Monthly Archives: September 2013

Carrot and Broccoli Salad with Green Olives

Green olives, fresh herbs, and crunchy seeds embellish the pairing of baby carrots and broccoli for a simple, savory salad.This is the kind of salad that has good staying power, as long as you take care to cook the broccoli just until it’s barely tender-crisp and still bright green. It’s even better the next day, […]

Soft and Chewy Granola Bars

Here’s an easy-to-make vegan bar filled with chewy granola in a soft dough. It’s a kind of a cross between a granola bar and a blondie bar. Perfect as a mid-afternoon snack with coffee or tea, an on-the-go breakfast, or to pack in the lunchbox. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.

Nut-and-Seed Energy Balls

These intensely rich, super-seed and nut butter treats are meant to be consumed in small portions — one or two at a time — not scarfed down! Unlike other energy snacks, you need no blender or food processor to make them. This makes a great late-afternoon pick-me-up, post-workout snack, or even a good way to […]

Broccoli and Vegan Cheddar-Stuffed Potatoes

These broccoli-stuffed potatoes make a great main dish for families who have a taste for both of these well-loved veggies. For an easy meal, serve with tossed salad (add black beans or chickpeas) and corn on the cob.

Vegan Onion and Olive Pizza

This deliciously offbeat onion and olive pizza features mellow caramelized onions, with briny olives for a contrasting flavor. For a simple meal, serve with a salad of mixed greens, cannellini or chickpeas, and ripe tomatoes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Tempeh Stew with Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, and Shiitakes

Just about any type of tempeh—soy, quinoa, sesame, wild rice—works well in this stew, which tastes even better the next day. It’s a lovely main dish option for a vegan Thanksgiving table, though you can make it any time you crave something hearty and warming.  Cranberry-Orange Sauce is a perfect accompaniment. Contributed by Leslie Cerier, from Going […]

Mouthwatering Mashed Potatoes with Groovy Onion Gravy

Have a fabulous celebration with these mashed potatoes and gravy, a must-have on the dinner table during the holidays — they’re a welcome addition for both vegan Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner menus. Try some of the variations for both recipes and make it even more fun! Contributed by Beverly Lynn Bennett, from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living*. […]

Seitan Gyros

Here is a kinder, gentler version of gyros, the Greek meat-on-a-pita classic. Seitan makes a superb stand-in, and the shortcut creamy cucumber dressing gives the entire enterprise a refreshing zip. For heartier appetites, a serving would be 2 gyros; one is filling enough for moderate appetites or when other dishes are to be served. Recipe […]

Chocolate-Drizzled Apples or Pears with Date Caramel

Two or three crisp apples or firm pears plus vegan chocolate chips add up to a seriously good dessert. And if you have a few dates on hand (and a machine to blend them up with) you can make a caramel-y sauce to dip them into, though this is entirely optional.

Pumpkin Seeds: Health Benefits and Tips on Using Them

Pumpkin seeds are high in protein and have a unique flavor that makes them especially enticing to eat as a snack, unadorned. When buying pumpkin seeds, you can choose between raw or roasted, shelled or unshelled, salted or unsalted. Roasting brings out their flavor and crunch, and you can easily roast them at home. Roasted pumpkin seeds […]

Vegan Chocolate Mousse and Banana Pie

Silken tofu is a great base for a vegan mousse-style pie filling—it has just the right consistency, minus the bother of a flour-thickened sauce. Chocolate and banana are a dream team in this easy, dairy-free dessert, requiring just 5 ingredients (plus just a couple more if you decide to make your own crust). Photos by […]

Hearty Lentil Soup

The earthy flavor of these protein-packed legumes shines in this basic rendition of lentil soup. Make sure to see the variations listed below the recipe. This is perfect as a soup centerpiece, served with crusty bread or fresh cornbread, and any kind of salad you enjoy.

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