Monthly Archives: January 2012

Lemony Couscous with Broccoli

This may 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 and sliced tomatoes.

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 not long ago, 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 was […]

Seitan Chow Fun

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

10 Gluten-Free Grains for Everyone

Amaranth is a tiny, slightly nutty flavored ancient grain. The Aztecs believed it held the secret to long life and vitality and celebrated holidays by eating toasted amaranth. It’s a complete protein, has more iron than most grains, and is also a great source of many other minerals.Whole amaranth is delicious on its own or […]

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. More choices, more whole […]

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 bean dish, embellished with the surprising flavor of pickled beets, provides a nice contrast to mild pasta, potato, or grain dishes.