuck up on me...:)? If I recall correctly, it was hot one day and then chilly and pouring the rain the next...what's been happening in your neck of the woods? To be honest, I'm actually quite delighted that the season's are changing...because I...

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Sesame Ginger Baked Tofu

It’s always good to remember that the one weapon we always have in our arsenal for self-care is the food we put in our bodies. Food is such an amazing tool, don’t think? What we feed ourselves literally fuels our energy levels, directly impacts the appearance of our bodies and greatly influences our minds. For something we do several times a day…I’d say it’s worth putting a little dedicated time and creative energy towards since the payoff is huge.

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Yogic Fasting….spring quinoa salad

Every year in the Vedic calendar there are two, 9 day periods of time called Navratri (one falls in the spring and one happens in the fall); both are considered to be high spiritual energy days. During these periods, yogis recommend doing extra japa practices,...

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Fennel, Carrot Spinach Wrap

What a weekend we had...it was packed with great weather, awesome meditations and some quality cooking time for my meditation teacher, Shri Anandi Ma. This weekend we went Shri Anandi Ma's Public Meditation Programs. Like usual, they were awesome and definitely...

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Chole-Palak and cooking the afternoon away!

  This past Sunday I gave my first cooking class, in conjunction with Dhyanyoga Centers, and I'm happy to report to went GREAT! I have to say I was pretty nervous, but 15 minutes into talking, I warmed up and before I knew it three hours FLEW by! We had 12 lovely...

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Cannellini Bean & Kale Vegan Bisque

This dish was inspired by my craving for something creamy, yet healthy. I knew I wanted greens for dinner, but I didn't feel like pairing it with a grain. So, I decided a soup of some sort would taste good. I wasn't sure what to call this delightful dish...soup,...

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Soba Noodle Soup

Light and Hearty. I love this soup....especially during the holidays when there's so much rich and over-the-top goodies that we can find ourselves surrounded by. I made this right after Thanksgiving and it tasted it like nectar. Also, as the sickies (flu, colds, sore...

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Soup Season has officially begun.

Broccoli- Cauliflower Cheddar Soup It's that time of year....gray, foggy, drizzly and damp----PERFECT weather for a cup of soup! I usually like brothy soups....but every now and then a thick-creamy-total comfort soup fits the bill. And last night was definitely one of...

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Soupy Rice with Zucchini: cold day comfort food.

Soupy Rice is something my mother-in-law made my husband and her other kids on cold days, sick days and days when they just want something comforting. It's super simple and super de-lish...it's just rice, milk, butter and dash of seasoning...definitely a meal that's...

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Bhajia: rainy day comfort food.

This post is for all my friends and family on the East Coast that are hunkered down as Hurricane Sandy brings heavy rains and strong winds to their neck of the woods....may you all stay SAFE, dry and protected. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. My...

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sunday morning HASH.

a twist on a classic...  Right now in the Indian lunar calendar there's a period called Shraddh going on...this year it falls from Sept 29- Oct 15. Shraddh is a two week period dedicated to remembering and honoring our ancestors because the energy of these two weeks...

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Vegetable Garden Quinoa Bowl

great weeknight option...  This is a great weeknight meal....it's fast, easy and tasty...and it's even quicker and easier if you have leftover  Quinoa-Rice Pilaf or plain Quinoa already in the fridge. Did you know Quinoa has up to 12 grams of protein in just a 1/2 cup...

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summer CAPRESE panini

summer Caprese Panini. summer CAPRESE panini. Fresh basil, Buffalo mozzarella and vine-ripened tomoatoes....how on earth can you go wrong with a combination like that :).  Because of  my gluten allergy I've cut out most gluten from my diet....but if I make it to the...

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PASTA a la summer

...summer in each bite. I just LOVE fresh veggies &  herb pasta dishes in the summer....they say SUMMER with every bite! My favorite combination is fresh corn, red bells, zucchini, tomatoes and LOTS of fresh basil! It's even better when some of these delectables can...

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asian pear FRIED RICE.

asian pear FRIED RICE. We've been having fun experimenting with our harvest of Asian Pears.... a few days ago I had some leftover rice I wanted to use it up. So I made a fried rice with baked tofu, edamame, carrots, broccoli and ASIAN PEARS instead of water...

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WAFFLE mornings. WAFFLE evenings.

WAFFLE mornings. WAFFLE evenings. WAFFLE mornings. WAFFLE evenings. I'm always looking for quick and easy breakfast ideas....Trader Joe's now carries egg-less, Gluten Free Waffles :)! Yippee! I just pop one in the toaster, add a little maple syrup, a dollop of greek...

