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Creamy Leek and Mushroom Soup with Ancient Grains

Creamy mushroom and leek soup with ancient grains

Made creamy with tofu or white beans, this ancient grains soup is filled with tasty leeks and mushrooms. It’s truly a bowl of comfort! If you’d like to explore the various ancient grains on the market, you can make this with whole farro, spelt, or einkorn berries. Or go “new school” with ordinary pearl or pot barley. Whichever grain you use, you’ll enjoy this nourishing soup on a chilly or rainy day. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Spring Farro Asparagus Salad

Farro asparagus salad

Farro is a nutty, hearty ancient grain well-loved in Italian cuisine. It’s perfect in pilafs and substantial salads like this farro asparagus salad, embellished with other spring-y veggies. it takes a good 30 minutes to cook, much like brown rice, but you can look for quick-cooking farro, which cuts the cooking time in half. Serve as a side-by-side entrée with a warm or cold bean dish. Leftovers are excellent for the next day’s lunch for home or work. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Vegan Wines and Wine Pairings: Q & A with Whitecliff Winery

White grapes in a vineyard

What is vegan wine? When and why is wine not vegetarian or vegan? Many wine drinkers, even those who are vegetarian or vegan, may be unaware that animal ingredients are often used in the wine clarifying process. Whitecliff, the only vegan winery in the Hudson Valley, has been an industry leader in encouraging all wineries to use non-animal-based ingredients in the wine clarifying process (rather than the fish parts, egg whites, and gelatin that are commonly used).

While these animal ingredients don’t per se end up in wine products, it’s good to know that Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery, along with a select number of others, pride themselves on making only vegan-friendly wines. Established in 1979, the winery is owned by Yancey Stanforth-Migliore and her husband, Michael Migliore, president of the Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association, and managed by their son, Tristan Migliore. more→

10 Tips to Help Kids Make Healthy Food Choices

Sizzling tofu fajitas

Most parents know the challenges of getting kids to eat healthy foods. Children are bombarded with advertising and media messages for foods that are filed with sugar, fat, and iffy ingredients. Even if a child makes their own choice to go vegetarian and vegan, that’s no guarantee that they won’t be finicky. Here are 10 tips to help kids make healthy food choices; these can also apply to picky eaters of the teen and adult variety, too! more→

Q & A with Kip Andersen, Co-Director, What the Health

What the health graphic

What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn, creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film follows intrepid filmmaker Kip  as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it.

With heart disease and cancer the leading causes of death in America, and diabetes at an all-time high, the film reveals possibly the largest health cover-up of our time. With the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. more→

Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Wraps

Tempeh "bacon" lettuce tomato wraps and polenta fries

If you’d like to make your own tempeh “bacon” to use in TLT wraps or as a side for tofu scrambles and such, here’s an easy and tasty way to do it. Prepared products like Fakin’ Bacon) are good, but this DIY version of tempeh bacon allows you to control the flavor and tweak it to your liking. You’ll need just a few ingredients to make tempeh — and lots of other things — taste like bacon. Tempeh bacon, lettuce, and tomato wraps are perfect for a portable lunch or a light dinner.

You’ll find liquid smoke and barbecue seasoning in the spice section of well-stocked supermarket. There’s often a section of barbecue seasonings. Check labels carefully; they’re not all vegan! more→

Vegan Menu: Sweet-and-Sour Vegetables & Tangy Slaw

Sweet and sour stir-fried vegetables with tempeh and pineapple

This vegan menu features Sweet-and-Sour Stir-Fried Vegetables with Seitan or Tempeh. This stir-fry features high-protein seitan or tempeh  with colorful vegetables and pineapple It has several steps but can be made easily and at a leisurely pace. Best of all, it results in a delicious and nourishing meal. It’s especially good served over bean-thread noodles or Asian brown rice vermicelli, but soba or udon work well, too. Long-grain brown rice and brown basmati rice are good choices as well. more→

Greens-Stuffed Potato Curry Dinner

Greens-stuffed curried potato dinne

Spinach potato curry is a classic combination in Indian cuisine. There’s Saag Aloo, as well as Aloo Palak. Neither are particularly difficult to make, but involve numerous ingredients — mostly, the numerous spices that add up to those amazing flavors.

If your spice rack is underwhelming, or if you don’t have the stamina to measure, toast, and grind the requisite spices, then do what we do here at Vegan Food Hacks — use readymade Indian simmer sauces to create amazing approximations of favorite curry flavors. For this dinner, we’ve also upped the nutritional ante with baby “power greens,” though it will be just as good with baby spinach. more→

Crispy Quinoa Crumbs

Crispy quinoa on green beans

Here’s a clever way to turn quinoa into tasty crispy crumbs. They pack more nutrition than breadcrumbs and are naturally gluten-free. Bake up a batch and you’ll see why we love to have them on hand. These are easy to make in just a few steps:

1  Cook quinoa as usual — combine 2 cups of water in 1 cup quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring it to a rapid simmer, lower the heat and cook for 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. For more flavor you can add a vegan bouillon cube to the water or use vegetable broth instead. more→

Laughably Easy Vegan Meatballs

Easy vegan meatballs

You might laugh out loud when you see how little effort it takes to make these easy vegan meatballs. You might also ask, if we’re already hacking vegan food, why not just buy ready-made vegan meatballs? Good question. Many, if not most brands have as their first ingredient textured soy protein (TSP or alternatively TVP), which isn’t the healthiest of vegan ingredients. And while it wouldn’t hurt to have TSP on occasion for a meaty meatless experience, some of us would just rather not. more→

Vegan “Egg” Foo Yong

Vegan "Egg" foo yong

This vegan “egg” foo yong recipe is an excellent replica of the popular Chinese dish. This version, is made with chickpea flour, sometimes packaged as garbanzo bean flour and various other names you’ll see in the note following the recipe. It’s very easy to make, and excellent served with stir-fries and rice dishes. This makes 4 pancakes; 2 larger or 4 smaller servings. All photos by Hannah Kaminsky.  more→

Vegan Carne Asada Fries

Vegan Carne Asada fries

Carne asada fries exemplify how an offbeat local food trend takes off and goes national. An odd combination of french fries, avocado, sour cream, and in its original form, strip steak, this dish originated in San Diego in the 1990s and soon became a standard in casual Mexican restaurants in the American Southwest. Now it’s on the menu in such eateries nationwide. I first had vegan carne asada fries at Mexican Radio in Hudson, NY, and understood why this hearty dish took off. How great that it can be made with seitan instead of meat! You can also use another meat substitute like jackfruit. more→

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