There are few veggies more versatile than spinach, which adds flavor and nutrition to so many kinds of dishes — soups, salads, sides, main dishes, and even appetizers and smoothies. Here’s just a small sampling of some of our favorite spinach dishes. Also explore Healthy and Delicious Spinach Recipes, where you’ll find even more. Let’s start with Spinach, Sprouts, and Pineapple Smoothie blends the green goodness of spinach and sprouts with the sweetness of pineapple. It offers ultimate refreshment, and the coconut water is immensely hydrating. more→
Big, bountiful bowls are all the rage, and it’s easy to see why. A bowl in this context is a basically an artful arrangement of veggies and sometimes protein on a bed of grains or noodles. It’s not just a big bowlful of one dish, where every bit is the same as another. It’s a little of this and a little of that, adding up to a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. This delightful Veggie Sushi Rice Bowl tastes like your favorite vegetable sushi, but without the fuss and mess of the rolling and cutting. It’s a great way to use leftover cooked rice and a nice combo of cooked and raw. more→
Dense and chewy seitan — cooked wheat gluten — is almost pure protein. Clearly, though, seitan is not for anyone with gluten sensitivity. Store-bought seitan usually comes in 8-ounce packages or 16-ounce tubs, or you can make Homemade Seitan with the recipe on this site. It’s a hearty plant-based protein with an almost meaty texture. Here are 6 of our favorite ways to use this versatile food. Seitan Gyros is a kinder, gentler version of the Greek meat-on-a-pita classic. Seitan makes a superb stand-in, and the shortcut creamy cucumber dressing gives the entire enterprise a refreshing zip. more→
With all the dark leafy greens and nutrient-dense seeds (like chia and hemp) out there, it’s easy to overlook common veggies like carrots as super foods. Carrots are a powerhouse veggie by any standard, rich in beta carotene and vitamin C. And in culinary terms, few vegetables can rival the versatility of carrots, which can star in soups, salads, roasted dishes, sides, and even delectable desserts. Creole Creamy Carrot Soup, shown above, has a cheery orange color, and if good, fresh carrots are used, a subtly sweet flavor. more→
Many people (even those who secretly suspect that they’re lactose intolerant) say they could never give up dairy, claiming they’d miss those creamy, comforting dishes too much. These days it’s so easy to create creamy, dreamy dishes that are completely dairy-free in a number of ways. Here are just a few delicious examples. Shown above, the secret to this light and luscious Creamy Peanut Butter Pie—kissed with the dynamic duo of peanut butter and dark chocolate—is silken tofu. The same is true in Easy Vegan Pumpkin or Squash Pie. more→
Almonds are packed with lots of nutritional benefits, and being a mild-flavored nut, they’re incredibly versatile, too. Almond butter makes a perfect soup base; they’re delicious as part of pilafs and noodle dishes, and are a great choice for healthy dessert treats. Here are some of our favorites, starting with this tasty and nourishing Simple Quinoa Pilaf with Peas and Almonds.
When N53 contacted VegKitchen to see if we would like to sample and review Vegan1, an all-plant-based protein and nutritional shake, I have to admit that I was less than excited. I had yet to try a nutrition shake that I really like — most have some sort of under-taste, after-taste, or chalky texture than I don’t enjoy. But Vegan1 sounded intriguing, with so many benefits packed into each serving that I thought I’d give it a try. I’m glad I did, and I was pleasantly surprised! more→
When Valentine’s day is around the corner, or really, any festive occasion, here are VegKitchen’s top reader favorites for luscious vegan chocolate desserts. First up is Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake. It’s a dessert so easy, you can make it even if you don’t consider yourself much of a baker. more→