Healthy Eating Tips

No-Cook Meals for Hot Summer Days

Greek Flavored Lentil Salad with Tofu "Feta"

Even if your kitchen is air-conditioned, there’s something nice about not having to turn on a single burner to make dinner when it’s hot outside. Here’s a varied range of vegan entrees, along with ideas for rounding them out, for just those kinds of days. Hearty Greek-Flavored Lentil Salad with Tofu “Feta” keeps its no-cook promise by using canned lentils. Serve this gorgeous and luscious dish with fresh pita and finish with a fruity dessert. more→

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No-Cook Cold Soups for Summer Refreshment

Cold White Bean and Tomato Soup

Even though we can use air-conditioning to mitigate summer heat in the kitchen, being able to make cold soups without turning on a single burner is a gift on the hottest days. Some cold soups have cooked ingredients and then are chilled in the fridge, but the ones presented here don’t require any heat at all. It’s good to chill them before serving for ultimate refreshment, but you can serve them right away if need be (you can always swirl 3 or 4 ice cubes into them before serving to get that chilled effect). First up, Cool White Bean and Tomato Soup, shown above, which makes for a flavorful, nearly instant and surprisingly hearty cold soup.  more→

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Liven Up Your “Good Karma Diet” — Explore Raw Foods

Summer fruits in bowls

When my daughter, Adair, was a tween and teen, we devoted two weeks every summer to eating only raw food: fruits, salads, crudités, and sprouts; dressings, dips, pâtés, and cheeses made from nuts and seeds; vegetable juices and creamy smoothies. When a friend asked her why we did it, she said, “Because everyone deserves to be gorgeous at least two weeks a year.” She was talking about the clear eyes, luminous skin, and well-known “glow” that come from eating fresh, raw foods.  more→

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4 Ways to Use Lettuce — Other Than in Salads

Cold coconut cream of lettuce soup

You don’t need a recipe to figure out how to use lettuce in a salad. In the late spring or early summer, though, you might find yourself with more lettuce than you need, especially if you belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm or are a gardener yourself. Here are four creative ways to use your surplus of lettuce, starting with the refreshing Cold Coconut Cream of Lettuce Soup shown above. more→

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How to Make Fresh Ginger-Lemon Tea

Ginger and Lemon Tea recipe

Though this classic recipe is called a tea, it’s really an infusion of fresh ginger and lemon — nothing “tea” about it other than how healthful it is and how soothing it is to drink. To learn about some of the benefits of this beverage, see 5 Reasons Why You Should Drink Ginger Lemon Tea. more→

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4 Reasons Why You Should Start Juicing

Vegetable juice, tomato, carrot, cucumber and beet

Contributed by Garrick Dee Tan. When it comes to staying healthy and fit, a lot of health experts like dieticians and doctors would say that you should eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. How much? It varies. For instance if you’re a 35 year old male who does not exercise a lot, you should eat at least 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables. more→

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7 Bountiful Bean Salads

Avocado and pinto bean salad

Bean salads are so easy to make — it’s usually all about tossing together a bunch of tasty ingredients — and so useful. They’re great to share at potlucks, take on picnics, pack into lunches, or just to serve on the side of the dinner plate for added protein. Here are a few of VegKitchen’s favorites, starting with Avocado and Pinto Bean Salad, an easy combo with a Southwestern flair. This goes well with vegan quesadillas and other tortilla specialties that don’t themselves contain beans. more→

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VegKitchen’s Favorite Avocado Recipes

Mango, avocado, and arugula salad

I fully admit, I’m an avocado addict. Yes, they’re loaded with nutrients, including folate, vitamins B, C, K and E, fiber, niacin, potassium and more. They’re a great source of good fats and fiber. But I really love them for how they taste, and their mouth feel. Based on reader enthusiasm, here are a few of our favorite easy avocado recipes. more→

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