Gluten-Free Recipes

These recipes have gluten-free options or can be made gluten-free if all ingredients are gluten-free. Always check labels carefully and when in doubt contact the manufacturer.

Oil-Free Baked Portobello Fries

April 19, 2016
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Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, these baked portobello fries are vegan and completely oil-free. Try them with Horseradish Comeback Sauce! Do you know why vegan cooks are so creative? I think it’s because we’re constantly being tempted by interesting dishes on restaurant menus that are “vegan except for.” You know, the chickpea appetizer […]

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Fat-Free Onion Ranch Dressing

April 5, 2016
Fat-Free Onion Ranch Dressing

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been having fun playing with “cream” made from roasted onions. I promised you recipes, and since a truly fat-free but delicious ranch dressing can be so hard to find, I thought I’d start with my new onion-based version of that classic (but usually decadent) dressing and dip. […]

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Fat-Free Onion Cream

March 31, 2016
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I’ve been experimenting with a new base for fat-free sauces and dressings, and it has opened up so many new possibilities to me that I wanted to share it with you before I start inundating you with recipes that use it. It contains 3 ingredients, no soy or nuts, and is gluten-free. It’s called Fat-Free […]

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Guacamole Potato Skins

February 7, 2016
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It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and though I’m not throwing a party, I decided to make a little something special for my husband and me to enjoy while he watches the game and I sit in the recliner beside him and read a book (A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, in case you want […]

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Vegan Scalloped Potatoes with Chickpea Cheese Sauce

January 31, 2016
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I almost let January slip away without a blog post. Christmas vacation for me extended from December 19, when my daughter E came home from college, until January 23, when she went back. During that time, I did a lot of cooking but absolutely no creating of new recipes because I was busy making E all […]

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911 Vegan Gravy

November 25, 2015
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People new to oil-free vegan diets often ask what they can put on baked potatoes.  If you’re used to using margarine or butter, it can be intimidating to be told that you need to either (a) get used to potatoes plain or with new toppings such as salsa or (b) make a cheesy sauce or gravy […]

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Vegan Eggplant Parmesan – Soy-Free

October 21, 2015
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In mid-September, My husband D and I joined a local CSA that will be delivering a big box of vegetables to us every Thursday for the next 3 months. Because it’s still warm here in Mississippi, summer crops are still pouring in, so every week the box has been full of zucchini, yellow squash, and eggplant. We try to […]

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Vegan Elote or Mexican-Inspired Corn on the Cob with Hemp-Lime Sauce

August 12, 2015
Vegan Elote or Mexican-Inspired Corn on the Cob with Hemp-Lime Sauce

I’m counting down the days (less than three) until my husband D and I drive our daughter to college 796 miles away. Because of the anticipation, the dread, the planning, the shopping, and the packing (or at least the nagging E to pack, without much success), I haven’t been doing a lot of cooking, or […]

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Oven-Fried Eggplant PoBoy Sandwiches

July 20, 2015
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Dipped in this gluten-free batter and baked, eggplant comes out crispy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside, and it’s perfect on a poboy sandwich. When I was creating my last recipe, Oven-Fried Okra, I suspected that the batter I used, a combination of cornmeal and brown rice flour, would make a wonderfully […]

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Oil-Free Gluten-Free Oven-Fried Okra

July 16, 2015
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Crunchy, golden, and delicious, this oven fried okra is vegan and contains no oil or gluten. Prepare to be amazed! When I was growing up, I knew of only three ways to eat okra–in gumbo, stewed, or fried. As I’ve gotten older and had the opportunity to try recipes from around the world, I’ve grown […]

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Hot Layered Hummus

March 4, 2015
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I can get pretty stubborn about food. Once I think I don’t like an ingredient or a dish, I will avoid it forever if I don’t make myself, from time to time, retry the foods that I’ve had bad experiences with. Call it a very low-risk act of courage. If I can face cilantro or […]

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Pinquito Bean and Quinoa Taco Filling

February 11, 2015
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In the past, beans were considered a humble food, a source of protein for the common folk before it became affordable to eat meat daily. Today, beans are generally seen as a side dish (barbecued beans)–or the province of vegetarians. People tend to think of them as bland and boring, and cooks often add meat […]

