Seasonal Produce Guides
Contributed by Zel Allen. Kohlrabi, once the favored vegetable of European nobles and peasants alike, has fallen off the veggie pop charts. However, we predict a comeback for this neglected member of the Brassica oleracea family, more commonly called the cabbage family. Some people have mistakenly labeled kohlrabi a cross between a cabbage and a turnip. This is understandable, since both are members of the brassica family, but they are not of the same variety. more→
Broccoli may have lost a bit of its standing in the world of cruciferous veggies now that kale has taken over this world, but it’s still a powerhouse veggie by all standards. A particularly rich source of Vitamins C and K, it’s also a great source of dietary fiber and numerous other vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. Best of all, once you know how to tease out its best qualities, it’s one of the tastiest and most versatile green veggies you’ll welcome into your kitchen. Here are some VegKitchen favorites.
If you’re looking for easy, tasty, and healthy vegan spinach recipes, look no further! Among the dark, leafy greens, spinach is among the quickest to cook (or you don’t have to cook it at all), and perhaps the most versatile. Learn more about the benefits of this leafy wonder, as well as some tips, in Spinach: A Powerhouse Veggie. Here’s VegKitchen’s wide array of recipes. more→
Here’s a comprehensive listing of VegKitchen’s easy and healthy vegan kale recipes. Kale is one of the hottest food trends going these days, and since it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, VegKitchen is all to happy to jump on the bandwagon. Not only is kale super healthy, it’s also extremely versatile. And once you know how to tease out its best qualities, it’s quite tasty as well. If the recipes listed below aren’t enough for you, or you prefer your recipes in book form, you can also explore Nava’s book, Wild About Greens. more→
Olives belong to the group of fruit called drupes that also includes mangos, plums and almonds, among others. They have been used for over 2,000 years by various cultures all over the world for food as well as medicine. One serving of olives has only 25 calories and 2.5 grams of fat and count as a serving of fruit. Olives have no trans fats, no cholesterol, are low in carbohydrates and free of allergens. They are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids (the good fats!), vitamin A, C and E, iron, calcium and natural antioxidants.
Mushroom fans, rejoice! VegKitchen gives you many ways to enjoy this unique food group, from the ordinary white variety, to the earthy brown types (like baby bella, cremini, and portabella), to the more exotic forms such as shiitake and enoki. If you’re looking for a way to use a particular type of mushroom, use the search bar that’s at the very top right of each page. more→
Here are eggplant recipes galore, perfect for eggplant lovers everywhere! Eggplant comes in a number of varieties, from tiny Japanese to white and magenta types, and all the familiar glossy dark purple ones in between.While eggplant isn’t a nutritional superstar in terms of vitamins, and minerals compared to green veggies, it still boasts its share, as well as being a good source of dietary fiber as well as a few valuable antioxidants. Eggplant is also extraordinarily versatile, and those who love it will appreciate its presence in everything from salads to dips to soups and stews. more→
Avocados don’t just taste great, they’re also packed with loads of nutrients. These green fruits provide folate, vitamins B, C, K and E, fiber, niacin, potassium and more. If you want a food that is going to give your body the nutrients and vitamins it needs every day, grab yourself an avocado! The monounsaturated fats help your body absorb the nutrients from other foods as well. more→