Recipes

Crispy Polenta Fries

Polenta Fries recipe

Making these addictive fries using polenta (cooked cornmeal) is super easy. You need to plan ahead to allow the cooked polenta to completely solidify in the fridge — a few hours or overnight. Use as an appetizer or side dish. Polenta is completely gluten-free, and though it’s a traditional Italian food, it goes with any kind of meal. Thanks to Colavita for the quick-cooking, super-smooth Instant Polenta used in this recipe, as well as the fruity olive oil and hot pepper spread we used to embellish the fries. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Polenta with a Variety of Toppings

Polenta with Spinach and Tomatoes

Polenta is the Italian name for a basic cornmeal mush that can be served on its own or with a variety of toppings (see variations after recipe box). It’s a comforting, naturally gluten-free grain dish that kids and picky eaters will love! When mine were growing up, they loved this with a side of steamed broccoli, and a platter of raw veggies with a dip. Thanks to Colavita for supplying the Instant Polenta used in this recipe, which not only cooks up super-fast, but is extra smooth. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Hoisin-Glazed Eggplant

Hoisin eggplan

Here’s a simple way to prepare the abundance of Japanese eggplants or the mini eggplants of summer. The hoisin marinade cooks into these small eggplants and makes them irresistible! Serve with a cold Asian-style noodle dish and a simple tofu dish for a delicious warm-weather meal. Or, serve on its own as an appetizer or first course. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Fruity, Nutty Mixed Greens Salads

Mixed baby greens salads

Start with mixed baby greens, spinach, or arugula (or some combination of two or three of these) and add fresh seasonal fruits and a sprinkling of nuts to make easy salads. This kind of salad adds a refreshing note to most any kind of meal. There’s almost nothing to it, and you need not follow any recipe! You can vary it each time you make it. more→

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Avocado Salad Parfaits

Avocado parfaits recipe by Laura Theodore

Here’s a festive and fabulous way to serve a first course salad featuring avocado, any time of the year. Spooned into tiny parfait or champagne glasses, this tasty combo provides a refreshing change to a standard green salad. Recipes from Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet © Laura Theodore 2015, Jazzy Vegetarian, LLC. Reprinted by permission.Photos by David Kaplan.Learn more about Vegan-Ease and its tie-in with Jazzy Vegetarian (Season 5) following the recipe.  more→

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Sophisticated Summer Rolls

Sophisticated Summer Rolls cropped

These summer rolls look fancy and sophisticated, but they’re so easy to make. Just stop, drop, and roll! A great appetizer or light meal for one, or make more for a crowd.Recipe from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic: Eat (and Live!) the New French Way with Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Season  © 2015 by Rebecca Leffler. Photos by Sandra Mahut. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. more→

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Avocado Toast with Coconut “Bacon”

Avocado Coconut Bacon Toast

I could eat this for breakfast every day. Actually, I think I did just that for about a month after I cooked my first batch of coconut “bacon.” If you haven’t tried coconut bacon yet, you’re in for a treat. Recipe from Greens 24/7: More Than 100 Quick, Easy, and Delicious Recipes for Eating Leafy Greens and Other Green Vegetables at Every Meal, Every Day by Jessica Nadel, © 2014. Photo by Jackie Sobon. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment.  more→

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Hemp Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Hemp Chocolate Chunk Blondies

These bars are the perfect power-packed pick-me-up with nuts, hemp seeds, dates, and chunks of dark chocolate. No need to reach for an unhealthy snack! Recipe by Heather Pace, from Sweetly Raw Desserts, @ 2015 Quarry Books. Photo by Melissa Welsh. Reprinted by permission. more→

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