Monthly Archives: September 2012

Contemporary Candied Sweet Potatoes

Here’s a lightened version of the American holiday classic, candied yams,  featuring sweet potatoes (which are often misidentified as yams). Sweetened with orange juice and gently spiced with cinnamon, this is as welcome at the holiday table (especially Thanksgiving) as it is for everyday meals.

Curried Red Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Greens

Both nourishing and sublimely satisfying, this thick soup incorporates fall’s first sweet potatoes with seasonal greens. Red lentils, which cook to a warm golden color, are available in natural food stores and ethnic groceries. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.

Creamy Golden Potato-Squash Soup

Onions, garlic, winter squash, and silken tofu are all enveloped in the familiar flavor of potatoes, making this a wonderful vehicle for getting a lot of nourishing ingredients into soup eaters of all ages. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.

Salsa Grain-and-Bean Pilaf

If you want to dress up a simple grain-and-bean pilaf in an instant, a good-quality, prepared tomato salsa is the answer. This is truly an emergency dinner, but a hearty and healthy one, at that! Vary the type of grain and/or bean you use each time you make this, and serve it with a simple salad […]

Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner (Vegetarians Welcome!)

Here’s your premier source for vegan Thanksgiving recipes and menus to create a memorable dinner—suitable for any vegetarian guests as well! Create mix-and match menus from the following recipes, from soup to dessert, complete with vegan stuffings and main dishes—all the holiday traditions you adore, updated for a compassionate plant-based feast.

Mashed White and Sweet Potatoes

Mashed potatoes, the classic comforting side dish, is made even better with the addition of sweet potato. It adds extra flavor, color, nutrition. This is great on its own, but for an even more luscious dish, consider making Easy Mushroom Gravy for topping individual portions.

Teriyaki Tofu Triangles

Transforming tofu into crisp teriyaki-flavored triangles is a simple thing to do, and the fun shape gives it immediate appeal to kids (or the tofu-phobic!). These go quickly, so for more servings, simply double the recipe for both the tofu and marinade. These are a perfect component for rice or noodle bowls, as shown in the […]

New Potatoes with Parsley and Almond Pesto

New potatoes are given a flavorful spin with a mellow parsley and almond pesto. While some savor the powerful flavor of the classic basil and walnut or pine nut pesto, others find it overpowering. I like to think of this pesto as a mellower alternative.