Lentil Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

2 cups black or green lentils
1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 sprigs thyme, finely chopped
1 bay leaf

3 shallots peeled and thickly sliced
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


1. Put the lentils in a large pot and cover them with water, leaving an inch or so to spare.
2. Add the parsley, thyme and bay leaf, bring to a boil.
3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes, until the lentils are tender but not mushy.
4. Drain.
5. While the lentils are simmering, combine the ingredients for the dressing and whisk briskly.
6. Toss the lentils with dressing and serve warm.


Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking Time: 0 minutes
Yield: 3 cups

2 cups cooked chickpeas
1-3 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons tahini
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup or more spring water, use chickpea water


1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food mill and purée until creamy.
2. Add more garlic, tahini or lemon juice to taste.
3. Serve with pita bread, crackers or crudités.


Use as a spread for healthy sandwiches and add sprouts, lettuce, tomato or any other fresh vegetables.
Add fresh parsley to the blender for a lighter flavor


Vegetarian Bean Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 red, green or yellow pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon each chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano
3 cups cooked red, black or kidney beans
1 cup spring water or vegetables stock
2 tablespoons umeboshi vinegar or organic tomato paste
1 teaspoon sea salt


1. In a large heavy pan heat the oil. Add onion and garlic and sauté until the onion starts to brown.2. Add the rest of the vegetables, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Sauté for 5 minutes.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
4. Adjust the seasonings and serve.


Add other vegetables like celery, zucchini or summer squash.
Skip the chili powder, use ginger instead to create a different taste.
Add fresh or frozen corn and you have a grain-bean combination in one pot.
Add cooked brown rice for a tasty rice and bean dish.