Chickpea and Fingerling Potato Soup

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Chickpeas, commonly called garbanzo beans, have long been valued for their fiber content and are one of the world’s healthiest foods. If you like chickpeas, this vegan recipe is for you.

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Grilled Portobello Torta

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Torta with whole-wheat buns, grilled Portobello mushroom, guacamole and spicy Salvadorian “curtido”.

What is a torta? Torta is a Spanish-language word that has various meanings when applied to food but to me it has always meant sandwich. It can be hot or cold Continue reading

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Polenta Napoleon

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I saw something close to this recently in a Santa Barbara deli. It looked so amazing I went home and immediately began creating the recipe below. Continue reading

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Lemony Artichoke Turnovers

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Looking for a tasty appetizer for your elaborate dinner? Look no further. This recipe takes a bit of prep time but is not hard to make. The combination Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Lentil Stew

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Lentils are low in calories, high in fiber, high in protein and have zero trans fats. Continue reading

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Traditional Hummus

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Hummus with Kalamata olive bread crostini

This is a fun and different vegan appetizer. Hummus is an Arabic language word for chickpea, more commonly known in the western world by its Spanish language name, garbanzo. Continue reading

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Grilled Heirloom Tomatoes

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Garden fresh heirloom tomatoes ready to grill

There is something magic about the flavor of garden-fresh heirloom tomatoes. When gently grilled with olive oil and herbs, the flavor kicks up more than a few notches. Continue reading

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