Quesadillas make great appetizers to serve with drinks, or as part of meals with soups and salads. They can also be served with heartier dishes such as veggie chili. A quesadilla is a sort of Mexican grilled cheese sandwich in a flour tortilla. Melted cheese is the common denominator of quesadillas, as it helps everything hold together. It’s easy to veganize quesadillas simply by using vegan cheese (my favorite is Daiya shreds, as they melt so very nicely — any variety, though the spicy pepper jack is particularly good for this purpose). To improvise and make your own combinations, see the basics in Easy Quesadillas or Soft Tacos — this isn’t the kind of dish for which you need to follow an exact recipe. more→
While I love homemade pizza, I look for shortcuts to replace a dough-based crust— like this polenta crust. Though it’s gluten-free, you need not follow a GF diet to enjoy this change-of-pace pizza crust. Recipe from from Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes* by Dreena Burton, BenBella Books © 2015, reprinted by permission. Photos by Nicole Axeworthy. more→
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.
This easy and warming oatmeal, richly flavored with almond butter, apricots, and ginger, is not only gluten-free, but oil-free as well. The origins of this recipe come from my month-long peanut butter and jelly blog posts in honor of Vegan Month of Food — a yearly blogging event where vegans from all over the world commit to sharing at least 20 vegan-centric recipes, articles, information, and commentary during the month of September. Recipe and photo by Ann Oliverio, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetite* reprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books.
These oat-based unbaked cookies are great for breakfast on the go, a mid-afternoon treat, or a post-workout snack. They’ve got a lot going for them — nut butter, seeds, and dried fruits. They’re gluten-free (if using GF oats) and oil-free as well. Recipe and photo by Ann Oliverio, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetite* reprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books. more→
Here’s a quick stir-fry using nutritious, crunchy bok choy. Shiitake mushrooms make a perfect partner for it. Serve this on its own or over rice; it’s good hot or at room temperature. Use either large white bok choy or baby bok choy. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
harvestThis flavorful soup of potatoes, corn, and green chiles is a nondairy version of a contemporary classic from the American Southwest. It’s filling, so it can serve as a centerpiece of a meal, served with a salad or salad-y wraps. Try this with Cool Refried Bean Wraps for a nice meal. Photos by Evan Atlas.
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.