Monthly Archives: September 2013

Gingery Rice with Sweet Potatoes and Peas

I came across a classic Thai dish that combines white rice with white potatoes, and though it sounds too starchy, the seasonings and embellishments sounded appealing. So I took the general idea of this recipe and revved it up to include the two main ingredients’ more nourishing counterparts—brown rice and sweet potatoes. This may sound […]

Coconut Creamed Corn

The flavors of corn and coconut are deliciously compatible. This is a wonderful way to use fresh corn when it’s abundant, and the novelty of having it on the cob or roasted has worn off. The most time-consuming part of this, by which I mean all of 5 minutes or less, is stripping the corn kernels off […]

Spicy and Garlicky Green Beans with Walnuts

Crunchy green beans taste wonderful in a rich, nutty coating of walnuts and lots of garlic and ginger. Serve with your favorite Asian noodle or rice dishes.

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.

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. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet.

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. 

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 […]