Healthy Eating Tips

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→

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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→

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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→

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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→

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12 Warming Fall Harvest Soups and Stews

Moroccan Vegatable Stew from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seassons

When the autumn chill sets in and it gets dark early, there’s nothing more comforting than a warming bowl of soup or stew filled with harvest vegetables. This selection of 12 vegan fall soups and stews feature potatoes and sweet potatoes, harder squashes, corn, greens, and more — nicely spiced and aromatic. Some of these recipes are longer-cooking than late summer soups, but none are at all difficult to make. Make a big pot on the weekend and enjoy leftovers when you come home from work on Monday and Tuesday. These soups are great to pack into a Thermos to take to work or school, too. Moroccan-Style Vegetable Stew, above, looks as good as it tastes. It’s a wonderful way to warm up cool season dinners, with sweet sugar pumpkin or butternut squash in an aromatic broth.  more→

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How to Tame Dandelion Greens’ Bitterness

Dandelion Guide: Reduce the Bitterness/
Source: Fix.com

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10 Comforting Stuffed Vegetable Recipes

Whole wheat and wild rice-stuffed butternut squash

Stuffing vegetables is the surest way to turn them into cool-weather comfort foods that everyone will love — easy enough for everyday dinners, yet festive enough for holiday menus. In the fall and winter, “stuffable” vegetables like peppers, eggplant, squashes, and potatoes are in abundance. Here are more tips at Stuffed Vegetables: A Basic Guide. Above, a VegKitchen classic — Butternut Squash with Whole Wheat, Wild Rice, and Onions Stuffing, which makes a handsome centerpiece for Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner. more→

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10 Roasted Vegetable Dishes Perfect for Fall

Sweet Roasted Vegetables from Leslie Cerier

Garlicky Roasted Root Vegetables is a prime example of how slow roasting brings out the natural sweetness of root vegetables — sweet potatoes, parsnips, and beets. This veggie side dish everyone will love was created by Leslie Cerier. more→

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