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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→


6 Tasty Recipes Combining Fresh Summer Tomatoes and Corn

Tomato and corn salad

July and August are the best months to enjoy fresh summer tomatoes and corn —and combining the two in simple, tasty dishes is a great way to double the pleasure. Tip — if you’re concerned with GMO corn, just make sure to buy it organic and you’re on the safe side. Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad (above) is a pleasing combination of two of summer’s premier bumper crops makes for a delightful mid-to late-summer salad. more→


July 2015 Produce Picks: 5 Fruits and Vegetables to Use Now

Apricots on table

Apricots – with all the melons and berries bursting onto the markets, don’t forget about the stone fruits, especially apricots. These diminutive, smooth fruits often get overlooked, and there’s more to do with them aside from eating out of hand or using in fruit salads, in both sweet and savory preparations. Here are a few: more→


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→


Spice up Your Life with 7 Sriracha-Spiked Dishes


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→