Jordan St. Clair-Jackson

VegKitchen’s Monday Menu – January 16, 2017

Classic veggie chili and cornbread

Whether you call it Meatless Monday, Meat-Free Monday, No-Meat Monday, here at VegKitchen we just call it “Monday,” because every day is a no-meat, no dairy, and no eggs kind of day. Continuing in our new series of menus to kick off the week, we can think of few midwinter dishes more welcome than a big pot of Classic Veggie Chili. It can take you though half of a chilly (pun intended) week; leftovers are great for portable lunches, and you can vary them in a number of ways (see 5 Ways to Use Leftover Chili). more→

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VegKitchen’s Monday Menu

Buddhist's Delight recipe

This week we introduce this new feature — an easy and healthy menu to start your week off rightc. Let’s build on Meatless Monday, MeatOut Monday, Meatfree Monday, and Vegan Monday movements (and there are others!). Since every day is meatless at VegKitchen, we’ll simply call it our Monday Menu. Our main dish is Buddhist’s Delight, a stew-like iteration of a dish inspired by a Chinese restaurant classic. more→

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Plant-Based Foods That Help Fight Acne

Berries and cherries

Just as there have been fingers pointed at a variety of foods for acne incidence, there are just as many diets and particular food items purported to help the skin remain clear and vibrant. Here are a few types of foods from the plant-based world that may help clear and sooth the skin. more→

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VegKitchen’s Top 10 Tips for a Healthier You in the New Year

Vegan Enchiladas with Salsa Verde

At the start of every new year, we all make resolutions to get healthier, happier — and usually, thinner! Let’s do away with resolutions that are all too easy to break and instead adopt healthy habits that will become second nature and do what dieting can never achieve. Here are our top 10 tips for healthy living that you can incorporate into your routine this year. more→

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School Lunch in a Bento Box: Fun and Earth-Friendly

Laptop Lunches school bento box

How I wish these contemporary bento boxes were available when my kids were growing up! I stood there in the kitchen at 6:30 a.m. every school day for 14 years, packing healthy, but for the most part boring lunches. My kids were vegetarian until ages 10 and 12, then vegan, and never wanted to buy lunch at school. They would have loved today’s bento-inspired lunch kits, and packing them would have been a lot more fun for me. more→

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10 Easy, Inexpensive Party Snacks to Make at the Last Minute

Sweet and Savory Nuts and Pretzels

Parties and celebrations help keep the winter blues at bay, whether for New Year’s eve or day, Super Bowl, Oscar-watching. Or any impromptu gathering for whatever reason helps to allay the post-holiday let-down. For your next gathering, whether hosting or attending, it’s handy to have a list of healthy, yummy snack ideas that can be made at the last minute. These are all vegan, super-quick to make, don’t require special equipment or expensive ingredients, and are relatively healthy. So get your munchies on, and be prepared for any of these to disappear quickly!

Sweet and Savory Nuts and Pretzels, at top, is an easy snack or appetizer to make for the winter holiday season and beyond. It’s also good for munching on while watching movies or sports. more→

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The One Tonic: Turmeric, Ginger, Lemon, Rooibos Tea & ACV

Ginger-lemon, rooibos, and turmeric tonic

Here on VegKitchen, reader come in droves for our posts on ginger-lemon tea, rooibos tea, and apple cider vinegar. These teas, infusions, and tonics are awesome in and of themselves, and if you’re anything like me, you want all of them as part of your regimen!

But how many beverages can a person squeeze into one day added to all the plain water we’re supposed to drink? My solution was to invent the “one tonic,” which combines all of these amazing ingredients in one bracing beverage. And this combo of ginger, lemon, turmeric, rooibos tea, and apple cider vinegar is indeed bracing! If you like these flavors separately, you’ll love them together. more→

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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→

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