Green Beans

Also known as snap beans, wax beans or string beans, green beans usually abound in the spring season, though better quality crops can be grown in the fall season. Green beans can be further sub-categorized into ‘pole beans’ or ‘bush beans’ depending on whether they require poles for support during growth or not. Long, skinny…

Cooking 101: How To Prepare & Use Dry Beans

Cooking with dried beans is easy and more economical than buying canned beans (which often contain salt as part of the ingredients). It just takes a little time. You can often buy a big bag of dried beans that will make double or triple the amount of cooked beans. In practice when I work with…

Vegan Sweet Potato Black Bean Mash

Do you like sweet potato? Black beans? If you answered ‘yes’ to both questions, then here is a simple yet satisfying plant-based recipe for you! It uses less than ten ingredients and is a delicious combination of sweet with savory from the mix of sweet potato with caramelized onions and black beans. Pair this vegan,…

White Bean Veggie Stir-Fry

Have you ever tried using white beans like small white navy beans in your Asian dishes? It’s simple and easy to do. Here is a quick and easy stir-fry recipe that everyone in your family will love. This White Bean Veggie Stir-Fry is vegan, egg-free, dairy-free and nut-free. If you want to make this dish…

Sautéed Sesame Beet Leaves

I love the color of fresh beet leaves. They are a vibrant green that contrasts beautifully with the reddish stalks. Some time ago, I found myself with some beets leaves and stems, so decided to try cooking them. After all, if beets are so good for you (to learn about the nutritional value of beets,…

No-Bake Chocolate Cookie Hearts

This past Valentine’s Day, I was at a bit of a loss on what to make my husband. I knew I wanted it to be something in the form of hearts and I wanted it to be special (of course) but I also wanted to try and create a different recipe. So, inspired by the…

Broccoli Raab

Many names refer to this green cruciferous vegetable, so it is easy to get confused. Examples include broccoli raab, broccoli rabe, Chinese broccoli, rapine, rapini, turnip broccoli and rappi (to just name a few) but they all actually refer to the same vegetable. Broccoli raab comes with green flowery like leaves, small florets that resemble…

Red Lentils

Under the big umbrella family of Legumes (which includes soybeans, peanuts, fresh beans and fresh peas), lentils can be found categorized under the Pulses sub-family. Its siblings in the Pulses family are dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas. Essentially, pulses refer to the dried edible seeds of specific plants in the Legume family. Varieties of lentils…