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ONE-pot cornbread: a complete meal.

ONE-pot cornbread: a complete meal.  (9 pieces) ONE-pot Cornbread is a great wholesome meal! I take my favorite cornbread recipe...and then add a bunch of goodies from different food groups to make it a complete meal...black beans for protein, red bells, zuchinni,...

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baked TOFU: great to have on hand.

Baked tofu is great to have on hand....especially when you have a tasty marinate; they really soak up the flavor. I like baking tofu verses pan frying for several reasons....1. it's easier :),  2. they all cook to the same consistency,  3.) it requires less constant...

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Quinoa and Black Bean CAKES.

Quinoa and Black Bean CAKES. These are similar to the RICE PATTIES that I LOVE....but a little different :). These little cakes are great to eat with a side of veggies, salad or  soup...as an alternative for a veggie burger patty or just by themselves. They cook...

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Quinoa Rice Pilaf: my new favorite staple.

Quinoa Rice Pilaf: my new favorite staple. I've been  playing around with this blend of quinoa and rice for the past few weeks...and I have to say that I LOVE it! The quinoa and rice cook really nicely together...the rice gets a little bit more of a nutty flavor and...

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Kale, Fennel and Hummus Wrap: yummy!

Kale, Fennel and Hummus Wrap: yummy! So this has definitely been a big hummus week in our household :)....hence all the hummus based recipes... Dawnell Kent, one of our readers (who is also an AMAZING personal trainer) sent in this recipe...I made it last...

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Pizza: vegan style.

PIZZA: vegan style. I LOVE pizza...and as someone who's been told by several holistic practitioners that it would be in my best interest to avoid dairy and gluten... you can bet I miss it! I've never been able to completely get rid of gluten or dairy from my diet, but...

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Cauliflower Arugula SOUP.

Cauliflower Arugula SOUP. We've been eating lighter dinners lately....and soups are always a top choice for something light, but filling....lately I've been making various vegetable soups, my latest concoction was inspired by the only two veggies we had left in our...

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Winter Veggie Baked Stew

Winter Veggie Baked Stew/ Au Gratin This winter we haven't had much rain here in Antioch, but this week, temperatures dropped a little and  it's rained for about 3-4 days....great weather for some warm, hearty, but healthy comfort food. I love making mixed vegetable...

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Spinach-Artichoke PESTO.

Spinach-Artichoke PESTO. I LOVE pesto because it's always super fresh tasting and it's a quick and easy weeknight meal....not to mention there are so many different ways of changing it up! I've found that in our area, Trader Joe's has the best basil, hands down. It's...

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SPICED UP rice patties.

I LOVE these rice patties....if you've got leftover rice from the night before, this makes for a quick meal the next day...spiced with ginger, green chillies, turmeric and other goodies, it pairs deliciously with my favorite Shaved Fennel & Zuchinni Salad....perfect...

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BATATA POHA: flat rice at its best.

POHA: flat rice at it's best. Batata Poha (potatoes and flat rice) served with a hot cup of chai is by far my most favorite breakfast ever! It is SOOO satisfying....maybe it's the combination of salty with sweet...all I know is that it tastes de-lish together. Best of...

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KITCHARI: the ultimate comfort food.

Who doesn't LOVE comfort food? Imagine a comfort food you don't have to feel guilty about, you can eat as much of it as you want and it's super easy to make...seems unbelievable, eh? Well, Kitchari fits the bill for me..and a lot of other people I know!  It's TOTALLY...

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eggLESS benedict.

BRUNCH anyone? Who doesn't LOVE a good brunch...sleeping in, followed by good food, good family/ friends, good conversation...and then lingering over another cup of tea/ coffee that can nicely take you into a lazy afternoon...it's LOVELY. Making a traditional brunch...

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Shaved Fennel and Zucchini Salad

Originally posted September 22, 2011 on pritiFOOD. Shaved Fennel & Zucchini Salad (4-6 ppl) If you love salads, you're going to LOVE this recipe that I found on Heidi Swanson's blog, 101cookbooks.com. For those of you that might not be huge salad fans, this salad is...

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Quinoa Spinach Scalloped Potatoes Bake

  Originally posted September 3, 2011 on pritiFOOD. If you love scalloped potatoes, this a great way to turn a traditional dish into healthy, protein rich, one-pan-meal. I just made this at a recent yoga retreat that I cooked for and all the yogi's and yogini's loved...

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