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Smokey Black-eyed Pea Soup with Collard Greens

Every year we have done a new black-eyed pea recipe for good luck in the New Year. We didn’t invent the concept, but the idea of some good luck to kick off the New Year resonates with us, as it does with others around the world (and as the recipe creator, it’s fun to work with parameters sometimes).

I love how random it is that black-eyed peas are considered lucky. Not lentils or black beans, or mandarin oranges, leftover stuffing or tequila shots, but quirky, distinct, smooth but easy to forget about, black-eyed peas.


Sunflower Seed ‘Tuna’ Salad

Sunflower Seed 'Tuna' Salad

Did anyone else grow up on tuna melts? Or tuna ‘bakes’ if you were in my family, which involved an English muffin base, simple tuna salad made with mayo, green onion and maybe fresh herbs, topped with a slice of orange cheddar and baked in the oven (or possibly the toaster oven). For my sisters and me, this was way up there on the list of awesome, comforting lunches. Dairy and wheat are usually the first things to exit the diet once we start to learn about our health, and shortly after that tuna, either for its mercury content or maybe because you are trying a plant-based diet. Bizarrely enough, tuna is the easiest of the three components of a tuna melt to re-create in a healthy and convincing way.


Veggie-Packed Veggie Burgers


It’s time for the veggie burger. Not the weird, brown, ‘this tastes like meat’ veggie burger, made with every scary, processed thing except meat. I’m talking about the veggie burger made with LOTS of fresh vegetables, seeds/nuts, rolled oats and spices. The ingredients could make up a hearty salad, but we’re not feeling salad-y today, we want burgers. And, although veggie-packed, these burgers will not taste like salad. You are going to love them, your friends and family are going to love them and even your meat-eating, terrified-you-might-make-them-eat-something-healthy-and-change-their-life friends and family will.


The seeds in this burger help it to retain the crunchiness once baked, while the sweet and rich beets and carrots, sharp onions, fresh herbs and green onions, all work together to add punches of fresh flavour. You have to trust me on this, because if you taste the mixture before the baking happens, there won’t be a lot of magic just yet. The ingredients get to know each other much better during the baking process, resulting in enhanced flavour and texture. (more…)