Pappardelle, a flat ribbon noodle, is an elegant backdrop for chard, beans, and squash. It’s a substantial yet not-too-heavy main dish to serve at a company or holiday dinner or take to a gathering to share. If you do transport it, put it in a large covered casserole dish after allowing it to cool somewhat. Before serving, borrow your host’s oven, set at 350º F. to warm the dish up for 15 to 20 minutes; or microwave on High for 5 minutes to reheat. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin. more→
Roasted chickpeas are all the rage as a snack, but I’m reluctant to heat up an oven for a can’s worth of chickpeas, if nothing else being baked! Oven roasting chickpeas can also dry them out, occasionally even making them explode. I’ve had better luck with skillet toasting, which yields good flavor and texture every time. These are good eaten out of hand as an appetizer or snack in place of far more caloric nuts. These disappear quickly, so if you’re serving a larger or hungrier crowd, double the recipe and use a larger skillet. They make a tasty salad topping, too.
Everyone loves hummus these days; the basic traditional recipe is delicious straight up. And it’s so useful, too, whether as a spread for fresh pita, a dip for fresh veggies, and as a spread for sandwiches and wraps. The flavored varieties of store-bought hummus are nice but they don’t go a long way, and honestly, one flavor tastes pretty much like another. Use this simple recipe for basic hummus (it’s more economical, too!) and then use the suggestions below to boost the flavor and eye appeal. more→
Dark chocolate coconut mousse is delicious any time of day! The secret to this simple and luscious 3-ingredient mousse is to thicken it up with a small amount of chia seeds, rather than arrowroot or cornstarch, which might make it lumpy. And it takes 10 minutes or less of hands-on time. Recipe by Leslie Cerier, developed for Equal Exchange with their organic dark chocolate chips. Chocolate is even more delectable when you know it’s fair trade. Photo by Tracey Eller. more→
Many healthy food fans know that avocado is the secret ingredient in this kind of nondairy chocolate mousse. It’s silky smooth, and maca makes it even better. Maca’s malt-like flavor blends beautifully with chocolate. We recently received a package of Soul Organics Organic Maca Powder and tried a couple of our favorite ways to use maca — Strawberry-Vanilla Maca Smoothie, as well as simply stirring in a spoonful into granola with chocolate almond milk — yum! Maca is a fabulous superfood to add to your life. Learn more about it on our Frequently Asked Questions about Maca Root. more→
Panforte means strong bread, so be strong. Go lavish with the spices here — they balance the richness of the fruit and nuts — and don’t wimp out with the black pepper. Traditionally, panforte is made with honey — it’s the goo bonding the dried fruit and nuts. Swap it for vegan honey. The best commercial one I know is BeeFree Honee. I’ve also had good luck making this recipe with brown rice syrup, which has plenty of goo and adds a caramel-y note. Use a good sharp knife and serve skinny slices with a cup of espresso or a small glass of vin santo or sambucca. Recipe and photo contributed by Ellen Kanner. more→
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→
Chickpea Cutlets are a classic recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz, fantastic for Thanksgiving or Christmas menus, or everyday meals. They come together in no time at all, taste great smothered in gravy, and put your steak knives to work. Place a big pile of these in the middle of the table or stuff them into a sandwich—or just slice them up in a salad. Excerpted from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook © 2016 by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company. All rights reserved. more→