Magic Oatmeal (for kids of all ages)

Complete nutrition. All you add is love.

Kids love this vegan recipe. It is a quick but hearty and nutritious breakfast perfectly measured out for one person. Double the recipe for two helpings.  Add fresh blueberries as a topping if you have them. For a gluten-free version just leave out the wheat germ! Continue reading

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Mango Habanero Salsa

Photo: Randy Graham, Valley Vegetarian

Mangoes are an excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. In addition they are a rich source of potassium, Vitamin-B6, Vitamin-E and Vitamin-C. No wonder they are often referred to as a “super fruit”. Continue reading

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Kale-Wakame Soup

Photo: Randy Graham, Valley Vegetarian

A friend asked me the other day, “What can I do with all this kale growing in my garden?”. I wanted to answer Well, why not eat it? but decided he had had enough of my obnoxious behavior recently. Instead I answered, “You won’t believe this but I have a wonderful recipe that combines fresh kale with edible seaweed. I think you’d love it.” He looked at me like I was crazy. “I don’t do seaweed,” he replied. Continue reading

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Orange-Fennel Salad

Photo: Randy Graham, Valley Vegetarian

Fennel is a wonderful, versatile vegetable that is used widely in Italian, French, and Mediterranean cooking. I even substitute the fennel bulb, at times, for onions in my recipes. Unlike onions, I like to eat slices of the mild fennel bulb raw. Continue reading

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Persimmon-Spinach Salad

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This is a flavorful seasonal salad taking advantage of Fuyu persimmons. To keep the salad fresh, assemble just prior to serving. Continue reading

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Teleme, Squash and Onion Galette

Photo: Randy Graham, Valley Vegetarian

This is a good appetizer and a good way to use the excess summer squash from your garden. If you can’t find Teleme cheese, you can substitute Monterey Jack, mozzarella or provolone. Continue reading

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Lasagna Puttanesca with Eggplant

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A friend asked me the other day about the origin of lasagna. I told her I didn’t know so we looked it up online.  Here is the history of lasagna from Jamie Oliver’s blog:

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