Strawberry Bread, a whole-wheat, low-fat, vegan bread

Strawberry Bread

Spring is almost synonymous with rich, red strawberries bursting with tart-sweet flavor and more goodness than anything so delicious oughta have. Desi, who loves berries, is always coming home with armfuls of them, and although neither he nor Jay can get enough of them, there are always more to use up before they go bad. That’s…

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Cabbage Thoran, a Kerala-style side of cabbage with coconuts and a few simple spices

Cabbage Thoran

Take a peek into my refrigerator on any day, and you’ll probably find some things you expected (like tofu, chipotle chilies, and an embarrassing quantity of Indian pickles), some you didn’t (like Opie’s not-vegan homecooked meal), and some you’ll wish you’d never seen (like the month-old lasagna that everyone but the mold forgot).  And amidst the assortment…

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bowtie-bolognese

Bowtie Pasta in a Light Bolognese Sauce

This is my new favorite sauce to eat pasta with, and I never thought I’d say that about a bolognese. I have never been a huge fan of bolognese sauces because of the heavy tomato base. As much as I adore il pomodoro, I do not like pasta sauces that tend to be even slightly acidic….

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Tofu Egg Curry, an Indian style curry

Tofu Egg Curry

In my childhood home, egg curry was a perennial favorite. My father, whose family hails from India’s Konkan coast, had a very special and flavorful recipe he’d make for us occasionally, and I can still remember its rich, deep flavor. He’d add to it some onions, a few spices and lots of coconut — an ingredient…

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Methi Tomato Rice, an easy and tasty pilaf

Methi Tomato Rice

Here’s a quick weeknight recipe that’s healthy and sure to delight just about anyone, especially if that anyone likes methi or fenugreek leaves: My Methi Tomato Rice. If you think methi is too exotic, or have never tried it for whatever reason, I am about to evangelize you. Methi leaves are quite easily available here…

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Fat-free Cuban Black Bean Stew in a Crockpot

Fat-Free Cuban Black Bean Stew in a Crockpot

Crockpots are a great way to get a hot meal going on a warm day. You toss in some ingredients, press a button, and a few hours later you have a steaming hot, wonderfully delicious meal to scarf down. Hot meals are comfort food for me, and perhaps a big reason why I can’t give them…

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Kaju Rava Laddu, an Indian sweet

Kaju Rava Laddu

True story. In my sweet obsessed home, a laddu has always been something of a pariah. Desi, who can eat a whole carton of ice cream in one sitting, and half a box of kaju katli in another, will turn up his nose when I so much as talk about laddus. “They’re so boring,” is his explanation….

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Vegan Tibetan Momos

Momos with Artichoke Hearts

High on the roof of the world, where they were born, Momos are fat little dumplings stuffed with yak meat and vegetables. But today, for you, I have a seasonal — and vegan — version with one of my most favorite flavors in the world: artichoke hearts. My memories of eating great Momos are tied with Ladakh, an…

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Vegetable Balti

Vegetable Balti

So what would you rather hear first: how to make this tantalizing recipe for Vegetable Balti, or the story of the day I was stood up by Britain’s curry king? Okay, well, I know it’s the Balti you want, but I’d rather tell you the other one. Early in my career, while still working in India, I…

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Thai Yellow Curry

Easy Thai Yellow Curry With Beans and Veggies

Here’s a creamy, velvety and easy Thai Yellow Curry recipe that you can practically throw together in minutes. And it’s so flavorful that I am putting it right there on top of my vast collection of family-friendly recipes ideal after a busy day at work — or at home. You do need to have some Thai Yellow Curry…

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peach breakfast pizza

Peach Streusel Breakfast Pizza

Pizza for breakfast– now how decadent is that? But when it’s my Peach Streusel Breakfast Pizza, loaded with sweet peaches and healthy oats, you can have your slice and eat it too. I was trying to come up with a kid-friendly breakfast recipe for Jay who, by now, loves pancakes and waffles for breakfast but…

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Lentil orzo bake

Lentil Orzo Bake With a Cheesy Crust

Here’s a recipe for those of us who love pasta with a passion but would rather do something else with all the time that sometimes goes into making it: my Lentil Orzo Bake. And, it has a cheesy crust to die for. This is an easy weeknight casserole that practically cooks itself. Really. No standing over…

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Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza

Tofu Paneer Do Pyaza

Onions. Gorgeous, golden, sweet onions.  They add their deep, rich flavor to soups, sauces, gravies and then they recede to the background, letting the vegetables, the lentils, or the meat steal the show. Just how nice is that? But humble as they are, onions are, without a doubt, stars in their own right. I can…

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Gobi Achari

Gobi Achari | Cauliflower With Five Spices

Gobi Achari, or Cauliflower With Five Spices, is one of those dishes that reminds you just why the food of India is a hit nearly anywhere in the world. In my last post, I asked you all what it is about Indian food that you love. I loved reading what you had to say, all of it so…

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