Weekly Plant-Based Dinner Plan, August 31 – Sept. 4, 2015

Greek Flavored Lentil Salad with Tofu "Feta"

Summer hangs on by its fingernails, with its unofficial end not coming until next Monday, a late Labor Day on September 7th. And to prove its point, it’s still hot, even for this time of year, almost everywhere. So this week, we’ll keep the heat down to a bare minimum in these easy late-summer meals. Greek-Flavored Lentil Salad with Tofu Feta —above — is easy enough to make for everyday meals, and impressive enough to serve on special occasions. So if you miss out on making it today, consider it for your Labor Day weekend festivites. All you need to finish the meal is a crusty bread or pita and some hummus to spread on it. End with fresh summer fruit. more→

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All-Natural Carrot Dogs

Carrot "hot dogs"

A carrot is the same shape as a hot dog and close enough in color to make a decent substitute. But what about the taste? I promise you, this marinade really takes it to the next level. I think the sesame oil helps, but the vinegar gives it that “cured” flavor, too. Think of this as a fun vegetable side dish rather than as a main dish. Recipe and photo reprinted with permission from The Easy Vegan Cookbook* by Kathy Hester ©2015, published by Page Street Publishing.

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Make the Most of Produce Shopping at Farm Markets

Peaches at Market

The sights and aromas of common and offbeat varieties of vegetables and fruits are truly inspiring as you browse the aisles of farm markets. Often, there are samplings, food demos, and even music, so your shopping trip becomes more of a fun outing than a mere errand. The experience can be a great one for kids, helping them make the connection between the food they (hopefully) eat and the people who grow it. Just-harvested farm market fare — that hasn’t been trucked across the country — is at its peak of flavor and nutrition. Here are a few tips for making the most of your farm market shopping expeditions, adapted from Plant Power by Nava Atlas (HarperOne, ©2014, reprinted by permission). Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Chocolate & Cherry Hemp Bars

Chocolate Cherry Hemp Bars

Pack up these nutritious chocolate and cherry hemp bars for a hike, or enjoy them as a simple treat. They’re an amped-up, antioxidant- and protein-rich version of a rice crispy treat. Recipe and photo from YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle* by Heather Crosby, reprinted by permission of BenBella Books, ©2014.

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