Apple-Pecan Tempeh Salad or Sandwich Spread

Apple-Pecan Tempeh Salad Sandwich Spread

 If you’re a new vegan (or an aspiring one) you might be missing the heartiness of chicken salad, tuna salad, shrimp salad, and the like. Don’t give in to temptation — try this delectable tempeh sandwich spread or salad. Spiked with apples, celery, and pecans, this has all that umami and none of the animal products. This just could be your lunch hour go-to!

Recipe reprinted with permission from  What’s for Lunch? Lunchtime Favorites from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen. ©2016 Dianne Wenz. Purchase your copy of the e-book here. more→

12 Chia Seed Pudding Recipes You Have to Try

Chia seed pudding recipes

Chia seed pudding has become a popular dessert and breakfast option in the last few years. With the versatility of chia seeds, the wide selection of non-dairy milks on the market, and the hundreds of possible variations of this treat, there’s no end to the flavors that you can experiment with. Here we have gotten together some of our favorite chia seed pudding recipes for you to try. And, make sure to learn more about the nutrition benefits of this small but mighty seed in Chia Seeds: Frequently Asked Questions. more→

Kale Pesto Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Kale Pesto Pasta recipe

Creamy, rich kale pesto pasta perfection gets a pop of flavor from fresh cherry tomatoes. This easy recipe is sure to become a regular, ideal for a quick weeknight dinner — it only takes about 20 minutes to prepare. For a splurge, use walnuts instead of sunflower seeds. Recipe from Frugal Vegan: Affordable, Easy & Delicious Vegan Cooking by Katie Koteen & Kate Kosbee, Page Street Publishing Co. © 2017, reprinted by permission. Photos at top and bottom by Allie Lehman. more→

Frozen Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Swirl

Frozen Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

When summer delivers ice cream weather, we turn to this brilliant three-ingredient recipe: chocolate banana ice cream — naturally vegan and low-fat. Just cut up the bananas, freeze and swirl with your favorite flavors. We have some real chocoholics under our roof, but you could use anything—frozen strawberries, blueberries or a little vanilla extract. Bonus — this is nut-free, soy-free, and gluten-free! Recipe from Frugal Vegan: Affordable, Easy & Delicious Vegan Cooking by Katie Koteen & Kate Kosbee, Page Street Publishing Co. © 2017, reprinted by permission. Photos by Allie Lehman. more→

Curried Potato Salad with Lentils and Tomatoes

Potato and lentil salad recipe

This curried potato salad is a luscious combination of potatoes, lentils, and tomatoes — an offbeat change-of-pace from the standard varieties, and gets a nice protein boost from the lentils. It’s hearty enough to serve as a summer main dish with fresh corn on the cob. Add a cold summer soup for a larger meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminksy. more→

Vegan Menu: Chickpea Sandwich & Potato Salad

Chickpea and kale sandwich spread

It may not quite be summer on the calendar today, but it’s just about here. With heat settling all over, the weather takes no notice of the date. A cool meal is most welcome at times like this. The only heat needed for this light and tasty dinner featuring our almost-famous chickpea sandwich spread is a way to cook the potatoes, which you can do ahead of time — microwave or cook, whichever you prefer. Once that’s done, this meal is a breeze.

Let’s start with the tasty team of chickpeas and kale in Chickpea and Kale Sandwich Spread. It makes a great spread for bread, a filling for pita bread or a wrap (along with some tender lettuce and sliced tomatoes), or layered scoop of it on a sturdy flatbread and served open-face. You can also use a romaine lettuce leaf in place of bread, or just serve it as is. more→

Blueprint for a Healthy Bean Salad

Basic Bean Salad

It’s time to build a better bean salad! It’s a perfect dish for parties and picnics, as well as for providing extra protein for your everyday plant-based meals. To make a tasty and healthy bean salad, you don’t so much need a recipe but a blueprint, and that’s just what we’re going to give you here.

Traditionalist and adventurous eaters alike can benefit from the same study base, constructing unique legume dishes to suit every occasion. Select each ingredient with intention rather than just slapping together the standard formula, and you’ll never be disappointed by the result. Infuse real flavor into the mix each step of the way for a fantastic side dish your summer cookouts, barbecues, and road trips. That said, bean salads can be a staple year-round dish. more→

Polenta with Black Beans & Green Salad Dinner

Polenta with black beans

Prepared polenta offers great ways to add variety to the dinner repertoire. One of our long-time faves is pan-grilled polenta topped with a simple combination of black beans and spinach. In addition to being the main dish of a light yet satisfying dinner, this can also be a hearty warm appetizer.

There are a number of brands that offer tube polenta. You might find it in the Italian foods section of well-stocked supermarkets; near the flour products or gluten-free section of natural foods stores, and some Italian specialty markets. This kind of polenta is made only of cornmeal; some have a few herbs like basil to add a little flavor, but even unembellished it’s surprisingly tasty. If you like using it, you’ll love 8 Ways to Use Tube Polenta. more→

Vegan Kids: Practical Tips for Parents

Pineapple and Veggie Pita Pizza

The number of vegan kids has increased exponentially in recent years. Well-planned vegan diets are safe and offer health advantages, even for growing children. Talk to your practitioner and read up on the subject. Here are some practical tips for parents for dealing with everyday situations. Make sure to see the companion to this article by PCRM, The Vegetarian and Vegan Diet for Kids, as well as 10 Tips for Raising Vegan Children.

School Lunches / Snacks

It would truly be a challenge to find a classroom where every student eats the same foods. Lactose intolerance, food allergies, ethnic preferences, and religious or dietary restrictions all influence food choices. The classroom can provide an opportunity to introduce students and teachers to healthy foods. Fresh fruit, veggies cut into fun shapes served with bean dip, muffins, and crackers spread with nut butter and fruit, are all healthy, delicious snacks. See lots more in VegKitchen’s Healthy School Lunch article. more→

Almond Joy Chia Pudding

Chocolate almond chia pudding

Chocolate chia pudding with almonds and coconut (that tastes like a candy bar!) is a super healthy treat that can be served for either breakfast or dessert. This combination of almonds and shredded coconut had me singing, “sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t,” like in the old candy bar commercials, so I’ve decided to call it “Almond Joy.” I like to make it in the evening right before going to bed so that it’s ready in the morning for breakfast. Recipe and photos reprinted with permission from What’s for Breakfast? Morning Favorites from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen, © 2017 Dianne Wenz. Purchase your copy of this e-book and Dianne’s other e-cookbooks here.
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