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Spicy Szechuan-Style Eggplant

Szechuan eggplant with tofu

This recipe is based on one of my favorite Chinese take-out dishes—spicy eggplant—with a lot less oil than its restaurant counterpart. I’ve devised this lower-fat version as a way to satisfy my craving for it. Add tofu to make it more of a main dish. This can be served over noodles or rice. If you love eggplant, it’s really tasty any way you present it. more→

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Quinoa, Lentil, and Mushroom Burgers

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If anyone you know says that they could never go vegan because they’d miss hamburgers, just serve them these. Not that these are at all meat-like nor aspire to be. These burgers, with high-protein quinoa and lentils, plus flavorful mushrooms and plenty of seasonings, are hearty and satisfying. Serve them with your favorite fixings, or just on their own as a high-protein embellishment for the plate. more→

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Broccoli, Mushroom, and Dried Tomato Pizza

Vegan Broccoli, mushroom, and dried tomato pizza

Using plenty of broccoli makes this easy pizza a nourishing meal. Serve a big salad with mixed greens and plenty of raw veggies, embellished with olives and chickpeas. Use as many of the shortcuts as you’d like, making this a super-quick preparation; I’ve provided from-scratch options for sauce and crust (even a gluten-free option!) for when you have more time. more→

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VegKitchen’s Vegan Chili Recipe Round-Up

Classic Vegetarian Chili; photo by Lori Maffei

There has rarely been a comprehensive collection of vegetarian or vegan recipes, in print or online, that didn’t include at least one recipe for chili. Bean-based chills are warming, hearty, and inexpensive. They’re as welcome for everyday meals as they are for parties and potlucks. They freeze well and are also a great lunchbox option. Here’s a handful of chili varieties to choose from. more→

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Smoky Lentil and Sweet Potato Chili

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Lentil chili is deliciously offbeat, especially with the addition of sweet potato. Smoky spices, intended for grilling, are readily available in the spice section of supermarkets, and add a bold but not overly hot flavor to the stew. I like to serve this with fresh greens, steamed or sautéed and a simple slaw-style salad. Stone-ground tortilla chips and some salsa are also welcome! more→

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Lunch Box Pasta Salad

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This simple pasta salad makes a nice change of pace from sandwich fare. Featuring kid-friendly veggies, you can dress it in a way you think would be most appealing. Vary the vegetables according to your child’s preference. You can make this for dinner, then use leftovers for the lunch box (moisten with additional dressing as needed), or just make it for lunch-packing from the get go, for which it yields a generous number of servings. If you’re looking for more lunch ideas, you might enjoy our post, Healthy School Lunch Recipes and Tips. more→

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Nutty Banana Smoothie

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A ridiculously easy yet absolutely delicious smoothie that’s more like a shake, this combination of banana, nut butter, and nondairy milk could be just the thing to get your kids to start liking smoothies. And for adults who aren’t particularly hungry in the morning, it provides a bit of fuel until the appetite wakes up.  more→

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Insanely Easy Vegan French Toast

Easy vegan french toast recipe

You don’t need a lot of bells and whistles for a great vegan French toast recipe. It’s really more about the golden-brown of the result, the cinnamon, and the syrup. A nice amount of fruit or fruit salad is always a plus, too. I prefer garbanzo (chickpea) flour, as it yields an nice golden color, and since it’s made of bean, is a nice foil to the bread. more→

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