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Warm Lentil Salad with Spinach & Goat Cheese ♥

Oh people, what a salad! Better news still, it's made with common pantry ingredients, you may well have all of them in your fridge right this very second. It's just familiar lentils, the meaty ones that have such a great chew, paired with still-crunchy sautéed vegetables and barely cooked spinach and laced with pockets of melting goat cheese. Warm Lentil Salad is way more than the sum of its parts! Year-Round Kitchen Staple. Great for Meal Prep. Low Fat. High Protein. Naturally Gluten Free. Weight Watchers Friendly & Freestyle Friendly. Vegetarian. All this and dee-lish!
Way way wayyyyyyyy back in 2007, I shared an earlier version of this wonderful Warm Lentil Salad. It was A Veggie Venture's second anniversary – and April Fool's Day, hence the "apparent" recipe, Ooey Gooey Caramel Chocolate Marshmallow Triple Cream Ricotta & Marcarpone Cheesecake in a Brioche Puff Pastry Baklava Crust with a Double Layer of Lemon Curd and Topped with Candied Raspbe…

Mexican Cauliflower “Rice” ♥

Cauliflower Meal Prep! Turn a head of cauliflower into a stand-in for rice for Taco Tuesday and so much more. We love this dish, so healthy, so flavorful. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Freestyle Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly.
LET IT BE SAID Mexican is a totally food-prep friendly cuisine! When we did a month-long deep dive into Mexican cooking last spring, what fun – and the easiest cooking I've ever done in my entire life. (Want to know more about that project? See Deep Mexico: Ingredient-Driven Mexican Meal Prep. )

A big reason is that I'd do some meal prep every day. After that, dinner (and lunch and especially breakfast) kind of made themselves.

One of our favorites then (and still, four months later) was Mexican Cauliflower "Rice" – not rice at all, of course, but one of cauliflower's many low-carb chameleon acts. Cauliflower doesn't just masquerade as rice but also as potatoes, even chickpeas. There&…

Summer Vegetable Curry ♥

One of my very favorite summer stews, vegan and delicious and a great way to use a collection of vegetables from a CSA or the farmers market when the produce season is at its peak. Seasonal. Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly & Freestyle Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly. Paleo.
~updated for a little late-summer weekend cooking inspiration~
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By design, most vegetable recipes here on A Veggie Venture are simple and thus nearly always feature a single vegetable at a time. But there are times – now! – when the market's vegetables are so plentiful, eyes exceed appetite and soon it's almost Saturday again and the vegetable bin is still overflowing from last week's purchases.

This Summer Vegetable Curry is an Indian-spiced riff on 2005's Summer Vegetable Stew. Like many vegetable stews, it's perfect way to use up a lot of vegetables all at once. It ta…

Chickpea Recipes & Garbanzo Bean Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

Never know what to do with chickpeas aka garbanzo beans? (Except making homemade hummus. You do make hummus, right?) Or on the other hand, maybe you're always looking for brand-new ways to cook with chickpeas? Find new inspiration right here in this collection of Chickpea Recipes / Garbanzo Bean Recipes from A Veggie Venture and Kitchen Parade, my food column. Many Weight Watchers friendly, vegan and gluten-free recipes from simple for every day to special for occasions.
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Chickpeas 101: THE BASICS
Pronounced [chik-pee]. Other Names for Chickpeas. Also called Chick Peas and Garbanzo Beans. Also known as Gram or Bengal Gram and some times as Egyptian Peas. Also called Ceci, Cece or Channa or Chana or Kabuli Chana.

What Are Chickpeas? Chickpeas are legumes – legumes, of course, being plants in the bean family – and thus cousins to soy beans, mung beans, lima beans, fava bean…

Fattoush (Traditional Middle Eastern Salad) ♥ Recipe

It takes a lot of words to describe what is in fact a super-simple traditional Lebanese / Syrian / Middle Eastern salad. So instead, just learn this one word and repeat after me: Fattoush. Fattoush. Fattoush. (That's fuh-toosh, fuh-toosh, fuh-toosh.) Now? Go make one. You really don't want to miss this classic summer tomato salad while this year's tomatoes are so perfect! Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real.
~recipe updated, first published way back in 2011~
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Dear St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
A certain St. Louis food blogger is wild for the Fattoush Salad at Ranoush, the Syrian restaurants in University City and now in Kirkwood. Would you please see if the owners would share the recipe? Please, pretty please?
That Certain Food Blogger


Since February, I've been writing a weekly column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called "Special Request" – the one where St. Louisans write in to ask for recipes for their favorite dishes from restauran…

Tomato Bisque ♥ Recipe

Today's rich tomato soup, a creamy tomato bisque that starts off with the famous Tomato-Onion Sauce from the now-deceased Italian cook Marcella Hazan who introduced Italian cuisine to the U.S. and Britain in the way that Julia Child introduced French cuisine. I make Hazan's Tomato-Onion Sauce with fresh tomatoes instead of the usual canned tomatoes. It's stunning!
Aren't tomatoes summer vegetables? (Yeah-yeah-yeah, tomatoes are really fruit not vegetables. But go with me, okay?) Last year, we harvested our first tomato in late June – and then not one more until late August! Most years here in Missouri and much of the Midwest, our best tomatoes are harvested in September and in good years, even well into October. That means that when the food blog world is humming Christmas carols obsessing over fall apples and all-things-pumpkin, our garden is still spitting out beautiful tomatoes.

And yes, such bounty can be overwhelming. By mid September, we've had our fill of…

Fresh Three-Bean Salad ♥ Recipe

The traditional three-bean salad – or hey! a wonderful two-bean salad when yellow beans are nowhere to be found as in my recent photo update! The recipe comes from Cook's Illustrated, they did a "recipe makeover" with fresh green beans instead of canned green beans. Me? I took Cook's Illustrated's recipe and did an even bigger makeover, making it lighter with way-way less oil and way-way less sugar. The results? Fabulous. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free.
~recipe updated, first published way back in 2007~
~more recently updated recipes~
How is it that so many great potluck dishes rely on canned vegetables? Maybe it's because they're dashed together before church or an afternoon gathering? No matter.

Making a three-bean salad with fresh beans – when you can, with a mix of yellow and green beans, is especially pretty! – does take longer but the outcome is, well, praise-worthy. In fact, it wouldn'…