With all the dark leafy greens and nutrient-dense seeds (like chia and hemp) out there, it’s easy to overlook common veggies like carrots as super foods. Carrots are a powerhouse veggie by any standard, rich in beta carotene and vitamin C. And in culinary terms, few vegetables can rival the versatility of carrots, which can star in soups, salads, roasted dishes, sides, and even delectable desserts. Creole Creamy Carrot Soup, shown above, has a cheery orange color, and if good, fresh carrots are used, a subtly sweet flavor. more→
Red lentils cook quickly, so they’re a good choice when you want a hearty, filling soup in little time. Adding a couple of cups of pumpkin or butternut squash puree adds to the orange-y goodness of this soup — and cauliflower and spinach contribute to its overall veggie-packed deliciousness. Serve this main-dish soup with a fresh flatbread and a simple salad. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Many people (even those who secretly suspect that they’re lactose intolerant) say they could never give up dairy, claiming they’d miss those creamy, comforting dishes too much. These days it’s so easy to create creamy, dreamy dishes that are completely dairy-free in a number of ways. Here are just a few delicious examples. Shown above, the secret to this light and luscious Creamy Peanut Butter Pie—kissed with the dynamic duo of peanut butter and dark chocolate—is silken tofu. The same is true in Easy Vegan Pumpkin or Squash Pie. more→
Almonds are packed with lots of nutritional benefits, and being a mild-flavored nut, they’re incredibly versatile, too. Almond butter makes a perfect soup base; they’re delicious as part of pilafs and noodle dishes, and are a great choice for healthy dessert treats. Here are some of our favorites, starting with this tasty and nourishing Simple Quinoa Pilaf with Peas and Almonds.