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Mediterranean Diet Recipes — Healthy and Delicious

Ratatouille in a dish

Healthy Mediterranean diet recipes are among the most delicious on the planet, filled with fresh produce and whole grains. And a great perk is that many classic dishes are naturally vegan — not veganized — making this group of cuisines perfect for the plant-based diet.

The value of the Mediterranean diet has been borne out by years of research. Numerous studies have shown that the lifestyle and dietary habits of Greeks and Italians, among other regional nationalities, contributes to long life expectancy and low rates of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic disease. The best part is that the ingredients are readily available anywhere, and are especially good way to experience seasonal eating. more→

10 Warm Salads for Winter

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Eating produce all year round — both cooked and raw — is one of the healthiest habits on earth. Salads take care of the latter, but they’re not exactly crave-worthy in the winter when most of us would rather have warm foods like soups and stews (or starchy comfort foods).

Something that works like a charm to make cool weather salads more enticing is adding something warm or even piping hot to them. And in some cases, serving them warm altogether. Here are 10 seriously delicious warm winter salads that will keep you eating your veggies all season, and coming back for more! more→

Salads in Disguise for People Who Won’t Eat Salad

Asian flavored quinoa wraps

For some people, myself included, there isn’t enough salad in the world. Others won’t touch them with a ten-foot pole. We all know that eating at least some fresh raw veggies on a daily basis is a good thing. And even for salad devotees, cold weather is kind of a disincentive — soup and warm foods become more crave-worthy.

So what to do about that, and about eaters to whom even the word “salad” is a turn-off? Be sneaky, that’s what. These simple preparations don’t even have the word “salad” in their titles, so no one will be the wiser. Take for example Asian-Flavored Quinoa Wraps, above. Filled with plenty of raw carrot, arugula, and avocado, they’re definitely salads in disguise. more→

7 Ways to Make Salads More Tempting for Cool-Weather Meals

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When winter chill sets in, salad isn’t the first line of comfort our palates crave. And with good tomatoes in short supply (or very expensive), the usual kind of tossed salad doesn’t always appeal, even as a side dish. It’s still important to eat lots of fresh uncooked (or lightly cooked, in some cases) produce, no matter what the season. Here are 7 ways to make that happen, even in the dead of winter!

Sweeten the deal with fruit: Adding winter fruits to salads turns them into instant sunshine on a plate. Oranges, pears, and apples perk up otherwise savory salads. It hardly gets better, or easier than the Avocado and Orange Salad, at top. See the Cabbage, Apple, and Raisin Slaw, below. Or try Mixed Greens with Pears, Cranberries, and Pecans. more→

Year-Round Potato and Sweet Potato Salads

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We most often associate potato salads with summer fare — potlucks, barbecues, and picnics. But there’s no reason not to enjoy robust potato salads all year round. Here are a few favorites that incorporate ingredients that are available any time. Serve potato salads as hearty side dishes with veggie burgers or other sandwich fare; a helping of potato salad is a nice change of pace for a portable lunch, too. First up — Warm Mediterranean Potato Salad, enhanced with zucchini and artichoke hearts, can be made any time of year. Its seasonal personality enhanced by either rosemary (for cooler months) or basil (for warmer weather). more→

Mediterranean Salad-Stuffed Bread (Pan Bagnat)

Mediterranean salad-stuffed bread (pan bagnat)

Inspired by European pan bagnat, this salad-stuffed sandwich is an offbeat way to enjoy an array of seasonal produce. For a nice warm-weather meal or picnic, serve this with any of VegKitchen’s Potato Salads or Cold Summer Soups. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Greek Potato Stew with Zucchini and Green Beans

Greek potato stew recipe

Here’s a simple Greek potato stew bursting with summery flavors — green beans and zucchini in a mellow tomato base. A fresh, crusty bread rounds out the meal along with a big green salad with some chickpeas tossed in. For a company meal, add Olive Bar Medley with Tofu “Feta” as an appetizer, and a good wine.  more→

Vegan Gluten Free Recipes from VegKitchen

Vegan Gluten Free

It can be challenging to be either vegan or gluten free, but when you’re both, it’s doubly tricky to find suitable vegan gluten free recipes. VegKitchen offers lots of vegan gluten free recipes for every meal of the day. Use this list as a great resource for easy, everyday recipes to suit both dietary needs.

For all recipes that contain products that have both GF and non-GF versions, (like soy or teriyaki sauces, broth, and tortilla products), read labels carefully to be sure you’re using GF versions. Please contact us (form is above right) if we’ve gotten anything wrong here as far as GF and we will make the correction post haste!

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Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil

This simple summer dish of pasta with tomatoes and basil will get you out of the kitchen quickly. Make sure to use summer tomatoes at the peak of their flavor, as that’s what this dish is all about! This is a good accompaniment to grilled vegetables; it’s also good with a colorful bean salad. Try it with Mediterranean Bean Salad with Pickled Beets. more→

Angel Hair Pasta with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Mixed Mushrooms

Bold flavors mingle harmoniously in this flavorful dish featuring angel hair pasta with mushrooms and tomatoes. Serve with Mediterranean Bean Salad or a colorful green salad with added chickpeas.

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5 Leafy Greens You Should Use More Often

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Kale has been the rock star of the greens world for a while now, and while it is a good thing, eating a lot of it can grow old pretty quickly. Sure, there’s spinach and arugula, both versatile and tasty; and bok choy has become a staple on supermarket shelves. But to stay motivated to make greens a staple in your daily fare, using a variety is a good plan. Here are 5 leafy greens that are often overlooked and underused, and some ways to enjoy them. Adapted from Wild About Greens. more→

Vegan Dinner Ideas: Early Summer

Tofu eggless "egg salad"

Summer is officially here. Did you know that animal agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to a warming planet? That’s why we’re presenting these early summer vegan dinner ideas — eating this way is better for the earth and better for you!

This PSA aside, our menus this week require not a single burner to be turned on. Enjoy these cook-free meals, and stay cool as you enjoy delicious meals. First up is a favorite in our home, Tofu Eggless “Egg Salad” that can be spread on fresh bread or stuffed into pitas. Or, if you prefer, dolloped onto a colorful salad. Serve with pickles, salad greens, and fresh fruit for a light and refreshing meal. more→

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