Egg Noodles with Ricotta Cheese and Broccoli

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This recipe for egg noodles with ricotta cheese and broccoli could just as easily be made with a different type of noodle. Technically, you could also substitute cottage cheese for the ricotta. So why specify at all? What’s the difference between these ingredients? Ricotta is generally a much richer cheese due to the fact it has a higher fat content …

Sesame Ginger Steamed Broccoli

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As a vegetarian, you can’t underestimate the power of delicious side dishes, and this recipe for sesame ginger steamed broccoli is a quick and easy way to create a delicious side dish for any meal. In fact, I’ve had many delicious dinners out with friends and coworkers at traditional steak houses. While some may express concern with the venue, I …

Bean, Rice and Cabbage Bowl

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As I continue my education into things vegetarian and vegan, I’m starting to become much more selective what I buy. I’ve learned to be wary whenever I hear the word “industry,” for example, “the dairy industry,” “the meat industry,” “the wool industry.” Webster’s defines industry as, “a distinct group of productive or profit-making enterprises,” among other things. And that’s where …

Sweet Potato Puffs

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This vegetarian recipe for sweet potato puffs is a variation on a traditional holiday favorite. It’s simple to make, a breeze to cook, and you and your guests will love the sweet, crunchy flavor. Like most orange veggies, sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in your body. While too much vitamin A (like …

Made-From-Scratch Pancakes

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• 1 1/4 C flour • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar • 2 tsp baking powder • 1/2 tsp salt • 1 egg, lightly beaten • 1 Tbsp cooking oil • 1 C milk 1. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. • Unless you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, I recommend making this using regular …

Broccoli and Pine Nuts in a Brown Butter Sherry Sauce

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• 2 fresh broccoli crowns, cut into florets • 1/2 C (1 stick) butter • 1/4 C cooking sherry • 1/4 C pine nuts • Garlic salt to taste 1. Wash the broccoli and cut into florets. • You could substitute white wine for the sherry – or just leave it out. You’ll still get a rich, delicious sauce.

Creamy Potato Vegetable Soup

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While they’re all very similar, the differences have to do mostly with consistency and style of preparation, and soup is the genesis of the others. So, stew, bisque and chowders are very specific kinds of soup. Chowder and bisque are thick soups, with the difference being that chowders are generally chunky and bisques are smooth. Both are heavy soups usually …

Cheese Stuffed Acorn Squash

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We’ve become a culture conditioned to expecting a quick chemical fix to anything that ails us. What we’re now starting to find (not surprisingly), is that these chemicals are creating other issues because they’re not natural, and they’re treating a symptom and not the cause. The good news here is that a healthy diet can address some of the root …

Whole Wheat Pasta with Broccoli, Artichoke and Feta

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This recipe for whole wheat pasta with broccoli, artichoke and feta takes advantage of the additional fiber, vitamins and minerals in whole wheat pasta, the vitamins in broccoli, and the overall deliciousness of artichoke hearts, feta cheese and pine nuts! When you first start eating whole wheat or whole grain pasta, you may think it’s too chewy – give it …

Edamame and Pine Nut Spread

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• 2 C cooked, shelled edamame • 1/4 C pine nuts • Juice from one lemon • 3 Tbsp olive oil • 3/4 tsp salt • 1/2 tsp ground cumin • 1/4 tsp ground coriander • 1 cloves garlic, minced • 1/4 C water 1. Process the pine nuts in a food processor until they’re the consistency of nut butter. …