Healthy Eating Tips

Easy, Veggie-Filled Vegan Quesadilla Recipes

Vegan Sweet potato and avocado quesadillas

Quesadillas make great appetizers to serve with drinks, or as part of meals with soups and salads. They can also be served with heartier dishes such as veggie chili. A quesadilla is a sort of Mexican grilled cheese sandwich in a flour tortilla. Melted cheese is the common denominator of quesadillas, as it helps everything hold together. It’s easy to veganize quesadillas simply by using vegan cheese (my favorite is Daiya shreds, as they melt so very nicely — any variety, though the spicy pepper jack is particularly good for this purpose). To improvise and make your own combinations, see the basics in Easy Quesadillas or Soft Tacos — this isn’t the kind of dish for which you need to follow an exact recipe. more→

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Spice up Your Life with 7 Sriracha-Spiked Dishes

EDAMAME-SRIRACHA SUCCOTASH randy clemens

Everyone who likes a bit of spice to their food is hooked on sriracha sauce these days. Here are seven brilliant ways to use it. While succotash is usually served warm, Randy Clemens’ Edamame Sriracha Succotash, above, is fantastic served cold as a refreshing (and spicy!) salad from summer through late fall. more→

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How to Make Vegan Parmesan-Style Cheez

Raw zucchini noodles

Commercially prepared vegan Parmesan topping is OK, but homemade is better! Here’s a delicious, nutritious nut-based dairy-free topping you can make in minutes. more→

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Recipes to Keep You Cool as a Cucumber

Vegan Cucumber Soup

Do cucumbers really cool you down? As a veggie that’s more than 90% water (and with practically no calories), at the very least, they’ll keep you well hydrated. Here are some of our favorite recipes for enjoying them this summer. When temperatures hit tropical levels, turn Cool as a Cucumber Soup — an easy, no-cook soup featuring cucumbers and lots of fresh herbs in a refreshing base. more→

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How to Make Homemade Hemp Milk

Homemade Hemp Milk

I’m a big fan of hemp seeds — they’re my go-to source of omega fatty acids and a fantastic source of plant-based protein.They have a distinctive though gentle flavor, and what’s surprising is, given their color, what a creamy white milk results. Truth be told, commercial hemp milk isn’t that great. Making it at home is economical and tastes far better. And it couldn’t be easier to make. Unlike other nut or seed milks; there’s no soaking; and if you use a high-speed blender, no straining, either. Use as a cold beverage, in coffee or tea, in cereal, or wherever nondairy milk is called for. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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7 Summer Blueberry Recipes

melon cups 2- cantaloupe, strawberries, and blueberries

Doing anything other than eating in-season blueberries out of hand seems like gilding the lily. If you want to do more than that, here are some of our favorites. Lots more easy tips and ideas can be found in A Bounty of Blueberries, and here you can read all about their notable health benefits. Let’s start with these pretty Melon Cups with Strawberries and Blueberries, whose fun presentation of a simple medley of summer fruits is especially appealing.  more→

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8 Healthy Plant-Based Ingredients to Know and Love

Vegan milk varieties

If you’re embarking on a whole foods plant-based diet (and a vegan lifestyle), you’ll be glad to know that most well-stocked supermarkets will have everything you need. There may be a few ingredients that are new to you, and that might requirer a trip to a natural foods store — though  not necessarily. Many supermarkets carry these, as well. If you can’t find these ingredients in a supermarket or natural foods store, they can be easily purchased online. The helpful list below is excerpted from The Abundance Diet: The 28-Day Plan to Reinvent Your Health, Lose Weight, and Discover the Power of Plant-Based Foods. © 2015 by Somer McCowan. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press LLC. more→

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How to Make Delicious Dairy-Free Creamed Spinach

How to make delicious dairy-free creamed spinach

If you like spinach, you’ll love this yummy side dish— a contemporary twist on comforting creamed spinach — without the cream. Silken tofu stands in beautifully for the high-fat stuff. For those times when spinach is in abundance from your garden or CSA, this recipe doubles easily. more→

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