Side Dishes

Kasha and Pesto Varnishkes

Kasha and Varnishkes is a traditional Eastern European dish made with Buckwheat groats and bowtie noodles. I add veggies and pesto, and use whole-grain noodles, which adds nutrients and fiber as well as flavor.

 

Totally Tortilla Chips

There are some, but it’s pretty hard to find oi-free tortilla chips in the store, but making your own is simple! Having a batch on-hand allows for a wholesome snack of chips and salsa. Warning: this might become a habit. Make sure to add some carrots to crunch on as well!

 

Collard Wraps

This meal can simply be leftovers wrapped in steamed collard leaves.

Salad and dressing is wonderful; so are grains with mustard, shredded carrot and sliced peppers, just as examples. These wraps are a staple in a vegan meal plan! I would say the only thing that doesn’t go in a collard wrap is peanut butter and jelly! Here is a recipe using hummus. The recipe for hummus can be found here.

Marcia's Four-Bean Salad

Here’s a handy picnic recipe. Pick four cans of beans: preferably low sodium. (I use 2 green, 1 yellow & 1 salad)

Venezuelan Black Beans and Rice

The traditional combination of rice and beans together makes a nice pilaf dish, with many varieties across the world, including this one! Make plenty for dinner, as the extra is a great filling for wraps made for tomorrow's lunch! Note that there are no health needs to eat rice and beans together, it just tastes good.
 

Ethiopian Red Lentils

 
This dish exemplifies how the plant-based diet can expand the standard Western palette with exotic ethnic tastes! 
 
 
Lovely pinkish red lentils don’t hold their shape when cooked and become thick and saucy, like a thick soup or stew. 
 
 
 

Cuban Black Beans, (and basic bean-cooking instructions)

A very basic bean recipe -try it with any other variety.  This is how you cook dried beans.  
 
Soaking and then draining beans reduces the undigestible sugars (oligosaccharides) that may lead to gas buildup in our lower intestines, potentially resulting in flatulence. Honestly, this lessens the more we have beans in our daily diet.  If beans are new to your diet, add them into your daily routine incrementally.
 

Basket of Jewels

Eating the rainbow is so beautiful! Meals can be incredibly simple – there’s no need for a lot of prepping and cooking. Put a bunch of vegetables in a steamer, add a cooked grain and a sauce and voilà - dinner! Try your jewelws with rice and Peanut Sauce, Thousand Island, or Creamy Ranch.
 

Creamy Ranch

This traditional American dressing can be used as a dressing or a dip, depending on the amount of water added

Cuban Black Beans

​A basic bean recipe that can be dressed up with spices when you are ready to make it your very own.

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