Monthly Archives: October 2012

Quick Mixed Beans and Corn Stew

Kind of a simplified chili, here’s a hearty stew featuring beans and corn. If your beans are cooked, or you’re using canned, this comes together very quickly when you want a cool-weather dinner in a hurry. Serve with a simply prepared grain like quinoa, rice, or couscous and a big salad.

Bok Choy, Tofu, and Baby Corn Soup

This quick Asian-style vegetable soup, combining crunchy bok choy with high-protein tofu, is perfect to team with a rice dish or a cold noodle dish like Orange Sesame Noodles. It’s also delicious paired with Quinoa Scallion Fritters, as shown here.

Simple Quinoa Pilaf with Peas and Almonds

Lots of peas and toasted almonds combined with quinoa add up to a tasty and nourishing pilaf. For a light meal, serve with Tossed Salad Wraps or with a bountiful salad of any kind, and fresh corn. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

How to Cook Quinoa, and Tasty Recipes

Here’s a basic guide on how to cook quinoa, along with an array of easy recipes for this tasty, quick-cooking grain. Nutritious and versatile, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wa) is an ancient food indigenous to the South American Andes. Considered a “superfood” for its superior nutritional profile, it was revived for the American natural foods market in […]

Pumpkin or Squash Mini-Loaves

These pumpkin or butternut squash mini loaf breads make a nice gift to bring when you visit friends and relatives over the winter holidays; they’re also an easy everyday treat, full of nutritious ingredients, to make and enjoy at home. A mug of hot cocoa is the very best companion for this treat, but tea is also […]

Mushroom-Stuffed Potatoes

A small amount of vegan cream cheese gives these stuffed potatoes a rich flavor. Serve them with a big tossed salad with chickpeas or beans, and steamed green beans or asparagus, or other favorite green veggie. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Corn-Wheat Tortillas

These combination tortillas have a subtle corn flavor and the flexibility and larger size of wheat tortillas. This dough, too, can be made ahead of time. From Breadtime: A Down-to-Earth Cookbook for Bakers and Bread Lovers* by Susan Jane Cheney.

Turkish Eggplant Stew

Here’s a simple, delicious roasted eggplant stew shared with me by a Turkish friend. Eggplant is always abundant in the Mediterranean, so it’s not unusual to find it used widely in many cuisines in the region. 

Butternut Squash With Whole Wheat, Wild Rice, & Onion Stuffing

Even those of us who have given up the bird welcome a Thanksgiving dish that has been stuffed. This satisfying dish of butternut squash stuffed with whole grain (or gluten-free) bread, wild rice, and onions makes a handsome centerpiece for the holiday meal. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Italian-Style Potato and Escarole Soup

The combination of greens and potatoes makes a comforting soup that’s perfect for a chilly day. No escarole? Substitute an equal amount of chard, kale, or mustard greens. Adapted from Wild About Greens. Photo by Susan Voisin of FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

Flavored Popcorn Recipes and Ideas

Here are flavoring ideas for embellishing freshly made popcorn. These recipes make enough to flavor a 10-cup batch (from about 1/2 cup kernels). If you air-pop or use fat-free microwave popcorn, you might like to drizzle 2 tablespoons or so of melted Earth Balance or coconut oil into the popcorn just before adding the seasonings. My […]

Maple and Tarragon Sweet Potatoes

Maple syrup and tarragon are wonderful enhancements for the flavor of sweet potatoes. You’re welcome to make and serve this any time, of course, but it’s an especially delicious addition to the Thanksgiving meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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