Monthly Archives: December 2012

Vegan Chili-Cheese Grits

Have you discovered grits (aka hominy grits)? To add variety to your grain repertoire, try grits (hulled, dried, and cracked corn kernels, long a Southern staple). Seek out stone-ground organic grits, which are much more flavorful than the ultra-refined variety sold in supermarkets. I like the Bob’s Red Mill brand; they’re flavorful and are made […]

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Leeks and Peas

Serve this combination of sweet potatoes, leeks, and peas as a colorful and nourishing side dish with everyday or holiday meals. It’s a perfect way to dress up your Thanksgiving sweet potatoes! Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.

Parsley Salad Dressing

Filled with vitamin-rich parsley, this herbal salad dressing is good on green salads as well as on steamed vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, and squashes. I’m not sure why so many places sell such big bunches of herbs like parsley; they’re perishability makes it hard to use them up before they start losing their freshness. This […]

Roasted Barbecue-Flavored Tofu and Vegetables

Here’s a tofu preparation that’s nothing fancy, but still so good, and easy enough for a quick weeknight meal. Tofu is combined with bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, and onions in a flavorful barbecue sauce and then baked. Serve with a simple quinoa dish and a big salad. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Mushroom Ceviche

Here’s a phytochemically fab salad that uses the technique of “cooking” food in citrus. It’s super refreshing for the start of summer and keeps for several days in the fridge.

Classic Mushroom-Barley Soup

Here’s the comforting classic, mushroom-barley soup. It’s nothing fancy, but always so satisfying. Change it up by using different kinds of mushrooms. I like to use a combination of baby bella (aka cremini) and shiitakes. 

6 Top Health Benefits of Kale

I cannot stop eating kale lately. I can’t help myself. I’ve been using this hearty, healthy green in almost every meal! But that’s not a bad thing at all. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse and is beneficial to your health in many ways. One cup of kale has zero fat and only 36 calories and […]

Pan-Seared Winter Squash and Fresh Corn

Once you have a winter squash partially baked, most anything you make comes together easily and quickly. This simple side dish is easy enough to serve at everyday meals, and festive enough for the holiday table. Though its past fresh corn season in most areas, markets often bring this classic crop back for the holiday […]