Beans & Legumes

California Avocado Balela

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Have you had balela before? It’s a Middle Eastern chickpea and black bean salad that I’m a bit obsessed with.  If you haven’t had it, you are missing out!  If you have, you should probably eat it again.  Either way, I’ve got a twist on traditional balela that includes not-so-traditional California avocado.  It may not be […]

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Roasted Hatch Chili Hummus

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August is one of my favorite months because it means the return of Hatch chili season!  Every August I go to Harmons Grocery for the first day of their Chili Roast.  The best part about this year is that we just had a brand new Harmons Grocery store open up two weeks ago only 5 […]

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Avocado Chickpea Salad Croissants

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I have always loved the croissants stuffed with chicken salad that always seem to be served at baby showers or other luncheons, so I decided to come up with a fresh twist on them and whipped up a chicken chickpea salad, including some of the normal ingredients, like halved grapes and creamy mayo-based dressing.  I […]

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Red Lentil Chili

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Harmons Grocery recently challenged me to develop a recipe using ingredients from their new line of private label items.    I decided it was the perfect opportunity to work on a recipe that I had been playing with for a while, a recipe for red lentil chili.  I tried a recipe for a red lentil […]

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Slow Cooker Creamy Red Lentil Soup

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This post is brought to you by Redwood Hill Farm. I know we have yet to hit the New Year, but has anyone started their post-holiday detox yet?  I’ve been craving fresh fruits and vegetables (especially the mandarin oranges from my parents’ trees here in California) and not really wanting to even look at any […]

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Lucky Hoppin’ John and Happy New Year!

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あけましておめでとうございます!  Happy New Year!  This morning as I watched hatsuhinode (the first sunrise of the new year) through clouds and softly falling snowflakes, I marveled that another year had passed so quickly.  It seems it was just yesterday that we were welcoming 2012!

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Red Lentil Dal Comfort

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Red lentil dal—a thick stew made from red lentils, tomatoes, herbs, and spices—is one of my favorite comfort foods for more than one reason.  First off, red lentil dal tastes darn good.  Then if you add in the fact that it is easy to make and uses lentils and tomatoes (two of my favorite things) […]

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Edamame Salad with Miso Dressing on Endive Leaves

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Edamame with Miso Dressing on Endive Leaves Makes 5 to 6 servings 16 ounces frozen, shelled edamame 1 1/2 tablespoons white miso paste 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons freshly squeeze orange juice 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon peeled, grated fresh ginger 2 small Fuji apples, peeled, […]

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Kuromame (Sweet Simmered Black Soybeans)

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Add this recipe to ZipList! Kuromame (Sweet Simmered Black Soybeans) Recipe as shared by my friend Noriko Makes 8 to 10 servings 10.5 ounces kuromame (dried black soybeans) 11 cups water 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon baking soda 1. Thoroughly rinse the beans in cool water, then drain […]

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How To Make Soymilk

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Making soymilk is easy peasy and doesn’t require any special equipment.  I’m sharing my soymilk recipe and the simple process with a video tutorial today on Eating Rules as part of October Unprocessed, a challenge to go for one month without eating processed foods, to forgo all of the extra salt, fats, sugars, preservatives, flavorings, […]

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