Dianne Wenz

Pumpkin Peanut Soup

Curried pumpkin-peanut soup

Because of of its pumpkiny goodness, this soup is perfect to serve as a starter to everyday meals as well as festive occasions, like Thanksgiving. If serving for a holiday meal, remember that it’s filling enough to be a dinner centerpiece on its own, so serve in modest portions, otherwise you won’t have enough room for anything else! Recipe and photo by Dianne Wenz of VeggieGirl.

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Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner

Reviewed by Dianne Wenz. One of the first cookbooks I bought after going vegan in 2001 was Miyoko Schinner’s The New Now and Zen Epicure. I didn’t know much about cooking back then and The New Now and Zen Epicure really helped to get me get started on the culinary path I’m now on. When I heard about Artisan Vegan Cheese I could hardly contain my excitement! A new cookbook from Miyoko and it’s how to make cheese? How awesome is that? more→

Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson

Reviewed by Dianne WenzI’m a big fan of my slow cooker and an even bigger fan of Robin Robertson, so earlier in the year when I heard that she was working on a new vegan slow cooker cookbook, I began to eagerly await the date of it’s release. Fortunately, the wait is now over, and I am now lucky enough to have a copy of Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker in my possession! 
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Spicy Orange-Sesame Stir-Fry

Orange-Sesame Stir-Fry

I tell my health coaching clients to get at least four colors onto their plates at every meal, with green being the main color. Without getting too science-y about it, the nutrients in fruit and vegetables lie in their color, and therefore eating lots of colors ensures that we’re getting lots of nutrients. Pretty simple, huh?

Unfortunately, most of the plates across America of full of varying shades of beige and brown. It’s not as difficult as it sounds to get lots of color into your meal. Some days I find my meals have more than 4 colors (such as the stir-fry recipe below which actually has 7!). Choose red onions (which are actually purple) instead of white, throw some purple cabbage onto your salad, add some shredded carrot to your stir-fry. more→

Baked Tofu Frittata

baked tofu frittata recipe

This recipe would traditionally be considered a breakfast dish, but I’ve made it for dinner many times. If you do want to make it for breakfast but it seems like it would be too time consuming to put together in the morning, you can prepare and assemble it the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight. Then just pop it in the oven when you wake up! Contributed by Dianne Wenz, from VeggieGirl.

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