Category Archives: Beans/Legumes

White Beans and Vegetable Bouillabaisse

In truth, bouillabaisse is all about fish and shellfish. Period. But there are so many other ingredients and flavors in bouillabaisse that can be used for a vegetable stew that I’ve borrowed the name for this dish. I know. Sacrilegious.

White Beans and Vegetable Bouillabaisse
Serves 6-8

For croutons
12 to 16 (1/2-inch-thick) baguette slices
1 garlic clove, halved


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Split Pea Soup

Here’s the soup my sweetie made this weekend. It made a big pot that will feed us for days, and it’s delicious. It has no fat, very low sodium, and is savory and filling. What more could we want?

Split Pea Soup
4-6 servings

1 onion, finely chopped
2-3 stalks celery, finely chopped
2-3 carrots, finely chopped
1 russet potato, … Read more

Lentil Soup

Hearty, meaty, and warming, lentil soup is my favorite soup for a cool, rainy Pacific Northwest evening.

1/4 cup vegetable broth, for sautéing

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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

Tempeh Stew with Dumplings

This meal is pure comfort food! It’s also nutritious, with plenty of vegetables and organic tempeh.  Perfect winter fare.

Tempeh Stew with Dumplings
4-6 servings

Tempeh Stew
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 turnip, chopped
2 teaspoons dried thyme
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon smoked … Read more