Monthly Archives: June 2011

Book Review: Healthy Highways by Nikki and David Goldbeck

Healthy Highways* (second edition) by Nikki & David Goldbeck is a must for any health-conscious traveler. Covering every state in the U.S., it gives a “healthy” if not exhaustive listing of where to eat on the road, and includes natural foods stores and food co-ops in addition to restaurants, recognizing that it gets pricey to eat […]

Green Gazpacho with Fresh Tomatillos

A cousin to the classic tomato-based gazpacho, this cold soup is a great first course for a Mexican or Southwestern-style meal, and is especially nice to make when fresh tomatillos are in season in late summer. A splendid no-cook soup that will awaken taste buds dulled by summer heat, this soup can be eaten as […]

Saffron Fruited Rice

This rice dish, made with aromatic brown Basmati rice, fresh apple, dried fruits, and sweet seasonings, is a perfect companion to curried vegetable dishes. It gets its bright yellow color from saffron, but you can substitute turmeric for a similar effect.

Cauliflower and Avocado Salad

The pairing of cauliflower and avocado in a salad might seem offbeat, but they make a compatible duo. They add up to a delectable cold dish that goes well with spicy main dishes—chilies, curries, and the like. Photos by Evan Atlas.

North Carolina Relish Slaw

A friend who grew up in the western part of North Carolina contributed this tasty cole slaw recipe, which is enlivened by a hint of pickle relish.

Cold Zucchini and Corn Chowder

The recipe for this delicious southwestern soup is perfect for late summer evenings. It’s meant to be served chilled, but if you can’t wait, serve it warm, by all means.

Raw Vegan Cheddar Cheese Spread

This vegan cheddar cheese spread is made with raw cashews and sun-dried tomatoes and requires no cooking. Serve as a spread for raw veggies, fruit, crackers, slices of bread, or for sandwiches. From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Cooking* by Beverly Lynn Bennett and Ray Sammartano.

Raw Vegan Parmesan-Style “Cheese”

You can easily and quickly whip up this cheesy, slightly nutty-tasting dairy-free Parmesan-style seasoning with the help of a food processor. From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Cooking* by Beverly Lynn Bennett and Ray Sammartano.

Ginger and Garlic from Jars: Are They OK to Use?

Those little jars of prepared garlic and ginger are so completely convenient! No fussing with paper-thin garlic peels, no paring gnarly knobs of ginger or endangering fingers on the ginger grater and no garlic-smelling hands for the rest of the night. But is it OK to use these conveniences?

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Quesadillas made with vegan cheese are a great choice for an easy dinner. Serve with a big salad and a simple grain or potatoes (better yet, sweet potatoes). You can make these on the stovetop or in the oven. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

How to Use Asparagus: Buying, Cooking, Freezing, & More

It’s only very recently that asparagus has become more of a year-round vegetable. Still, it’s arguably one of the most associated with the arrival of spring. Asparagus lends itself to an assortment of fresh and delightful dishes as we’ll see in this guide on how to use asparagus, with great tips on buying, cooking, freezing, […]

Natural Sweeteners: A Brief Guide

While the detrimental effects of white sugar are still being debated, there’s little doubt that Americans consume far too much of it. But most of us would be loath to giving up sweets altogether, no matter how bad the news. While most natural sweeteners aren’t nutritional bell ringers, they are generally thought to produce less […]

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