Lentil Vegetable Soup

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• 3 whole cloves • 1 medium onion, peeled but left whole • 3/4 C green lentils • 1 bay leaf • 4 C vegetarian broth • 2 medium leeks, sliced • 2 medium potatoes, diced • 2 medium carrots, chopped • 3 medium zucchini, sliced • 1 celery stick, chopped • 1 medium red pepper, deseeded and chopped • …

Easy Enchilada Casserole

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Something really important I’ve discovered over the years (and this probably seems like a “duh” moment), is that the brand of ingredients I use in a recipe makes a HUGE difference in the final product. • 1 package meat substitute crumbles • 1 C salsa • 8 oz. cheese (Jack works well or mild cheddar) • 15 oz. can enchilada …

Bean and Faux Chicken Soup

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This vegetarian recipe for bean and faux chicken soup uses dry beans rather than canned. Using the crockpot to cook the soup reduces the time it would normally take to prepare the beans, and allows you to come home to a hot, healthy, delicious dinner. Pair this soup with some fresh bread for a simple weeknight meal. One of the …

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 …

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 …

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 …