Vegetarian Recipes

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Portobello and Chickpea Burger Recipe Recipe

Portobello mushrooms are a great meat substitute in burgers. The downside to them is the lack of protein. To compensate, I stuffed the Portobello mushroom with a chickpea patty. I blended the chickpeas and flavored the mixture with spicy garlic chutney (lesahn ki chutney) and added breadcrumbs and finely diced jicama.

I pan-fried the chickpea and Portobello bugers and paired them with marinated artichokes, lettuce, mini red sweet peppers and chipotle salsa. I nested everything in goat cheese-filled toasted English muffins. THese are so tasty, they'll even satisfy the meat eaters in your life!


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Tofu with Peanut Miso Sauce Recipe

Tofu with Peanut Miso Sauce

07.24.13 by Jackie

By itself, tofu can be very bland; the best remedy is a flavorful sauce paired with a load of vegetables. In this recipe I used leftover chicken, silken tofu, broccoli, red bell peppers, beech and button mushrooms, Japanese eggplant and onions. I added the chicken pieces at the last minute after reserving a portion for the vegetarians in my house.

When paired with a thick, bold, rich peanut miso sauce and served on a bed of steamed jasmine rice, you’ll have a one-dish meal sure to satisfy your family.


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Spinach Noodle Salad Recipe Recipe

Spinach Noodle Salad Recipe

07.23.13 by Jackie

The girls and I played with our pasta maker today and made spinach noodles. Making homemade noodles was so much fun and wasn't that complicated. We sautéed them in a bit of garlic butter for lunch and used the leftovers for a dinner noodle salad. I loaded it with tofu, leftover roasted chicken pieces (for the non-vegetarians), sugar snap peas, shiitake mushrooms and dried cherries for a little tart flavor. I dressed the noodle salad with miso and tahini vinaigrette. You could add tomatoes or red bell peppers for a pop of color but I thought the cherries were sufficient. 

This cold Asian-style noodle salad can be prepared hours in advance if the miso vinaigrette is kept on the side and mixed right before serving.


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Vegetarian Haleem Recipe Recipe

Vegetarian Haleem Recipe

07.22.13 by Jackie

Haleem is one of my husband Lulu's many favorite dishes. It has a velvety consistency and is usually made of pearled wheat germ (sometimes with barley as well), stewed meat (chicken, goat meat or beef shanks), five varieties of lentils and various spices. Since Lulu and his dad are vegetarians, I prepare it meat-free (so appropriate for our Meatless Mondays!). The thick lentil stew is served piping hot with fresh ginger cut into thin matchsticks, daikon pieces, fresh mint (sometimes with dill also), chopped chiles, lime wedges and a garnish of crispy fried onions. 

It used to be a labor-intensive task to turn the mixture into a thick paste, but  these days a food processor makes it easy breezy. Thank you so much to Phoopi (Daddy's sister) who taught me this wonderful dish, despite her extremely busy schedule. Lulu is so excited he wants to eat vegetarian haleem everyday!


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French Green Lentils Recipe

French Green Lentils

07.15.13 by Jackie

Unlike in traditional Indian cuisine where lentils are usually the main dish, French green lentils are served as a side with sausages or various meats. Of course, with as many vegetarians as I have in my home, I typically serve it without meat.

In this recipe I cooked the lentils with fennel, fresh lemon thyme, black peppercorns, caramelized onions and a bay leaf. They lentils are known as “Puy” lentils because they originate from Le Puy, in the Auvergne region of France. They have an almost blue-ish shine with a delicate, peppery flavor. 


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