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Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker and Oven

January 28, 2015
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Happy New Year! Yes, I know I’m ridiculously late in saying that. People have been writing to ask if I’m all right because it’s been so long since I posted, so before I write one word about cooking, I want to assure you that I am fine. Actually, I’m more than fine. By any means […]

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Chickpea Omelet Mix

December 12, 2014
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I’m always looking for time savers, particularly when it comes to breakfast. Though I love chickpea omelets, especially as a break from the oatmeal I eat most days, I’m not often in the mood to measure all the seasonings I need to make them taste the way I like. So a few weeks ago, I […]

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Pasta Fagioli with Cranberry Beans and Kale

November 10, 2014
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Since the weather got cooler, I’ve been making a lot more soups and stews. And since I’ve been test-driving a new Instant Pot (more about that in an upcoming post), I’ve been pressure cooking a lot of dried beans. So it was only natural to use my new gadget to make a soup/stew starting with […]

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Homestyle Lentil Soup

September 12, 2014
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Every time my parents come to visit, I tend to make the same dishes. My mother usually requests a stir-fry, and my daughter, seeing this special occasion as a opportunity to have her favorite dish, asks for lasagna. Sometimes I cook up a Southern meal of lima beans and greens or a vegetable soup, but […]

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Vidalia Onion Stir-fry Sauce

August 28, 2014
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While I was on vacation, I discovered a delicious stir-fry sauce that blends the sweetness of Vidalia onions from Georgia with Asian ginger. It’s a tantalizing fusion of Southern and Asian flavors, and my version doesn’t contain any sugar or thickeners.

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Oil-Free Waffle Iron Hash Browns

August 18, 2014
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For years, my daughter’s favorite after-school snack was Ore-Ida hash brown potato patties. They were made of shredded potatoes with no oil added, and it was a tight squeeze, but two of them fit in our little Foreman grill (they often came out fused together in one mega-patty). They were a healthy treat for a […]

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Walnut and Kidney Bean Spread

June 30, 2014
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This tangy vegan kidney bean spread tastes great stuffed into a pita or spread on bread. Load it up with lots of fresh veggies for a great sandwich. I like hummus as much as or more than the next vegan. After all, I have between ten and twelve hummus recipes on this blog, depending on […]

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Vegan German Potato Salad

June 16, 2014
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I clearly remember the first time I ever made potato salad. I was in grad school far away from home, in a land called “Illinois,” where I was invited to a potluck picnic and asked to make potato salad. I loved potato salad but had never made it before, so I did what any self-respecting […]

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Barbecue Black-Eyed Pea Burgers

June 5, 2014
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Delicious and meaty, these vegan black-eyed pea burgers are seasoned with just a touch of barbecue sauce for a spicy, smoky flavor. Move over, African-Inspired Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers! I have a new favorite veggie burger, and it’s ridiculously easy to make. It was inspired by a burger at our local vegetarian restaurant […]

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Beet and Quinoa Salad with Maple-Balsamic Reduction

May 19, 2014
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I’m not sure when beet season is, but recently I was able to find three different types of beets in the local grocery stores: “regular” red beets, golden beets, and lovely chioggia beets. Faced with such a surplus of riches, I did what any beet lover would do–I bought them all. Then I brought them […]

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Beany Breakfast Sausage Patties

May 7, 2014
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Though it’s said to be the most important meal of the day, breakfast has always been the most difficult meal of the day for me. Most mornings, I’m just not hungry until close to lunch, and if I do eat something starchy or fruity early in the morning, it just sets me up to get […]

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Kale-Powered Tropical Smoothie

April 29, 2014
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Are green smoothies “over” yet? I hope not because I’ve been acting like I just discovered them. After a winter of oatmeal with berries, oatmeal with cherries, oatmeal with apples, oatmeal with oatmeal, I’m happy the weather has warmed up and I can drink my breakfast rather than gum it. And I love that I […]

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Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies

April 14, 2014
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[Note: This post is from 2014. I’m all better now!] Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. My surgery went very well, and I’m up and about and feeling more normal every day. Your emails and messages of support have meant so much to me and are surely speeding up my recovery. Resting and […]

