Healthy Kitchen

Kale and Cucumber Salad with Avocado-Tahini Dressing

Kale and Cucumber Salad with Avocado-Tahini Dressing

Massaged kale served simply with cucumbers, carrots, and a luscious dressing of avocado and tahini is an incredible treat. It’s fantastic as a lighter and more refreshing kale salad to serve in warmer weather, though you can enjoy this any time of year. Adapted from Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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7 Fresh Summer Desserts You Can Make in Minutes

Skillet peach crumble

If your sweet tooth is craving something yummy, you’ll love these 7 desserts that highlight summer’s lush seasonal fruits. They’re all flavor, with no added guilt! Skillet Peach Crisp, above, is a great way to highlight delicious summer peaches. This quick dessert can be enjoyed shortly after you make it — no baking or chilling required! more→

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5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Vegan

Veggie beet and carrot burgers with avocado

Save the cows. Eat more beans. No, you can’t have eggs! If you’re like me, I’m sure that you’ve heard the different taglines and watched all of the movies about how great it is to be a vegan. As a vegan who has enjoyed a plant-based diet for over three years, I can easily admit that it has been one of the most fulfilling decisions that I have ever made while also proving to be among the most difficult. more→

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Creative Tips for Starting Your Own Urban Garden

Tomatoes on a terrace garden

There are few things quite as rewarding as biting into a vegetable you grew yourself or sprinkling newly picked parsley into your hummus. Gardening continues to be one of America’s favorite pastimes, even ranking as the #1 most popular, according to the National Gardening Survey. For city-dwellers, though, gardening can seem unrealistic. The pastures, neat rows, and white picket fences we associate with growing food are hard to come by in urban areas. more→

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How to Cook and Use Einkorn Wheat

Einkorn wheat

Einkorn wheat, one of the latest of ancient grains to be revived for contemporary consumers, is actually the most primitive form of cultivated wheat. Like amaranth, quinoa, and spelt, and farro, einkorn is taking its place as a nutrition-packed superfood. It’s earth-friendly, too. The grain’s hull makes it resistant to pests, so it’s easy to grow organically. And for a specialty grain, it’s surprisingly economical, comparable to organic brown rice and often less costly than quinoa. For lots more on einkorn’s history, nutritional profile, and more, explore einkorn.com. more→

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Easy ways to reuse cooking oil so it doesn’t end up in the drain

portrait of people cooking healthy vegetarian chinese food capcay

While the salads and raw dishes are common in a vegan diet, it is almost impossible to avoid cooking grease altogether. From leftover frying oil to coconut oil, we don’t always think twice before rinsing our pots and pains over the drain. It’s a common habit for us to rinse our pans, and along with them, rinse the cooking grease straight into the drain, but is this really that bad? While we may have never asked ourselves this question, rinsing cooking grease in your sink, whether it’s from frying, sautéing or roasting vegetables, is in fact a problem with terrible and expensive consequences.

In the same way fat and cholesterol block our veins and arteries, fat in drains leads to blocked pipes, sewer blockages in municipal lines, and costly sewage backups in your home and the environment. Rinsing cooking grease with hot water doesn’t help either. Cooking grease will quickly cool and congeal in the pipes. So, what is a healthy, vegan cook do?

Below are some easy and affordable methods for getting rid of cooking grease in a safe, responsible, and creative way (some are even tasty!). But before you check out these cooking grease solutions, first learn how to limit how much fat you use to begin with. Using less fat while cooking means fewer calories in your dish and a lower grocery bill—because your cooking fats will last longer. Here are some easy ways to use less fat while cooking.

  • In lieu of deep frying, roast or broil food in the oven, shallow-fry in a pan on the stovetop, or fire up the grill.
  • When sautéing, decrease the amount of fat your recipe calls for (use a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon).
  • Replace oil with small amounts of water. Add a little at a time to keep food moving and browning in the pan without steaming.
  • Always measure fats instead of free pouring them.
  • Steam veggies instead of sautéing them.

Here are some easy and cheap alternatives to getting rid of cooking grease in a safe, responsible, and creative way.


Source: Fix.com Blog

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How to Find Coupons for Natural Food Products

Healthy Plant-Based Pantry Foods

Tossing out your junk food and replacing it with organic fruits and veggies can be costly—especially when you’re looking for specialty items that are vegan/vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, etc. Luckily, there are many ways to find coupons and discounts so that your next trip to the grocery store is as healthy and cost effective as possible. more→

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10 Tasty Vegan Dishes to Share at Summer Barbecues

Barley and fresh corn salad

Whether you’re hosting or invited to a summer cookout, barbecue, or potluck, you’ll need a stash of easy-to-prepare and colorful cold dishes to share — and to help lure your friends to the plant-based side! Featuring plenty of summer produce, these room-temperature dishes are designed to impress the guests while keeping it easy on the cook. All of these are fantastic accompaniments to our Vegan Barbecue offerings.  more→

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