French Lentil Salad

I love lentils! I have been making lentil soups for years, but I wanted to make a lentil dish also suitable to the warm weather seasons. French lentils hold their shape and texture, which makes them a great ingredient for a salad. This is my first lentil salad creation, which evolved into several variations–and it’s…

Corn Chowder

Creamy chowders are all all-time favorite! This recipe is a lighter, healthier chowder, yet it is still quite tasty. Now that the cooler weather is upon us, I’m breaking out my favorite soup recipes. This one got great reviews. Comfort food without the guilt. Ingredients  2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (or your favorite cooking oil)…

Chickpea Flour-Kale Bites

Another chickpea flour-inspired recipe! This is a variation of an Indian dish known as kothimbir vadi–a popular Maharashtrian street food. Years ago I used to make this dish during my ashram days–a time when I experimented with quite a few traditional Indian creations. I had forgotten about this recipe until recently. I’ve been enjoying showing…

Creamy Millet Polenta with Winter Squash

I’m enjoying creating recipes with healthy, whole-grain millet. Polenta, which is commonly made with ground corn, has become quite a popular dish. Other grains can also be used to prepare polenta. “It is historically made from other grains. It may be served as a hot porridge, or it may be allowed to cool and solidify into…

Peppery Red Lentil Patties

I created this recipe for my “Fantastic Fiber” theme at work. Lentils are high in fiber and so versatile. Because of their high fiber content, they are considered to be one of the cleansing foods. This is a new way to enjoy lentils, an idea I got from the Indian dishes idlis and vadas, which…

Lentils with Caramelized Cabbage & Onions

I wanted to create a new lentil recipe–something other than another lentil soup (which I often prepare). During the summer I made a few lentil salads, but now that the weather is cooler I decided to try something new. Rather than make a cool salad with lentils, I prepared a warm lentil dish. French lentils, (small) brown…