Vegetables All Year Round
It doesn’t take a lot to veganize the classic Italian-American recipe for penne alla vodka — simply replace the heavy cream that’s traditionally used in the recipe with nondairy milk or creamer. Most often, recipes for this dish call for canned tomatoes, but this one relies on fresh tomatoes, making it an appealing and easy meal for summer. Serve with a colorful salad and a steamed green veggie — broccoli or green beans are particularly good. Photos by Evan Atlas.
This style of preparing potatoes is popular for good reason: Not only are they visually striking, you also get some of the benefits of a gratin—thin, tender slices and deliciously crusty edges—without the heavy sauce. I especially like this technique for sweet potatoes, which are grown in Texas much of the year. Reprinted with permission from Meatless in Cowtown: A Vegetarian Guide to Food and Wine, Texas Style © 2015 by Laura Samuel Meyn and Anthony Head, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Photos by Jason Varney. more→
This quick Italian-style vegan pasta dish features fresh asparagus, which gives it a springtime touch, and portabella mushrooms, which makes it substantial. Try a flavored variety of linguine or fettuccine to further jazz up this dish. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Of all Asian greens, bok choy is, arguably the most widely known and available. The term “bok choy” is generally used to describe the larger kind, with the crisp white stalks and dark leaves. Baby bok choy is a smaller version of the former variety, with stems and leaves of a fairly uniform, pale green hue. Either of the common varieties of bok choy are good raw in salads or very lightly cooked in stir-fries and Asian-style soups. more→
Here’s a quick stir-fry using nutritious, crunchy bok choy. Shiitake mushrooms make a perfect partner for it. Serve this on its own or over rice; it’s good hot or at room temperature. Use either large white bok choy or baby bok choy. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
I must confess that for me, the main appeal of cauliflower crown roast, a new-fashioned way of preparing this veggie, is its appearance. Once you cut wedges away, what you have is lots of unseasoned cauliflower. To mitigate this blandness, serve with plenty of the same simple, tasty gravy used to baste it while it bakes. In its favor, other than the handsome appearance of the cauliflower, is ease of preparation. more→
There are few veggies more versatile than spinach, which adds flavor and nutrition to so many kinds of dishes — soups, salads, sides, main dishes, and even appetizers and smoothies. Here’s just a small sampling of some of our favorite spinach dishes. Also explore Healthy and Delicious Spinach Recipes, where you’ll find even more. Let’s start with Spinach, Sprouts, and Pineapple Smoothie blends the green goodness of spinach and sprouts with the sweetness of pineapple. It offers ultimate refreshment, and the coconut water is immensely hydrating. more→
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.