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Brown Rice Mustard Green Pilaf with Orange, Olives, and Peanuts

Mustard greens, like beer and coffee, are an acquired taste. I mean, when I was 10 years old, all cooked bitter greens were bad news. Was it that way for you? Where along the line of growing up do we learn to savor pungent leafy greens, to appreciate a dish like this brown rice mustard green pilaf with orange, olives, and peanuts?

Brown Rice Mustard Green Pilaf with Orange, Olives, and Peanuts

The balance of sweet-tart citrus, salty green olives, crunchy peanuts, and peppery mustard greens with nutty brown rice is something I find completely irresistible. I hope you do too. Continue Reading…

Incredible Black Rice and Pea Shoot Salad with Tamari Roasted Cashews

Sharing center stage–exotic dark black rice and a unique jade green veggie. Supporting players–bright orange carrots, green onions, and tamari-roasted cashews. The finishing sparkle–a zesty dressing of lime juice, sesame oil, and tamari. You can count on 5-star reviews for this striking nutritious and delicious black rice and pea shoot salad.

Black Rice and Pea Shoot Salad | Letty's Kitchen

A tangle of the crunchy sweet pea shoots in our CSA farm share box introduced me to this delicate playful green. Until then, I’d never thought to snip and savor the young leafy tips and tendrils that climb a snow pea trellis. Yet pea shoots have been an Asian staple for ages–Chinese cooks call them “mustaches of the dragon.” Pea shoot tendrils do kind of twist like the ends of a mustache, don’t they? If pea shoots aren’t coming your way, chop up some snow peas instead.

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Spicy Vegetarian Mole Tacos with Arugula and Goat Cheese

Soft corn tortillas filled with mole-sauced sweet potatoes, arugula, goat cheese, and tangy avocado crema—these vegetarian mole tacos are a happy mouthful of flavor diversity. Sweet, salty, bitter, smoky, and spicy–lip smacking goodness in every bite!

Sweet potato, arugula, goat cheese Vegetarian Mole Tacos

These tacos begin with tender chunks of grilled sweet potato tossed in chile chocolate mole sauce. Spoon the brick-red-sauced sweet potatoes into warm corn tortillas, and top with chopped arugula leaves and goat cheese crumbles. Finish with a big drizzle of avocado lime sauce. Continue Reading…

Homemade Chile Chocolate Mole

Homemade chile chocolate mole is a lively balance of sweet and savory elements–dark earthy chiles and roasted nuts, aromatic spice, and the famous pinch of chocolate–a traditional mole (mo-lay), made simpler. This is a rich, totally approachable mole recipe made with healthy ingredients that you can put together in a little over an hour!

Homemade Chile Chocolate Mole

Homemade chile chocolate mole is:

  • Dried whole chiles
  • Creamy roasted almond butter and peanut butter
  • Ground cinnamon, coriander, and cloves
  • Avocado oil
  • Vegetable broth
  • Maple syrup
  • Apple juice
  • Good-quality chocolate
  • Vegan and gluten free
  • Delicious on tacos and enchiladas, tempeh and tofu, and grilled vegetables, especially potatoes

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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…