Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

Do you know your chickpeas? Familiar by different names such as garbanzo beans, gram, Bengal gram and ceci (in Italian), chickpeas are part of the pea family under the general classification of legumes. They are harvested annually and there are two main varieties of chickpeas – kabuli and desi. In American supermarkets, the large, beige-colored…

Banana Bliss Bites

Here’s an easy way to change up the breakfast routine, with a simple but nutritious recipe that’s quick to put together. With the right ingredients on hand, you’ll be able to put Banana Bliss Bites on the table for the whole family in no time, and also pack some to go for those who need…

Weeknight Vegan Lentil Pasta

This is an easy pasta plant-based meal we love to make in our home because it is plant protein packed, simple to prepare and delicious. It was actually one of the first recipes I developed when I was exploring plant-based cooking and it is now our frequently used recipe when we just want something filling,…

Green Lentils

Red, brown, green, black…lentil varieties abound, and so do their usefulness in recipes. In general, each tablespoon of cooked lentils provides about 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of fiber, and a 1/2 cup of cooked lentils gives about 3.3 milligrams of iron. Lentils are a good source of phosphorus, potassium and folate too.…

Flavorful Cayenne Green Beans

Here is a tasty and simple way to cook up those long crunchy green beans you have in your refrigerator. This colorful plant-based Flavorful Cayenne Green Beans dish pairs well with any main course dish or can be eaten on its own with your favorite grain or gluten-free alternative. Feel free to add more cayenne…

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…

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,…

Breakfast Lentil Scramble

Here is a simple hearty vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free breakfast recipe you can serve your family or guests. Despite the name of this recipe, you can also eat this delicious dish at any other meal of the day! It goes well as a side or main dish on the family table and can be paired…

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…

Transitioning to a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet – Step 4

STEP #4: INCREASE THE BEANS/LEGUMES If you are already using legumes like black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, garbanzo/chickpeas, split peas, lentils, soy beans and/or peanuts in your diet, then this step is easy. You can simply increase the amount and how regularly you eat of this nutrient dense category in your diet. However, if…