Monthly Archives: September 2013

Stewed Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a “fun” vegetable if ever there was one. This unique squash is delicious as well as entertaining, with its spaghetti-like flesh. Serve as a side dish with grain pilafs that include quinoa or wild rice. Complete the meal with a simple salad. Photos by Rachael Braun.

Vegan Cheddar and Broccoli Rice Casserole

This is reminiscent of those old-fashioned casseroles you’d find in those spiral-bound community cookbooks. But hey, there’s a reason why these kinds of comfort casseroles are so popular. Now, with meltable non-dairy cheese, there’s a way to make them vegan. With plenty of broccoli and parsley along with brown rice, this is wholesome as well […]

Easy Mushroom Gravy

If you like mushrooms, you’ll enjoy this simple vegan gravy, which is great over seitan, tofu, brown rice or other cooked grains, veggie burgers, and best of all, mashed or smashed potatoes. In other words, this makes comfort dishes even more comforting. This recipe makes about 2 cups. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Tempeh, Cauliflower, and Cashew Curry

Even those who aren’t quite sold on tempeh will be enticed by this delectable, veggie-filled curry. Cauliflower, potatoes, plenty of spices, and tasty cashews add up to a colorful and warming stew. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Hot Artichoke and White Bean Dip or Spread

Hot artichoke dips are classic appetizer offerings, but they’re rarely vegan. This one is, and it’s every bit as luscious as the dairy version. Serve with crispbreads, baby carrots, spoon-sized chunks of red bell pepper, and Belgian endive leaves. Photos by Susan Voisin. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen.

Apple Crumble (aka Apple Crisp)

Apple crumbles (otherwise known as apple crisps) are a wonderful way to highlight this well-loved fruit. With an easy-to-prepare oat and wheat germ topping, they are as healthful as they are delicious.

Quinoa with Cauliflower, Cranberries, and Nuts

This pilaf combines two companionable ingredients—cauliflower and quinoa. If you can plan ahead, having cooked quinoa and chopped cauliflower makes this dish a breeze to put together. Serve with a simple bean or lentil dish and a colorful salad. This serves 6 as a side dish, fewer if used as a main dish.

Traditional-Style Miso Soup

The kind of miso soup that’s served in Japanese restaurants is so tasty and warming, and quite easy to replicate at home. It takes just minutes to make. Look for kombu (the sea vegetable that gives the soup its traditional character) in natural foods stores. Note that once the miso is stirred into water, it […]

Sautéed Tofu with Green Veggies

Here’s a simple tofu dish I’ve been making for years. Tofu is sautéed in a skillet until it becomes golden and crispy, then combined with very lightly cooked veggies. The dish is then served with a choice of sauces, depending on your inclination — either a rich peanut sauce or teriyaki marinade. This is good […]

Miso-Ginger Red Beans and Broccoli

Red beans, broccoli, and tomatoes are enveloped in a gingery miso sauce. It’s unusual to give a bean dish an Asian spin, but the balance of colors, textures, and flavors in this dish work very well. Quinoa makes a perfect bed of grain for this dish, though feel free to serve over rice or millet, […]

Nava’s Fall 2013 Speaking and Exhibit Schedule

Unlike this past spring, when I traversed the US from one end to another, this fall’s talks and appearances will keep me close to my slightly upstate NY home. I’ll be wearing all my various hats for these events — nonfiction writer, vegan cookbook author, and artist, so I’m really looking forward to that. Friday, […]

Cashew Chocolate Mousse Pie

This vegan chocolate mousse pie, made of raw cashews and silken tofu, is rich and delicious. It goes down very easy, so depending on how many you are serving, you may want to double the recipe and make two. This is a great finish for holiday meals, but it’s simple enough to prepare for dessert, […]

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