Kale with Edamame

There are many varieties of kale including the ornamental ones that have bright colored leaves such as brilliant white, red, pink, lavender, blue or violet in the interior of the rosette.  The different types of ornamental kale are peacock kale, coral prince, kamone coral queen, color up kale and chidori kale.  Ornamental kale is as edible as any other…

Spicy Barley Pulav with Vegetables

When I was a kid my mother used to make barley water for my grand mother since it has many health benefits.  But I used to hate the smell when barley is being cooked.  With that I never tried any recipes with barley.  Since I started cooking healthy home made lunch meals for work, I…

Vegan Stuffed Peppers

A few years back when we went to Greece, I had the opportunity to try some awesome Greek food. Me being vegetarian I had no problem finding vegetarian food.  One of the items I enjoyed was the stuffed peppers (and of course stuffed tomatoes).  I had been thinking of making this so delicious food, some…

Spicy Curried Couscous with Kidney beans and Vegetables

Today I thought of making some thing simple – meaning cooking couscous is so easy, just boil the water and add couscous and let stand.  This is kind of a one pot meal that can be eaten for lunch or dinner.  Also a good recipe to pack in a lunch box for office. Ingredients: ¼…

Spinach & Black Beans pasta with Ground Almonds

This is a new type of pasta I tried today.  I have been trying diary free meals and did not have any diary free cheese in my pantry.  So thought to substitute with ground almonds which gives a nice crunchy taste to this pasta dish.  This is an easy recipe packed with nutrients to have…

Quinoa with Roasted Beets, Beet Greens and Tofu

This year until last week I couldn’t find good fresh beets in the farmers market.  Last week when I went there, to my surprise they had really fresh beet bunches with fresh beet greens.  I couldn’t resist and bought a big bunch.  While they are fresh, I wanted to make some dish and came up…

Mung Bean Threads with Sautéed Kale

I have been reading a lot of recipes with cellophane noodles, glass noodles etc.  Since I don’t have any special stores that sells these noodles, I thought to settle with mung bean noodles since they are similar to the cellophane noodles.  I bought the KAME brand mung bean threads and cooked the noodles according to…

Quinoa Spring Salad

  Ingredients: 1/3 cup Quinoa 3 tablespoons slivered almond lightly toasted 2 cups baby Arugula 1 horseradish (red) 2 large strawberries ½ cup chopped cucumber (¼ inch cubes) 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon red wine vinegar crumbled feta cheese salt and ground black pepper to taste Method: Cook…

Curried Veggie Quinoa Bowl

I love making one dish meals since they are so easy and I don’t have to make multiple side dishes.  It’s hard to resist make such dishes especially when they are packed with spices and flavor.  Even though I have posted a few Quinoa dishes earlier, this time I wanted to make some thing that…

Brown Rice with Roasted Beets and Beet Greens

Roasted beets and beet greens with rice – sounds interesting.  I came across this recipe a while ago (probably a year or more) in New York Times website.  When I first saw this recipe I was a bit hesitant since I did not know how it would turn out and never made an attempt to make…