Healthy Kitchen

Top Five Tips for Vegan-Ease Cuisine

Vegan Lime muffins

Here are five great tips for starting on the path to Vegan-Ease cuisine, and enjoying easy plant-based meals, without sacrificing great taste or giving up the textures and flavors we all love! Contributed by Laura Theodore, from Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet* (October 8, 2015). Published by Jazzy Vegetarian LLC, © 2015, reprinted by permission. more→


12 High-Protein Vegan Main Dishes Featuring Tempeh

Tangy Tempeh with Portobella

Tempeh is a fermented soyfood,and like its culinary cousin tofu is quite versatile, but has a more distinct flavor as well as a dense, chewy texture. Though somewhat of an acquired taste, it’s one worth cultivating — tempeh is high in complete protein and rich in all kinds of nutrients perfect for the plant based diet. Learn more in this informative post on tempeh.  Let’s get cooking with it, starting with Tangy Tempeh with Portobello Mushrooms (above). It has a “meaty” heartiness, with balsamic vinegar providing a bit of tang. Serve this sumptuous stew-like dish over a cooked grain or on pasta. more→


8 Tasty Vegan Salad Dressings

Vegan ranch dressing with raw veggies

If you’re a fan of salads, you’ll love this handy ways to make them even better with dressings that are dairy-free, full of flavor, and in many cases, low in fat. Best of all, you can make them at home in minutes. And if almost goes without saying that they’re more economical than store-bought dressing. First up, Vegan Ranch Dressing, above, is one that’s almost impossible to find ready-made in a dairy-free vegan version. As a dip, this is great with raw veggies; as a dressing, use on green salads, slaws, pasta salads, and potato salads. more→


Pineapple Recipes — Sweet and Savory

Pineapple salsa recipe

Sweet and juicy, with a flavor like sunshine, pineapple is a fruit that’s amazingly versatile, delicious in savory dishes as well as sweet ones. While you can always use canned, unsweetened pineapple, consider using it fresh. It might look a bit intimidating with its bumpy skin and imposing crown, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not too big a job, especially if you follow our guide on How to Cut a Fresh Pineapple. Meanwhile, here’s our array of recipes to inspire you to use more of this vitamin-packed fruit:  more→


How to Cut a Fresh Pineapple

How to cut fresh pineapple

Don’t be intimidated by fresh pineapples! They might look daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to cut, and so amazing to eat. Time was when fresh pineapple was mainly a winter fruit, but like a lot of produce it is now available year-round. Pineapple still seems more fitting to augment the dearth of fruit choices in the winter, but it’s still welcome in the summer, when it brightens fruit salads, and is delicious grilled! One you get the hang of this, you’ll want to explore our array of Pineapple Recipes — Sweet and Savory. Let’s get started …



August 2015 Produce Picks: 5 Fruits and Veggies to Use Now

Buy local tomatoes

Tomatoes – August is all about tomatoes, as they never taste better than they do this month. Enjoy luscious late summer tomatoes to their fullest by exploring what VegKitchen has to offer. Fresh salsas, salads pastas, cold soups, sauces, pizzas and much more are better with summer tomatoes and these ideas are at your fingertips: more→


8 Delicious Vegan Entreés Featuring Peanut Butter

Asian Peanut-Sesame Noodles Recipe

Everything tastes better with peanut butter! Except, of course, for those with peanut allergies. Luscious and high in protein, peanut butter isn’t only for PBJ sandwiches or desserts (though it’s awesome in both — see our listing of sweet treats using it) Here are 7 tasty ways to use it in vegan main dishes. First off, here’s an easy rendition of Cold Peanut Butter Sesame Noodles (above), with a dollop of tahini and a dash of spice. Delicious as a summer dinner served with an easy tofu dish and a simple salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil. more→


8 Vegan Treats Featuring Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Peanut Butter Bars from Isa Moskowitz from Post Punk Kitchen

It’s hard to think of a more compatible duo of flavors for desserts than peanut butter and chocolate. This array of recipes from a number of vegan foodies and chefs is proof positive of universal agreement on this topic! Above, Isa Moskowitz’s Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Bars a perfect for a lunch box treat, a picnic, or hey, since there’s cereal and oatmeal in there, why not breakfast? They’re so easy and so much yummier than packaged granola bars that there’s no reason not to give ‘em a go. more→