Global Sampler

Japanese Soba Noodle Soup with Tofu and Greens

Soba Noodle Soup with Tofu & Greens

One thing I love about Asian-style soups is that they require little advance planning, and are ready to go from counter to soup pot to table in 30 minutes or less. I do find, though, that unlike other soups that benefit from long simmering and that taste even better after a day or so, Asian soups taste best just done. This is especially true in the case of noodle soups—the noodles absorb much of the broth when refrigerated overnight, leaving you with more of a noodle dish than a soup. more→

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Creole Stuffed Eggplant

Creole stuffed eggplant

This delicious stuffed eggplant dish is inspired by recipes I came across in old Creole cookbooks. It’s filled with typical Creole flavors like celery, bell pepper, onion and garlic, and seasoned with fresh herbs — parsley, basil, and thyme. It’s a heavenly dish for eggplant fans! Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Chana Masala (Curried Chickpeas)

Chana masala - curried chickpeas

This simplified version of a popular Indian dish, chana masala, is a delightful way to showcase tasty chickpeas. The traditional version doesn’t usually contain green beans, but they do add color and texture to the dish. If you prefer, you can substitute a few ounces of fresh spinach or other leafy greens for the green beans. In addition to hot cooked grains, serve with fresh flatbread and a simple salad of tomatoes and cucumbers in a generous dollop of coconut yogurt. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Curried Sweet Potatoes with Chard and Chickpeas

Curried Sweet Potatoes with Chard and Chickpeas

A superb fusion of flavors permeates this nourishing harvest dish of sweet potatoes and chard. Serve like a stew in shallow bowls, accompanied by warm flatbread. This recipe works well with other greens, as you’ll see in the variations following the recipe. From Wild About Greens. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

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Vegan Jambalaya

Vegan Jambalaya

Spicy bits of vegan sausage lend an authentic flair to this simple vegan take on Jambalaya, a Creole-Cajun classic. Serve with any type of coleslaw and fresh corn bread for a hearty, satisfying dinner. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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African-Inspired Quinoa-Peanut Stew

African Inspired Quinoa Peanut Soup

This easy, robust soup, contributed by Marty Hall, has several elements of a certain style of traditional African soups—chilies, sweet potato, and a creamy peanut base. The grain of choice in an African soup like this would likely be millet, but here, quinoa, the nutritious South American super grain, makes for a delightful fusion. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons.

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Classic Ratatouille

ratatouille stew recipe

This classic French vegetable stew is a perfect way to enjoy several abundant summer garden vegetables — eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and tomatoes —in a single, savory dish. Fresh basil, and oregano or thyme provide extra pleasure for both the palate and the eye. Serve on its own with crusty bread, or over pasta or polenta. more→

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Greek Potato, Tomato, and Zucchini Stew

Greek potato, zucchini, and green bean stew

Here’s a simple Greek-inspired stew bursting with summer flavors — tomatoes and zucchini in a mellow base of potatoes. A fresh, crusty bread is a must with this. To round out the meal, serve a big green salad with some chickpeas tossed in, and a good wine. For a company meal, add Olive Bar Medley with Tofu “Feta” as an appetizer. more→

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