Curry-spiced red lentils and oats with spinach, raisins, and walnuts

Spicy, savoury, with a touch of sweetness, this is a great way to add greens to your breakfast.


For the lentils and oats
1 1/3 cup water
1 ‘sprig’ dried kombu (about 1″)
1/4 cup red lentils
1/4 cup rolled, large flake oats
2T scallions, minced (reserve 2″ – 3″ green for garnish)
1/2T curry powder
1/4t dried, ground turmeric (or to taste — I add 1/2t)
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the spinach
1T water
1 cup packed spinach, minced
1/4t coarse sea salt
1T nutritional yeast
Coarse sea salt to taste

For the garnish
1T chopped walnuts
2T raisins (thompson or sultana are equally good)
3-4 grape tomatoes, quartered
Scallion green sliced on a angle (as noted above)

Optional: Switch out the oats for amaranth for something more nutrient dense (reduce the water to 1 cup if you do, and add the amaranth about 10 minutes in). You can save yourself time (and a pan) by adding the spinach and raisins to the oats for the last 5 minutes, but your presentation won’t be as nice. You can also add some flavour by toasting the oats and curry spices in the frying pan before adding them. Replace the walnuts with a tablespoon cashew butter (added to the oats at the end) for a creamier texture.


Bring the water to a boil in a small pan with a lid. Add the red lentils and kombu. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the oats, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove the kombu. Add the scallion, curry powder and turmeric. Stir to combine. Simmer another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand to cool.

Spicy, sweet potato fries, chickpeas, and kale in curry-spiced, sesame-ginger gravy

Lightly spicy, rich and sweet, this is a relatively simple but colorful and flavourful dish.


2 sweet potatoes, about 6″ long, peeled and sliced lengthwise in 1/2″ fries (about 3 cups)
2T tamari
A pinch coarse sea salt
2t sriracha (or similar, or to taste)
1/2 cup millet flour
2 cups cooked chickpeas
2 cups green curly kale, coarsely chopped

For the gravy
1T curry powder (or individual spices if you prefer)
1 scallion, minced
1/2T fresh garlic, minced
2t ginger, grated and minced
2 cups vegetable stock
1/4 cup tomato passata (or puree)
2T sesame seed butter
1T arrowroot powder dissolved in 2T cold water
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

Optional: Other greens go well in this dish, but will wilt more quickly. The ginger should be slightly more prominent to complement the sesame in this dish. but you can always use your own spice blend in place of curry powder. Freshly ground or popped spices have more flavour. Add some dried chilis with the other dried spices for more heat. I use dried chickpeas that I’ve simmered with kombu usually in a large batch for this type of dish — about 2/3 cup dry will yield 2 cups cooked.


Preheat the oven to 450F or to the highest temperature to which your baking paper is rated. Whisk the tamari, sriracha and salt. Toss the sweet potatoes in the mixture until well coated. Toss them lightly in the millet flour (just a light dusting).

Add the fries to a baking sheet lined with the baking paper in a thin, even layer. Bake for about 35 – 45 minutes (depending on the temperature) until well cooked and lightly crispy, turning periodically to ensure even cooking. Ovens vary; use the texture as a guide.

At about the 15 minute mark, start the gravy. Bring a large pan to heat on medium. Add the curry powder (or your dry spices) to the pan and toast for 2 minutes or until they are nicely aromatic. Add the scallion, garlic and ginger and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the stock, bring the pan to a light simmer, and add the chickpeas.

Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes. At the 30 minute mark, add the sesame seed butter and passata and stir until dissolved. Simmer another 5 minutes or so until the fries are ready. Stirring continuously, add the arrowroot mixture slowly until it thickens. Add the kale and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and cook another 1-2 minutes stirring frequently, until the kale is nicely wilted and bright green.

When everything is ready, plate the fries, ladle the chickpeas and kale over top, and serve.

Noodles and cabbage sauteed with oyster mushrooms, onions, and garlic

A simple, syncretic dish, haluški is typically made with a potato pasta (similar to gnocchi) in central and eastern European cuisines. This is a North American version made with soft (gluten free) noodles and cabbage.


For the noodles
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup masa harina
1 cup tapioca flour
2T egg replacer
A pinch sea salt
A pinch turmeric (I use 1/4t)
1 cup boiling water
2 liters water for cooking the noodles with 2t coarse sea salt

For the cabbage
2T plant-only margarine
2T pasta water
4 scallions, minced, 3″ – 4″ green reserved for garnish
1T fresh garlic, minced
1/4t black pepper, freshly cracked
1 cup oyster mushrooms, coarsely chopped
4 cups shredded green cabbage (I use coleslaw mix)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

Optional: Replace the black pepper with dried red chili for a spicier dish. Use a tablespoon coconut oil and a little sea salt in place of the margarine if you prefer. A dash of liquid smoke will add some additional flavor to this dish. Scallions add colour to the dish, but vidalia onion will also work (adjust the saute accordingly).


Make the noodles first, then the cabbage. Mix the flours, masa, sea salt and turmeric. Stirring briskly with a fork, slowly pour in the boiling water to mix into a dough. As the dough cool, knead by hand until a smooth elastic dough forms. Roll out on a lightly (tapioca) floured board into a large rectangle about 1/8″ thick or between sheets of plastic wrap.

With a pastry cutter or a knife, cut into 2″ x 3/4″ noodles (or the size you prefer). Traditionally, haluški is scraped off the board with a knife into boiling water, but the noodles in this version are a little sturdier.

