Recipes

Chili-Topped Sweet Potatoes (Extreme Vegan Dinner Hack # 1)

Chili-topped sweet potatoes

Welcome to a series of posts designed for anyone with no time or inclination to cook, but who’ve had it with eating out, ordering in, and makeshift meals. These dinners hardly even qualify for semi-homemade. They’re a combination of fresh and prepared ingredients, perfect for anyone who’s super-busy or really lazy, but who wants to enjoy healthier, plant-based meals.

For this one, the only thing you need is a microwave (unless you remembered to bake your sweet potatoes in the oven the night before, which, knowing frazzled people like you, is doubtful). It’s a hearty combination of baked sweet potatoes piled high with canned chili; one of those pre-cut salad combos you find in almost any supermarket these days, and stoneground tortilla chips. Don’t tell anyone you didn’t really make this meal; they won’t believe you! Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Linguine or Fettuccine with Asparagus and Portabella Mushrooms

Linguine or Fettuccine with asparagus and mushrooms

This quick Italian-style vegan pasta dish features fresh asparagus, which gives it a springtime touch, and portabella mushrooms, which makes it substantial. Try a flavored variety of linguine or fettuccine to further jazz up this dish. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Vegan Kale Caesar Salad

vagan Kale caesar salad

This vegan Kale caesar is an updated version of the classic American caesar salad. There’s not much to to the original recipe other than lettuce, bread croutons, and a (nonvegan ) caesar dressing, so a revamp is welcome. When I first made this with only kale, I found it to be a bit too overpowering. The combination of kale and romaine lettuce is perfect, allowing the other flavors to shine through. This recipe, easy though it is, also offers further shortcuts. more→

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7 Delicious and Easy Asian-Style Noodle Dishes

Vegetable Chow Mein recipe

All kinds of Asian noodles have become widely available, both in natural foods stores and well-stocked supermarkets. Combined with lots of veggies and other tasty ingredients, they’re the basis of quick, healthy meals. In Vegetable Chow Mein, the noodles are stir-fried along with the veggies. The amount and varieties of vegetables can be varied. Why call for take out when it’s so easy (and less greasy) to make this at home? more→

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How to Create One Bowl Meals

How to make one-bowl meals

Creating a one bowl meal is a really great way to get nourished and healthy. We go through stretches in our house when these are coming out of the kitchen on a daily basis for weeks on end. Primarily macrobiotic, they are a staple in our household and they keep our teenage boys fueled and happy. These dishes are made up of five general categories of ingredients: a legume, a grain, a green, a whole food and a sauce. The possibilities are endless! more→

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6 Quick and Colorful Bok Choy Recipes

Seared baby bok choy

Of all Asian greens, bok choy is, arguably the most widely known and available. The term “bok choy” is generally used to describe the larger kind, with the crisp white stalks and dark leaves. Baby bok choy is a smaller version of the former variety, with stems and leaves of a fairly uniform, pale green hue. Either of the common varieties of bok choy are good raw in salads or very lightly cooked in stir-fries and Asian-style soups.  more→

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Stir-Fried Bok Choy with Shiitake Mushrooms

Bok choy and mushroom stir-fry

Here’s a quick stir-fry using nutritious, crunchy bok choy. Shiitake mushrooms make a perfect partner for it. Serve this on its own or over rice; it’s good hot or at room temperature. Use either large white bok choy or baby bok choy. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Cauliflower Crown Roast

Cauliflower crown roast

I must confess that for me, the main appeal of cauliflower crown roast, a new-fashioned way of preparing this veggie, is its appearance. Once you cut wedges away, what you have is lots of unseasoned cauliflower. To mitigate this blandness, serve with plenty of the same simple, tasty gravy used to baste it while it bakes. In its favor, other than the handsome appearance of the cauliflower, is ease of preparation. more→

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