Excerpted and adapted from from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photo above by Hannah Kaminsky. The plant-powered kitchen need not be magazine-gorgeous and outfitted with the latest gadgets and appliances. These things would be nice, of course, but they’re not required to create delicious meals. Still, an assortment of basic tools can make life in the kitchen easier and, in some cases, more enjoyable. Just as with pantry items, you don’t have to run out and buy all these items at once—or at all. These are tools I enjoy having in my kitchen and that you might, too, as as you begin to enjoy more plant-based meals. more→
Green Velvet Smoothie is a creamy, filling smoothie. Hemp seeds are optional, but they’re one of the best, most concentrated sources of Omega 3s—better (and tastier) than flaxseeds. Shown above, photo by Susan Voisin. more→
Considered a “superfood” for its superior nutritional profile, quinoa cooks in a mere 15 minutes, and its fluffy texture and nutty flavor and aroma make it extremely versatile. Here are VegKitchen’s most visited and best-loved quinoa recipes. more→
Chia seeds are everywhere these days! Known for their abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids, these tiny seeds can improve your heart health and cholesterol levels, and can be helpful in losing weight. The gel that is formed around the seed with the help of water has no calories and makes you feel more full. Chia seeds are abundant in antioxidants, as well as complete protein. Here are 6 fabulous and fascinating ways to use this superfood. more→
This raw “noodle” side dish is low in calories, a breeze to prepare, and fabulous fare on a hot summer night. The zucchini strips really do look and taste a lot like fresh pasta. Photo by Warren Jefferson. more→
Spinach is always such a wallflower at the juice flavor party. And while it’s quite obvious from its appearance that this juice contains greens, I’d challenge anyone to a blindfold taste test—pear is very clearly the dominant flavor here. The riper the pear, the better the flavor. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Juices: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-Dense Recipes* © 2014 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Julie Morris and Oliver Barth.
Believe it or not, basil actually enhances the natural flavor of watermelon.You can choose to either blend the soaked and plumped goji berries into the final drink, or leave them whole as juicy little morsels. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Juices: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-Dense Recipes* © 2014 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Julie Morris and Oliver Barth.
There’s no dairy in these vegan cheeses, but even your dairy-eating friends will be amazed by these delights! Vegan cheese seems impossible, but some ingredients that regularly appear in vegan food give a cheesy taste to dishes. One of my favorites is nutritional yeast. It tastes good and it’s good for you. Cashews, which are delicious just plain by the handful, create a magical texture that is reminiscent of goat cheese. Make sure to scroll to the end to see each one of these 8 vegan cheeses, all of which will knock your socks off!