Monthly Archives: February 2013

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 […]

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.

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 […]

5 Ingredients Every Vegetarian/Vegan Should Have Around the House

When you switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet, you are making a significant lifestyle change. You will need to learn about vegetarian protein options and develop meal plans to receive the most balanced diet. You will also need to adjust your finances to account for the slight increase of your grocery bill. Fresh produce […]

Cream-Filled Maple Leaf Cookies

Cream-filled maple leaf cookies showcase the bounty of the country’s many maple farms. If you’ve never had one, now’s the time to enjoy this sandwich cookie filled with maple buttercream frosting. Free of nuts, peanuts and yeast. Contributed from The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies*by Laurie Sadowski (Book Publishing Co, ©2013)