Healthy Kitchen

No-Cook Cold Soups for Summer Refreshment

Cold White Bean and Tomato Soup

Even though we can use air-conditioning to mitigate summer heat in the kitchen, being able to make cold soups without turning on a single burner is a gift on the hottest days. Some cold soups have cooked ingredients and then are chilled in the fridge, but the ones presented here don’t require any heat at all. It’s good to chill them before serving for ultimate refreshment, but you can serve them right away if need be (you can always swirl 3 or 4 ice cubes into them before serving to get that chilled effect). First up, Cool White Bean and Tomato Soup, shown above, which makes for a flavorful, nearly instant and surprisingly hearty cold soup.  more→

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How to Prepare Collard Greens Easily and Quickly

Collard greens whole leaves

Collard greens can look pretty intimidating — they range from large to gigantic, and look like they’d take hours to prep and even longer to cook. But this is totally not the case. If you know how to tame them, they’re easily prepped and very quickly cooked. They’re a boon to the plant-based diet, as they’re a fantastic source of calcium (better than kale) and rich in vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. Forget about the old way of cooking them in a bit pot of boiling water. That way, collards lose color, flavor, and nutrients. Prepping them with this easier, more contemporary technique preserves all that is great about collards.  more→

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Liven Up Your “Good Karma Diet” — Explore Raw Foods

Summer fruits in bowls

When my daughter, Adair, was a tween and teen, we devoted two weeks every summer to eating only raw food: fruits, salads, crudités, and sprouts; dressings, dips, pâtés, and cheeses made from nuts and seeds; vegetable juices and creamy smoothies. When a friend asked her why we did it, she said, “Because everyone deserves to be gorgeous at least two weeks a year.” She was talking about the clear eyes, luminous skin, and well-known “glow” that come from eating fresh, raw foods.  more→

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4 Ways to Use Lettuce — Other Than in Salads

Cold coconut cream of lettuce soup

You don’t need a recipe to figure out how to use lettuce in a salad. In the late spring or early summer, though, you might find yourself with more lettuce than you need, especially if you belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm or are a gardener yourself. Here are four creative ways to use your surplus of lettuce, starting with the refreshing Cold Coconut Cream of Lettuce Soup shown above. more→

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6 Special Vegan Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

Buckwheat Crepes + Chocolate Sauce by Jenne Claiborne from Sweet Potato Soul

Anyone can take their mom out for Mother’s Day brunch — but why fight crowds and limited vegan options? Your mom will be more impressed and grateful if you show your love by making a special brunch. None are difficult or time consuming and all are tasty as can be. Let’s start with Jenné Claiborne’s Buckwheat Crepes with Chocolate Sauce, above. more→

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How to Make Fresh Ginger-Lemon Tea

Ginger and Lemon Tea recipe

Though this classic recipe is called a tea, it’s really an infusion of fresh ginger and lemon — nothing “tea” about it other than how healthful it is and how soothing it is to drink. To learn about some of the benefits of this beverage, see 5 Reasons Why You Should Drink Ginger Lemon Tea. more→

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A Guide to Tofu Varieties

Sesame-ginger tofu and broccoli

Tofu has been such a plant-based staple for decades (not to mention the millennia in which it played a starring role in Asian cuisines) that it’s easy to forget that there are still plenty of newbies discovering it all the time. That alone merits this primer, though even for tofu aficionados, fresh inspiration is always welcome.  more→

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4 Reasons Why You Should Start Juicing

Vegetable juice, tomato, carrot, cucumber and beet

Contributed by Garrick Dee Tan. When it comes to staying healthy and fit, a lot of health experts like dieticians and doctors would say that you should eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. How much? It varies. For instance if you’re a 35 year old male who does not exercise a lot, you should eat at least 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables. more→

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