Savor and Flavor
Five minutes, a few ingredients, and you’ve got nearly-instant, really yummy guacamole. Just open a bag of stone-ground tortilla chips, and have a party! more→
A terrific way to enjoy low-fat potato or sweet potato “fries” baked in the oven, these are a great accompaniment for veggie burgers and wraps. more→
Easy to make and deliciously different, this lively pineapple and tomato salsa can be served as an accompaniment to a Southwestern-style meal (to top vegan quesadillas and the like, or as a snack served with stone-ground tortilla chips. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Recipe adapted from Vegan Express. more→
This is so simple that it barely qualifies as a recipe! But it is invariably a huge hit, and makes believers out of tofu skeptics. It can be served as a simple protein dish on the dinner plate, or as a hot appetizer with cocktail toothpicks. Of course, if you use VegKitchen’s recipe for Quick Vegan Barbecue Sauce, this becomes more than a 3-ingredient recipe, but since I’ve never found a prepared BBQ sauce I’ve been too impressed with, I like to take the few extra moments to make my own. more→
Salsa, the most basic relish of Southwestern cuisine and a well-loved dip, is sometimes known as salsa fresca or salsa ranchera. Store-bought salsas are generally quite good, not to mention convenient, but there’s nothing like making it fresh with really flavorful summer tomatoes. I like combining red and yellow tomatoes for a nice visual touch. Homemade salsa tends to get liquidy as it stands, especially if you make it with juicy, ripe tomatoes, so drain it off occasionally. Serve with stone-ground tortilla chips or use for topping quesadillas or other southwestern specialties.
Here’s a delicious summer guacamole with a bit more emphasis on the tomatoes than the avocados, great when a larger quantity with more staying power is needed. Serve as a sauce for quesadillas or soft tacos, or as a dip with stoneground tortilla chips. more→
Anytime of the year is a good time for nachos, especially if you’re entertaining for football or better yet, the Super Bowl! They are quick, easy and absolutely everyone loves them. When you’re trying to be vegan or entertain vegan friends nachos may seem out of the question, but it’s not true!
This takes about 10 minutes to prepare and makes a wonderful appetizer. You can use either fried or roasted peanuts: both are delicious, differing mainly in the mouthfeel of the moist or crunchy nuts. Reprinted from Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking*by Fuchsia Dunlop. Copyright © 2012 by Fuchsia Dunlop. Photographs copyright © 2012 by Chris Terry. With the permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company. All rights reserved.