Shana Paluba

6 Car-Friendly Healthy Vegan Snack Ideas

Dried fruit varieties

Road trips are fun and exciting. They offer the freedom to stop anywhere and take in the beauty of nature, or sample urban culture. They create memories that become part of a family’s shared history. What kind of food to take on the road is an important aspect of planning. You and your family or travel companions may be tempted to stop for fast food, but of course, that’s not the best choice. Light, natural, and preferably vegan snacks can be prepared and carried easily. If you’re health- and budget-conscious, it’s nice to have some of your own food handy in the car, especially on long stretches of highway. For spring break or summer travels, here are 6 vegan snack ideas to keep you and the kids happy and energetic throughout your trip — and not make too much of a mess in the car! more→

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Fruit and Yogurt Ambrosia

Fruit and Yogurt Ambrosia

Bowls of nondairy yogurt, dried and fresh fruit, and granola can be a quick light lunch or nutritious snack. It’s great for kids — especially young children who balk at dishes in which ingredients are “touching.” But if they decide for themselves what’s touching what, they don’t seem to mind a mixed dish. When my kids were young and had friends over, they created patterns in their yogurt with the other items, and often asked for seconds. This is great for adults, too. Why let kids have all the fun? Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Easy Brown Rice with Mushrooms

Brown Rice with mushrooms

Vegetable broth, garlic, mushrooms, and a bit of scallion make this brown rice side dish a treat in its own right, and not just a bed of grain for other dishes. This serves 6 as a side dish. more→

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7 Easy No-Bake Vegan Truffles and Energy Balls

Peanut Butter Fudge Truffles

If you’re looking for sweet treats that are easier on the budget than buying energy snacks and fine chocolates, try these easy recipes. They taste like candy, but feel like sustenance! Abbie Jaye, AKA Chef AJ contributed the decadent Peanut Butter Fudge Truffles, above — so easy to make, and they contain only 5 ingredients. more→

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Festive Vegan Tortilla Dishes — Burritos, Tacos, Fajitas, and More

Cauliflower power tacos

Southwestern and Mexican-inspired meals, including vegan fajitas, quesadillas, tostadas, and tacos are incredibly easy to prepare and to build meals around. Often, you only need to prepare whatever it is that’s going to be enclosed in the tortilla, and then set everything else out. Everyone at the table assembles and embellishes their own creation to their own liking. It’s all so festive and colorful — no wonder these kinds of meals are often referred to as fiestas! Take a look at these offbeat  Cauliflower Power Tacos — veggie lovers will devour these tacos filled with roasted cauliflower, crispy chickpeas and flavorful cilantro pesto. more→

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10 Tasty Ways to Tempt Your Family to Eat More Vegetables

roasted cauliflower with onion, garlic and lemon recipe

Roast them. Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness, and as with the vegetable fritters above, makes them a comfort food. Try Roasted Cauliflower, above, or combinations of cruciferous veggies (cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc.), root vegetables, and squashes, Explore our wide array of Roasted Vegetable Recipes.  more→

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8 Tasty Vegan Salad Dressings

Vegan ranch dressing with raw veggies

If you’re a fan of salads, you’ll love this handy ways to make them even better with dressings that are dairy-free, full of flavor, and in many cases, low in fat. Best of all, you can make them at home in minutes. And if almost goes without saying that they’re more economical than store-bought dressing. First up, Vegan Ranch Dressing, above, is one that’s almost impossible to find ready-made in a dairy-free vegan version. As a dip, this is great with raw veggies; as a dressing, use on green salads, slaws, pasta salads, and potato salads. more→

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How to Cut a Fresh Pineapple

How to cut fresh pineapple

Don’t be intimidated by fresh pineapples! They might look daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to cut, and so amazing to eat. Time was when fresh pineapple was mainly a winter fruit, but like a lot of produce it is now available year-round. Pineapple still seems more fitting to augment the dearth of fruit choices in the winter, but it’s still welcome in the summer, when it brightens fruit salads, and is delicious grilled! One you get the hang of this, you’ll want to explore our array of Pineapple Recipes — Sweet and Savory. Let’s get started …

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