Healthy Kitchen

How to Freeze Garden Vegetables and Fruits

Peaches on table

A Q&A with Margaret Roach of A Way to Garden
In our household, my husband is the gardener, and I’m the cook. As gardeners know, each crop usually comes up within a short time span, and often in ridiculous quantities! The first year my husband did a vegetable garden, I called it “The Summer of the Chard Explosion.” The next year was “The Great Tomato Debacle,” during which we actually had to give away tomatoes to our CSA. I did try to freeze some of these overabundant garden goods, but didn’t feel confident that I was doing it right. The greens, especially, did not thaw out particularly well. more→

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Unbaked Fig Bars

Unbaked fig bars by Gena Hamshaw

It’s amazing to me that a dessert this good can be free of refined flour or refined sugar. These fig bars have all of the chewiness and sweetness of traditional Fig Newton cookies, but they’re made with wholesome almonds, oats, and real dried figs. From Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat by Gena Hamshaw. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Zucchini Pasta with Mango, Avocado, and Black Bean Salsa

Zucchini Pasta with Mango and Avocado by Gena Hamshaw from Choosing Raw

Mango and avocado salad is a summertime classic. In this recipe, I take that one step further by adding black beans and cilantro. I then pile it on top of spiralized zucchini for a quick, easy, and refreshing meal. From Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat by Gena Hamshaw. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Coconutty for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconutty raw chocolate chip cookies by Gena Hamshaw

These cookies taste every bit as sweet and indulgent as a cookie should, but they’re surprisingly nutritious. Walnuts contribute healthy omega-3 fatty acids, while coconut lends its anti-inflammatory properties and cacao nibs give the cookies a little antioxidant boost. Whether for benefits or for the taste, I enjoy these cookies both as midday snacks and as dessert. From Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat by Gena Hamshaw. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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7 Simple Meal-Planning Strategies for the Plant-Based Kitchen

Countertop food prep - quinoa and broccoli

Here are some of my tried-and-true meal-planning tips for making cooked-from-scratch meals a daily reality, even after the most exhausting days. You’ll find much more detail on how to accomplish all of these strategies, plus lots more of these kinds of tips in Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas, from which this was adapted (©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission). Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.  more→

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Chickpea and Kale Sandwich Spread or Salad

Chickpea and kale sandwich spread

Chickpeas and kale are a tasty team, and this combination makes a great spread for bread, a filling for pita bread or a wrap (along with some tender lettuce and sliced tomatoes), or layered scoop of it on a sturdy flatbread and served open-faced. For a nice warm weather meal, this is great served with any sort of potato salad and a simple fruit medley. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.  

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Sesame Zucchini “Noodles” with Snow Peas

Zucchini snow pea salad

This very green salad has a contrast of flavors and textures, from the crunch from the snow peas to the tender raw zucchini “noodles.” Though nice and light, the sesame dressing and two kinds of seeds — sesame and sunflower — give it substance.

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Unbaked Fudgy Brownies

Unbaked brownies

You won’t believe how easy it is to make these unbaked vegan chocolate brownies, rich with nuts and sweetened with dates. They’re flourless, gluten-free, and altogether rich and yummy. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.   more→

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