Curried Lentils with Homemade Roti

Curried Lentils with Homemade Roti ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Meatless meals don’t have to be terribly complicated. Sometimes all that’s necessary is to open a jar and chop a few veggies. Such is the case with curried lentils. Chopped onions, carrots and tomatoes are added to a some prepared lentils and seasoned tomato gravy. Serve the lentils with an easy to make roti for a… 

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Fideos with Shrimp and Peas

Fideos with Shrimp & Peas ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

A fideo is a type of Spanish pasta commonly used in soups. It comes in different thicknesses, like spaghetti. It can be cooked in broth in a similar fashion to rice. This makes fideos with shrimp and peas a one dish meal, perfect for a busy weeknight. There’s no need to fuss with this dish made… 

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Stop Throwing Money Away!


This post marks my third year participating in the Annual Lenten Carbon Fast. In past years we’ve focused on recycling and other ways to reduce packaging waste. This year we’re going to focus on the issue of food waste in our kitchens so we can better maintain our food inventory and stop throwing money away!… 

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Homemade Mocha Sauce {#Recipe ReDux}

Homemade Mocha Sauce ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Here we are, the week after Valentine’s Day. Is it any surprise this month’s Recipe ReDux challenge is all about chocolate? And what about the things chocolate loves? Like coffee. Coffee and chocolate together is a decadent combination. You can purchase mocha sauce but if you read the labels you’ll find many of them contain… 

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Mussels in Tomato Sauce

Mussels over Pasta ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Mussels love tomatoes! Try mussels in tomato sauce for an easy weeknight meal. I don’t recall eating mussels until we came to Spain, where they’re called mejillones. They’re fabulous! Every grocery store carries them in one form or another…fresh (on ice), frozen, canned and prepared. Mussels are cultivated in Spain and are considered a sustainable type… 

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Meatless Monday: Moroccan Potato Salad

Moroccan Potato Salad ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Who knew potato salad could be this exciting? Moroccan Potato Salad is a delicious non-dairy alternative to the traditional stuff we all know and love. The addition of chickpeas and other vegetables means this salad is quite substantial and perfect for a simple meal either by itself or served over a bed of greens. I… 

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Crepes Suzette

Crepes Suzette ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Looking for a non-chocolate treat for your Valentine? Look no further than Crepes Suzette with their buttery sweet orange syrup. These are so simple and delicious. One bite and you’ll understand what all the fuss is about. The origins of Crepes Suzette are murky. Who exactly Suzette was is up for debate. They first appeared in Parisian… 

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Quibebe: A Brazilian Style Butternut Squash Stew {#FoodOfTheWorld}

Quibebe~Butternut Squash Stew from Brazil~Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

When researching Brazilian cuisine for this month’s Food of the World party, I came across an incredible diversity of recipes which reflect the heritage of the cooks who developed them to feed their families. You’ll find recipes influenced by Europeans, Africans and Native Indians and regional variations within the country itself. Quibebe, a stew made… 

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Menemen: Turkish Eggs

Menemen~Turkish Eggs~Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

You may recall a couple weeks ago I went a little crazy over Turkish food (for proof see this post, and this one, and this one, too). Well, today we’re going to have another dish called Menemen, or Turkish style scrambled eggs. I’ve had other, similar permutations of this dish…like huevos rancheros or shashuka, an… 

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Pulled Chicken Tacos

Pulled Chicken Tacos~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Now that you’ve seen how simple it is to make your own tomato sauce, I’m sure you’re ready to put it to good use. Today we’re going to make pulled chicken tacos by braising a few chicken thighs in tomato sauce until they’re fall off the bone tender. Since my sauce recipe is flavorful but… 

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Basic Tomato Sauce

Basic Tomato Sauce ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Tomato sauce doesn’t have to come from a jar with a gondola on the label. For those of us who weren’t fortunate enough to have an Italian grandmother, here’s how to make a basic tomato sauce. My family was one of those lacking a Nonna. And since my father was a strict meat and potatoes… 

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