Everyday Meals

Broccoli, Mushroom, and Dried Tomato Pizza

Vegan Broccoli, mushroom, and dried tomato pizza

Using plenty of broccoli makes this easy pizza a nourishing meal. Serve a big salad with mixed greens and plenty of raw veggies, embellished with olives and chickpeas. Use as many of the shortcuts as you’d like, making this a super-quick preparation; I’ve provided from-scratch options for sauce and crust (even a gluten-free option!) for when you have more time. more→

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Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Creamy cauliflower soup

This creamy dairy-free cauliflower soup, enhanced with any of the garnishes recommended, makes a soothing introduction to a meal. It’s great with veggie-filled wraps and main-dish salads. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.

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Italian Pasta and Bean Soup

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Like Minestrone, Italian Pasta and Bean Soup is a classic, sometimes referred to as pasta e fagiole. It’s a meal in a bowl that you can complete easily with fresh garlic bread and a big salad. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→

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Avocado and Chickpea Sandwich Spread

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Pairing the great flavors of avocado and chickpeas, this tasty sandwich spread was inspired by the Avocado Tartine offered at the restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien. These eateries are all over NYC and are spreading elsewhere, which is great, as I’m completely addicted to that sandwich. Here’s an easy way to recreate it at home — also a good thing, as I’m quite addicted to avocado, plain or embellished. more→

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BBQ-Flavored Seitan and Avocado Wraps

BBQ-flavored seitan and avocado wraps

This easy wrap is a longtime family favorite. Barbecue-flavored seitan contrasts deliciously with cool avocado and leafy greens. Like most wraps, it’s a salad disguised as a sandwich. It’s easy to make, fun to eat, and go well with just about anything — soups, potatoes, fresh corn, pasta salad, salsa and chips — any way you serve it, it’s a great meal. Need only one wrap? Cut the recipe in half. Or to serve four, double the recipe. You can substitute tempeh or tofu for the seitan. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Minestrone

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Filling and flavorful, this becomes a meal in itself when served with a robust bread and a simple salad. Though the peas and herbs will lose their color, this keeps exceptionally well and develops flavor as it stands. For an extra special cool-weather meal, start making some Focaccia Bread just before making the soup. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→

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Coconut Curried Red Lentil Soup with Spinach

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The red palm oil and red lentils give this soup a beautiful orange color. Feel free to use any greens you like such as spinach, collards, kale, mustard greens or even nettles. Recipe contributed by Leslie Cerier. Photos by Tracey Eller. more→

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Jamaican-Style Spicy Beans

Jamaican-Spicy-Beans by leslie cerier

Coconut milk plus lots of onion and scallion add up to a creamy and tasty sauce for this mildly spicy bean dish. I like to cook my beans from scratch with a sea vegetable to enhance their digestion and add minerals, but if you prefer, you can start with canned beans and skip the first step. Either way, this comes together quickly once you have the beans on hand. Serve with rice, steamed vegetables, and/or a green salad for a fine meal. Recipe contributed by Leslie Cerier. Photos by Tracey Eller. more→

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