Monthly Archives: March 2010

How to Cook Beets (or use them raw)

Beets are one of those veggies that inspire passion one way or the other—you either love them or loathe them. I’ve heard people say they think beets taste “like dirt.” Yeah, maybe if you don’t peel them before eating! I’m firmly in the “love them” category, and if you are, too, here are some tips […]

Parsnip Chowder

Parsnips are hardy winter roots whose mild flavor is perfect for this soothing cool-weather soup. This vegan chowder is brimming with mild seasonal vegetables. Though it’s homey and hearty, perfect for any cold-weather meal, it’s surprisingly elegant choice with which to start a holiday meal like Christmas dinner. 

Fattouche Salad

Fattouche salad is a Middle Eastern classic that’s not as well known in western culture as is tabbouleh, though maybe it should be — it’s just as delicious. It gets its characteristic touch from the use of small bits of toasted pita bread mingling with juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh herbs.

Minted Apricot Chutney

A spoonful of this sweet-tart chutney, made with fresh apple and dried apricots, adds a graceful note both to spicy curries as well as mild grain and bean dishes. Fresh mint gives it a nice flavor, so add as much as you’d like.

Couscous Curry-osity

This simple butternut squash and potato dish is a fusion of Asian and Indian flavors. Contributed by Anne Dinshah, from Healthy Hearty Helpings,* ©1999, published by American Vegan Society.

Be Choosy About Chocolate

A few years ago, the food media burst forth with reports of studies claiming that chocolate may actually be good for us. Chocolate’s chemical core contains a myriad of substances that raise the level of seratonins and endorphins (the body’s feel-good and falling-in-love hormones); plus, its caffeine-like components contribute to quick energy bursts, perfect for […]