Category Archives: Vegetarian (lacto/ovo)

Chickpea Vegetable Stew in the Instant Pot

My take on a recipe found on the Instant Pot web site.  It could just as easily be done on a stovetop!

Serve over top of whole wheat couscous.

Sauté in the Instant Pot:

        • 1 Tbsp butter (use olive oil if you want it to be vegan)
        • 1 large onion, diced (about 1.5 cups)
        • 1 large carrot, diced (about .5 to 1 cup)
        • 4 cups cauliflower florets
        • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
        • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
        • big handful of green beans, cut into bite-sized pieces
        • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
        • 1 Tbsp fresh garlic, minced

When onion is translucent, add and sauté the spices until they are fragrant:

        • 1 Tbsp ground coriander
        • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
        • 1.5 tsp smoked paprika
        • 1/4 tsp Indian red chilli powder, or cayenne
        • 2 tsp turmeric
        • 2 tsp kosher salt

Turn off sauté and add to the Instant Pot:

        • 2 or 3 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
        • 1 28oz can stewed tomatoes, drained and cut up with scissors
        • 1 can coconut milk, 13.5oz

Stir gently to mix.  Put the lid onto the Instant Pot, and select “Soup”, reducing the cook time to 10 minutes.  Do a quick release when the time is up. 

If desired, add a handful of:

  • cilantro, finely chopped

And stir. Taste and adjust for seasonings.


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Speedy Curried Coconut Lentils

adapted from Alexandra Stafford’s delicious recipe at Food52

Serves: 4
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced (I use the fresh stuff in a tube)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds PLUS ½ tsp ground cumin (or 1tsp of either)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 cup split red lentils (they’re orange prior to cooking, then turn yellow-ish when cooked)
  • 1 398ml can full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • the empty coconut can filled with water
  • 1 tsp salt (or use 2 tsp kosher)
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped

[to serve, see below, after step 3]

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, slowly sauté the ginger, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, and turmeric for about 10 minutes, or when all of the onion is softened, and the spices are very fragrant.
  2. Add the lentils, coconut milk, salt, and the emptied coconut can full of water. Stir together.
  3. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, uncovered, until lentils are completely soft, about 20 minutes; stir occasionally. Turn off heat. This will be quite loose, or soupy.
  4. Add the cilantro and stir gently until incorporated. Check for salt, and adjust, if necessary.

*To serve:

  • Ladle on top of hot brown rice, then top with a spoonful of Greek yogurt and a tiny sprinkle of cilantro. You could also use basmati 🙂
  • I love this beside, or on top of steamed, chopped fresh spinach.
  • Whole wheat naan is great with this.

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Spinach Mushroom and Feta Crustless Quiche

Adapted from “Budget Bytes”
6 servings


  • 225g mushrooms, chopped or sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • box frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry and chopped again
  • 57g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ to 1 tsp fresh or dried herbs of choice (I like za’atar)
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350F, and coat a 9” pie plate with non-stick spray.

Sauté the mushrooms, garlic, and pinch of salt and pepper in a non-stick skillet until mushrooms are soft and all of their moisture has evaporated away, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Spread the spinach across the bottom of the pie plate, then top with the mushrooms, and finally, the feta cheese.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and parmesan cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the egg mixture carefully over the ingredients in the pie pan.

Top with the mozzarella.

Place the pie dish onto a baking sheet, and place in oven.  Bake for 45 minutes or so, until top is golden brown.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Peanut-Sesame Slaw with Soba Noodles

Serves: 4 to 8 


  • 4 ounces dry soba noodles
  • 1 small purple  cabbage, cut into vertical quarters, core removed
  • 4 carrots, peeled or scrubbed
  • 1 bunch green onions, roots trimmed, then sliced into thin rounds

Peanut-sesame dressing

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger (fresh in a tube is fine)
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • handful of fresh cilantro, chopped


  • Healthy handful of coarsely chopped peanuts for each serving
  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges
  1. Cook the soba noodles: bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain into a colander and rinse with cold water. Drain well. Put the noodles onto a cutting board (in a mound), and chop into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. Using a sharp chef’s knive, shred the cabbage; grate the carrots with a grater. You could add a few shredded Brussel’s sprouts or some shredded kale.
  3. Prepare the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until smooth. If it’s too thick, whisk in very warm water in 1 tablespoon increments until it becomes pourable; don’t add too much!
  4. In a large serving bowl, combine the cooked soba noodles and the vegetables. Pour dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat.
  5. Top each serving with peanuts, and squeeze a lime wedge over top.

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Brown Rice: quick and easy

Rice tastes much better this way, and it’s quicker than simmering it in less water, in a covered pot.  We use parboiled brown.

  • Fill a medium pot 3/4 full of water.
  • Add 1/4 cup of rice per person.
  • Bring to a rolling boil.
  • Turn heat down till it is boiling gently, then leave lid off and boil for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Drain the excess water — I use a seive — and season with salt, pepper, and butter.

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Black Bean Tortilla Soup

We made this at work today, and it was super quick and easy.  Based on Mairlyn Smith’s recipe in her book “Healthy Starts Here!“.

The soup:

  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 x 540ml tin of garlic & olive oil diced tomatoes (or just diced tomatoes)
  • 1 x 540ml tin of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels (or fresh)
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, or use garlic powder
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

The topping:

  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions (about 5)
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into cubes or slices
  • 1 lime, scrubbed well, and cut into wedges
  • 40 unsalted whole-grain corn tortilla chips, or 4 fresh corn tortillas


  1. Bring the broth to a boil in a soup pot.
  2. Add the undrained tomatoes, black beans, corn, salsa, hot sauce, cumin, and garlic; bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for 5 minutes.  Add cilantro, stir, and remove from heat.
  3. Ladle the soup into 4 deep soup bowls. Sprinkle each portion with the green onions, avocado, dividing evenly.
  4. Squeeze a lime wedge or two into each bowl. Crumble 10 tortilla chips into each bowl and stir gently. If using fresh tortillas, just tear into bite-sized pieces and add to each bowl.


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Black Bean and Corn Patties

This is a recipe from Food52.  Smoked paprika is a must, as is a food processor.  We serve on top of mixed greens dressed with lemon juice and olive oil, and top the patty with N’s Killer Guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and thinly sliced red onions (we don’t think it would taste good on a bun).

Serves 4 to 6

  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cupscooked black beans, DIVIDED (or approximately 1 1/2 cans, rinsed and drained) 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 2/3  quick oats, plus extra as needed
  • 3/4 cups fresh corn cut from cobs
  1. Sauté onion and garlic in the olive oil for eight to ten minutes, or until golden, soft, and fragrant.
  2. Add the cumin, paprika, chili powder, sea salt, and peppers to taste. Stir in the sauté pan till spices toast lightly.
  3. Add 2 cups of the beans and stir to coat with the spices and onions.  Turn off heat.
  4. Add the oats to the bowl of a food processor and pulse them a few times. Add the onion, garlic, and bean mixture. Process everything together, until it’s well combined but still has texture.
  5. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl. Add the last cup of black beans and the corn, and mix well with your hands. Check for seasoning and season to taste. If the mixture is too mushy to form into patties, add a little more oats or bread crumbs.
  6. Shape mixture into six patties. Pan fry them in olive oil until golden on each side, and heated through.

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