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Macaroni with red bell pepper sauce

The sauce is a hundred per cent vegan. Toss it with pasta and you have a delicious vegan meal. If your vegetarian regime includes dairy products, top the dish with sprinkled cheese and you double the deliciousness. If you're neither vegan nor vegetarian and you love bacon … [Read more...]

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Peppers and Italian sausage meat pasta

I love sausages and I especially love sausage meat with pasta. Sausage meat is the best thing for making meatballs and letting the succulent globes simmer in tomato sauce allows the flavors of the spices in the meat to get into the sauce. I would have made meatballs with my … [Read more...]

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Herbed rice and buttered vegetables

The "fish fillet" behind the rice is soya-based textured vegetable protein. Sam likes to include what she calls "fake meat" and "fake fish" in her meals for texture more than anything else. I mean, they don't have any distinctive flavor so what they really do is add bulk. … [Read more...]

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Leeks, pepper, asparagus and mushroom pilaf

At its most basic, pilaf (the spelling varies depending on the region) is rice cooked in seasoned broth. It is found in many cultures including Middle Eastern, South Asian and Caribbean. In English speaking cultures, it is often referred to as "rice pilaf" which is redundant … [Read more...]

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Bibimbap-style rice, vegetables and mushrooms

Bibimbap literally translates to "mixed rice." It is an iconic Korean dish that consists of rice topped with sautéed vegetables and chili paste. If it is served in a hot stone bowl topped with raw egg, then, it is called dolsot bibimbap. To eat bibimbap properly, all the … [Read more...]

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Peperonata con tofu

Italy meets China in a vegetarian dish. Sam loves bell peppers so I cooked one of the most well-loved Italian vegetable stews for her. Peperonata is a dish of stewed peppers and it is often served accompanied by rustic bread. Soft vegetables, crisp bread crust... You know, … [Read more...]

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Vegetarian baked stuffed potatoes

So filling. So delicious. The stuffing is a mixture of kidney beans, chili, chopped tomatoes, onions and bell peppers, seasoned with salt, pepper, lemon juice and tossed with a little melted butter. The cheese can be any variety that melts well. Note, though, that the amount … [Read more...]

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Chayote, shiitake and pepper with tamarind sauce

Vegetables, by themselves, I find rather bland and lacking in depth. That's probably why salads are drizzled with zesty dressings to wake up the veggies. With all-vegetable stir fries, rich sauces and flavored oils are added at the last minute to coat the vegetables with … [Read more...]

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Italian-style vegetable stew

Vegetables, pesto and tomato sauce. What can be simpler? But a vegetable stew, when properly cooked, is anything but simple. With just the right amount of aromatics, and slow and careful cooking, a vegetable stew is a carnival of colors and aromas and textures. And, by using … [Read more...]

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Cheese-topped skillet potatoes

The potatoes are boiled, cooled and sliced. A skillet is generously smeared with butter. The sliced potatoes are arranged, slightly overlapping, along the outer edge of the skillet. An inner circle of tomato slices follow. And, finally, at the center, chopped bell pepper and … [Read more...]