Monthly Archives: May 2013

Soy and Your Health: Dispelling Myths and Citing Top Benefits

Contributed by the The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Soy products have recently enjoyed increasing popularity. Soy products include soybeans (also called edamame) and any other items made from soybeans, including soymilk, tofu, tempeh, miso, and vegetarian meat and dairy substitutes like soy meats and soy cheeses. Like most other plant foods, the most healthful choices […]

Colorful and Creamy Potato Salad

Whether you’re in need of a side dish for an everyday dinner or looking for a dish to share at a potluck or outdoor meal, you’ll find this lively potato salad quite pleasing. Green peas, bell peppers, olives, and herbs enliven a classic salad. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Papaya or Mango and Black Bean Salad

This is a delicious and refreshing salad, great anytime, and light enough for warmer weather days. I’m not big on measurements so feel free to make adjustments based on your preferences. I brought this to a party and all my omnivore friends went crazy for it. It couldn’t be any easier to prepare and so healthy […]

Israeli Couscous Summer Pilaf

This delightful pilaf/salad combining Israeli couscous, tomatoes, avocado, and stone fruit is from Vegan Holiday Kitchen.* Israeli couscous is one fun little pasta. It’s round and quick-cooking, and has a very pleasant mouth feel. Look for it in bulk in natural foods stores, or in the Middle Eastern section of the international aisle in well-stocked supermarkets. Photo […]

Simple Stir-Fried Tofu with Spring Greens

This easy stir-fry highlights fresh, quick-cooking spring greens, combined with tofu. See the note below for suggestions on which leafy greens to use; you can vary it each time. My favorite is baby bok choy!

Marinated Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas have been an important staple of Southern cookery since they came to southern shores as part of the slave trade from Africa. This appetizing salad hails from traditional Texas home cooking, hence its colloquial name “Texas Caviar.” Serve in small quantities to add protein to the plate, almost like a relish. Double the […]

Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Basil

This easy chickpea salad, filled with flavorful tomatoes and aromatic basil, makes a good lunch on its own with whole grain bread and fresh fruit. It’s a great companion to many Italian-style pasta dishes or simple grain dishes during the cooler months, especially if the meal needs a protein boost. It’s also good with pasta […]

Tri-Color Coleslaw

This colorful and crunchy slaw combines massaged kale with both green and red cabbage. It goes with just about every kind of meal, and you can vary it each time with different dressings (see suggestions following the recipe). You can also add a little dried fruit or apple for a sweet twist, as suggested in […]

Beet and Red Cabbage Slaw

This vivid salad of grated beets and red cabbage, served in modest portions, makes a dazzling visual statement on the dinner plate, but more importantly, add a dose of vitamins and antioxidants. It’s a beautiful addition to everyday meals or holiday plates. 

Herbed Potato Salad

A summer classic, this tasty potato salad features plenty of fresh herbs, and is dressed in a vinaigrette. It’s welcome at picnics and barbecues, or really, any warm-weather meal. Served with your favorite plant protein (a simple tofu, tempeh, or bean dish) and fresh organic corn, you’ve got an easy dinner for any night of […]

Pear and Apple Crumble

If you’d like an alternative to pumpkin pie for fall celebrations like Thanksgiving, or everyday meals, this pear and apple crumble is a welcome dessert. It’s especially tasty served warm over vanilla nondairy ice cream. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Quinoa with Cabbage and Green Beans

Here’s an easy dish to highlight super-nutritious quinoa. With a flavorful sauté of onion, cabbage, and green beans, this needs very little in the way of seasoning. Serve with a simple bean dish and a colorful salad or slaw for an easygoing meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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