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Fresh n’ Lean Meal Delivery Service: A Review

Fresh n' lean oatmeal

Most people come to VegKitchen to grab a recipe or two to make at home, and we try to make it as easy to do just that. Presumably, VegKitchen readers love to cook, while others just plain don’t like to (though they come to the site for tips on living more healthfully). In this same household, I’ve manage to raise kids of both varieties. My son is an excellent cook; my daughter doesn’t own a single pan. She not only can’t be bothered, she also struggles with a poor appetite. more→

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Southwestern-Style Salad in Tortilla Bowls

Southwestern salad in tortilla bowl

Here’s a colorful Southwestern-style salad that’s made even more enticing by serving in its own tortilla bowl. It’s a bit awkward to pick the whole thing up, so it’s best to cut or tear pieces off as you eat it. Double the recipe for more servings; these are substantial main dish-sized portions. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Weekly Plant-Based Dinner Plan, September 14 – 18, 2015

Potato, Corn, and Green Chile Soup

Fall is trying to sneak its way into the air; is your palate is ready? At the first hint of autumn I’m ready to turn on the oven to bake sweet and savory fare, and make soups. Potatoes, Corn, and Green Chile Soup is a perfect transitional soup, making use of fresh corn and tomatoes while at the same time serving as warming and comforting fare. Make a big pot of it and enjoy it for a couple of nights’ worth of dinners with a salad or salad-y wraps. more→

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Mustard-Spiked Vegan Cheez-y Sauce

Mustard-Spiked Vegan Cheese-y Sauce

This luscious vegan cheez-y sauce makes vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, brussels sprouts) more appealing to the finicky, but even veggie lovers will enjoy this cheesy treat. This makes about 2 cups. Photos by Evan Atlas.
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Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary Moves to High Falls, NY

Goat and sheep barn at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

On Saturday, September 5, 2015, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary celebrated its grand reopening in High Falls New York. And what a festive celebration it was! The sanctuary’s beautiful new facilities on 150 (normally peaceful) acres of pasture land and barns are a bucolic dream. As a longtime fan of the sanctuary and its mission, I am beyond delighted that their new home is just 17 minutes (according to Google Maps!) from my own.  more→

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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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