Samosa Soup

Samosa Soup - Yup, it's Vegan

I would happily use samosa potatoes in just about anything. That said, for those times when either you’re really busy, or just really lazy… skip the dough, the folding, and the frying, and turn them into samosa soup! This samosa soup has a potato base, plus nicely browned onions and garlic blended up with all of the classic spices. And it’s just as fast as going to pick up Indian takeout :)

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Chickpea Almond Pancakes

Vegan Chickpea Almond Pancakes (Gluten-free and Grain-free) - Yup, it's Vegan

Today we’re doing chickpeas for breakfast, and not the savory kind! These chickpea almond pancakes are grain-free, full of nutrition (but also some sugar), and perfect with a drizzle of maple syrup. In case you’re joining mid-month, my Vegan MoFo 2014 theme is Legume Appreciation Month. All throughout September I will be sharing recipes that, well, appreciate legumes! Click here for the introduction post, and click here for all of this month’s posts.

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Tamarind Soba Noodle Salad with Summer Vegetables

Tamarind Soba Noodle Salad with Summer Vegetables - Yup, it's Vegan

For this tamarind soba noodle salad, I actually managed to sneak in two different legumes. The dressing is made from a tangy and satisfying blend of tamarind and peanut butter. Yes, both tamarind and peanuts are part of the legume family! I learned this when I saw a recipe for paleo satay sauce that used almonds, and wondered why peanuts weren’t allowed. Yeah, anyone on the paleo diet is gonna want to avoid my blog until October because this month’s recipes will be categorically inappropriate for that way of eating!

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Kale Falafel (Baked, not Fried!)

Kale Falafel (Baked) - Yup, it's Vegan

Okay, I’m starting to think I should just do a theme month of all kale recipes instead of legumes. :) Most years in our CSA we get plenty of lettuce, spinach and arugula but this summer has favored the heartier greens. I think I’ve gotten kale almost every week so far! No complaints here, I love the stuff. I’ve been making way too many chickpea pancakes with it, though. This week we tried another iteration of kale + chickpeas – baked kale falafel.

A few weeks ago I quietly posted my first-ever fried food recipe, the copycat Chipotle sofritas ( But I haven’t come totally unhinged yet. So even though classic falafel is fried, I stuck with a baked version for now. Authentic falafel is also definitely not made with kale in it, so let’s call this Maryland-style falafel. Though I guess that means I should put Old Bay seasoning on it now, too..

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Slow Cooker Refried Beans (Un-fried)

Vegan Un-fried Slow Cooker Refried Beans

This slow cooker refried beans recipe is one of my very favorites. I’ve been hoarding it away for quite some time because I knew it would be a great way to kick off Legume Appreciation Month. Now, the beans are not really fried. In fact, they’re actually fat-free. I love that about them – this way, I can pile up my vegan tacos with lots of guacamole. =]

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