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Tasty, Versatile Chickpea Recipes

chickpeas in a spoon

Even people who say they don’t like beans often like chickpeas. What’s not to love? Chickpeas are among the most flavorful of the legume family, and add flavor, protein, and texture, to so many kinds of dishes — soups, stews, pastas, salads, and sandwiches. Add them to your repertoire today! more→

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Quinoa with Mixed Squashes and Mushrooms

Quinoa with mushrooms and squashes

Earthy and hearty, this combination of quinoa, tender squashed and mushrooms can be served any time of year. Serve with Avocado and Pinto Bean Salad or a big colorful salad to which you add your favorite beans. and some stone-ground tortilla chips. Photos by Rachael Braun.

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Asparagus, Squash, and Red Bell Pepper Sauté

Asparagus, squash, and red bell pepper sauté

An appealing vegetable trio — asparagus, zucchini or summer squash, and red bell peppers — is enlivened by a wine-scented sauté. This colorful veggie side dish is perfect for embellishing everyday meals as well as spring holiday dinners. 
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Hungarian-Style Noodles with Cabbage and Poppy Seeds

Hungarian Style Noodles with Cabbage

The preparation of this tasty Slavic-inspired dish can be greatly simplified by using pre-shredded coleslaw cabbage, but for flavor, I prefer a fresh green cabbage. For a complete, easy meal, serve with a simple bean dish and a salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, peppers, and carrots. Photos by Rachael Braun.

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Russian Beet and Potato Salad

Salad with beetroot,potatoes,carrots and cucumber ( Beet Salad- Vinegret)

Here’s a simple, classic potato salad made vivid with beets. If you have access to golden beets, by all means, use them. They’re even sweeter than red beets, and keep their vivid color to themselves more than red beets do. Is this salad really Russian? I have no idea; it is really good, though, especially if you like beets! more→

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Sunrawise Artisan Nondairy Cheeses — a review and special offer

Sunrawise artisan nondairy cheese

If you’ve gone vegan or are lactose intolerant (which a majority of humans are, logically — we’re not calves, after all!), it’s heartening to observe the growth of nondairy alternatives to milks and cheeses. There are a number of the latter that give you that nice melted quality that makes pizza, mac ‘n cheese, and quesadillas so yummy. If you’re missing the sharper flavor and pleasantly hard, dry texture of artisanal style cheeses, fortunately, those options are expanding, as well.  more→

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Mother’s Day Book Giveaway: A trio of books to help mom go vegan!

Never too late to go vegan; I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to eat it any more; quick-fix vegan

This giveaway is now closed … thanks to all for having entered! Are you interested in helping your mom — or wife, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, or esteemed friend (or even for yourself!) — enjoy a more plant-based diet? Here’s a giveaway featuring three books that will help immensely to that end. And even if it’s someone who doesn’t want to go full-on vegan, these books will help them achieve a healthier lifestyle. more→

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Chana Masala (Curried Chickpeas)

Chana masala - curried chickpeas

This simplified version of a popular Indian dish, chana masala, is a delightful way to showcase tasty chickpeas. The traditional version doesn’t usually contain green beans, but they do add color and texture to the dish. If you prefer, you can substitute a few ounces of fresh spinach or other leafy greens for the green beans. In addition to hot cooked grains, serve with fresh flatbread and a simple salad of tomatoes and cucumbers in a generous dollop of coconut yogurt. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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