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Wholemeal Tomato Soup

Tomato soup, rather like you remember, can be yours, homemade, vegan and protein-y. Healthy eaters do miss its grown-up convenience and childhood nostalgia flavor and texture. If you read the ingredients and nutrition levels of canned tomato soup, however, you will definitely want an alternative. Even the seemingly better choices of canned soup are pretty […]

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Vegan Caldo Verde with a Fork

Caldo Verde is a Portuguese soup, translated as “green broth.” I was looking for an entree with more or less its ingredients that would work on a plate not in a bowl — for a potluck Thanksgiving. The surprise was how very quickly this comes together. My improv was a hit, so without further ado […]

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Canopy Cassoulet

As a volunteer with the refugee resettlement group Canopy Northwest Arkansas, I made a family’s first meal in their new home. The mom and dad, ages 30 and 28, have been living in camps since fleeing Democratic Republic of  Congo in 2003. Their son just turned 6. Who knows what they’ve been eating all this time. A recipe, […]

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Vegan Frittata

ForksOverKnives.com, the website of the 2011 documentary, piqued my interest a few months ago with a recipe for “Chickpea Omelet.” No, it’s not lumpy with garbanzos. The dish is a savory thick pancake using flour ground from the bean. Update: Similar versions use a thin batter for a crepe-like effect: the Indian dosa and central African […]

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Forget John, It’s Time for Hoppin’ Ben

This is a vegan version of Hoppin’ John, the black-eyed pea dip/salad/soup said to bring good luck when eaten on New Year’s Day. (A mess of greens and cornbread complete the traditional charm). Like split peas and lentils, black-eyes do not have to be soaked before cooking. If served immediately, this is more of a […]

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Says Who? Miso

Miso is a fermented paste made of various grains and sometimes soybeans, originating in Japan. It’s popularly used for a soup, simple to make but complex in taste. The vegan dish often is eaten for breakfast. Here, it’s a quick lunch that can be made in the microwave oven in the break room at work, […]