Lentils & Beans

Bowls of various legumes (chickpeas, green peas, red lentils, canadian lentils, indian lentils, black lentils, green lentils; yellow peas, green mung beans) on wooden background

Lentils and beans are an absolute must in plant based diets. It's time to drop any old story you may hold about legumes and accept that research has proven a daily intake of beans and lentils is directly associated with a longer lifespan across the board. So lets celebrate all they have to offer with these recipes.

Haitian Mayi Moulen with Sos Pwa Nwa

By Lauren | May 31, 2020

When time permits, I love to use Saturday afternoons to play a bit with new recipes. This past weekend, I found myself exploring new territory as I experimented with this comforting Haitian meal. It was…

White Bean Patties

By Lauren | April 11, 2020

This isn’t exactly the kind of recipe that would normally catch my eye.  But as we sit, just like you, housebound during the spring of COVID-19, I’m doing a few things out of the ordinary.…

Loaded Lentil Stew

By Lauren | February 28, 2020

This is quite a hardy stew, perfect for a blustery March meal. It also pairs well with the seeded buckwheat bread I shared last month.  Ingredients 2 T extra light olive oil  1 medium organic onion,…

Meghla’s Palong Shak Dal

By Lauren | January 10, 2020

I used to think I could prepare a pretty good dal. That was until I watched my new Bangladeshi friends, Meghla and Aziza. These women embody the kitchen magician I long to be. The simple,…

Vegan Dal Makhani

By Lauren | October 24, 2019

Ingredients 1 cup dry whole urad dal (black lentils), debris removed and soaked in plenty of water overnight or for at least six hours 4 cups water 15 oz can kidney beans (1 1/2 cups),…

Best Ever Black Bean Soup

By Lauren | October 18, 2019

This week I am happy to share a recipe from an Austin friend and outstanding vegan chef, Anna Fry. Anna passed along this recipe ages ago when our then-preteens enjoyed this soup for lunch at…

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Stew

By Lauren | October 11, 2019

Is it simmering stew season yet? Just to be clear, that means a veggie-full stew, and this one totally fits the bill. Not only is it packed with fall harvest vegetables, the spice combination is…

Spicy Chickpea Soup

By Lauren | September 27, 2019

I first made this recipe during a cold, wet March in Austin. The good news is, I happen to love soup and have an endless array of recipes to help us wait out these Austin-style…

Roasted Eggplant with Spiced Chickpeas

By Lauren | September 7, 2019

If you eat seasonally and live in Texas, late summer means eggplant, zucchini and peppers. And the best way to use this limited range of veggies is to get creative — something I don’t mind…

Vegan Cassoulet

By Lauren | August 17, 2019

Cassoulet is a French classic and (traditionally) absolutely not vegan. But you can easily capture the essence of this comfort-food dish in my meat-free version. Even better on the second day, cassoulet can be made…

Smoky Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers

By Lauren | June 1, 2019

One look at Minimalist Baker’s latest veggie burger recipe, and I knew I had to make it. For me, the challenge was skipping the barbecue sauce (not a winner among the German guys I feed)…

vegan white bean chili recipe

White Bean Chili

By Lauren | October 5, 2018

I have been obsessing over the creation of this recipe all week. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ve ever had white bean chili, but somehow the concept worked its way into my imagination. Could…