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.

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.