Healthy Kitchen

7 Bountiful Bean Salads

Avocado and pinto bean salad

Bean salads are so easy to make — it’s usually all about tossing together a bunch of tasty ingredients — and so useful. They’re great to share at potlucks, take on picnics, pack into lunches, or just to serve on the side of the dinner plate for added protein. Here are a few of VegKitchen’s favorites, starting with Avocado and Pinto Bean Salad, an easy combo with a Southwestern flair. This goes well with vegan quesadillas and other tortilla specialties that don’t themselves contain beans. more→

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VegKitchen’s Favorite Avocado Recipes

Mango, avocado, and arugula salad

I fully admit, I’m an avocado addict. Yes, they’re loaded with nutrients, including folate, vitamins B, C, K and E, fiber, niacin, potassium and more. They’re a great source of good fats and fiber. But I really love them for how they taste, and their mouth feel. Based on reader enthusiasm, here are a few of our favorite easy avocado recipes. more→

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7 Delicious and Easy Asian-Style Noodle Dishes

Vegetable Chow Mein recipe

All kinds of Asian noodles have become widely available, both in natural foods stores and well-stocked supermarkets. Combined with lots of veggies and other tasty ingredients, they’re the basis of quick, healthy meals. In Vegetable Chow Mein, the noodles are stir-fried along with the veggies. The amount and varieties of vegetables can be varied. Why call for take out when it’s so easy (and less greasy) to make this at home? more→

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How to Create One Bowl Meals

How to make one-bowl meals

Creating a one bowl meal is a really great way to get nourished and healthy. We go through stretches in our house when these are coming out of the kitchen on a daily basis for weeks on end. Primarily macrobiotic, they are a staple in our household and they keep our teenage boys fueled and happy. These dishes are made up of five general categories of ingredients: a legume, a grain, a green, a whole food and a sauce. The possibilities are endless! more→

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6 Quick and Colorful Bok Choy Recipes

Seared baby bok choy

Of all Asian greens, bok choy is, arguably the most widely known and available. The term “bok choy” is generally used to describe the larger kind, with the crisp white stalks and dark leaves. Baby bok choy is a smaller version of the former variety, with stems and leaves of a fairly uniform, pale green hue. Either of the common varieties of bok choy are good raw in salads or very lightly cooked in stir-fries and Asian-style soups.  more→

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7 Quick Tips for Making the Best Summer Smoothies

Berry Banana Smoothie

Spring is springing which means just one thing – summer is right round the corner. It’s time to shed those winter layers, get outside into the fresh air and eat tasty, light and healthy foods. What better for the summer season than the cool combination of fruit, vegetables and other delicious ingredients? Summer smoothies are ideal for a snack, breakfast, or to quench your thirst. Making a smoothie is simple but there are some secrets for creating the perfect concoction. Here are some tips for successful summer smoothie making. more→

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5 Easy, Festive Vegan Main Dishes for Easter

Roasted Seitan with Peppers and Mushrooms

Making vegan main dishes for your Easter dinner menu that are festive as well as easy is completely do-able! Enjoy a compassionate holiday by choosing one or two from among these VegKitchen favorites. Above, this hearty Roasted Seitan, Peppers, and Portabellas is so easy to throw together, yet makes a festive main dish for this and other special occasions.  more→

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Healthy, Versatile Spinach: 10 Tasty Recipes

Spinach, pineapple, and sprouts smoothie

There are few veggies more versatile than spinach, which adds flavor and nutrition to so many kinds of dishes — soups, salads, sides, main dishes, and even appetizers and smoothies. Here’s just a small sampling of some of our favorite spinach dishes. Also explore Healthy and Delicious Spinach Recipes, where you’ll find even more. Let’s start with Spinach, Sprouts, and Pineapple Smoothie blends the green goodness of spinach and sprouts with the sweetness of pineapple. It offers ultimate refreshment, and the coconut water is immensely hydrating. more→

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