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Creamy Curried Kale and Chickpeas

March 23, 2014
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[Note: This post is from 2014.] Before I get to the recipe, I have a favor to ask of you. On Tuesday, I’ll be having surgery, which will probably be followed by a few weeks of rest and follow-up treatments. I’m positive that I will be fine, but I may not be posting or answering […]

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Black and Red Lentil Chili

March 11, 2014
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This is probably the fastest chili I’ve ever made without using canned beans. The secret is black beluga lentils, which cook quickly and keep their shapes, giving this chili a very hearty texture. I combined them with split red lentils, which cook just as quickly but break down to create a thicker broth. Together they […]

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Hot and Baba’d Pita Pizza (Spicy Baba Ganoush)

February 28, 2014
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Laziness and lack of planning. If anyone ever asks me the source of my “culinary creativity,” I will have to admit that I owe it all to the fact that I put off cooking until the last minute and then have to break cooking rules and take shortcuts in order to get dinner on the […]

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Holy Moly Spicy Chipotle Dressing

February 22, 2014
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Last week I shared the Simple Chopped Salad that my whole family continues to love. My daughter would be happy to eat it every night, and she even asked me to make it for her school lunch. For my own lunchtime salad, I prefer something a little spicier and without the high-fat olives and walnuts, […]

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Simple Chopped Salad

February 15, 2014
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A minor miracle occurred at my house on Thursday night when my teenager went back for a third helping of salad. And not just any salad–a salad that contained radishes, which she “hates.” We were having the salad with two of her favorites dishes, mac and cheese and roasted asparagus, and it was no surprise […]

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Zuppa Vegana: Italian Potato, Bean, and Kale Soup

February 8, 2014
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It’s been a big week here in the FatFree Vegan household. First of all, last Saturday we got a new family member! If you’re a Facebook follower or NewsBites reader, you’ve already been subjected to the cuteness that is our still unnamed kitten. But in case you’ve missed one of my press releases, here’s the […]

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Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce

January 26, 2014
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Super Bowl Sunday is almost here. If you’re looking for a snack that you can eat without guilt while all of your friends and family are stuffing their faces with chips and guacamole, have I got a treat for you. Make that two treats!

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Brown Rice Vegetable Paella

January 23, 2014
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The first time I had paella, I didn’t know it. I had invited my Venezuelan college roommate home with me over a school holiday because, in those days, the dorms completely closed over breaks, leaving the international students with no place to stay. For some reason, my parents weren’t home, and we were left to […]

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Clementine Dressing with Wasabi and Ginger

January 17, 2014
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For a long time I’ve been stuck on apples in my lunchtime salad, but yesterday my eyes fell on the bowl of clementines on the counter, and I just couldn’t resist adding them to not only the salad but the dressing as well. I’ve been wanting to try one of Dr. Fuhrman’s many orange and […]

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Gingery Carrot and Tomato Soup

January 8, 2014
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Last week my husband came home with a 5-pound bag of organic carrots. “Kroger was out of the smaller bags,” he said. “So I thought you could make that carrot soup you’ve been talking about.” Me? Carrot soup? Clearly D has some other, carrot-loving wife he’s confusing me with because carrot soup is not something […]

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Vegan Mushroom Gravy

December 23, 2013
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My family celebrated Thanksgiving two days late this year. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, my parents arrived early in the day to watch their college play its big football game, and my brother and sister-in-law arrived shortly afterward. The game was nearing its end, and I was in the kitchen reheating all the food I’d […]

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Jalapeño-Orange Cranberry Sauce

December 9, 2013
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I’ve learned over the years not to tamper with a family favorite recipe if I want our daughter to eat it. She wants her lasagna to taste like lasagna not spaghetti squash lasagna and her green bean casserole to be covered with those evil fried onions, not caramelized onions and bread crumbs. But I never […]

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Mushroom and Tempeh Gumbo

November 15, 2013
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Thanksgiving is about 2 weeks away, so I thought it was about time I posted an appropriate recipe. To me, this is “Thanksgiving Gumbo” because it contains mushrooms, sage, and thyme, all flavors that I associate with this time of year. Though it’s based on the Louisiana trinity of onion, peppers, and celery and it […]

