Healthy Kitchen

8 Amazing Vegan “Cheese” Recipes

Smoky vegan cheddar cheez recipe

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!

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Tasty, Versatile Chickpea Recipes

Hummus made with chickpeas

Even people who say they don’t like beans often like chickpeas. What’s not to love? Chickpeas are among the most flavorful of the legume family, and add flavor, protein, and texture, to so many kinds of dishes — soups, stews, pastas, salads, and sandwiches. Add them to your repertoire today! more→

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Vegan Picnic Treats for Spring

Quinoa and chickpea-stuffed bell peppers

Is there anything more quintessentially spring than a picnic? As the weather is warming up and the days are longer, now is the perfect time to head outside with a basket packed with vegan treats! And to help you get inspired with ideas of what to bring, here’s a roundup of great vegan recipes to explore:  more→

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Are You Using Real Cinnamon?

Ceylon cinnamon sticks

Contributed by Cristina West, of An Organic Wife. Is your cinnamon fake? There’s a good chance that yes, it is. Go check the label on your cinnamon right now. If it says Cinnamomum cassia, just cinnamon (with no explanation), or has a country of origin anywhere other than Sri Lanka, your cinnamon is not real. more→

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7 Great Uses for Lemons, In and Out of the Kitchen

Fresh lemons on table

Article contributed by BeWellBuzz. Fruity lemons from the earth also offer a sweet cacophony of healing benefits. From its essence to the rind to the juice the entire fruit can be a treasure for your wellness if you know what’s inside. Play with these remedies, and let us know of your favorites.

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Spring Vegetable Tart

Spring vegetable tart

This spring vegetable tart looks like a work of art, but it’s so easy to accomplish. Puff pastry isn’t the healthiest item in the world, but for special occasions, it transforms simple ingredients into something fun and festive. Use a name brand (these are most often vegan, though it doesn’t hurt to check the ingredients), and make sure to give it a good 45 minutes to an hour to thaw out—not less, and ideally, not much more. This makes two rectangular tarts that are easy on the cook and gorgeous to behold. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Vegan Desserts Made Easy

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

Serving a tasty vegan dessert can be challenging, but it’s made a whole lot easier by substituting various quality vegan ingredients for the eggs and dairy products usually associated with these comforting culinary creations. Best of all, vegan desserts are delicious and often nutritious. It’s actually pretty easy to bake without using eggs and dairy, once you get the hang of it.

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Pomegranates: Health Benefits and Uses

Pomegranate

Classified as a berry, the pomegranate is native to Persia and is one of the oldest known fruits. used for food as well as medicinally for centuries. Its prime season in most parts of the world is September through January. This slightly tart yet sweet berry takes some effort to prepare and eat — as basically, it’s a collection of lots of seeds, but with all of its health benefits, you may find it worth your while. Besides the whole, fresh fruit you can purchase pomegranate juice, and even pomegranate oil.  more→

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