Easy Biryani with Madras Sauce

Easy Biryani with Madras Sauce

You know I love my spices as much as I love fresh, wholesome, nutritious food. Marrying the two to arrive at a deeply satisfying meal can sometimes require the kind of time you may not always have though. That’s when a little cheating is in order!

Ever since I discovered spicemode, my spice game found new heights. I mentioned them before, because having a consistent source of fresh and fragrant spices and expertly crafted spice blends can make a world of difference in the kitchen. Recently I starting trying their cooking sauces and my mind was blown. Highly recommended!

I used their madras cooking sauce for this dish and the result was extraordinary. Read more for the full recipe and a short recipe video 🙂

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Asian Noodle Salad with Maple Glazed Tofu Steaks

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This powerfully delicious and nutritionally balanced bowl of goodness was as simple to make as adding a bit of carb and protein to an already yummy salad, thanks to the Earthbound Farm Asian Chopped Salad Kit . The salad already came with a fresh mix of organic kale, lettuce, cabbage, carrots and cilantro, along with a vegan tahini dressing, sunflower seeds and crunchy toppings.

Most of you in the US are already familiar with the Earthbound Farm as their fresh organic greens are widely available in the grocery stores. I love that they started out so small, with 2.5 acres of farmland in the Carmel Valley of California, and they grew big through their big commitment to organic farming.

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Polenta Pizza with Avocado Pesto

Polenta Pesto Pizza

Polenta pizza with avocado pesto! Another delicious and powerful variation of the gluten-free pesto pizza, and I love the ease because it is a dish pizza and doesn’t involve rolling out the crust! Polenta has a way of absorbing lots of flavors so feel free to experiment with your own favorites too, it will reward you 😉 Here is the recipe:

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Easy Lo Mein

Easy Lo Mein

I am a noodle kind of girl, but the typical oil and sodium loaded noodles from restaurants don’t exactly whet my appetite. As always, homemade version wins! This easy, delicious and nutritious lo mein is what I will stick with when the cravings hit. Here is the recipe:

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Pesto Pizza with Rice & Lentil Crust

Pesto pizza with a green lentil and brown rice crust
Pizza as a high-protein, high-fiber, gluten-free, soy-free vegan power food? Absolutely! That is if you can set aside the bread and cheese for a moment 🙂

Brown rice and green lentil combination is a great powerhouse with a great balance of high-quality protein, fiber and complex carbs. And that makes the duo a very attractive option for a worthy pizza pie crust. I love the how this turned out, the crust held of really well without crumbling away, it had a great flavor and a delightful texture.

The pesto sauce hardly needs any advertisement 😉 And it complements this crust brilliantly with that delicious fragrance. The recipe is below:

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Curried Red Lentils

Curried Red Lentils

I love spicy food and that  very much reflects on my cooking. I just think spices hold almost magical powers to absolutely transform recipes, develop deeper lingering tastes and open up entirely new possibilities. But that potential is only realized when you come across a flavorful batch of spices. That, in my experience, has been very hard to find consistently.

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Harissa Vegballs

Harissa Vegballs

This is a pleaser! Hearty, spicy, smoky vegballs with a ton of high quality plant protein. I make this and similar variations often for dinners, entertaining and potlucks. First thing people notice when they bite into one is generally the texture, followed by a rich variety of flavors thanks to, in large part, Mina‘s spicy harissa sauce.

You can also make extra and freeze for a great lunch option later, alongside pasta, rice, a salad or even in sandwiches. Delicious, nutritious and versatile, like any favorite dish should be. The recipe is below.

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