Chilaquiles (Black Bean and Zucchini Tortilla Casserole) is a classic Southwestern casserole that layers soft corn tortillas with beans and cheese (vegan in this case). Adding zucchini and chiles adds to the lively flavors. This makes for a nice change-of-pace holiday main dish, but this is also easy enough to make for weeknight meals.
Pasta with Pesto, Potatoes, and Green Beans is a classic rustic Italian combination. It may seem odd to combine pasta and potatoes, but it does work well, and is extra hearty. It’s carb heaven, maybe, but still healthy, especially if you use whole-grain pasta.
Sesame seeds are worth much more than their weight, both in nutritional benefits and in culinary properties. The flavor of sesame seeds is mild and nutty. It greatly intensifies when they are expressed into oil or are ground into a paste (known as tahini) or into a butter. more→
Multicolored Pasta Salad for a Crowd is a veggie-filled pasta salad that’s always a crowd-pleaser. Broccoli, carrots, yellow squash, and briny olives and dried tomatoes make this a most colorful dish. This is a great choice as a vegan potluck recipe for warm weather occasions.
Kale, tofu, and peanut butter join forces in Spicy Braised Kale and Tofu to create a tasty, nutrition-packed dish. Serve with brown rice or quinoa and a colorful salad for a great weeknight meal. Recipe above by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. more→
In these Banana-Scented Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting, the banana helps add stability and moistness, so don’t leave it out to make a vanilla-only cake. It is such a subtle flavor that is most lovely, and the cake is fluffy and moist, perfect for any special occasion.
Skillet Berry-Apple Crumble is a way to enjoy apples and berries, minus the 30 minute baking time usually required. The twist here is that it’s made on the stovetop rather than baked in the oven. Photo above by Susan Voisin. more→
There are no words to describe Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie (from Vegan Holiday Kitchen) other than as a deep dish of absolute comfort.It’s a bit of a project, but not difficult, and definitely worth it for a special occasion meal. Photo above by Susan Voisin. more→