Monthly Archives: February 2013

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.

Pizza with Onions, Peppers, and Artichokes

The combination of toppings on this vegan pizza —caramelized onions, plus red bell peppers, artichokes, and basil — is nothing short of spectacular. 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 […]

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 dessert 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 […]