Monthly Archives: February 2013

Skillet Roasted Corn with Red Peppers and Pumpkin Seeds

Here’s a nice way to dress up fresh corn, when it’s in season — simply roasting the kernels in a hot skillet adds great flavor. Embellished with red bell pepper, chili peppers, and pumpkin seeds, this makes an ideal a side dish to Southwestern-style specialties and bean dishes, though really, it goes with just about anything.

Fresh Tomato Salsa (Salsa Ranchera)

Salsa, the most basic relish of Southwestern cuisine and a well-loved dip, is sometimes known as salsa fresca or salsa ranchera. Store-bought salsas are generally quite good, not to mention convenient, but there’s nothing like making fresh tomato salsa in midsummer. Homemade salsa tends to get liquidy as it stands, especially if you make it […]

Ultra Fudgy Brownies

One of the gripes of many vegan bakers is that it’s too difficult to create brownies that are really fudgy instead of cake-like. Well, here they are: the ultimate fudgy brownies! The addition of pureed avocado creates a miracle of synergy with just 1/4 cup oil, resulting in one of the richest-tasting, fudgiest brownies I’ve […]

Pasta Salad with Black-Eyed Peas and Corn

Here’s an appealing cool salad that combines the familiar flavors of cold pasta, black-eyed peas and fresh corn, embellished with peppers and fresh herbs. This is a great pasta salad for everyday meals as well as company fare for summer.

Sweet and Tangy Bell Pepper Salad

This appetizing salad of multicolored bell peppers is perfect to make when colorful bell peppers are plentiful. It goes well with pastas and grain dishes, and as a side dish for vegan burgers and wraps. Photos by Rachael Braun.

Quinoa Tacos

High-protein quinoa makes a great filling for tacos. It’s a fun, festive, and filling meal! You can use crisp taco shells, or good-quality corn tortillas if you prefer soft tacos. Serve with fresh corn on the cob or a baked potatoes or sweet potatoes, and a colorful tossed salad for an easy meal. Photos by Hannah […]

Balsamic-Glazed Chickpeas and Mustard Greens

This delicious combination of chickpeas and mustard greens, richly flavored with fits into the category of warm dinner salads, but you could use it as a side dish for up to four people. Recipe and photo courtesy of Susan Voisin, reprinted from FatFree Vegan Kitchen by permission.

Vegan Artichoke Pizza with Onions and Peppers

The added toppings on this vegan artichoke pizza —caramelized onions, red bell peppers, and basil — make it extra tasty. Serve with a big salad (add chickpeas or other beans for extra protein). Though it’s filling, this pizza goes down easy, so double the recipe if you’re feeding a hungry group. Though completely optional, tucking thin […]

Mjeddrah (Rice and Lentil Pilaf)

A dish both simple and elemental, the lentils and rice cook together, taking on flavor and qualities greater than themselves. The rice and lentils soak separately before cooking, which brings the tenderness out in the rice and encourages the lentils, which normally require no presoaking, to keep their shape. We should all be so lucky. […]

Provençal Bean Stew

This meatless version of a rustic Provençal stew, made with white beans, is sensual and satisfying. A fresh, crusty French baguette is perfect for soaking up its delicious broth. A bountiful tossed salad makes it a complete meal.

Chocolatey Banana Pizza

The preparation of this banana pizza is almost ridiculously easy, consider how impressive the results are. The first time I actually had this for dessert was in an Italian restaurant in Paris, presented as “Banana Pizza Chocolatino.” Combining a good-quality pizza crust and chocolate chips with bananas and another fresh fruit is a combination of pure genius and absolute simplicity. Use […]

6 Top Health Benefits of Chocolate and Cacao

Real, dark chocolate and cacao contain numerous natural compounds offering a myriad of health benefits. No wonder that chocolate has long been known as “Food of the Gods” due to its many health-enhancing qualities. What’s the difference between cocoa and cacao? Cacao is the bean from the plant in its raw, unprocessed state. It becomes cocoa […]

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