The homestyle Italian classic, sausage and peppers, is updated with vegan sausage. It makes a hearty one-dish meal, good served with pasta, grains, or even soft polenta. Shown above, it’s paired with farro. Mild, pale-green Italian frying peppers that are occasionally available in supermarkets and produce markets make this more authentic, but using common bell peppers works just as well. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
This naturally well-flavored side dish of sweet leeks and bell peppers (plus tasty shiitake mushrooms) goes well with just about any kind of simple plant-based protein entrée — tofu, tempeh, beans, or grains. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
This stir-fry of colorful bell peppers is an especially nice addition to summer meals, but you can make it any time of year. Use it as a side dish, toss it with pasta, or top a pizza with it. Recipe contributed by Susan Jane Cheney. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Eggplant and peppers, two companionable vegetables, are combined in a delicious casserole with a creamy, cheesy (vegan) topping. Serve with a simple grain or pasta dish (or serve over grains or pasta) and a colorful salad augmented by beans or chickpeas. more→
Common to many regional Middle Eastern cuisines, this is one of those super simple dishes that, with the right ingredients, is amazingly tasty. Especially welcome as a fast summer dish, this is a good showcase for the abundance of delicious tomatoes in season. Shakshouka, in its original version, is made with eggs; in this vegan rendition, only one change needs to be made—tofu replaces the eggs. Serve with hummus, tabouleh, and fresh pita for a brunch for guests, or with a sautéed potatoes and a platter of raw veggies and olives for dinner. more→
Here’s a vegetable-filled variation of the traditional stacked cheese enchilada. Using vegan cheese, summer squashes, and bell peppers, these are a snap to make. Serve with baked sweet potatoes and a big salad. more→
Fresh roasted red peppers say “summertime.” Their understated sweetness catapults so many foods to the next flavor level. Roasted red peppers taste terrific atop crusty bread, seasoned with fresh basil, salt, pepper, olive oil and enjoyed with a glass of dry rose. They can also elevate a humble sandwich from drab to fab. For an easy summer dinner, try them, thinly sliced, tossed with some arugula and served over whole wheat pasta with a dousing of best-quality extra-virgin olive oil.
Roasting red bell peppers in the oven gives them a rich, smoky flavor that in turn creates a deeply flavorful soup. This is good served hot or chilled and is a good first course for most any kind of meal.