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Spaghetti Squash Pesto Lasagna

November 7, 2013
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Right before I went vegan, I made the best lasagna I had ever tasted. It was called Pesto Lasagna, and it contained eggs and three kinds of cheese. It was so rich and creamy that I never tried to recreate it as a vegan because a cheeseless, low-fat version seemed impossible. I’m not usually one […]

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White Bean Stew with Winter Squash and Kale

October 22, 2013
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I’ve been hearing the internet chatter about the wonders of Rancho Gordo beans for a while, but with no Whole Foods in my town (yet), I thought I wouldn’t get a chance to try them unless I ordered them. But then I saw them in The Fresh Market (which I usually call the Froo-Froo Market […]

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Sausage-Flavored Breakfast Beans and Grits

October 9, 2013
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In my quest to eat breakfast more regularly, I’ve discovered two things about myself: fruit-heavy breakfasts don’t really satisfy me and carb-heavy breakfasts just make me hungry for lunch earlier. Protein is a different story. Tofu omelets and scrambles fill me up and satisfy my hunger for a much longer time than oatmeal or smoothies, […]

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cakes with Apple-Pecan Compote

October 1, 2013
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It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. My family has endured multiple dentist and doctor appointments, a teen sleepover/surprise birthday party (not for our teen but at our house), and a Homecoming dance (complete with an emergency run back to the store at the last minute to have the security tag removed from the dress). […]

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Chickpea and Broccoli Bowl with Tahini Sauce

September 18, 2013
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Chickpea: We’ve got to stop meeting like this. Quinoa: Why, when we fit together so beautifully, your Rubenesque form nestled in my bed of tiny spheres and tendrils… Chickpea: Stop it, you’re making me blush. Or is that the smoked paprika? Whatever. It was good while it lasted, but I want to see other grains. […]

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African-Inspired Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers

September 4, 2013
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Happy Labor Day! Okay, I’m a few days late, but believe me, making these burgers was a labor (get it?) of love. I had a craving for a burger that would combine sweet potatoes, black beans, and West African seasonings, and I wouldn’t rest until I got it right. So I used my Labor Day […]

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Cumin-Infused Vegetables and Chickpeas over Quinoa

August 26, 2013
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One of my family’s stand-by meals is the Vegetable Couscous from Jeanne Lemlin’s Quick Vegetarian Pleasures. I’ve mentioned before that I have a sentimental attachment to this almost one-pot meal because it was one of the first things that my husband D cooked for me when we were dating. But beyond that, it’s quick, it’s […]

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Warm Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Pesto Vinaigrette

August 19, 2013
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I think we all make “clean out the fridge” dishes from time to time. Maybe you just got home from a long day at work without having had time to shop, so you make a gourmet dish out of the still-viable carrots, apples, and celery at the bottom of your crisper drawer. Or maybe you’re […]

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Peach Oatmeal Bars

August 8, 2013
Peach Oatmeal Bars

Something came over my daughter and me at the local produce stand. Juicy Alabama peaches piled high in baskets cast a spell on us, and we wound up buying way too many, considering we were leaving on vacation in just a few days. So, in an effort to leave no fruit behind, the whole family […]

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Roasted Okra Masala

July 31, 2013
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Next to vine-ripened tomatoes, the vegetable I look most forward to in the summer is okra, small, tender okra pods that are impossible to get during the winter. Frozen okra is fine for gumbos and stews, but only fresh okra will do for my favorite way to prepare it, roasted. It’s as simple as putting […]

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Fat-Free Dal Tadka

July 25, 2013
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Creamy red and yellow lentils are delicately seasoned and topped with browned onions and hot chile pepper in this fat-free version of the classic Indian dish. Dal Tadka is the dish that made my daughter love Indian food. Years ago, E resisted every time her father and I wanted to go to our favorite Indian […]

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Marinated Zucchini and Chickpea Salad

July 11, 2013
Marinated Zucchini and Chickpea Salad

This fresh, almost raw zucchini salad is quick to make and improves with age. Chickpeas make this under-200 calorie dish more filling! This summer I may have to start a new blog, one devoted to one-pot meals that require little to no cooking. Because I’m just not feeling it–the desire to cook, that is. I still […]

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