Monthly Archives: January 2012

How to Make Healthy Truffles

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The Myth of Plant-Based Protein Deficiency

A recent study published in Global Environmental Change shows by cutting meat and dairy consumption by 25 percent, we could reduce two greenhouse gases by 80 percent. This is a big, honking deal. So if you’re thinking about moving to a more plant-based diet, welcome aboard and thanks for helping the environment.

Cashew Crème Pear Tart

Imagine delicately spiced pears cooked just until fork tender, sitting atop a luscious pillow of maple-scented cashew crème, all contained within a soft, nutty crust. Sound like a dream? Well wake up, because this delight is easily a reality! This is one amazing finish to any meal, sure to please all palates and diets alike. Not […]

Tofu “Tuna” and White Bean Salad

Baked tofu makes a great stand-in for the tuna in the classic Italian pairing with cannellini (large white) beans. This is a great companion with pasta dishes that are on the lighter side. Photos by Rachael Braun.

Udon Noodles with Spinach-Miso Pesto

This fusion pasta dish — the Asian flavor of miso with the peppers, tomatoes, and olives of Italian cuisine — makes a luscious meal all year round. It’s good served warm or even at room temperature. Serve with a bountiful salad of greens and tomatoes. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Vietnamese-Style Bean-Thread Noodles

Here’s a deliciously offbeat, light Asian-style noodle dish. Bean-threads (also called cellophane or glass noodles), which have a delightful texture, are available in natural foods stores, Asian groceries, and even some well-stocked supermarkets. Tossed into a stir-fry with tomatoes, cabbage, and snow peas, this makes a quick and tasty meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.  

A Big Pot of Really Good Chili

When you need a heaping helping of something fast, inexpensive, and hearty, I can think of few things that fit these criteria better than a big pot of chili. Of course, bean chilies—without the carne—have been a  have become a vegetarian standard; this is the recipe I’ve been making for years. Simple, hearty, and warming, […]

Butternut Squash Puree

Here’s a very basic preparation for pureed butternut squash, a great side dish for winter meals. If you use a good, sweet butternut squash you’ll agree that simple can be sublime. Photos by Rachael Braun.

Soy and Maple-Glazed Winter Squash

With a subtle hint of soy sauce and maple syrup, this is a simple recipe that makes roasted winter squash positively addictive. It’s a nice addition to everyday or holiday winter meals.

Shiitake-Miso Gravy

Serve this richly flavored vegan shiitake-miso gravy over sautéed tofu or tempeh, or to dress up mashed potatoes or green vegetables. Photos by Evan Atlas. 

Coconut-Peanut Sauce or Salad Dressing

This easy and luscious combination of readymade peanut satay sauce and coconut milk is as welcome on raw salads and cold noodles as it is to embellish warm noodle, grain, or vegetable dishes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Vegan Sour Cream

Here’s an easy preparation for vegan sour cream made from silken tofu. I especially like this as a garnish for Southwestern-style dishes and cold soups. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.

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