Monthly Archives: July 2012

Cuban-Inspired Black Beans and Rice

This simple dish of black beans served over rice has come to be known as a regional standard in Florida due to the popularization of black beans by the Cuban-American community. Once you have your cooked beans on hand, this preparation requires a minimum of effort. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Potatoes with Tofu and Green Chilies

Here’s a casserole of potatoes and tofu, laced with green chilies —hot or mild, as you prefer. Both comforting and invigorating, this is good served with refried beans or other simple bean dish, and a colorful salad.

Emmy’s Organics Vegan and Gluten-Free Foods

Contributed by Allyson Kramer of Manifest Vegan. Recently, I was sent a lovely package from Emmy’s Organics, an excellent up-and-coming company dedicated to producing delicious goodies that are made in a dedicated vegan and gluten-free facility. 

Nourishing The Planet One Person At A Time

Getting a healthy meal into yourself and your family can be challenging enough. Try multiplying that by seven billion. Now we’ve got issues every step of the way — what food we produce, how we produce it, how we distribute it, what we eat and how we waste it. By 2050, our population is predicted […]

Classic Tomato Gazpacho

The classic tomato-based cold Spanish soup never fails to please—and refresh. It’s a great way to use the delicious tomatoes of summer; in fact, summer doesn’t feel complete if I haven’t made gazpacho at least once or twice. It goes well with pasta dishes, potato salads, and grilled vegetables.

Frozen Mixed Berry Fizz

Off-season, you can use frozen berries, though this refreshing drink is best with fresh berries in season. A bit of carbonation gives this drink a nice sparkle.

Thai-Flavored Tofu and Broccoli

Serve this easy dish of tofu and broccoli in a prepared Thai peanut satay sauce over rice or bean-thread noodles, a simple coleslaw dressed in sesame-ginger dressing, and strips of red bell pepper and cherry tomatoes. Thai peanut satay sauce provides a bold flavor and is surprisingly low in calories. 

Vegan “Elvis” Sandwich

Recently, someone I know told me that she’d eaten a vegan “Elvis” sandwich in a New York City eatery. Curious, I learned that Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich was grilled peanut butter, banana, and bacon. It sounds a bit odd, but the combination is curiously good in its vegan rendition. The biggest modification is that smoky […]

Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw

Adding sweet elements like apples and dried fruit to raw vegetables like red cabbage can be a good way to entice kids to give salads a try. Eaters of any age will like this one, too. Try it with it spicy dishes, to which it provides a nice flavor contrast.

Banana-Scented Vanilla Cake or Cupcakes (Gluten Free)

This cake has just a light banana flavor combined with fragrant vanilla. The banana helps add stability and moistness, so don’t leave it out to make a vanilla-only cake. It is such a subtle flavor that is most lovely, and the cake is fluffy and moist, perfect for any special occasion. Recipe reprinted from Let Them Eat […]

Avocado Mango Salsa

Avocado and mango make a heavenly pair when combined in a delicious and easy salsa.You can spread this onto crackers, or papadi (small, round, and salty snack from India), spoon it into tortilla scoops, or serve as a dip for tortilla chips. Contributed by Mythreyi Vattikuti from her blog Yum! Yum! Yum!

Vegan Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake Muffins

Like quaint little shortcakes with strawberries hiding inside, these vegan and gluten-free strawberry shortcake muffins aren’t overly sweet and make a great breakfast on the go. Reprinted from Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats* by Allyson Kramer (Fair Winds, © 2012), by permission of the author.

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