Healthy Kitchen

Vegan Easter Desserts and Treats

Chocolate-coated vegan key lime pie recipe

As part of the beloved spring celebration, vegan Easter desserts and treats are a must! Enjoy this list of delectable dairy-free sweets. See also our full listing of Vegan Easter Recipes. more→

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Beet Recipes — Easy, Vegan, and Delicious

Nearly raw beet borscht

Tons of readers come to VegKitchen for tips on how to cook beets (or use them raw), so here’s our handy list of beet recipes that are easy, vegan, and delicious. You’ll find lots of beet salad recipes, roasted beet and root vegetable medleys, beet soups, juices and more. Red beets are dandy, but make sure to explore the other varieties, especially golden beets, which are particularly tasty. more→

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10 Terrific Cauliflower “Rice” and “Couscous” Recipes

Cauliflower Spanish Rice recipe

Here’s a selection of cauliflower “rice” recipes (and a few cauliflower “couscous” recipes as well) that are easy, tasty, and just happen to be vegan. Cauliflower “rice” and “couscous” are clever ways to get a nutritious vegetable into your regimen, and good for anyone who avoids grain foods for any reason. It’s also a good way to disguise vegetables for your picky eaters!

Some people simply have trouble digesting grains; others argue that cauliflower rice is more Paleo-friendly than real rice, possibly forgetting that cauliflower is a cultivated crop and wasn’t available when our distant ancestors were doing cave painting and hunting with spears. They didn’t have food processors back then, either. more→

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How to Use Less Energy When You Cook

steaming mixed vegetables in the wok, asian style cooking vegetarian and healthy, selected focus, narrow depth of field

Trying to use less energy when you cook is an admirable goal. Energy efficient cooking reduces emissions and it can help save money in the household budget. California’s Consumer Energy Center estimates that cooking casserole costs $0.03 in the microwave, versus an electric oven at $0.16. Rather than trying to cook everything in the microwave (good luck frying anything), there are also plenty of other ways to save energy while you cook. more→

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10 Best Hiking Snacks (that happen to be vegan)

Trail mix

When it comes to the best hiking snacks, whether for a day trek or a longer backpacking trip, you want to choose foods that increase your energy and endurance. They should also be sturdy enough to hold up to a variety of temperatures, and stay fresh without refrigeration. And it wouldn’t hurt if they’re tasty and fun to eat, too! Here are 10 nutritious, totally vegan snacks for hiking — a fun mix of homemade and store-bought. more→

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How to Cut 7 Tricky Vegetables

This useful infographic shows you tips for how to cut 7 tricky vegetables: artichoke, cassava, sweet corn, kohlrabi, beets, spaghetti squash, and celeriac. A well-prepared vegetable is a tasty and nutritious thing. Eating a wide variety is a great way to keep mealtimes interesting while looking out for your health. There are some weird and wonderful vegetables to choose from, how can you eat them when you’re not even sure how to slice them?

You know the feeling. You’ve bought an interesting to add variety to your evening meal. But faced with an artichoke, celeriac or squash, you don’t know where to begin! These vegetables don’t come with instructions, and if you don’t know what you’re doing you could end up in a mess. more→

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Which Vegan Foods Release the Least Amount of CO2?

Buddha bowl of mixed vegetable with avocado, carrots, spinach, romsnesco cauliflower and radishes

One of the biggest advantages of eating vegan meals is being able to reduce your carbon emissions to help the environment. By now, eating less or no meat to reduce our carbon footprint is pretty cemented in the green living lexicon. The vegan carbon footprint is far smaller than other diets.

The Guardian even estimates that giving up beef can lower your carbon footprint more than using a car. Red meat uses 28 times more land and 11 times more water than pork or chicken. Red meat also produces five times more climate change emissions. Taken a step further, red meat requires 160 times more land and produces eleven times more greenhouse gasses than vegan staples like potatoes, wheat and rice. more→

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Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipes for Health and Energy

Juicy pineapple smoothie

On our popular page featuring apple cider vinegar and weight loss, many readers are seeing the results of adding ACV to their daily regimen, not only for possibly losing pounds, but improving energy and well being. The biggest complaint about ACV? Many readers don’t enjoy its flavor when mixed with just water. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make apple cider vinegar drink recipes that are not only tolerable, but actually quite tasty!

Whether you want to try apple cider vinegar drinks for detox, weight loss, or general well being, you’ll want to use the raw, unfiltered, organic kind of ACV, a fantastic probiotic. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the many benefits attributed to this super-ingredient. more→

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