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Make the Most of Produce Shopping at Farm Markets

Peaches at Market

The sights and aromas of common and offbeat varieties of vegetables and fruits are truly inspiring as you browse the aisles of farm markets. Often, there are samplings, food demos, and even music, so your shopping trip becomes more of a fun outing than a mere errand. The experience can be a great one for kids, helping them make the connection between the food they (hopefully) eat and the people who grow it. Just-harvested farm market fare — that hasn’t been trucked across the country — is at its peak of flavor and nutrition. Here are a few tips for making the most of your farm market shopping expeditions, adapted from Plant Power by Nava Atlas (HarperOne, ©2014, reprinted by permission). Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Top Protein Sources for the Plant-Based Diet

Pantry staples -grains, beans, pasta

“How do you get your protein?” is a question asked of those following plant-based diets (whether vegetarian or vegan) that just won’t go away. It’s often dismissed as unimportant, but it is possible that any sort of poorly planned regimen might be sub-optimal for your health. The myth is that vegan diets can’t and don’t provide adequate protein is tenacious. For more on the subject, see Protein for Plant-Based Diets.  more→

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Chocolate Banana Frozen Soft Serve

Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

When you taste this, you won’t believe that this frozen treat is made almost purely of banana. The velvety texture and mild chocolate flavor will have you hooked. Best of all, you don’t need an ice cream machine to make it, though a food processor is a must! A powerful blender works, too. Freezing bananas that are getting almost too ripe is perfect for making treats like this, or for using in smoothies. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Tempeh and Walnut Soft Taco Filling

Tempeh and walnut taco filling

Two high-protein foods (with lots more going for them nutritionally) — tempeh and walnuts — team up in a tasty taco filling that goes a long way. Use leftovers to boost protein and add texture to bean dishes and stews. Or you can freeze half of this filling for a future taco dinner. For a great meal, serve with Southwestern-Flavored Kale Salad. Adapted from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas (HarperOne, reprinted by permission). Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Southwestern Fresh Corn Stew

Southwestern Fresh Corn Stew

While fresh local corn is abundant in early fall, the most tempting way to eat it is right off the cob. But cooking with fresh corn can be equally appealing. Its sweetness and crunch can’t be matched by frozen corn kernels.To vary the recipe, add a cup or two of cooked pinto or pink beans and serve with a purchased fresh bread. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Dairy-Free Mango Lassi

Dairy-Free Mango Lassi

Mango lassi is a simple and tasty beverage from Indian cuisine that’s usually made with yogurt and/or milk. Substitute coconut yogurt and your favorite non-dairy milk and you’ve got a fantastic non-dairy version. Lush, ripe seasonal mango is best for this, but canned mango works as well. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Weekly Plant-Based Dinner Plan, July 27 – 31, 2015

Greek flavored pasta salad

Though most of us love summer, let’s hope that this final week in July puts an end to the over-the-top heat. Now we can look forward to the (usually) balmier weather in August. The plus side is that fresh produce of all sorts is continues to be in abundance, so let’s take full advantage of it this week in ways that don’t require too much heat in the kitchen. Note the judicious use of leftovers from one meal to the next! The only cooking you’ll need to do for Greek-Style Pasta Salad above is the pasta itself. Everything else gets tossed in and seasoned with fresh herbs and your favorite vinaigrette. Pick up some fresh pita, hummus, and stuffed grape leaves to go along with it. more→

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Arugula and Fresh Fig Salad with Maple-Glazed Walnuts

Arugula and Fresh Fig Salad

The synergy of flavors of arugula, fresh figs, and toasty maple-flavored walnuts prove that you don’t need a lot of ingredients to create an exciting salad. Fresh figs are most often available during the summer months. Other times of the year, try this salad with apples or pears. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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