Monthly Archives: November 2010

Vicki’s Vegan Kitchen by Vicki Chelf

Vicki’s Vegan Kitchen* is the latest book by Vicki Chelf. Few people are a better walking advertisement for the plant-based lifestyle than this vibrant and creative woman, who is a talented artist in addition to being a wonderful food writer.

Fruited Basmati Rice

Aromatic brown Basmati rice, sweet fruits, and crunchy nuts make a lovely counterpoint to spiced curry dishes. Look for brown Basmati in the bulk sections of natural foods stores, or in the international aisle of large supermarkets. You can try the domestic variant, called Texmati.

Curried Mixed Vegetable Stew

This colorful vegetable curry is an easy, aromatic way to enjoy veggies in a warming, spiced (but not too spicy) sauce. Serve with fresh flatbread, brown rice or other grain, and a simple salad of cucumber mixed with coconut yogurt and cilantro.

Red Lentil Dal

Dal, a kind of warm dip from Indian cuisine made of well-cooked legumes, is meant to be scooped up with fresh flatbreads such as chapatis or naan. Can’t find them? Use fresh pita instead. Tiny red lentils, available in natural food stores and imported food shops, cook to an appealing orange-gold color. Make it a […]

Wild Veggie, the Souper Drink

Some time ago, Wild Veggie US sent me samples of their products, which are concentrated purees of broccoli, carrot, or red bell pepper. These can be used as bases for hot or cold soups, stirred into casseroles or sauces to add flavor or nutrition, or just heated (or chilled) and served as hot or cold […]

Fruity Kale Salad

This beautiful massaged kale salad provides a gorgeous burst of color for every day or special occasion meals (festive enough to include in a vegetarian/vegan Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner menu). It’s so luscious that I consider this the salad equivalent of candy. 

Tuscan-Style Rotini with White Beans

This pasta dish, combining rotini with white beans, needs only a tossed salad and a steamed green veggie to complete the meal. Try this with whole-grain or spelt pasta for an even heartier result.

Bulgur Salad with Fruits and Nuts

An invigorating melange of textures and flavors, this salad is also quite adaptable. Add various other fruits or veggies to it; substitute other dried or fresh fruits; or use another grain altogether, like couscous or quinoa.