Recipe Category Archives: Vegan Recipes

Moroccan Lentil Soup Recipe. All Variations

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Garden Vegetable Nourishments

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Lentil soup is something I believe I couldn’t live without:

I love lentils, in any shape or form. Lentil soup costs pennies and takes minutes, and tastes like a million bucks: You just can’t miss with these assertive flavors!

All my favorite flavors are in, and I make my lentil soup totally meatless, so I can enjoy it a lot more often, the vegetarian way

Scroll down for the meat lentil soup variation!

It is also very versatile: Using the exact same base, you might want to substitute other grains for the lentils, just as long as they need no soaking and don’t take longer to cook (barley, azuki, brown rice, mung, etc). Although the lentil variation is the classic go-to, I find all variations worth trying, and good occasions to explore with other highly nutritious grains.

All variations suggested below, except for the bulghur soup) are gluten-free.

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Vegan Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Garden Vegetable Levana Nourishments

vegan hollandaise sauce

Vegan Hollandaise Sauce:

I am often told mine feels like a delicious blast from the past for all diners who cannot enjoy dairy products any more, as well as those trying to restrict their egg intake.

Gluten-Free to boot, without even trying! In one fell swoop, here is all my Vegan Hollandaise Sauce accomplishes:

  • It tastes fabulous. As close as humanly possible to the original Classical Hollandaise Sauce counterpart.
  • It is all natural.
  • It is whipped up in a minute.
  • It is missing only that stuff we want in minute amounts or sometimes not at all: Egg yolks and cream.
  • It is raw: None of the slavery associated with the making of traditional Hollandaise Sauce (double boiling, whisking, risk of curdling and whatnot. Please.)

Perfect example of where to use my Vegan Hollandaise Sauce:

Eggs Benedict. Eggs Benedict are a great brunch classic favorite, verboten both for our dairy-intolerant friends and for everyone who keeps kosher and can’t combine dairy and meat products in one meal, let alone in one dish. The classic Hollandaise Sauce is the savory counterpart of the equally rich and seductive Creme Brulee (Sigh. Another Parsha. For another day). People always tell me that Eggs Benedict are a wonderful splurge. As a nutrition purist, I decided to tinker with my own dairy-free, kosher-friendly, and best of all, lean and quick guidelines in mind.

With my Vegan Hollandaise Sauce, I turned the off-limits Eggs Benedict dish into a Natural Dairy-Free and Kosher treat you can actually afford to eat and enjoy quite often.

Just in passing, Kudos to smoked turkey breast, which can always be counted on for replacing ham and all smoked pork products, which is great news not just for Kosher diners, but for all diners eschewing pork products: Halal diners and many others, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! It has become increasingly easy to procure all-natural no-nitrates smoked turkey products, do look for them! Scroll down for my Eggs Benedict Recipe made with my Vegan Hollandaise Sauce!

What else can you do with my Vegan Hollandaise Sauce?

Plenty! Use it on asparagus, on poached chicken breasts, on baked or poached fish,  or as a dip with a little added curry powder, to name just a few treats. No one will ever know they are eating something that is so good for them! Never mind what the heavy-cream- egg-yolks Hollandaise Sauce aficionados will say: My All-Natural Raw Vegan Hollandaise Sauce works, and that’s what counts! A friend of mine, who has just undergone heart surgery, told me how delighted he was to be reunited with this great favorite food of his. Talk about going to one’s heart through one’s stomach!

Dairy-free yogurt. While it is not, in my opinion, good enough to eat plain (sorry!), it lends itself to many wonderful combinations and takes on the other great flavors it is paired with. I think you will be as amazed as I am! You will easily find soy or coconut yogurt in health food stores.

Eggs Benny: The lox version.

This variation uses smoked salmon instead of smoked turkey. No problem making the sauce with dairy yogurt if dairy is not problem to you.

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Moroccan Chickpea Soup Recipe

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Garden Vegetable Levana Nourishments

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Chickpea soup is much dreamier than – and nowhere near as plebeian as – it sounds.

Especially when you make chickpea soup, as I do, with all our wonderful Moroccan seasonings. The French term for chickpea is “pois chiches,” meaning something like pea’s poor relatives. Wow, if poor and modest could always taste like this chickpea soup (I for one think it always does), just give it to me! So many hummus joints have recently sprouted all over the city: chickpea spreads with all the fixings. But has anyone thought, as I did, about a liquid version? And completely vegetarian to boot? Rah-rah! By the way, chickpea soup is not entirely my invention, as we grew up with chickpea soup at home made with meat and served as a whole dinner. But this meatless and no-less-delicious version is entirely my idea, and I am so proud of it I made it on a recent CBS morning show segment I was invited to. My plan was to knock their socks off with something very plebeian that tastes marvelous, and it worked beyond my expectations!

Talk about gastronomy sans argent!

Is it any wonder that Moroccan food is my first and most lasting culinary love?

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Wild Mushroom Soup Recipe

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Mushroom Medley Levana Nourishments


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Wild Mushroom Soup Lovers, rejoice!

Luscious Wild Mushroom Soup! You will whip it up in no time, as you are starting out with our delicious Mushroom Medley Nourishments, which combines four different luxurious and super nutritious mushrooms: Porcini, shiitake, maitake, and reishi.

Wild mushroom power:

When mushrooms do their magic in a dish, you need very little added enhancement if any.

If  you find some exotic mushrooms at a reasonable price, such as chanterelles, porcini, king oyster, throw them in too, or use them in any combination you like: Your wild mushroom soup will get wildly delicious! I always keep on hand some porcini or other wild mushroom powder, easy to get online.

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Potato Portobello Soup Recipe

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Mushroom Medley Levana Nourishmentspotato portobello soup

Potato Portobello Soup:

A sort of a new age Vichyssoise, delicious hot or chilled.

I like to keep my soups meatless at all costs (unless of course the meat or poultry is the star, as in beef soup or chicken soup). So all my soups are vegetarian and water-based, and I am told – forgive the swagger – delicious. with this flavor lineup, you will never miss the meat, and you are starting out with a pouch of the magic potion!

I am the water soup girl, and mighty proud of it!

I simply never discuss stock or broth. Great ingredients plus water as “stock” guarantee a great soup each time!


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