Healthy Kitchen

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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Raw / Not Raw Vegetable Barley Bowl

Raw / Not Raw Vegetable Barley Bowl by Ann Oliverio

Weekends are my days for loosening up on what I eat. So on Saturday and Sundays after lunch I enjoy dessert and a big soy latte and a little something sweet post-dinner. By Sunday evening I usually feel ready to get back into full-on healthy mode and a simple “bowl” filled with good grains and lots of vegetables makes me feel slightly virtuous and ready for the week ahead. Recipe and photo by Ann Oliverio of An Unrefined Vegan, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetitereprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books. more→

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VegKitchen’s Ashkenazic Passover Favorites

vegan matzo ball soup recipe

VegKitchen’s vegan Passover Seder recipes and menus (great for vegetarians too) focus on the fresh produce of early spring. Here’s a full menu for Ashkenazic (Eastern European)-style recipes, from matzo ball soup to dessert. If you want even more choices, go to our Vegan Passover Seder Recipes and Menus. That’s where you’ll find tips for putting together a plant-based Passover Plate, as well. First up, and central to the celebration, Spring Vegetable Soup with Vegan Matzo Balls. more→

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7 Vegan Bowls from VegKitchen and Around the Web

Veggie Sushi Bowl

Big, bountiful bowls are all the rage, and it’s easy to see why. A bowl in this context is a basically an artful arrangement of veggies and sometimes protein on a bed of grains or noodles. It’s not just a big bowlful of one dish, where every bit is the same as another. It’s a little of this and a little of that, adding up to a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. This delightful Veggie Sushi Rice Bowl tastes like your favorite vegetable sushi, but without the fuss and mess of the rolling and cutting. It’s a great way to use leftover cooked rice and a nice combo of cooked and raw. more→

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VegKitchen’s Top 10 Carrot Recipes

creole cream of carrot soup

With all the dark leafy greens and nutrient-dense seeds (like chia and hemp) out there, it’s easy to overlook common veggies like carrots as super foods. Carrots are a powerhouse veggie by any standard, rich in beta carotene and vitamin C. And in culinary terms, few vegetables can rival the versatility of carrots, which can star in soups, salads, roasted dishes, sides, and  even delectable desserts. Creole Creamy Carrot Soup, shown above, has a cheery orange color, and if good, fresh carrots are used, a subtly sweet flavor. more→

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