Vegetables All Year Round

Savory Grits with Slow-Cooked Collard Greens

Savory Grits by Bryant Terry from Afro-Vegan

I offer these creamy grits topped with my version of Ethiopian greens. Of course you can also experiment with different savory toppings for your grits or try the greens as a side with other dishes. Reprinted with permission from Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean & Southern Flavors Remixed* by Bryant Terry, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photos © 2014 by Paige Green.

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Quinoa and Asparagus Salad

Quinoa with Vegetables

This quinoa salad keeps things very simple, highlighting this nutty grain in tandem with lots of delicious fresh asparagus. It’s a lot like tabbouli, but with a springtime touch. more→

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Portobello Mushroom Tacos

Portobello Mushroom Tacos from Forks Over Knives

Grilled mushrooms make a great filling for any number of wraps or tacos, and they’re so flavorful that you don’t need a lot to accompany them. Recipe from Forks Over KnivesThe Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant Based Eating All Through the Year *, copyright © Del Sroufe, 2012. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Photos by Cara Howe. more→

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Twice Baked Golden Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes by Joelle Amiot from jarOhoney

These little gems have ALL the flavor without the fatty ingredients we have indulged in the past. The two examples that I will touch on (because the other one is kinda obvious) is replacing dairy ingredients with nuts and incorporating the veggies and spices. Normally when people think of twice baked potatoes they think of creamy potatoes and smoky bacon flavors. How do you achieve these traditional flavors while adhering to a completely veggie lifestyle? Easy!

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Simple Pasta with Broccoli and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Pasta with broccoli and dried tomatoes

Sometimes simple can be sublime, and if you’re a broccoli fan, you’ll love this classic combo with pasta, embellished with sun-dried tomatoes and lots of garlic. Complete the meal with a colorful salad that includes some chickpeas or any kind of bean. more→

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Zucchini Fettuccine with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Zucchini Fettuccine with Fresh Tomato Salsa from Laura Theodore

This raw “noodle” side dish is low in calories, a breeze to prepare, and fabulous fare on a hot summer night. The zucchini strips really do look and taste a lot like fresh pasta. Photo by Warren Jefferson. more→

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Portobello Fajitas with Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce

Portobello Fajitas by Zsu Dever from Everyday Vegan Eats

The grilled, marinated Portobellos make a delicious fajita filling, and the creamy sauce makes any cheese or sour cream superfluous. If you don’t have a grill pan, use your broiler, an electric grill pan, or even a skillet. This recipe is from Everyday Vegan Eats* by Zsu Dever © 2014, Vegan Heritage Press. more→

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Vegan Zucchini Summer Quiche

ZUCCHINI QUICHE

A warm-weather brunch calls for quiche, so I created this vegan version to pleasingly fit the bill. Featuring shredded zucchini and a flaky, gluten-free crust, this quiche will be declared a winner when served at any midday meal. Recipe from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites* by Laura Theodore (BenBella Books 2013), reprinted by permission.

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