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Vegan Beanballs (for serving on pasta with marinara sauce)

Vegan beanballs and spaghetti

Made of beans, oatmeal (or quinoa flakes) and walnuts, there’s nothing “fake meat” about these beanballs. They’re super easy to make, too — basically you just throw everything into the food processor. While they’re baking, cook up your favorite kind of pasta. Once it’s done, add the kind of marinara sauce you like best — homemade Classic Marinara Sauce, or or your favorite natural purchased brand. Serve with a colorful salad, and, if you’d like, roast some broccoli and/or cauliflower in the oven at the same time that the beanballs are baking. Tip: set aside some of the marinara to spoon over the beanballs, once you arrange them atop the pasta. more→

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VegKitchen’s Favorite Avocado Recipes

Mango, avocado, and arugula salad recipe

I fully admit, I’m an avocado addict. Yes, they’re loaded with nutrients, including folate, vitamins B, C, K and E, fiber, niacin, potassium and more. They’re a great source of good fats and fiber. But I really love them for how they taste, and their mouth feel. Based on reader enthusiasm, here are a few of our favorite ways to feature avocados in easy recipes. more→

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Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Creamy cauliflower soup

This creamy dairy-free cauliflower soup, enhanced with any of the garnishes recommended, makes a soothing introduction to a meal. It’s great with veggie-filled wraps and main-dish salads. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.

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Veggie Sushi Rice Bowls

Veggie Sushi Bowl

This delightful rice bowl tastes like your favorite veggie sushi, but without the fuss and mess of the rolling and cutting. It’s a great way to use leftover cooked rice. Short-grain brown rice gives it the most authentic flavor, but really, any kind of whole grain rice or rice blend will do. Once your cooked rice is on hand, this is really no more time consuming to make than a sandwich or any other kind of salad, and if you use a covered container, it’s an offbeat portable lunch that you’ll be happy to dig into! Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Fitbit Wireless Personal Trainer

fitbit wireless trainerDon’t wait a moment longer to resolve to get fit — any day is a good one to start working toward 10,000 steps a day (or more!). I’m a huge fan of the Fitbit Wireless personal trainer. The Fitbit eeps me honest about my daily activity and I almost always try to find a way to achieve my ten to twelve thousand steps a day. It makes a fantastic gift for the walking enthusiast in your life, and a great investment in your own health and fitness. more→

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Italian Pasta and Bean Soup

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Like Minestrone, Italian Pasta and Bean Soup is a classic, sometimes referred to as pasta e fagiole. It’s a meal in a bowl that you can complete easily with fresh garlic bread and a big salad. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→

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Avocado and Chickpea Sandwich Spread

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Pairing the great flavors of avocado and chickpeas, this tasty sandwich spread was inspired by the Avocado Tartine offered at the restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien. These eateries are all over NYC and are spreading elsewhere, which is great, as I’m completely addicted to that sandwich. Here’s an easy way to recreate it at home — also a good thing, as I’m quite addicted to avocado, plain or embellished. more→

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BBQ-Flavored Seitan and Avocado Wraps

BBQ-flavored seitan and avocado wraps

This easy wrap is a longtime family favorite. Barbecue-flavored seitan contrasts deliciously with cool avocado and leafy greens. Like most wraps, it’s a salad disguised as a sandwich. It’s easy to make, fun to eat, and go well with just about anything — soups, potatoes, fresh corn, pasta salad, salsa and chips — any way you serve it, it’s a great meal. Need only one wrap? Cut the recipe in half. Or to serve four, double the recipe. You can substitute tempeh or tofu for the seitan. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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