Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

I first started making chia pudding when I began my job at Mother Earth’s. I learned about the health benefits and properties of chia seeds and how they work in recipes. They remind me of tapioca, but can be eaten raw. The recipe I used (which wasn’t one of my own) was ok but not…

Chickpea Salad

In this recipe I use ingredients that are commonly found in tuna salad. Vegenaise (reduced fat) and Just Mayo are usually my mayos of choice, but you can use any mayonnaise you like. The nutritional yeast adds flavor and protein to the dish. I like to coarsely mash the cooked chickpeas to have some texture. I…

Cauliflower Salad

I first created this recipe for my “Summer Salads” theme at work. In the summer, and during this time in the autumn, we have local, organic cauliflower at Mother Earth’s, which is the inspiration of this dish. I always look for local, seasonal foods during our growing season. I love to cook seasonally and I…

Millet Croquettes

This is a fun way to prepare millet. Croquettes are crispy, savory cakes (patties) that can be made with a variety of ingredients. In this recipe all the seasonings are cooked into the millet; this adds a depth of flavor to the patties. The starch in the millet binds the croquettes (no eggs or flour needed). It’s…

Chickpea Patties

This recipe is a variation of Indian vada. You can use different varieties of legumes and adjust the seasonings according to your preference. The chickpeas make this dish reminiscent of falafel. It’s a healthier version since it’s baked rather than deep-fried. I serve it with my own “house” tahini dressing, which my friends and family…

Mexicali Quinoa

This is a variation of my Mexicali Millet recipe. Both millet and quinoa work well in this dish. Ingredients 2 cups water 1 vegetable bouillon cube (or 1 teaspoon salt) 1 tablespoon chili powder (or to taste) 1 tablespoon taco seasoning 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained 1–2 tablespoons olive oil (or your favorite…