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Quick Vegan Recipe: Vegan Mock Ham Salad

Vegan Mock Ham Salad

Vegan Mock Ham Salad

I call this one Mock Ham because of the pinkish tinge created by the red bell peppers and purple carrot.

It can be difficult and down right sad to be a vegan at lunchtime, there are few vegan delicatessens to frequent when you need to nosh. My mock salads have become a staple in my eating and really are versatile and quick.
I own a Ninja food processor and have no idea how to use half of the attachments, but I love the food processor part.

As always most of my ingredients come from Trader Joe’s and are organic, a few come from Whole Foods.



  • 1 can of garbanzo beans
  •  1/2 red bell pepper sliced
  •  1 purple carrot cut in rounds
  •  2 tablespoons of “vegan” mayo (or you can use silken tofu)
  • 1/3 cup of natural pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon of Penzey’s Sweet Curry (or dijon mustard)

Here’s the quick and simple – chuck it all in the food processor and pulse a few times until it reaches a chunky but creamy consistency. Be careful, over processing results in a hummus like spread which is also good as a dip! I slather this on bread with tomato and spinach, or place a top some power greens for a salad (sometimes I lightly dress the greens with balsamic vinaigrette).

Makes 3 servings. This comes in at approximately 150 calories per serving.

Vegan Quick Recipe: Red Lentil Dal

Red Lentil Dal

Red Lentil Dal

With three kids and three adults to organize life around and prepare meals for they have to be quick to prep if I want to eat.

I purchase all of my organic produce, etc. at Trader Joe’s, but anywhere you like to shop will do!

1. Dried red lentils (1/4 cup)
2. 1/2 cup water
3. 1 tablespoon (more or less for your taste) of Penzey’s Sweet Curry Powder
4.pinch of salt (to taste)

I combine the first 4 in a saucepan, cover and heat on high until boiling, then simmer. Within 7 -10 minutes the lentils are ready for part two, the water is almost completely absorbed.

5. one purple carrot sliced in rounds
6. one half of a red pepper diced
7. 1/4 cup water

I added the rest of the ingredients into the pan and cook until all liquid is absorbed and the lentils are really soft. Serve immediately, or refrigerate – you can even eat them cold.

Makes: 1 serving of lentils at approximately 130 calories.