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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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8 Delicious Vegan Entreés Featuring Peanut Butter

Asian Peanut-Sesame Noodles Recipe

Everything tastes better with peanut butter! Except, of course, for those with peanut allergies. Luscious and high in protein, peanut butter isn’t only for PBJ sandwiches or desserts (though it’s awesome in both — see our listing of sweet treats using it) Here are 7 tasty ways to use it in vegan main dishes. First off, here’s an easy rendition of Cold Peanut Butter Sesame Noodles (above), with a dollop of tahini and a dash of spice. Delicious as a summer dinner served with an easy tofu dish and a simple salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil. more→

8 Vegan Treats Featuring Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Peanut Butter Bars from Isa Moskowitz from Post Punk Kitchen

It’s hard to think of a more compatible duo of flavors for desserts than peanut butter and chocolate. This array of recipes from a number of vegan foodies and chefs is proof positive of universal agreement on this topic! Above, Isa Moskowitz’s Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Bars a perfect for a lunch box treat, a picnic, or hey, since there’s cereal and oatmeal in there, why not breakfast? They’re so easy and so much yummier than packaged granola bars that there’s no reason not to give ‘em a go. more→

6 Tasty Recipes Combining Fresh Summer Tomatoes and Corn

Tomato and corn salad

July and August are the best months to enjoy fresh summer tomatoes and corn —and combining the two in simple, tasty dishes is a great way to double the pleasure. Tip — if you’re concerned with GMO corn, just make sure to buy it organic and you’re on the safe side. Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad (above) is a pleasing combination of two of summer’s premier bumper crops makes for a delightful mid-to late-summer salad. more→

Spice up Your Life with 7 Sriracha-Spiked Dishes

EDAMAME-SRIRACHA SUCCOTASH randy clemens

Everyone who likes a bit of spice to their food is hooked on sriracha sauce these days. Here are seven brilliant ways to use it. While succotash is usually served warm, Randy Clemens’ Edamame Sriracha Succotash, above, is fantastic served cold as a refreshing (and spicy!) salad from summer through late fall. more→

How to Make Vegan Parmesan-Style “Cheese”

Raw zucchini noodles

Store-bought vegan Parmesan cheese is acceptable, but homemade is much better! Here’s a delicious, nutritious nut- and seed- based dairy-free topping you can make in minutes. Choose between untoasted cashews or blanched almonds for the nuts; hemp or sesame for the seeds.  Nutritional yeast gives it that mellow cheese-like flavor that makes it so yummy. Here’s how: more→

Recipes to Keep You Cool as a Cucumber

Vegan Cucumber Soup

Do cucumbers really cool you down? As a veggie that’s more than 90% water (and with practically no calories), at the very least, they’ll keep you well hydrated. Here are some of our favorite recipes for enjoying them this summer. When temperatures hit tropical levels, turn Cool as a Cucumber Soup — an easy, no-cook soup featuring cucumbers and lots of fresh herbs in a refreshing base. more→

7 Summer Blueberry Recipes

melon cups 2- cantaloupe, strawberries, and blueberries

Doing anything other than eating in-season blueberries out of hand seems like gilding the lily. If you want to do more than that, here are some of our favorites. Lots more easy tips and ideas can be found in A Bounty of Blueberries, and here you can read all about their notable health benefits. Let’s start with these pretty Melon Cups with Strawberries and Blueberries, whose fun presentation of a simple medley of summer fruits is especially appealing.  more→

No-Cook Meals for Hot Summer Days

Greek Flavored Lentil Salad with Tofu "Feta"

Even if your kitchen is air-conditioned, there’s something nice about not having to turn on a single burner to make dinner when it’s hot outside. Here’s a varied range of vegan entrees, along with ideas for rounding them out, for just those kinds of days. Hearty Greek-Flavored Lentil Salad with Tofu “Feta” keeps its no-cook promise by using canned lentils. Serve this gorgeous and luscious dish with fresh pita and finish with a fruity dessert. more→

No-Cook Cold Soups for Summer Refreshment

Cold White Bean and Tomato Soup

Even though we can use air-conditioning to mitigate summer heat in the kitchen, being able to make cold soups without turning on a single burner is a gift on the hottest days. Some cold soups have cooked ingredients and then are chilled in the fridge, but the ones presented here don’t require any heat at all. It’s good to chill them before serving for ultimate refreshment, but you can serve them right away if need be (you can always swirl 3 or 4 ice cubes into them before serving to get that chilled effect). First up, Cool White Bean and Tomato Soup, shown above, which makes for a flavorful, nearly instant and surprisingly hearty cold soup.  more→

5 Delicious Veggie Recipes for the Grill (and One for Fruit!)

Grilled Pineapple

Here are a few ways to make the most of the veggies on the grill, some tried and true (eggplant, peppers, and some that you may not have considered (cabbage, asparagus). First up, Grilled Pineapple (above) is amazing. It’s a perfect foil for vegan proteins (tofu, tempeh, seitan, or vegan sausage) and veggies cooked on the barbecue.  more→

4 Ways to Use Lettuce — Other Than in Salads

Cold coconut cream of lettuce soup

You don’t need a recipe to figure out how to use lettuce in a salad. In the late spring or early summer, though, you might find yourself with more lettuce than you need, especially if you belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm or are a gardener yourself. Here are four creative ways to use your surplus of lettuce, starting with the refreshing Cold Coconut Cream of Lettuce Soup shown above. more→

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