Monthly Archives: April 2013

Orzo or Rice-Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are a favorite comfort dish, and it’s so easy to create vegan variations. Orzo, a tiny, rice-shape pasta, makes a nice filling, as does medium-grain brown rice. With the addition of green peas and fresh herbs, this makes a satisfying main dish. Photos by Rachael Braun.

Angel Hair Pasta with Chard and Bell Peppers

Fresh ingredients and pantry staples create a beautiful and nutritious dinner on the fly. This dish is equally delicious – if not more so – the next day. Recipe and photo courtesy of Betsy DiJulio, from The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes* (© 2011, Vegan Heritage Press).

Limiting sodium — a sensible and healthy practice

One teaspoon of table salt has 2,325 mg of sodium, which is more than the amount that anyone should have per day. We do need some sodium in order for nerve and muscle function, and to conserve the level of fluids in the body. But when there’s too much sodium intake, it can cause havoc […]

How the size of dinner plates affects portion control

Believe it or not, the size and color of your plates have a lot to do with portion control. Most of us really do eat with our eyes, so to speak. If you’re given a large plate or bowl do you only fill half of it? Most of us would fill the entire thing, and […]

Simple Sautéed Garlicky Greens (Kale, Collards, or Chard)

This is a basic way to prepare sautéed chard, kale, or collard greens — the classic olive oil and garlic sauté. Sometimes simple is best; this is definitely true when it comes to something as good as leafy greens!

Sautéed Lemon Kale

This is one of the simplest, quickest, and nutritious vegan dishes I make. Serve with a side of quinoa, and you’ve got yourself a nutritious dinner. This also goes perfectly with Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds. Add a salad to either possibility, and you’re set. Contributed from Sophia Zergiotis’ blog Love and Lentils. 

Sweet Cashew Cream

Use this easy sweet sauce made of raw cashews  as a garnish for cakes, pies, fresh fruits (especially nice on berries) and fruit desserts. Photos by Rachael Braun.

Why you should weigh yourself every day — and why a digital scale is best

Weighing yourself regularly can help you to lose or maintain weight, and has been shown to be a great incentive to keep you eating sensibly and striving for an ideal weight. Once a week works better for some, as small weight fluctuations from day to day can be discouraging. Others find it helpful to do […]