12 Vegan Emergency Dinners for Your Busiest Days

Vegan pizzadillas

We all have nights when even the thought of making a last-minute dinner is exhausting, but the idea of blowing our food and calorie budget by eating out (yet again) is even less appealing. Everyone needs a stash of emergency dinner options — meals that can be made in minutes with minimal or no cooking, and appeal to most any palate. Some of the 12 meals here are simple recipes to build a meal around; others are just meal ideas that come together quickly with convenient ingredients you pick up at the store on your way home from work. All of these meals can be completed with a colorful salad, and in keeping with the “emergency” theme, you can use veggies that need no prepping and cutting, including baby greens, baby spinach, pre-shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, and the like. more→

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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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