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Organic cook Linda WatsonSmoky Eggplant Spread is luxurious and thrifty. Try my recipe.

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Baba Ganoush or Smoky Eggplant Spread

Creamy, smoky eggplant spread is so easy to make that I can't believe I've relied on my Mediterranean deli to keep me supplied all these years! I just roasted eggplants while I was baking sweet potatoes, flipped them a few times, scooped out the insides after the eggplants collapsed, then mashed in the rest of the ingredients with a fork. Get the details in the baba ganoush recipe below.

baba ganoush on toast with a tomato slice and olives

Here, baba ganoush is spread on toasted Good Bread Machine Bread from Fifty Weeks of Green and served with tomato slices and olives. it made a great savory breakfast, but usually I'd serve this as an appetizer or snack.

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Banana Rice Pudding with homemade rice milk

This Banana Rice Pudding recipe is full of fruit, whole grains, and brain-powering omega-3 oils with no gluten, dairy, or eggs. Save money by making your own rice milk and time by cooking the rice for the rice milk instead of soaking raw rice for eight or more hours. Banana Rice Pudding is a great cook-once-enjoy-twice recipe if you just make this when you are making rice anyway. It's good for an after-school snack, casual dessert, or as a cool alternative to oatmeal for breakfast.

creamy banana-rice pudding without dairy or eggs topped with walnuts for crunch

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Kale with Carrots

Carrots add color and sweetness to kale in this nutritional powerhouse. It's fast enough for a week night and pretty enough for an Easter buffet.

Kale with carrots 83 cents a serving organic from Cook for Good

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Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Jam and Chocolate

These quick, high-protein cookies combine three of my favorite flavors: shortbread, raspberry, and chocolate.  Because they are wheat free, dairy free, and egg free, they avoid many allergy and dietary issues.  Their fat, protein, and fiber content makes them filling, so three cookies with a cup of hot tea can make a good mid-day snack. Balance your day by serving these cookies when you are having relatively low-fat plant-based meals.

Almond Thumbprint Cookies are vegan, gluten free, and quick.

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Green Gumbo with Mushrooms (meatless Gumbo Z'Herbes)

Stumped about what to do with all the greens in your CSA box or refrigerator this time of year? Not sure how to use those gorgeous carrot greens, daikon tops, or beet greens? Make this quick green gumbo from just about anything you have. Mushrooms add rich flavor to this vegan, heart-healthy vegetable stew. 

Green Gumbo with Mushrooms (meatless Gumbo Z'Herbes uses carrot tops and radish tops and other winter greens for a lucky vegan meal)

Using an odd number of greens is supposed to bring luck, but this dish is so healthy and tasty you'll feel lucky no matter how many greens you use. Try a mix of collards, turnip greens, mustard greens, ...

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