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French Green Lentil and Quinoa Salad

Fresh flavorful herbs, crunchy vegetables, and ample vegetarian protein, all tied together with a simple tangy olive oil and vinegar dressing, French green lentil and quinoa salad is one of those got-it-all salads we’d all be happy find on a potluck buffet. It’s also welcome atop crisp garden lettuce, when it’s hot out and you feel like having a big healthful salad for dinner!

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The beautiful thing about this salad is it can be adapted to include whatever fresh herbs and vegetables are in season. I chose radishes and celery—you might want to include carrots, or cucumbers, or jicama in yours. When garlic scapes are blooming, either raw, grilled, or pan-sautéed, in they go. Continue Reading…

Spiced Potato and Pea Samosa Patties

These spiced potato and pea samosa patties, a vibrant mix of potatoes and peas, fresh ginger, curry, and green chiles are simply the samosa filling naked—happily caught without its fried triangular-shaped pastry. If you are crazy about samosas, you’ll love these patties, a healthier spin on the popular East Indian street food!

Spiced Potato and Pea Samosa Patties

They’re easy. Simply mash boiled Yukon gold potatoes with sautéed onion and ginger, curry spices, and peas. Stir in lemon juice and cilantro, and shape into the patties. Pan-fry in coconut oil to a luxurious golden brown, and serve with cooling cumin basil yogurt and tangy-sweet fruit chutney. Continue Reading…

Zesty Easy Hummus Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Happy National Hummus Day!! You are going to love this easy hummus vinaigrette salad dressing. Its tangy zest wonderfully dresses all kinds of salads, from naked greens to those summery bean and grain salads you take to potlucks. Add protein to your salads by including hummus in your vinaigrettes.

Easy Hummus Vinaigrette Salad Dressing on salad

Chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, and a good dose of spicy garlic, plus lemon juice, sesame tahini, and fruity olive oil, blended into a smooth puree–equals hummus, the dip with a funny name. This vinaigrette comes together in a jiffy, using either homemade or store-bought hummus. Here’s a homemade red lentil hummus that is ideal for an easy hummus vinaigrette salad dressing. Continue Reading…

Roasted Rhubarb Crazy Berry Meringues

Roasted rhubarb crazy berry meringues showcase two of this month’s seasonal best ingredients. Spoon a bright red compote of tart rhubarb and juicy red strawberries on top of crunchy white meringues for this incredibly flavorful, just a little bit crazy, dessert.

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These meringues are vegan! Instead of the usual egg whites, they’re made with aquafaba, the water you drain from a can of chickpeas. Vegan meringues? Crazy? Stay with me here. I’m including a recipe for egg white meringues too–in case you were about to wander off. Continue Reading…

Chard and Pepper Jack Quesadillas with Avocado Cream

Chard and pepper jack quesadillas, loaded with tender-sautéed leafy chard and spicy pepper Jack cheese, surprise with a wild card ingredient, golden raisins! The raisins balance chard’s slight bitterness with a pop of fruity flavor for stellar quesadillas. Complete the picture with an easy creamy avocado and lime sauce.

Chard and Pepper Jack Quesadillas with Avocado Cream | Letty's Kitchen

Do you agree that Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. is a marketing ploy, an excuse for bars and restaurants to sell more margaritas and beer? No matter, let’s join the fiesta. Make tortilla sandwiches of melted spiced cheese, wilted red chard, and mouthwatering raisins! Continue Reading…