Savor and Flavor

Baconut (Vegan Coconut “Bacon”)

Baconut - vegan coconut bacon by Dreena Burton

Large flakes of unsweetened coconut are the perfect canvas to infuse the smoky-sweet flavor associated with bacon. Coconut has natural fat and the flakes absorb seasoning well. After a low-heat bake, the flakes are crunchy, savory, salty, smoky, and just a touch sweet. Try them on your next sandwich and take your lunch to a new level of deliciousness! 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→

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Golden Turmeric Milk (Nondairy)

Golden Turmeric Milk (nondairy)

Golden turmeric milk, a traditional elixir from the ancient system of Ayurveda, has been recommended for increased immunity and to help inflammation by yogis and Ayurvedic practitioners throughout the ages There are many variations of Golden Milk, many using almond oil. I like using coconut oil instead, and adding some additional warming spices, for flavor and added health benefits. A healing turmeric tonic, this is much more economical to make at home than buying ready-made turmeric beverages. Recipe and photo contributed by Chantelle of Naked Cuisine. Reprinted by permission. more→

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Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez

Vegan Herbed Garlic Cheez by Ann Oliverio

Diana, blogger at Veggie Next Door, and one of my recipe testers, warns that this might not be the best snack for a party setting since one is guaranteed to have garlic-breath, but I couldn’t resist trying to make a favorite pre-vegan appetizer of mine — Boursin® cheese. Recipe and photo by Ann Oliverio, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetitereprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books. more→

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Cherry-Pomegranate Refrigerator Jam

Chia Cherry Pomegranate Jam

This flavorful combination of cherries and pomegranate juice is cleverly thickened into spreadable jam by using chia seeds. There’s nothing like spreading a little fiber, vitamins C, K, and B, calcium, melatonin, calcium, and potassium on your morning toast! Recipe and photo by Ann Oliverio, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetitereprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books. more→

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Green Bean Fries

Green bean fries with ranch dressing

Green bean fries are a less starchy but equally fun and tasty alternative to potato fries. Using fresh slender green beans in season is the way to go, even though trimming them is a bit of work. Off season, use partially thawed whole baby green beans. These are tasty with our dairy-free ranch dressing, but they’re good on their own, too. Use as a snack, appetizer, or side dish. Photos by Evan Atlas.
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Vegan Ranch Dressing or Dip

Vegan ranch dressing with raw veggies

Ranch dressing is challenging to find ready-made in a dairy-free vegan version, so this simple and versatile recipe comes to the rescue. As a dip, this is great with raw veggies; as a dressing, use on green salads, slaws, pasta salads, and potato salads. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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White Bean and Rosemary Dip

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A light and rustic dip that easily accompanies any meal, serve this creamy concoction with whole-grain bread, crudités, or whole-wheat pitas or as a sandwich spread. Recipe from The Vegiterranean Diet: The New and Improved Mediterranean Eating Plan — with Deliciously Satisfying Vegan Recipes for Optimal Health*  by Julianna Hever © 2014 Da Capo Lifelong Book, reprinted by permission. Photos by Nicole Axeworthy. more→

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12 Easy and Fun Vegan Superbowl Snacks

Mushroom and bell pepper vegan quesadillas

Here are 12 easy and fun vegan snacks for your Super Bowl gathering, starting with Mushroom and Bell Pepper Vegan Quesadillas. These make a great snack served simply with salsa and can also accompany well-seasoned chili.  more→

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