Monthly Archives: June 2012

Crazy Carrot Pops

Ice pops made from real fruits and veggies are a win-win — lots of fun for kids to eat, and reassuring for parents to know they’re giving their children a wholesome treat. Recipe adapted from a contribution by the Betty Crocker company.

Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats by Allyson Kramer

Allyson Kramer, who runs the popular Manifest Vegan blog (if you are interested in gluten-free, vegan, or both together, this is the place for you!) has just released her first book, the bountiful, colorful Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats.* Going vegan is a trend that has exploded over the last few years, and gluten-free diets have also […]

Brazilian-Inspired Black Bean Stew

Though inspired by Brazil’s famous national dish (feijoada), this stew doesn’t claim to be authentic, but it is abundant with nourishing ingredients. I love the contrast of the black beans and sweet potatoes, both flavor-wise and visually. Serve with steamed fresh greens and a tropical fruit salad or orange slices, as shown here. See the […]

Strawberry Bliss in a Glass

This is the most wonderful fruit smoothie, sweet and delectable. The more powerful your blender, the smoother and better this will be. If you really love smoothies, you may find it worth investing in a good-quality, high-speed machine. From The New Complete Vegetarian by Rose Elliot (Sterling Publishing, 2010).

Fresh Tomato & Bread Soup

Use ripe (even overly ripe) red tomatoes for this delightful repast that is sure to capture the flavors of summer’s bounty. Made in just minutes, it is the perfect soup for a romantic dinner for two with pasta and a chilled white wine. For a larger crowd, double the recipe. Contributed by Miyoko Schinner, from […]

Balsamic Basil Watermelon Antipasto

We’re all looking for simple yet healthy dishes, and this antipasto fits the bill. Now that the abundance of fresh fruit is back because of the warmer weather, our choices are better than other times of the year. Yes we are still on the cusp of full fledge summer fruits and veggies, but I am […]

Fresh Tomato-Coconut Soup

I love making cool, refreshing soups that need no cooking at all on hot summer days, like this one, that combines fresh tomatoes with coconut milk. Cilantro, lime, and a hint of heat give this cold soup a Thai flavor. Adapted from Vegan Express by Nava Atlas. 

The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond

When my kids were young, we used to like to do what we called “food projects” — baking, cooking, planting seeds, making art out of food, and the like. A book like The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond* by Steve Charney & David Goldbeck would have been perfect for us, providing many hours […]