Year-Round Potato and Sweet Potato Salads

Mediterranean potato salad1

We most often associate potato salads with summer fare — potlucks, barbecues, and picnics. But there’s no reason not to enjoy robust potato salads all year round. Here are a few favorites that incorporate ingredients that are available any time. Serve potato salads as hearty side dishes with veggie burgers or other sandwich fare; a helping of potato salad is a nice change of pace for a portable lunch, too. First up — Warm Mediterranean Potato Salad, enhanced with zucchini and artichoke hearts, can be made any time of year. Its seasonal personality enhanced by either rosemary (for cooler months) or basil (for warmer weather). more→

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VegKitchen’s Top 10 Carrot Recipes

creole cream of carrot soup

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→

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Curried Red Lentil, Pumpkin, and Cauliflower Soup

Curried Red Lentil Pumpkin Cauliflower soup

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→

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How to Make Luscious Creamy Dishes Without Dairy

Peanut Butter Pie by Sharon Palmer from Plant-Powered

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→

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