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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.

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Holiday Lentil & Buckwheat Loaf

Not the sexiest name, I know, but trust me, it’s exactly what your holiday table is missing.

Have you ever spent holiday dinners eating Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce? I have to admit, this sounds pretty good to me right now, but it is nice to have a thoughtful (non-turkey-shaped tofu disaster) addition to this for those who are on a health-conscious, plant-based path.

Even those who eat everything around the holidays will like this recipe (I mean, probably not my Dad, but like, most people who like food). It has all of the flavours of a traditional stuffing, has a good hearty texture and could even be served in place of stuffing without any song and dance.

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Curried Red Lentils

Whole Roasted Cauliflower in Lentil Curry

I just got home from a sunny few days in San Francisco where we climbed hills, ate all of the green food (there is seemingly a creative salad/cold-pressed green juice on every corner), watched the pelicans, climbed more hills, talked about how much harder it is to climb these hills while 30 WEEKS PREGNANT (that was mostly me) and ate more food.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower in Lentil Curry

It is one of my favourite cities and we had the best time. A small part of me considered faking early labour so that we could stay a little bit longer (I once faked a broken leg as a kid to get out of a slow day in ski camp, I’m sort of that person).

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Mushroom Lentil Burgers

Mushroom Lentil Burger

I think it is time for a new burger recipe. I have to be honest, these days I make burgers when I don’t feel like eating salad or raw veggies, to force myself to eat some greens. I wrap them in not one but two collard greens, fill them with more veggies, sauerkraut and some Eggplant Mayo, and the greens practically eat themselves.

Mushroom Lentil Burger

Not that this needs to be your reason to make these burgers, you can also just feel like a good burger, because these really are. I’ve been making a version of these for years, and it all started when I was cooking for a client who didn’t like veggies, really loved meat (a lot) but wanted to eat vegan.

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