Mung Beans with Fresh Mustard Greens

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mung beans with mustard greens

This simple and spicy mung bean dish is my second foray into cooking with mustard greens. I've quite fallen in love with the fresh peppery flavor of these greens since I recently discovered them in a local Asian supermarket. Rather as though fresh chard leaves were infused with a little hot mustard, they're a delicious snacking green on their own but add texture and a zesty warmth to cooked bean dishes as well. And they combine wonderfully with the medley of hot and aromatic Indian seasonings and spices in these creamy mung beans.

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Spicy Thai Pumpkin Noodle Soup

Thai Pumpkin Soup

I came to Thai cooking many years later after mastering Indian cooking, but now I enjoy the vivid and unique hot, sweet and sour fragrances and flavors of Thai soups and curries almost as much. I keep a jar of homemade vegetarian Thai red curry paste on hand in the refrigerator at all times to make putting soups like these together a snap.

Like most of my Thai soups, this soup features mushrooms — mushrooms are a favorite of mine and taste delicious swimming in a spicy coconut milk broth — but also rice noodles for texture and heartiness. Pumpkin purée added to the broth lends sweetness and a depth of flavor to make this soup the kind that your guests will go back for seconds.

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Skillet Potato Salad with Fresh Basil and Cilantro

Skillet Potato Salad with fresh herbs

Potato salads are always popular no matter the time of year, but when the temperatures are soaring, as is the case currently in southwestern Ontario, salads are clearly in order. As this one is free of dairy, it makes for a good choice to take on a picnic or potluck if you are so inclined. The unique aspect of this salad is that the potatoes are slow cooked until crisp after some soaking time and then tossed with an aromatic blend of roasted coriander and cumin seeds. Blend up the roasted seeds, toss the cooked potatoes with the spices, some orange juice, fresh herbs and seasoning, and you are all set. It is an attractive salad too especially if a selection of colorful fingerling potatoes are used. No need to peel them either.

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Raw Nut and Seed Chocolate Chunk Mint Energy Balls

Mint Nut Seed Nibbles

Raw homemade nut and seed treats are perfect little bundles of protein, good fats, fiber and other mineral nutrients that can keep you going between meals or at any time of day. In fact, I can't say anything against them … they're easy to make, keep for a long time, and taste absolutely delicious.

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