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Lentil Loaf (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

This must be one of the best savory vegan creations in the kitchen–a crispy surface hiding a soft, chewy texture within amidst a herbaceous, nutty steam. One bite and you know that with the nutritional benefits equaling the taste in greatness, it must be too good to be true. But it’s a real deal! And what’s […]

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Spicy Vegan Nacho Cheesy Kale Chips

    So some like it hot–and maybe a wee bit cheesy… but also healthy–and crispy. While this may seem like a rare combination, I could swear that these nacho-esque cheesy vegan kale chips are the best thing that has ever happened in my kitchen (or at least, that’s what my husband thinks!) This is […]

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Low-Fat Salmon Quiche

As food critic Michael Pollan claims, “all of us carry around rules of thumb about eating”, but I guess many different rules of thumb somehow converge when it comes to the breakfast table–where all health foodies agree on this meal’s importance. The importance of having a protein-packed breakfast cannot be emphasized enough. And although the term “protein” always has gotten […]

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Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Spicy, slippery, slithery, and simple, spaghetti squash is just perfect this way. It’s a guilt-free way to enjoy a good “pasta” while actually reaping the benefits of a vegetable! And apart from the baking time of the squash, the sauce is a quite easy quick fix, with as little ingredients as possible. Spaghetti squash must be […]

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Vegan Chocolate-Walnut Mousse

    This little darling threw a party and forgot to invite the eggs, milk, butter, and sugar. And it had a blast. When you try this, you can never guess the main ingredient of this rich, ultra-velvety chocolate mousse.   Creating this dessert was so much fun–it was, in fact, a pure serendipity. And […]

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Spicy Zucchini-Spinach Omelette (“Shakshouka” Style)

    So it’s a weekend morning, you wake up at your leisure, and you look for something to pair that glass of OJ with. You’re specifically looking for something healthy, delicious, and filling. How about a “Shakshouka”? In the Middle East, this has always been a big hit, especially for those who like a […]

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Grillable Vegan Sausages (non-soy!)

    Calling all vegans! And vegetarians. Or just about anyone. “Frankly” speaking, these are seriously good. I mean, really really really delish. And 100% vegan (no soy involved–despite the surging popularity of soy “meat alternatives”), with a delicious, smokey aroma and  chewy texture. Come to think of it, this is actually the best thing to […]

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Gluten-Free Chocolate-Chip Banana Bread (sweetened with dates!)

Super-sweet. Super-moist. Super healthy and nutrient dense. Both gluten and sugar-free. A great accompaniment to coffee or tea–and just as great as when eaten on its own, this cake is also a great way to reap the benefits of some superfoods such as chia seeds, dates, and bananas. And the dark chocolate nibs are such […]

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Spicy Walnut-Chili Paste Dip

Warning: this is not for the faint taste-budded! Among the many different ways of making “mhammara”, this is absolutely the most volcanically spicy. It is indeed my mom’s most special spread recipe–paired with our love for ultra-spicy foods, of course. And speaking of pairing, mhammara goes well with almost any mezze item (hummus, baba ghanouj, tabbouli, etc.), or […]

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Baked Vegetable-Stuffed Arancini (Rice Balls)

I have a special connection with this food: the first time my daughter said “yummm” was when she bit her earliest teeth into this sublime little thing. At that time, I was constantly devising new techniques to sneak in as many whole grains, proteins, and veggies together in one finger food. And this one was […]

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