Monthly Archives: January 2012

How to choose a slow cooker

Contributed by Kathy Hester, author of The Vegan Slow Cooker* and Vegan Slow Cooking for Two (or Just for You*)One of the things I’m frequently asked is how to choose a slow cooker. I have favorites that I’m happy to recommend, but there are a few questions you need to ask yourself to determine what’s best […]

Vegan Pho Bo (Vietnamese Faux-”Beef” Noodle Soup)

The classic Vietnamese soup Pho Bo soup is made vegan with seitan and vegetable stock. It’s filled with invigorating flavors and textures, including rice noodles or bean threads. I love it as a change of pace in the winter from thick soups and stews. It’s still every bit as warming. Despite the length of the ingredient list, this is a […]

Miso Soup with Winter Vegetables

This soup is very warming, and surprisingly filling compared to the more usual, brothy miso soups. It features potatoes, cabbage, and root vegetables, to make a satisfying bowlful. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for all Seasons by Nava Atlas. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Quinoa and Cranberry Salad

Quinoa is gluten free and a great source of protein. One cup of quinoa boasts 8 grams of protein. To put that into perspective, the average woman requires about 46 grams of protein per day. It has definitely become a very popular grain to everyone, being low in fat and high in nutrients, it is […]

Lemony Couscous with Broccoli

This simple combination of couscous and broccoli, bright with lemony flavor, be too light to serve as a meal’s centerpiece, but it’s perfect for pairing with a dish of equal heft, like a bean or legume dish, or a main dish salad. I’ve also enjoyed leftovers of this served cold in a wrap with shredded lettuce […]

Stir-Fried Vegetables with Ravioli

Tofu-filled ravioli are reminiscent of little dumplings in this veggie stir-fry. Using hoisin sauce to finish the dish adds a tasty glaze and just the right flavor kick to the mild ravioli.

Pasta Twists with Cauliflower and Spinach

One evening a while back, I had about one hour to make dinner for the family—and eat—between getting home from one activity and going out to another. I improvised based on what was in the fridge rather than following a recipe. This was the result; everyone liked this simple dish so much that I set […]

Seitan Chow Fun

When you’re in the mood for tasty Asian-style fare, this seitan stir-fry, embellished with broccoli, peppers, and hearty noodles comes together quickly. Serve with spring rolls (from the natural foods store freezer) and a simple coleslaw with a sesame-ginger dressing. Photos by Evan Atlas.

10 Gluten-Free Grains for Everyone

When people go gluten-free for various reasons, it’s a myth that they need to give up all grain foods. Fortunately, there are a number of gluten-free grains that are good for everyone! Here’s a rundown, from amaranth to wild rice. Amaranth is a tiny, slightly nutty flavored ancient grain. The Aztecs believed it held the […]

10 Ways to Go Gluten-Free

Everyone can benefit from eating a wide range of gluten-free whole grains. Gluten-free cooking and baking goes beyond just replacing the few popular gluten grains — wheat, barley, triticale, and rye in favorite recipes. It is a celebration of the earth’s bounty. There are more whole grains that do not have gluten than those that […]

Stewed Lentils with Vegan Sausage

Well-flavored vegan sausages make a bold statement in this easy lentil stew. It’s so hearty, all you need to complete the meal is fresh bread and a salad or slaw. If you can find beluga lentils, they give this dish extra visual appeal. VegKitchen recommends Tofurky or Field Roast brands for the vegan sausage; they’re less […]

Dilled Red Beans with Pickled Beets

This colorful, subtly sweet-sour red bean salad, embellished with the flavor of pickled beets, provides a nice contrast to mild pasta, potato, or grain dishes. It’s a nice side dish to serve with grilled vegetables, too. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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