Everyday Meals

5 Comforting, Easy, and Healthy Vegan Casseroles

Lentil and mushroom Shepherd's pie recipe

There are no words to describe Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie (from Vegan Holiday Kitchen) other than as a deep dish of absolute comfort.It’s a bit of a project, but not difficult, and definitely worth it for a special occasion meal. Photo above by Susan Voisin. more→

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Black Bean and Zucchini Tortilla Casserole

Black bean and zucchini tortilla casserole chilaquiles recipe

Chilaquiles is a classic Southwestern casserole that layers soft corn tortillas with beans and cheese (vegan in this case). Adding zucchini and chiles adds to the lively flavors. This makes for a nice change-of-pace holiday main dish, but this is also easy enough to make for weeknight meals. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→

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BBQ Sweet Potato and Chile Peanut Tacos

BBQ Sweet Potato Tacos from Jason Wyrick

I lived in Fort Worth, Texas for eleven years, and while I lived there, I had some of the best BBQ I’ve ever eaten. This taco is an ode to my second home. It’s basically a BBQ sandwich served inside a flour tortilla. It’s messy, a bit decadent, but oh-so-tasty. If you want to up the heat level, add some minced serrano chiles to the top. From Vegan Tacos: Authentic & Inspired Recipes for Mexico’s Favorite Street Food* by Jason Wyrick, © 2014. Reprinted by permission from Vegan Heritage Press.

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Homemade Chocolate Almond Milk

Chocolate Almond Milk by Leslie Cerier

This homemade chocolate almond milk is easy and delicious. Try using all organic ingredients, if you can. Recipe contributed by Leslie Cerier. Photos by Tracy Eller. more→

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Sweet-and-Sour Stir-Fried Vegetables with Seitan or Tempeh

Sweet and sour stir-fried vegetables with tempeh and pineapple

This sweet-and-sour stir-fry, featuring high-protein seitan or tempeh along with colorful vegetables and pineapple, has several steps but can be made easily and at a leisurely pace. Best of all, it results in a delicious and nourishing meal. This is especially good served over bean-thread noodles or Asian brown rice vermicelli, but soba or udon work well, too. Long-grain brown rice and brown basmati rice are good choices as well. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.  

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Garlicky Fresh Tomato and Basil Pizza

garlicky vegan margherita pizza recipe

Here’s a fresh take on the classic fresh tomato and basil pizza known as Margherita. This variation is packed with extra flavor from garlic and black olives. To heighten the garlic flavor and aroma further, you can sauté the garlic in infused oil as suggested in the recipe. This is a perfect pizza for late summer when tomatoes are at their peak of flavor. more→

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Vegan Beet Burgers

Vegan beet burgers

Burgers based on beets are all the rage in the vegan world. The red color is absolutely gorgeous! Serve as you would any other kind of burger — on buns or in pita bread, with your favorite fixings. They’re so flavorful, though, that I like to serve them on their own. If anything, I’d add a dollop of a quick vegan tartar sauce and serve these on their own with salad.

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French Lentil Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

French Lentil Salad by Sharon Palmer from Plant-Powered for Life

Beans aren’t the only member of the legume family worth celebrating. Lentils, packed with fiber and protein, are just as nutritious. Plus they cook up—no soaking required—in only 15 to 20 minutes. A French ami shared her mother’s traditional recipe for lentil salad with me years ago. This simple salad, seasoned with a French vinaigrette, is classic dish in France. It makes a wonderful, protein-rich highlight of any meal. Because the flavors continue to meld, it’s also great the next day. Recipe from Plant-Powered for Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps and 125 Delicious Recipes, © 2014 Sharon Palmer. Reprinted with permission from The Experiment.

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