Everyday Meals

Chickpea, Avocado, and Spinach Spread

Chickpea, Spinach, and Avocado Spread

If you’re looking for an easy, healthy, and yummy spread for fresh bread, crackers, or tortilla chips, you’re in luck. This one combines tasty chickpeas with smooth avocado, and boosted with a good dose of baby spinach or arugula. Spread it on toast any time of day — even for breakfast, or scoop a little of the soft center from a fresh crusty baguette. It’s as good for everyday lunches as it is as a special occasion dip or spread. Makes about 2 cups. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Chickpea Chopped Salad

chickpea chopped salad wraps

Here’s a tasty chickpea chopped salad that may just become your go-to sandwich spread or wrap filling. Or, just add a scoop to a green salad to add protein. Filled with olives, cucumbers, peppers, and sunflower seeds, this is both comforting and crunchy all at once. It’s great for a portable lunch for work or school, too. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Creamy Pasta and Butternut Squash Casserole

butternut squash and pasta casserole

This simple and comforting vegan casserole will remind you of macaroni and cheese. There’s no cheese here, just a delectable combo of smooth butternut squash, nutritional yeast, and silken tofu. The crowning touch is plenty of roasted butternut dice to top it off. To make this, pre-bake the butternut squash until the wide part with the seeds can be easily pierced, and the narrow part can be pierced with some resistance. For some tips, see How to Cut a Butternut Squash Without Losing Your Mind. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Quinoa-Maca Breakfast Bowls

Quinoa-Maca breakfast bowls

Two superfoods — quinoa and maca root — combine in a breakfast bowl that will fuel you for hours. Learn more about the benefits of maca and try another variation on a quinoa breakfast bowl if you like this one. No maca? No worries, this will be yummy and comforting if you choose to omit it. Photos by Evan Atlas. 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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Raspberry Chia Breakfast Jars

Raspberry Chia Breakfast Jars

We love serving this pudding-like, fruity treat in pretty glasses or jars for a light breakfast or snack. If you want to fancy things up a bit, a dollop of coconut whipped cream is also great. Recipe and photos from The Great Vegan Protein Book by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes. @2015, Fair Winds Press. Reprinted by permission. more→

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Cherry–Hemp Muesli

Cherry Hemp Muesli cropped

This is a simple European–inspired breakfast cereal that is easy to make and convenient to keep on hand for a Quick breakfast. It’s especially great to take with you when traveling. I find the dates balance out the tartness of the cherries quite nicely, but you can substitute either with your favorite dried fruits, such as apricots, apples, and cranberries. Serve with chopped bananas, apples, or fresh berries and your favorite nut milk. See a cooked variation following the recipe box. Recipe and photo from Raw and Simple by Judita Wignall. @2013 Quarry Books, reprinted by permission.  more→

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Beet and Brown Rice Burgers

Beet and Brown Rice Burgers

In these tasty beet and brown rice burgers, red wine vinegar is the secret ingredient, bringing a slightly floral and acidic note to the burger. Searing this delicate burger on high heat at the beginning of the cooking process is important; the crust that forms is what helps the burger keep its shape. Recipe from Veggie Burgers Every Which Way: Fresh, Flavorful and Healthy Vegan and Vegetarian Burgers—Plus Toppings, Sides, Buns and More, copyright © Lukas Volger, 2010. Photo by Christina Heaston. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment, LLC. more→

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