Monthly Archives: December 2012

Creole Eggplant Soup

From an old Creole recipe, this offbeat eggplant soup was a  favorite discovery on a trip to New Orleans many years ago. It makes a wonderfully warming soup for winter or early spring. It’s believed that the soup originated locally due to the abundance of the eggplant crop in the region.

Scalloped Cauliflower

Scalloping vegetables involves baking them with a light sauce and topping with bread crumbs that get all crispy and yummy. This is a simple, old-fashioned way to serve cauliflower. It’s a way to serve this tasty veggie as comfort food.

Back to Nature Vegetable Soup

I love big flavors — lemon, saffron, chili, wine. But my trip to Paris reminded how full of flavors vegetables are all by themselves — naturally. This comforting soup lets the vegetables do the talking and is perfect for that in-betweeny time when the calendar says spring but the thermometer still says winter.  

Spinach and Cucumber Spread or Dip

One of my old favorites, this tasty spinach spread, with hints of dill and crisp cucumber, never loses its charm. Serve with fresh bread, whole-grain crackers, crispbreads, or raw veggies. This is compatible with carrots, cauliflower, bell pepper, and celery. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Gado-Gado Inspired Salad

This composed salad is inspired by the classic Indonesian platter that combines raw and lightly cooked vegetables. Its name translates loosely to “mix-mix.” There are different regional variations, but some of the constant veggies include carrots, cauliflower, and green beans. You can vary it according to season and what you happen to have on hand.

Spiced Cranberry Nog

A knock-your-socks-off festive holiday beverage, this unique take-off on eggnog lights up with a tangy edge and an inviting powder puff pink color thanks to the season’s bountiful cranberry harvest. The nog is quickly assembled in the blender, but you may want to plan ahead for multiple batches when serving a crowd. Recipe and photo contributed […]

Cranberry Kale Salad

If you want an easy way to add some greens to your holiday table, this salad is for you. My Grandpa used to make cranberry bread for Thanksgiving, and this is basically that — in salad form.  Cranberries, walnuts, orange, all mixed together … it’s like the holidays in a bowl!  This makes a moderate […]

Lemon-Pepper Tofu Cutlets

Very simple yet so tasty, make sure to double this recipe for lemony tofu cutlets if you’re serving more than two, as everyone will want to have two pieces of this. Serve with one of VegKitchen’s grain salads or potato salads, and/or a colorful green salad.

Classic Hummus, with variations

What’s a vegan web site without a basic recipe for hummus? Here’s ours, with a few tasty variations. This classic Middle Eastern dip is great teamed with fresh pita bread and crisp veggies for scooping it up. It’s a fantastic snack for kids and a great ingredient for wraps or pita sandwiches.

Vegan Food Gifts by Joni Marie Newman

Review and photo at top by Dianne Wenz. I really dislike malls and impersonal gifts, so during the holidays I often make presents for those on my Christmas list. I give cookies and cupcakes to certain people like the girl who cuts my hair and the complex superintendent. I’ve always wanted to amp my gift giving […]

Simple Spinach and Dill Rice

Here’s a simple brown rice dish that incorporates lots of fresh spinach. Using organic baby spinach is convenient, because it’s already cleaned and ready to go (though I usually give it a good rinse nonetheless). Scallions, fresh dill, and lemon juice add the finishing touch. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Grilled Portobella Popeye Club Sandwiches

In diner lingo, anything spinach is called “Popeye,” hence the name for this variation on the classic club sandwich. Although we often see club sandwiches with a third slice of bread, they were originally made with two slices. Some people believe the name came from the club cars, which date back to the late 1800s. This […]

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