Monthly Archives: June 2013

Baked Chickpea Ratatouille

This recipe is one of my favorites. It’s much like a ratatouille, but using chickpeas instead of the traditional eggplant and zucchini, and an original spice combination. The result is a dish with a complexity of flavors and the bonus of minimal preparation! Contributed by Dreena Burton, from Vive le Vegan!*

Olive Oil-Lemon Marinade

This basic marinade is excellent for grilling vegetables. The tang of lemon juice balances the fruity taste of the olive oil.

Beet, Cucumber, and Orange Salad

If you like beets, you’ll absolutely love them combined with the crunch of cucumber and the sweetness of citrus. This salad can be enjoyed all through fresh orange season, adding color and flavor to cool-weather meals.

Composed Fresh Summer Fruit Platter

Fresh fruit platters are the best kind of dessert for summer evenings, with berries, melons, and other fruits at their peak. They can also be the main feature of a light brunch served with muffins or other baked goods. Here, quantities are given just as a guideline — they aren’t as  important as arrangement—and of course, […]

Orange-Cranberry Muffins or Mini-Loaves

The pairing of orange and cranberry makes for a lively flavor combination in baked goods. If I’m in the mood to make muffins for a weekend brunch, this is one of my top choices! And for holiday baking or giving, this batter is nice made into mini-loaves. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.

Thai Pineapple Stir-Fried Rice

Colorful and luscious, this Thai restaurant classic can be made easily at home, using brown rice, pineapple, and veggies like broccoli, bell peppers, and carrots. When fresh pineapple is in season and reasonably priced, do try this with the fresh fruit! Adapted from Vegan Express. Photo by Susan Voisin.

Cauliflower with Parsley-Pecan Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs and cauliflower are a classic, comforting duo. In this nourishing and substantial side dish, pecans and lots of parsley add a major yum factor to the crumb topping. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet blog.

Composed Quinoa Salad Platter

This composed salad featuring quinoa and red beans looks fancy enough to impress company, but it’s super-easy to prepare for an everyday meal. You can use regular, red, or black quinoa, or a combination. Serve with some seasonal roasted veggies (squashes, Brussels sprouts, roots, etc.) and/or a warming soup. Or keep it  simple and just […]