Healthy Kitchen

5 Simple Ways to Serve Potatoes

Potato oven fries

OVEN “FRIES”: Use one large or two medium potatoes per person (preferably red-skinned, Yukon gold,  or other firm-fleshed variety). Peel the potatoes and cut them into long, 1/2-inch thick fry-shaped strips. Combine them in a large mixing bowl with a modest amount of light olive oil and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with a little salt. Transfer to a nonstick baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 425º F. oven, stirring gently every 10 minutes, until the potatoes are crisp and lightly browned, about 25 to 30 minutes. Serve at once. Note, this is also an excellent way to serve sweet potatoes. more→

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Piña Colada Squares

Piña Colada Squares

These treats aren’t too sweet if you use unsweetened coconut. Alternatively, you can substitute 2 to 3 tablespoons of sweetened coconut for part of the unsweetened coconut and omit the confectioners sugar. If you don’t have dark rum, use ½ to 1 teaspoon rum extract and make up the rest of the liquid (to equal the 1 tablespoon) with pineapple juice or a little water or almond milk. Recipe from Vegan Without Bordersby Robin Robertson/Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC ©2014, reprinted by permission. Photos by Sara Remington.

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8 Delectable and Healthy Vegan Muffins

Vegan orange-chocolate chip muffins

These pretty streusel-topped Double-Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins are not only delectable, but contain a dose of Vitamin C from fresh orange juice as well as concentrated orange juice. The concentrate also contributes sweetness as well as color. 

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6 Easy and Healthy Raw or Unbaked Desserts

Unbaked vegan chocolate brownies

You won’t believe how easy it is to make these Unbaked Fudgy Brownies, rich with nuts and sweetened with dates. They’re flourless, gluten-free, and altogether rich and yummy. 
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The 3-Step Method: How To Prepare 40,320 Plant-Based Meals In 5 Minutes Or Less

Countertop food prep - quinoa and broccoli

Contributed by Matt Jager of Don’t Lose The CowPhoto by Hannah Kaminsky. When I first went plant-based, I spent an embarrassing amount of time, energy, and money preparing meals. Because I was transitioning from a standard diet, every meal had to be hearty, filling, and delicious in order for me to feel satisfied. more→

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Tasty and Abundant Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini with mint2

When zucchini is abundant in the garden or farm market, you can’t have too many ways to use it. This page will serve you well. Though zucchini isn’t a super nutritious vegetable, it is a versatile one, and most people, even the picky eaters, tend to enjoy it. Photo above is Zucchini with Mint; photo by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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7 Easy and Flavorful Southwestern Vegan Dishes

Black bean and zucchini casserole 3

Chilaquiles (Black Bean and Zucchini Tortilla Casserole)  is a classic Southwestern casserole that layers soft corn tortillas with beans and cheese (vegan in this case). Adding zucchini and chiles adds to the lively flavors. This makes for a nice change-of-pace holiday main dish, but this is also easy enough to make for weeknight meals. 
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7 Hearty Vegan Pasta Dishes

pesto pasta with potatoes and green beans

Pasta with Pesto, Potatoes, and Green Beans is a classic rustic Italian combination. It may seem odd to combine pasta and potatoes, but it does work well, and is extra hearty. It’s carb heaven, maybe, but still healthy, especially if you use whole-grain pasta.
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