Middle Eastern lentil soup is delicious when done right – it’s warm, hearty, filling and nourishing. When I think of lentil soup, I think of the aromas of cumin and lemon. This soup is an easy way to get more legumes into your diet and it’s packed with protein for vegans and vegetarians. When you run out of ideas for what vegetarian protein to include … Continue reading Middle Eastern Lentil Soup | Protein-Packed + Vegan
Is there a thing such as a warm salad? If there is, this mediterranean roasted cauliflower would qualify. It’s a simple vegetable-forward dish that has the quintessential Mediterranean ingredients: olives, grapes, lemon and fresh herbs like parsley. This roasted cauliflower method is much quicker than using the oven but still results in those beautiful char marks. Cauliflower is pre-cooked by boiling and then roasted … Continue reading Mediterranean Roasted Cauliflower | A Warm Salad
Inspired by a Mediterranean warm spinach salad I’ve eaten at several restaurants, I created this summer-version of it with cold, but cooked, spinach and cooling yogurt. Thankfully, spinach is one of the few “mainstream” and “international” green vegetables that you get almost all year round. The weeks I spend in Calcutta, I struggle with ideas to incorporate other green vegetables that I’ve ever heard of … Continue reading Spinach and Yogurt Salad with Crispy Onions | Summer Tapas
Running out of good, easy, healthy meal options and feeling uninspired? Me too. This has come to my rescue. It’s filled with greens, herbs and olives, so it’s far from boring (which sometimes happens with a wrap or sandwich, especially one without cheese). The herb flavors in this mediterranean wrap take centerstage with the combination of fresh parsley, mint, thyme and olives. Instead of … Continue reading Mediterranean Salad Wrap | Healthy, Vegan Option!
Lavash crackers are the ideal accompaniment to Mediterranean dips like hummus and babaghanoush as well as to soups. I enjoy their thinness and crunchiness vs. regular crackers and the subtle spices that are usually added in. I’ve found that most of the store-bought kind are packed with additives, cheese, preservatives and made with refined flours – all totally unnecessary. These homemade whole wheat lavash crackers are … Continue reading Whole Wheat Lavash Crackers | Vegan & Whole Grain
My new discovery/obsession in the kitchen is chickpea or gram flour. I have some new and exciting recipes coming up in this series that will change the way you eat! First: these protein-rich falafels that are the perfect vegan, gluten-free, whole grain patties with authentic flavor but no difficult-to-find ingredients. There’s nothing new about besan or chana atta – it’s widely used to make chilla or pudla (who came up with … Continue reading Protein-rich Falafels | Whole Grain, Vegan, Gluten-free
I’m always thinking of dips and accompaniments to serve along with hummus. I find it easy and efficient to build a meal around hummus because it’s something that can be made earlier and refrigerated. I make it a complete meal by adding a salad, falafels or other dips like a roasted red pepper romesco dip or avocado cilantro sauce and of course fresh pita bread. This beetroot hummus is just … Continue reading Beetroot Hummus