Bountiful Beans

Greek-Flavored Lentil Salad with Tofu “Feta”

Greek Flavored Lentil Salad with Tofu "Feta"

This hearty, Greek-inspired cold dish of lentils, tomatoes, olives, and tofu “feta” is easy enough to make for everyday meals, and impressive enough to serve on special occasions. It’s a nice dish to bring to potlucks, as well. Photos by Evan Atlas.
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Masala Lentils (Sabut Masoor)

Masala lentil dal by Vegan Richa

If you want to impress someone with a dal, make it this one. Don’t be afraid of the number of spices—it is quite simple to make. The spices and garlic are blended to a paste and fried in the oil. A hot sauce (chiles, garlic, and vinegar) in the tadka is another secret to getting the right flavor profile. Serve this as a part of a meal, or with rice or naan or other flatbread. Recipe and photos from Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen  © 2015 by Richa Hingle. Vegan Heritage Press, LLC. reprinted by permission.
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7 Bountiful Bean Salads

Avocado and pinto bean salad

Bean salads are so easy to make — it’s usually all about tossing together a bunch of tasty ingredients — and so useful. They’re great to share at potlucks, take on picnics, pack into lunches, or just to serve on the side of the dinner plate for added protein. Here are a few of VegKitchen’s favorites, starting with Avocado and Pinto Bean Salad, an easy combo with a Southwestern flair. This goes well with vegan quesadillas and other tortilla specialties that don’t themselves contain beans. more→

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Curried Red Lentil, Pumpkin, and Cauliflower Soup

Curried Red Lentil Pumpkin Cauliflower soup

Red lentils cook quickly, so they’re a good choice when you want a hearty, filling soup in little time. Adding a couple of cups of pumpkin or butternut squash puree adds to the orange-y goodness of this soup — and cauliflower and spinach contribute to its overall veggie-packed deliciousness. Serve this main-dish soup with a fresh flatbread and a simple salad. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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7 Easy, Delicious Warm Black Bean Recipes

Black Bean Tostadas

Black beans are nutritious and versatile. Here are 8 of VegKitchen’s easiest recipes for these tasty beans. Let’s start with Black Bean Tostadas, featuring crisp tortillas piled generously with crisp lettuce, salsa, and if you’d like, vegan sour cream. more→

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili with Tomatillos

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili by Leslie Cerier

This sweet and spicy stew is a fun and unusual take on chili. And if you happen to have leftovers, it tastes even better a day or two later. Kelp may seem like an unusual ingredient here, but it has several benefits: it makes the beans more digestible, and it also contains flavor-enhancing compounds and loads of minerals and vitamins. Copyright © 2010 Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook* by Leslie Cerier (New Harbinger, Inc). All rights reserved. Used by permission of the publisher and author.

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Curried Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk

Curried Lentil Soup from Leslie Cerier

For centuries, spices have been used to create delicious and nourishing meals. Aromatic herbs and spices, also known as carminatives, improve digestion and make zesty, globally inspired dishes. The key to making beans easier to digest is to cook them from scratch, adding sea vegetables like dulse along with carminative herbs and spices. Adapting this main course soup to the seasons is easy: You can use fresh tomatoes, summer squash, spinach, and eggplant in the summer; canned tomatoes, carrots, yams, or butternut squash in the fall and winter. Recipe excerpted with permission from Going Wild in the Kitchen,* by Leslie Cerier, © 2005, Square One Publishers, Inc. Photos by Tracey Eller.

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Pinto Bean, Green Olive, & Sweet Potato Turnovers

Pinto Bean, Green Olive, & Sweet Potato Turnovers

I think I could eat one of these turnovers every day for lunch and be quite happy. They have everything I love: beans, olives, sweet potato, smoky cumin and crust. Especially crust. I like to make a big batch and put half in the freezer. Serve with salsa and/or cashew sour cream if you’d like. If you’re not into making your own dough, use vegan puff pastry. Or go super simple and stuff whole wheat tortillas with the warm filling. Recipe and photo contributed by Annie Oliverio of An Unrefined Vegan. Annie is the author of the forthcoming Crave Eat Heal: Plant-based, Whole-food Recipes to Satisfy Every Craving  * (April, 2015).

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