Fast and Frugal Easy Lentil Taco Filling

If you have a tight food budget, then lentils may be just the ticket to saving more money. When it comes to a fast and filling meat substitute, you seriously can’t beat lentils. They cook in 20 minutes, contain a boatload of fiber and protein, and are incredibly versatile. I keep several pounds of lentils … Read more

Vegan Italian Lentil Soup

Many years ago I created this lentil soup recipe. Unlike most other dried beans, lentils do not need to be soaked before cooking. After 20 minutes, they are thoroughly cooked, not mushy, and perfectly soft. At $1.00-$1.50 a pound, they are a fantastic source of protein, folate, copper, and fiber. This soup has been a … Read more

Walnut Lime Chickpea Spread

Before I became vegan, one of my favorite treats was braunschweiger. Yep, that decadent liver sausage spread over rye bread and liberally daubed with mustard made lunch my favorite time of the day. A few years (and a few lengthy research books) later, I discovered that my mealtime treat was full of fat and cholesterol … Read more

Grain Loaf

Sometimes you just want a good, old-fashioned Sunday dinner, but you need it to be healthy for your heart. A few years ago, I really wanted to serve something which resembled traditional meatloaf. My son, Daniel, and I were working hard to cut our grocery costs and use only ingredients that we had in the house.  … Read more

Easy, Spicy Blender Barbecue Sauce (Vegan)

Homemade barbecue sauce is so incredibly easy to make. You control the ingredients, salt content, and the added oils and preservatives. Not only that, it freezes beautifully, making it easy to thaw and use in a matter of minutes. It’s the perfect condiment for topping sandwiches, baked potatoes, rice, pasta, or bread. This sauce is … Read more