Shana Paluba

5 Delicious Recipes for Using Beets

Vegan beet burgers

These Beet Burgers are all the rage in the vegan world. The red color is absolutely gorgeous! Serve as you would any other kind of burger — on buns or in pita bread, with your favorite fixings. more→

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6 Fantastic Vegan Pasta Salads for Summer

israeli couscous salad

Israeli couscous is one fun little pasta. It’s round and quick-cooking, and has a very pleasant mouth feel. Combined with herbs, raw veggies, and lush stone fruit, this Israeli Couscous Summer Pilaf is a light and refreshing foil to grilled foods or well-seasoned plant-based protein dishes. 
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7 Fantastic Fresh Corn Recipes

grilled corn

Summer is the best time to enjoy fresh corn on the cob. Purchase organic corn if you’d like to be sure it’s non-GMO — it’s not hard to find! Corn is amazingly versatile; and for those times when you don’t want to use it in recipes, try grilling it as shown above for a fabulous treat. more→

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Mocha Maca Banana Smoothie

mocha maca banana smoothie

Give your maca banana smoothie an extra kick with a subtle coffee flavor. Maca in itself gives you an energy boost, so you can use decaf if you’d like; it’s really for the flavor rather than the caffeine. Use the lesser amount of the maca powder if you’re new to using it. more→

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Progressive International Produce Keepers: A review

Progressive international produce keeper

If you frequent farm markets, grow your own produce or belong to a CSA, especially throughout the summer, the produce that comes into your kitchen might overflow from you refrigerator’s produce drawers. But that’s a good thing! Summer as well as most of the fall are the perfect seasons for indulging, or even over-indulging in the season’s generous bounty of produce.  more→

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VegKitchen’s Top 5 Green Smoothies

Green velvet smoothie (kale, banana, and avocado)

Green Velvet Smoothie is a creamy, filling smoothie. Hemp seeds are optional, but they’re one of the best, most concentrated sources of Omega 3s—better (and tastier) than flaxseeds. Shown above, photo by Susan Voisin. more→

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6 Fabulous Recipes for Chia Seeds

Chia seeds - varieties

Chia seeds are everywhere these days! Known for their abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids, these tiny seeds can improve your heart health and cholesterol levels, and can be helpful in losing weight. The gel that is formed around the seed with the help of water has no calories and makes you feel more full. Chia seeds are abundant in antioxidants, as well as complete protein. Here are 6 fabulous and fascinating ways to use this superfood. more→

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Health Benefits of Chia, Flax, and Hemp Seeds

Chia seeds - varieties

Chia, hemp, and flaxseeds seem to be everywhere these days! This trio of tiny seeds offers an abundance of health benefits, not the least of which are the valuable Omega-3 fatty acids. These seeds aren’t just for those following plant-based diets, but anyone who wants to boost their intake of nutrients. Read on for a brief introduction to these small but mighty super foods, their comparative benefits, and some ways to use them in your daily fare. more→

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