Monthly Archives: January 2011

Sweet Freedom by Ricki Heller

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. Given a choice of a good vegan pastry  or, say veggie sushi as a yummy snack, I’d choose the sushi. Or spring rolls. Or stuffed grape leaves. Don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t turn away a great vegan dessert, but it’s not something I clamor for. So […]

Raw Food Diet: How to Get Started

Remember that your choices are abundant on this diet. You can eat a lot or a little. It works for everyone! And, I mean everyone! You can do this a variety of ways. These steps alone will get you eating about 50% raw foods and well on your way to superior health.

Caramel Macchiato “Cheese” Cake

Coffee in general is a favorite flavor and beverage of mine. Yet, while the wide array of gourmet coffee drinks always sound so enticing, the vegan options from which I can choose are sadly limited. After leaving so many cafés empty handed, I decided to turn my greatest craving into cake! As aromatic as a […]

Soba Noodles with Snow Peas

Here’s a quick soba (buckwheat) noodle dish that will have you eating in no time. This is especially nice when snow peas come up in the home garden; snap peas can be substituted. Bonus: Soba noodles are gluten-free, if that’s a concern for you. Photos by Rachael Braun.

Creamed Fennel Soup

This vegan creamy fennel soup has wonderfully subtle flavors, and a refreshing and warming quality at the same time. I’ve added zucchini and fresh parsley to the recipe, which adds some beautiful specks of green in the final dish. Contributed by Helyn Dunn, from Helyn’s Healthy Kitchen. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Announcing the relaunch of VegKitchen with Nava Atlas

Announcing the relaunch of VegKitchen with Nava Atlas Dear healthy plant-based food enthusiasts, VegKitchen.com has relaunched in a bigger, brighter magazine-style format. A widely visited site (on line since 1996) celebrating all aspects of plant-based home cooking, VegKitchen.com is presented by Nava Atlas, the author of bestselling vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, including The Vegetarian Family […]

Nutritional Yeast: A great source of B12 and other B Vitamins

Because nutritional yeast has evolved as a nutritional supplement, it suffers from an unappealing name and a somewhat misunderstood reputation. Nutritional yeast, not to be mistaken with brewer’s yeast, is a deactivated yeast that according to Wikipedia, is “produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses, then harvesting, washing, drying […]

Creole Tomatoes with Okra

Okra is a vegetable that arguably requires an acquired taste. I learned to appreciate it pickled or fried while traveling through the South, as well as when it is combined with tomatoes, as in this classic Creole recipe. The acidity of the tomatoes seems to temper that unusual texture that us Yankees are so wary […]

Piquant Green Beans

This nippy preparation of green beans is adapted from a traditional recipe from the Southwestern U.S. Fresh tomatoes and jalapeños combined with tender fresh green beans make for a tasty summer side dish. You can use whole organic green beans when fresh are unavailable. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Hearty Recipes for Hungry Teens (Vegan and Vegetarian)

If you’re feeding teenagers, especially the male variety, you know that they go through mountains of food, and your grocery bill mounts alarmingly. Here are a handful of hearty, filling dishes that won’t break the bank. Now I’m not saying that young women won’t like these hearty dishes, but in my experience, at least, they […]

White Bean Dip

This quick, versatile cannellini bean dip is marvelous with assorted vegetables. Serve with red, green, and yellow pepper strips, sliced cucumbers, baby carrots, and celery sticks. It also makes a super spread on toasted whole-grain or pumpernickel bread.

Tortilla Spirals

These pinwheels are so pretty if you use different-colored flour tortillas. Tortillas come in a variety of colors, such as red, green, and yellow, and flavors including sun-dried tomato, pesto, spinach, and whole wheat. Try the different fillings and combinations suggested as variations.

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