If you’d like some protein in your guacamole and chips, blending the prime ingredient — avocado — with edamame (fresh green soybeans) is a great way to do so. If you don’t care for soy products, you can substitute baby lima beans or even green peas. Make the dip smooth or chunky, as you prefer. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
For this first full week of October, the craving is for warming, hearty, but not yet wintery meals. Here’s a handful of menus to inspire your meal planning this week. Provençal Bean Stew (above) is a meatless version of a classic rustic French recipe. A fresh, crusty French baguette is perfect for soaking up its delicious broth. And it doesn’t take long to make! A bountiful tossed salad makes it a complete meal. more→
Stuffing vegetables is the surest way to turn them into cool-weather comfort foods that everyone will love — easy enough for everyday dinners, yet festive enough for holiday menus. In the fall and winter, “stuffable” vegetables like peppers, eggplant, squashes, and potatoes are in abundance. Here are more tips at Stuffed Vegetables: A Basic Guide. Above, a VegKitchen classic — Butternut Squash with Whole Wheat, Wild Rice, and Onions Stuffing, which makes a handsome centerpiece for Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner. more→
Similar to the delectable appetizer often found on Japanese restaurant menus, this pan-sautéed teriyaki eggplant couldn’t be easier to make. For heartier appetites, allow more than just one mini eggplant per serving, as this has an addictive flavor and goes down easy! Serve as an appetizer or side dish. Photos by Evan Atlas.