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Ragout of Broccoli Rabe with White Beans and Porcini Mushrooms

broccoli rage ragout with white beans

This is earthy stew of broccoli rabe, beans, and mushrooms is quick to prepare and is good served on its own in shallow bowls with crusty bread, or over pasta or polenta. Adapted from Wild About Greens (Sterling Publishing, ©2012) by Nava Atlas. 
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Papaya or Mango and Black Bean Salad

black bean and papaya salad Sharon Nazarian from Big City VeganThis is a delicious and refreshing salad, great anytime, and light enough for warmer weather days. I had a few ingredients around that seemed like they’d go good together so I threw this salad together and turned out really nice. I’m not really big on measurements so feel free to make adjustments based on your preferences. I brought this to a party and all my omnivore friends went crazy for it. It couldn’t be any easier to prepare and so healthy for you, nutrient dense with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Who’d have thought, a delicious salad with no salt and no oil! Recipe and photo contributed by Sharon Nazarian from Big City Vegan. more→

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Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Basil

Chickpea tomato olive salad recipe

This easy chickpea salad makes a good lunch on its own with some whole grain bread and fresh fruit. It’s a great companion to many Italian-style pasta dishes or simple grain dishes during the cooler months, especially if the meal needs a protein boost. It’s also good with pasta salads or potato salads as cool summer meal, served with a cold soup or fresh corn. This is especially good with ripe summer tomatoes, though off season you can use tomatoes on vine or hydroponic tomatoes. more→

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Black Lentil Celery Couscous with Jeweled Fruit

Black Lentil Celery Couscous with Jeweled FruitCelery is used twice in this dish: softened in the beginning with a little olive oil, and tossed in at the end for a decisive crunch. You may substitute traditional couscous for the whole wheat and brown or green lentils for the black ones. (The black ones are especially pretty, though.) Recipe reprinted with permission from Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables* © 2012 by Cheryl Sternman Rule, photography by Paulette Phlipot; Running Press, a member of the Perseus Book Group. more→

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Classic Vegetarian Chili

Classic vegetarian chili recipe

A standard in the vegetarian/vegan repertoire, this variety of chili consists of beans and vegetables in a spiced tomato base. It’s great for everyday meals as well as casual company dinners. It’s especially welcome when the nippy days of late fall arrive. This mildly spiced chili is good in its basic form, or try the variations for spicing it up and embellishing it. Leftovers are great for thermos lunches. Perfect paired with Green Chili Cornbread or Vegan Cornbread. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. Photos by Lori Maffei.
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Cauliflower “Steaks” with Green Pea Purée

Cauliflower Steaks with green pea puree by helyn dunnThis cauliflower recipe makes the most beautiful presentation and it’s a breeze to make. Minimal ingredients … whole foods at their best. I served these with a big, fresh salad. Perfect lunch! The trickiest part to this recipe is slicing the cauliflower, only because you will lose some. It’s mostly the inner slices that will easily retain their structure. The rest just fall apart, so be prepared to have another cauliflower recipe on hand for the leftovers! Contributed by Helyn Dunn from her blog Helyn’s Healthy Kitchen. more→

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Taco Soup

Taco soup recipe

The presentation of this easy, offbeat soup, filled with spiced beans and grain (quinoa or bulgur) is like a taco turned inside out, is fun and dramatic. It’s perfect for a chilly weeknight meal, served with a colorful salad and a green veggie. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photo by Theresa Raffetto. more→

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Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup

Split peas cook down with pieces of potato and aromatic vegetables to create a thick and hearty, stick-to-your-ribs soup that’s excellent served with saltine crackers or slices of bread. Green split peas are rich in protein, complex carbohydrates, several vitamins and minerals, and beneficial dietary fiber, all while being extremely low in fat and sodium. This makes them a great choice if you’re trying to eat more healthy and nutritious meals. Reprinted with permission from The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Vegan Slow-cooking* by Beverly Bennett (Alpha Books, 2012). more→

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