Monthly Archives: May 2011

Planning Healthy Vegan Diets

It doesn’t matter what type of diet you choose, a little nutrition-know-how is always needed. Omnivores have to strive for food choices that reduce their intake of saturated fat and cholesterol and that maximize compounds that might fall short like fiber, folate, antioxidants, and potassium. Vegans need to give a little bit of extra attention […]

Pasta with Spinach, Chickpeas, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Pasta combined with greens and beans is a classic combo, and this one featuring spinach and chickpeas, embellished with sun-dried tomatoes, is a tasty take on this trio. You need only a salad and some crusty bread to accompany this hearty pasta dish that’s welcome all year around.

Spinach: A Powerhouse Veggie

When vegetables are rated in terms of overall nutritional value, spinach is usually among the powerhouse veggies that top the list. It’s vitamin-rich and a good source of iron and fiber. Spinach is a cool-weather leafy green, and one of the first seasonal offerings at CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms and and farm markets, or […]

Vegan Hamantaschen

Making these traditional Purim cookies in a vegan rendition is not much of a stretch—Earth Balance comes to the rescue. I like to make them with at least two, or even three types of jam for variety and color.

Olive Rice Salad

When the season for cold meals arrives, this easy grain salad can be served with a simple combination of chickpeas or black beans and tomatoes drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and fresh herbs. If you can get fresh corn yet, great, and if not, steamed broccoli or green beans work well, too. 

Vegan Banana Ice Cream by Miyoko Schinner

Strawberries

Few fruits offer a much sensory satisfaction as fresh strawberries. The season for good, ripe strawberries, particularly local ones, is rather fleeting compared with other fruits. The good news is that you can’t eat too much of this Vitamin C-rich fruit. The bad news is that strawberries consistently rank near the top of lists of foods […]

Baked Chickpea Burgers

A number of nourishing ingredients mingle in this baked vegan chickpea burger. Though it’s tasty enough to be eaten plain as a side dish, it’s makes a great sandwich as well. Either way, try it with Quick Tartar Sauce, whose recipe follows.