Healthy Kitchen

5 Root Vegetables to Put on Your Radar

Roasted root vegetable medley

A wider variety of vegetables have become available year-round than once was the case. Fresh green leafy veggies can be had throughout the winter; decent tomatoes and asparagus are a lot easier to find in the winter than they used to be. Still, the one category of veggies seems more fitting to cold-weather meals are the root vegetables. And root vegetables are still more plentiful and prevalent in the fall and winter than they are in spring and summer.  more→


6 Savory and Sweet Vegan Cornbread Recipes

Vegan corn kernel cornbread recipe

Vegan cornbread is one of the easiest kinds of quick bread to make at home. And that’s a good thing. as it’s fairly challenging to find good store-bought vegan cornbread. The rather dry crumb of a cornmeal-based bread requires a careful confluence of ingredients to result in a moist texture and delectable flavor. Here are six of our favorites. The first three goes well with warming soups, stews, and chilies, and the last two skew more toward tea breads, with slightly sweet flavors. Corn Kernel Cornbread or Muffins, above, are great with all sorts of bean stews and chilis. Consider adding the optional chilies and nondairy cheese, which give this pan bread a moist texture as well as a major yum factor. more→


Tangy and Tasty Fresh Cranberry Recipes

vegan cranberry-carrot cake

Packed with nutrients, cranberries give fall dishes bursts of their distinctive tart flavor and are full of antioxidants. Harvested between September and December, that’s the time to take full advantage of them in fresh form. Here are a few fall favorites that really pack them in. For more information, go to our post on cranberries. Our vegan Cranberry-Carrot Cake with Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting is festive and luscious, but with a minimum of fat and a plethora of fresh fruit (and a vegetable!) in the batter, not the least bit guilt-inducing. It’s a nice alternative to pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner and wonderful for Christmas as well.  more→


 6 Homemade Vegan Sauces and Condiments that are Better than Storebought

Pico De Gallo Salsa

At VegKitchen, we’re all for good-quality shortcuts like prepared marina sauce, salsa, Asian condiments, and the like, to ease the way to quick meals. But sometimes it’s fun to make your own, not to mention more economical and a lot lower in sodium! Here’s a selection of useful sauces and condiments you can make right in your own kitchen.

Prepared salsas comes in numerous varieties, and have so many uses. If you’re going to buy store-bought, go beyond mild, medium, and hot, and choose intriguing flavors like pineapple, mango, chipotle, or piquant tomatillo. Or, replicate and even improve on jarred salsas— homemade salsa is so easy to make. We’ve got a wide array salsa recipes for you at Fresh and Tasty Salsa Recipes — so break out the tortilla chips and beer and have a great time! more→


7 Easy No-Bake Vegan Truffles and Energy Balls

Peanut Butter Fudge Truffles

If you’re looking for sweet treats that are easier on the budget than buying energy snacks and fine chocolates, try these easy recipes. They taste like candy, but feel like sustenance! Abbie Jaye, AKA Chef AJ contributed the decadent Peanut Butter Fudge Truffles, above — so easy to make, and they contain only 5 ingredients. more→


10 Terrific Cool-Weather Recipes for Wild Rice

Quinoa and Wild Rice Vegan Burger

Wild rice graces fall and winter dishes with an earthy, nutty quality that’s unique and unlike any other grain, though it’s technically not rice or even a grain at all (it’s the seed of an aquatic grass). It’s never polished or refined, making it rich in nutrients and antioxidants. See more of our info and tips on Wild Rice. It’s a bit pricey, so very often, it’s combined with long-grain brown rice or another grain. No matter how you use it, wild rice adds a touch of class to recipes. Case in point, these delectable vegan Quinoa and Wild Rice Burgers, above. Serve on their own with a sauce or on whole-grain buns; they’re good in pita breads with leafy greens and/or sprouts as well.  more→


5 Pasta Myths Debunked 

Cauliflower & Spinach Pasta twists

At VegKitchen, we sure do love our pasta and noodles! After a brief demotion in the food world due to concerns about wheat in general and gluten specifically, pastas and noodles have made a roaring comeback. That said, if you do avoid gluten by necessity or choice, GF pastas have become much better over the past few years. And several Asian noodles — bean threads, rice vermicelli, and soba (buckwheat noodles) are naturally gluten-free. To celebrate World Pasta Day, October 25, the International Pasta Organisation and Oldways Preservation Trust would like to debunk the following five pasta myths: more→


Festive Vegan Tortilla Dishes — Burritos, Tacos, Fajitas, and More

Cauliflower power tacos

Southwestern and Mexican-inspired meals, including vegan fajitas, quesadillas, tostadas, and tacos are incredibly easy to prepare and to build meals around. Often, you only need to prepare whatever it is that’s going to be enclosed in the tortilla, and then set everything else out. Everyone at the table assembles and embellishes their own creation to their own liking. It’s all so festive and colorful — no wonder these kinds of meals are often referred to as fiestas! Take a look at these offbeat  Cauliflower Power Tacos — veggie lovers will devour these tacos filled with roasted cauliflower, crispy chickpeas and flavorful cilantro pesto. more→