Masoor Dal (Spiced Red Lentils)

Aromatic, filling, delicious—what’s not to like? This dal is great paired with a spinach saag and some flatbread.


Masoor Dal (Spiced Red Lentils)

2 tablespoons vegetable stock
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 ½ cups (10 ounces, about 1 medium) finely diced sweet potato
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Thai chili, or 1 large serrano chili,

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Barbecue Baked Beans

Barbecue Baked Beans

2 medium carrots, diced
1 large onion, diced
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup water
1-1/4 cups plain tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup pure dark maple syrup
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/4 cup vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cans white beans, drained and … Read more

Vegan Boston Baked Beans

These beans, being vegan, won’t have the richness of Boston Baked Beans made with salt pork, but that doesn’t keep them from being completely delicious. The additions of salt throughout the instructions contribute to a thoroughly-cooked bean; if you are strictly no-salt, the beans will take much longer to cook.

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Chili-Peach Baked Beans

Chili-Peach Baked Beans

4 (15-oz.) cans unsalted cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 ripe peaches (about 1 lb.), peeled and finely diced (about 2 cups / frozen ok, too)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup organic ketchup
1/2 cup dark rum
1/4 cup dark molasses
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in … Read more

Chana Masala

Here’s a low-fat, low sodium version of a favorite Indian recipe. A lengthy simmering is what builds complex layers of flavors, and adding basmati rice and naan bread completes the meal perfectly. Ulhaas!

Chana Masala
Serves 4

1/4 cup almonds
2 five-inch pieces ginger, peeled
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 medium yellow onion
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided,

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Fat-Free Hummus

I decided to create some hummus today that had no tahini (no fat) and no salt. That means that seasonings had to play center stage. This delicious result is still brimming with Middle Eastern flavors, and it is going to become a staple in our home. We’ll spread it on crackers for a quick bite, on sandwiches instead of mayonnaise, … Read more