Monthly Archives: May 2012

White Bean Soup with Corn and Red Peppers

This hearty soup of navy or cannellini beans, corn kernels, and red bell peppers is easy and family-friendly. It can be the be the centerpiece of a meal or an introduction, depending on what else is being served. If you’re inclined to bake, Quick Three-Grain Brown Bread goes well with this, and you can pop […]

Tomato Tortellini or Ravioli Salad

There’s something really satisfying about filled pastas like tortellini or ravioli, especially now that there are several vegan varieties to choose from. Combined with summer’s ripe tomatoes and basil, they are the basis of a delicious main dish salad. Look for them in the freezer section of natural foods stores.

Southeast Asian–Style Vegetable Stew

Broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and peppers mingle in a rich coconut–peanut base, making a stew that’s great all year round. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Theresa Raffetto.

Chinese Noodles with Spicy Szechuan Bean Curd

If you master this delicious stir-fry of Asian noodles and spicy tofu, you’ll be less inclined to reach for that Chinese take-out menu!

Bean-Thread Noodles with Crisp Vegetables in Peanut Sauce

Brimming with barely-cooked vegetables, this noodle dish makes a good light dinner. Leftovers packed in a container and eaten cold also make a terrific change-of-pace offering in a brown-bag lunch.

Spinach, Sprouts, and Pineapple Smoothie

This green delight — a smoothie featuring the green goodness of spinach and sprouts with the sweetness of pineapple — offers ultimate refreshment, and the coconut water is immensely hydrating. It’s great over a couple of pieces of ice if the day is very warm. Bottoms up!

Cold Pasta with Tomatoes and Basil

The companionable summer duo—tomatoes and basil—becomes quite a delicacy when teamed with pasta in a dish that’s best served at room temperature. See the variation below — adding vegan mozzarella makes it a Caprese-style pasta dish.

Pasta Caponata

Serve this tasty pasta salad all year round. It’s flavored with traditional eggplant caponata ingredients (including olives, ripe tomatoes, and fresh herbs), and it’s great for an everyday dinner, potluck, or buffet. It’s best served at room temperature. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Vegan Pasta Salad Niçoise

The ingredients of Salade Nicoise—green beans, white beans, ripe tomatoes, and cured olives— join forces with pasta to make a delectable cold dish. Baked marinated tofu stands in for tuna, another standard Nicoise ingredient. This makes a heaping helping even with only 8 ounces pasta, making it a nice summer potluck dish. 

Three-Bean Pasta Salad

Adding pasta to the popular three-bean salad combo gives it a contemporary twist. This party-sized pasta salad goes with just about anything else you’re serving — grilled vegetables, veggie burgers, tofu or tempeh dishes — it’s a most companionable accompaniment.

Orzo and Black Bean Salsa Salad

Bursting with Southwestern flavors, this pasta salad, made with tiny rice-shaped orzo, is as flavorful as it is easy to make. It features corn, prepared salsa and lots of cilantro. Serve with vegan quesadillas any time of year, or with grilled vegetables and a simple slaw for a nice summer meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton

Dreena Burton’s latest book,Let Them Eat Vegan: 200 Deliciously Satisfying Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family,* is indeed a satisfying addition to the growing list of a vegan pro. When I was the mother of two young children, the best I could eke out was The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet,* a book for beleaguered cooks in which […]

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