In a large pan, bring the water to a boil with the sea salt. Add the noodles and simmer for 3 – 5 minutes, or until the noodles float. Drain carefully, reserving 2 tablespoons pasta water. Rinse gently with cold water. Spread them in thin even layer on a dry, clean cutting board or other surface while you make the cabbage.

While the noodles dry a little, start the cabbage. Bring a large frying pan to heat on medium. Melt the margarine and add the scallions and garlic. Saute for 2 minutes. Add the oyster mushrooms and black pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and increase heat to medium high. Stir fry the cabbage for 5-8 minutes, until the cabbage is nicely wilted (reduced by about half) but not mushy.

When the cabbage is ready, add the noodles and reserved pasta water. Stir to combine. Cook another 30 seconds or so. Remove from heat. Add the nutritional yeast and stir to combine. Season to taste. Spoon out, garnish with scallion sliced on an angle, and serve.

Chickpea, potato and kale soup

With a light tomato, herb broth, this is a rich but simple soup with lots of colour and flavour. This makes 4 small bowls or 2 good sized ones.


2T water
1/4t coarse sea salt
2T scallions, minced, 2″ – 3″ green reserved for garnish
1/4t black pepper, freshly cracked
1/4t dried red chilis (or to taste)
1t dried basil, rubbed
1/2t dried oregano, rubbed
1/4t dried thyme, rubbed
1T fresh garlic, minced
1 cup cooked chickpeas
3/4 cup white potatoes, 1/3″ dice
1/2T lemon juice
2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup tomato passata (or puree)
2 cups green curly kale, chopped coarsely
1T nutritional yeast
Coarse sea salt, nutritional yeast, and black pepper to taste

Optional: Garnish with 2T minced fresh basil at the end (in lieu of dried at the beginning) to add flavour and colour. Add more passata for a stronger tomato flavour. A tablespoon oil for the saute in place of the water will add some richesse. Use white beans instead of chickpeas for something more traditional. About 1/3 cup dried chickpeas will yield 1 cup cooked. I usually make my chickpeas with kombu in a batch so that I always have some on-hand.


Bring a medium pan with a lid to heat on medium high. Add the scallions, green herbs, chilis, black pepper, 2T water and sea salt. Water saute for 1 minute. Add the garlic and saute another minute. Add the potatoes and chickpeas and saute for another minute or so. Add the lemon juice and deglaze the pan. Add the stock. Bring the pan to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.

Add the passata, cover and simmer for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the kale and stir to combine. Add the nutritional yeast and stir to combine. Let stand 1 minute for the kale to wilt. Season to taste, and ladle out. Garnish with additional nutritional yeast if you like and scallion green sliced on an angle.

Kalamata olive and herb socca with roasted portobellos, red peppers and arugula

Socca is a simple, syncretic Mediterranean dish made from chickpea flour.. Served here as a flatbread with roasted vegetables and fresh greens, this makes small plates for four or a nice light lunch for two.


For the socca
1 cup chickpea flour
1/4t coarse sea salt
1/2T dried herbes de Provence (or similar)
1 cup heaping hot water
1T kalamata olives
1t olive brine

For the mushrooms
2 scallions, minced
1T fresh garlic, minced
1T tamari
1T lemon juice
1/4t dried red chilis (or to taste)
1/2T dried herbes de Provence (or similar)
2 large portobello mushrooms (about 2 cups), stemmed and sliced 1/4″
1 large red pepper (about 1 cup), cored, seeded and sliced 1/4″
2T nutritional yeast
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste
1 cup packed baby arugula

Optional: Plain socca with a little olive oil, or with a a little rosemary are traditional. Add 1T cooking oil to the socca in that case. If you use olive oil, you may wish to bake at a lower temperature. Add 1T cooking oil to the vegetables for a richer dish. For a thicker socca, use a 3″x9″ loaf pan. Expect to add a few minutes to the baking time if you use a thicker pour.


First, make the socca, then the vegetables.
Add the chickpea flour, herbs, and sea salt to a bowl. Whisking, add the hot water slowly. Whisk to remove any lumps. Add the olives and brine. Let stand about 15 minutes. Add sea salt to taste.

For a thinner socca, line a 9″x12″ (or so) baking sheet with parchment paper.Preheat the oven to 450F (or the highest temperature to which your paper is rated). If you have silicone bakeware, no need for parchment.

Pour the batter into the pan and smooth out evenly. Bake for 10 minutes, and then broil for 5, until the top is lightly browned. Don’t overcook. When done, the socca will be cooked in the middle, and lightly browning at the edges. Ovens vary; use the colour and texture as a guide.

When the socca is ready, remove from the oven and the pan. Let stand about 30 minutes either in the paper or on a wire rack to cool, lightly covered. While the socca cools, make the vegetables.

Whisk the scallions, garlic, dried herbs, lemon and tamari. Prepare the mushrooms and peppers. Toss the mushrooms and peppers in the mixture until well coated. Let stand while you return the oven to 450F.

When the oven is ready, add the vegetables in a thin later to a roasting pan or baking sheet with sides. Roast for 20 – 30 minutes until the mushrooms are lightly browned but still juicy. Again, use the colour and texture of the mushrooms as a guide.

When the vegetables are ready, remove from heat, toss with the nutritional yeast, and season to taste. Plate the socca, either cut in large or small triangles, squares, or however you’d like to serve it. Add the vegetables on top or in a separate bowl on the side. Garnish with arugula
and serve.