Make Your Own Vegetable Broth

All vegetable broths are not created equal. But most of them list carrots as their second ingredient (after water), and are sky-high in sodium.

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Recipe: Greek Tyropitta

Traditionally, Tyropitta is a small, handheld cheese pie encased in phyllo pastry. This less portable but just as delicious version originated in the Sporades Islands region of Greece.

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Recipe: Colorful Quinoa Salad

This vegetarian recipe is an excellent introduction to The Mother Seed, otherwise known as quinoa. If you are unfamiliar with quinoa, you will wonder why it took you so long to give it a try.

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Recipe: Three Sisters Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings

In most Native American traditions, beans, corn, and squash are known as the Three Sisters – gifts from nature to sustain life. Full of complementary proteins, healthy carbohydrates, fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals, this hearty soup is perfect for those crisp early Fall evenings.

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Recipe: Lemon-Herb Eggplant Parmesan

Most recipes for Eggplant Parmesan bury this healthy vegetable under so many layers of cheese and rich tomato sauce that you might as well be eating a Personal Pan Pizza. Can you even find the eggplant in there? Do you even know what eggplant tastes like?

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Recipe: Grilled Stuffed Eggplant

Who says the only thing a barbecue grill is good for is meat?

Of course, if you don’t have a barbecue grill (or find it too much of a hassle), this recipe can be prepared using the broiler in your oven with no harm done.

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Recipe: Calabacitas con Huitlacoche

On the one hand, the word calabacita means zucchini. On the other hand, it is also the name given to various Mexican or South American side dishes that include zucchini (or some type of squash), corn, and cheese as the staple ingredients.

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Recipe: Lasagna Roll-Ups

This is a post-church potluck vegetarian recipe my mother came up with as self-defense against homemade stuffed shells. If you have ever tried to stuff anything into those jumbo pasta shells, you know exactly what I mean. They shoot out of your hands like torpedoes, they drop in the sink or on the floor, your hands are covered in cheese goop, and by the time you’re done you’ve lost your appetite and never want to see a stuffed shell again.

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Recipe: Cuban Black Beans & Rice

When I was a kid in Florida, my father was occasionally called on to be a guest preacher at various churches throughout the state. Florida has a large Cuban population, and for some reason he was in demand at their churches, where he would often preach through an interpreter. While my younger brother and I loathed sitting in church (we could recite Dad’s two sermons backwards and forwards), we always looked forward to visiting those churches and were especially well-behaved because of the huge potluck lunches afterward – with all the black beans and rice you could eat!

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Recipe: Black Bean & Corn Salsa

This is a recipe I came up with recently after cleaning out my kitchen cupboards and refrigerator. I still have no idea why I had creamed corn in my cupboard – I won’t touch the stuff, so what on earth did I buy it for? Did it end up in my grocery cart by accident somehow? I once got home with Chinese Five Spice seasoning that had not been on my shopping list – it must have rolled into my area of the belt from the person ahead of me in line at the cashier. Those little dividers don’t quite go across the whole belt.

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