Snack Today: Mexican Caviar Dip

bean dip smallerIf you want to be a hit at your next get-together, make this Mexican Caviar Dip! This is my go-to dish when I am asked to bring something, and I am usually asked to bring this. It is the recipe I get asked for the most. Beans, corn, lentils, celery and peppers all marinated in an apple cider vinegar and olive oil dressing.

The original recipe came from my godmother and has been tweaked to use less sugar and add fresh cilantro. To make this recipe super simple, you can use canned beans and corn, but if you have time and energy, soak the beans and use fresh corn on the cob that has been roasted and cut from the cob. Continue reading “Snack Today: Mexican Caviar Dip”

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Lunch Today: Veggie and Lentil Salad

lentils vegetablesThe weekend that kicks off summer is around the corner and many will be coming together to enjoy meals together. This recipe is perfect for a potluck. Fresh and filling, this fiber-filled dish is the perfect complement to burgers and hot dogs (especially vegan ones). It also is protein packed, so fill a pita with this veggie and lentil salad and it is a meal all on its own.

Lentils are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The veggies offer a wonderful freshness plus tons of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Easy to make and delicious, this vegan salad will please everyone. This is a versatile recipe, so feel free to experiment with your favorite vegetables. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Veggie and Lentil Salad”

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Dinner Tonight: Lentil Stuffed Peppers

lentil stuffed peppersTraditionally stuffed peppers are made with some sort of ground meat. This recipe for Lentil Stuffed Peppers goes vegetarian with lentils instead of beef. Lentils are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, way more than you would find in ground beef. They also have a heartiness comparable to meat so they make an excellent vegan-friendly substitution in pretty much any pasta, stew, and soup. Peppers, are chock-full of vitamin C also supply plenty of vitamin A, fiber and potassium.

Lentil Stuffed Peppers

• 1 cup cooked lentils
• 1 cup spinach, shredded
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Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Lentil and Mushroom Ragu

lentil-mushroom-raguSometimes I just need a big bowl of pasta. To me it is the ultimate in comfort food and thanks to a variety of premade pastas, it can be on the table in less than an hour.

The star of this meal is the ragu. Ragu is usually a meat-based sauce with a small amount of tomato sauce added. This recipe uses lentils and mushrooms instead of meat, but don’t worry, it will still give you a very satisfying heartiness and flavor, plus loads more nutrition!

If you don’t want to use pasta, this would be just as good as a sauce on other things such as rice or a baked potato, or even polenta. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Lentil and Mushroom Ragu”

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Dinner Tonight: Red Lentil Stew

red-lentil-stewLow calorie, high protein, high fiber, body warming and quick and easy to make, this recipe hits every item on my checklist for weekday dinners. We are (like every family) always on the go, and between ice rinks, soccer domes and swimming pools, the temptation to hit fast food is strong.

Although the meal itself takes about an hour, most of that time is cooking time. So, when we enter the house, I send the kids to do their homework, bathe and set the table, and then dinner is ready. And it doesn’t disappoint. I use a prepared Madras curry paste that is easily found in most grocery stores, but you can make your own ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Red Lentil Stew”

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