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Crispy Polenta Fries

Polenta Fries recipe

Making these addictive fries using polenta (cooked cornmeal) is super easy. You need to plan ahead to allow the cooked polenta to completely solidify in the fridge — a few hours or overnight. Use as an appetizer or side dish. Polenta is completely gluten-free, and though it’s a traditional Italian food, it goes with any kind of meal. Thanks to Colavita for the quick-cooking, super-smooth Instant Polenta used in this recipe, as well as the fruity olive oil and hot pepper spread we used to embellish the fries. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Polenta with a Variety of Toppings

Polenta with Spinach and Tomatoes

Polenta is the Italian name for a basic cornmeal mush that can be served on its own or with a variety of toppings (see variations after recipe box). It’s a comforting, naturally gluten-free grain dish that kids and picky eaters will love! When mine were growing up, they loved this with a side of steamed broccoli, and a platter of raw veggies with a dip. Thanks to Colavita for supplying the Instant Polenta used in this recipe, which not only cooks up super-fast, but is extra smooth. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Hoisin-Glazed Eggplant

Hoisin eggplan

Here’s a simple way to prepare the abundance of Japanese eggplants or the mini eggplants of summer. The hoisin marinade cooks into these small eggplants and makes them irresistible! Serve with a cold Asian-style noodle dish and a simple tofu dish for a delicious warm-weather meal. Or, serve on its own as an appetizer or first course. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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A Plant-Based Father’s Day Menu

Unbaked vegan chocolate brownies

On Father’s Day, treat Dad to this delicious and easy plant-based menu. Your dad need not be vegan to appreciate this hearty (and heart-healthy meal) that shows how much you really care! Here’s our suggested menu, perfect as a brunch or lunch. more→

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Lagusta’s Commissary Opens in NY’s Hudson Valley

Lagusta Commissary in New Paltz, NY

Residents of the Hudson Valley are already lucky to have Lagusta’s Luscious, a vegan confectionary, located in the heart of New Paltz. Creative and delectable, this radical take-out confection shop at 25 North Front Street also features Sweet Maresa’s melt-in-your mouth vegan macarons. What I’m excited to tell you about is the opening of Commissary! — the exclamation point is part of the name, as it should be — at 11 Church Street in downtown New Paltz. more→

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Fruity, Nutty Mixed Greens Salads

Mixed baby greens salads

Start with mixed baby greens, spinach, or arugula (or some combination of two or three of these) and add fresh seasonal fruits and a sprinkling of nuts to make easy salads. This kind of salad adds a refreshing note to most any kind of meal. There’s almost nothing to it, and you need not follow any recipe! You can vary it each time you make it. more→

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Thank, You, Colavita!

Colavita products

One of the perks of running a site like VegKitchen is receiving great products to review and beautiful cookbooks to review and excerpt. We got a goldmine of lovely products from Colavita to cook with and taste, and we can’t wait to dig in. And while these products aren’t specifically geared toward the vegan market, isn’t it great that they are, incidentally, completely plant-based?  more→

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What Fruits are in Season?

What Fruits Are in Season?

This infographic courtesy of Berries.com

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