Baked Keema Samosas, vegan meat pies, Indian-style. #vegan

Baked Keema Samosas (Indian-Style Meat Pies)

These Keema Samosas are not just crispy and savory and all of those other good things that make the tastebuds scream, gimme more! They’re also comforting and soul-satisfying and kid- and adult-pleasing. There’s hardly anyone in the world today who does not know a samosa, or love one. It’s the perfect snack, crunchy on the…

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Golden Roasted Curry Mustard Potatoes

Golden Roasted Curry Mustard Potatoes

Here’s a love story for you. Picture me, my head fogged up with a horrible summer cold, in a kitchen without an air conditioner or even a fan, on one of the hottest, humidest days you can imagine in Washington, D.C. I have the oven turned up to a screeching 425 degrees, and, standing right next…

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Tofu Egg Biryani, vegan

Egg Biryani, with no eggs

There is so much that’s wrong with eggs today. I am not going to bash egg-eaters here: I have two in my home, despite my best efforts, because there’s something about eggs that some people seem to just love. Jay came to us rather addicted to eggs which he calls his favorite food, and Desi…

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Pasta with Vegan Sausage and Greens

Pasta With Sausage and Greens

Pasta with Sausage and Greens is a creamy, veggie-filled, high-protein weeknight pasta recipe that comes together in minutes and is so tasty, you’ll come back for more. It is absolutely impossible not to fall head over heels in love with this pasta. I did. As I licked up the last bit of it from my lunchbox at work today,…

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Chana Masala Veggie Burger

Chana Masala Veggie Burger With Mint Chutney Mayo

If you’re looking for THE veggie burger recipe to make your summer sizzle and swelter all the more — in a good way — you need look no more. Because I have for you my favorite veggie burger recipe ever, and that’s saying a lot, given all the burgers I make (and devour). My Chana…

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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

I have found my new favorite sauce to eat pasta with. And, guys, it’s a bolognese. A meaty one. In my pre-vegan days, the only kind of sauce I’d eat when we ate out at an Italian restaurant, or ordered a pizza, was the creamy, cheesy kind that’s still hugging my waist after all these years, no…

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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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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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