Making vegan main dishes for your Easter dinner menu that are festive as well as easy is completely do-able! Enjoy a compassionate holiday by choosing one or two from among these VegKitchen favorites. Above, this hearty Roasted Seitan, Peppers, and Portabellas is so easy to throw together, yet makes a festive main dish for this and other special occasions. 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→
Weekends are my days for loosening up on what I eat. So on Saturday and Sundays after lunch I enjoy dessert and a big soy latte and a little something sweet post-dinner. By Sunday evening I usually feel ready to get back into full-on healthy mode and a simple “bowl” filled with good grains and lots of vegetables makes me feel slightly virtuous and ready for the week ahead. Recipe and photo by Ann Oliverio, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetite* reprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books. more→
VegKitchen’s vegan Passover Seder recipes and menus (great for vegetarians too) focus on the fresh produce of early spring. Here’s a full menu for Ashkenazic (Eastern European)-style recipes, from matzo ball soup to dessert. If you want even more choices, go to our Vegan Passover Seder Recipes and Menus. That’s where you’ll find tips for putting together a plant-based Passover Plate, as well. First up, and central to the celebration, Spring Vegetable Soup with Vegan Matzo Balls. more→
Big, bountiful bowls are all the rage, and it’s easy to see why. A bowl in this context is a basically an artful arrangement of veggies and sometimes protein on a bed of grains or noodles. It’s not just a big bowlful of one dish, where every bit is the same as another. It’s a little of this and a little of that, adding up to a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. This delightful Veggie Sushi Rice Bowl tastes like your favorite vegetable sushi, but without the fuss and mess of the rolling and cutting. It’s a great way to use leftover cooked rice and a nice combo of cooked and raw. more→
With all the dark leafy greens and nutrient-dense seeds (like chia and hemp) out there, it’s easy to overlook common veggies like carrots as super foods. Carrots are a powerhouse veggie by any standard, rich in beta carotene and vitamin C. And in culinary terms, few vegetables can rival the versatility of carrots, which can star in soups, salads, roasted dishes, sides, and even delectable desserts. Creole Creamy Carrot Soup, shown above, has a cheery orange color, and if good, fresh carrots are used, a subtly sweet flavor. more→
Many people (even those who secretly suspect that they’re lactose intolerant) say they could never give up dairy, claiming they’d miss those creamy, comforting dishes too much. These days it’s so easy to create creamy, dreamy dishes that are completely dairy-free in a number of ways. Here are just a few delicious examples. Shown above, the secret to this light and luscious Creamy Peanut Butter Pie—kissed with the dynamic duo of peanut butter and dark chocolate—is silken tofu. The same is true in Easy Vegan Pumpkin or Squash Pie. more→
Almonds are packed with lots of nutritional benefits, and being a mild-flavored nut, they’re incredibly versatile, too. Almond butter makes a perfect soup base; they’re delicious as part of pilafs and noodle dishes, and are a great choice for healthy dessert treats. Here are some of our favorites, starting with this tasty and nourishing Simple Quinoa Pilaf with Peas and Almonds.