11 Fresh and Tasty Arugula Recipes

Arugula and Fresh Fig Salad with toasted walnuts

Arugula leaves are tender, bite-sized, and packed with a distinct, tangy flavor. Sometimes referred to as “rocket,” this vibrant leafy green is the star of the year-round arugula recipes up ahead.

They’re the versatile friend at the dinner party, blending well with nearly every dish. Not only that, but they’re loaded with nutrients; studies have suggested that a sulfur-containing compound called sulforaphane gives cruciferous vegetables both their bitter taste and their cancer-fighting power. It’s also packed with vitamin A, vitamin K, and antioxidants.
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Vegan Potato and Spinach Frittata

Vegan Potato and Spinach Frittata by Laura Theoodore

It’s frittata time! This authentic-tasting vegan frittata is baked in the oven, making it especially easy to prepare. With a delicious potato/onion base, paired with an herb-infused egg-like filling, this egg-less entrée is a true winner, perfect to serve for any meal of the day.

Recipe and photo by Laura Theodore, from JazzyVegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan. Published by Scribe Publishing, ©2018, reprinted by permission. more→

Four-Ingredient Apricot Bars

Four-Ingredient Apricot Bars

These tasty bars are easy to make, while being easy on the wallet. The sweetness comes from the apricot preserves, and rolled oats provide the crunch. Mashed bananas stand in beautifully for egg, and the vanilla extract really jazzes it up!

Recipe by Laura Theodore, from JazzyVegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan. Published by Scribe Publishing, ©2018, reprinted by permission. more→

7 Nearly Recipe-Free Flavor-Packed Veggie Pizza Ideas

Eggplant, fresh tomato, and olive pizza

When you start with a good-quality whole-grain prepared pizza crust and an all-natural sauce, honestly, you don’t need to follow an exact recipe to make creative, delicious veggie pizzas. Vegan mozzarella-style cheese is optional in any of these variations. 

If you make too much of a topping, no worries, you can use it as a side dish, stir it into a grain, or make into a wrap with fresh greens the next day. As with most pizza recipes, preheat the oven to 425º F for standard pizza crust, or 400º F. for flatbreads or Italian bread. Read on and enjoy your veggie pizza improvisations!
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Hash Brown Waffles

Hashbrown Waffles by Hannah Kaminsky

Little more than piles of shredded potatoes, what separates superlative hash browns from the merely adequate hash browns all comes down to texture. Shatteringly crisp on the outside yet tender, even borderline creamy on the inside, it’s a fine balance that’s difficult to strike.

Using a waffle iron instead of a standard frying pan maximizes the surface contact for a far more satisfying crunchy crust, while the enclosure allows the spuds to essentially steam from within, ensuring perfectly tender bites through and through. Recipe and photos for Hash Brown Waffles  are reprinted with permission from Real Food, Really Fast by Hannah Kaminsky © 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing. more→

Vanilla and Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake

Vanilla Raspberry Vegan Cheesecake

This raw cheesecake is much lighter and fresher-tasting than a dairy cheesecake and the cashew topping is such a good medium for color and decoration. Even though it looks stunning as a whole cake, we sometimes make individual ones in a silicone muffin tray.

It makes a fantastic light dessert, or, with a bit of imaginative decoration it makes a tastefully subtle celebration cake too—with a bit of planning needed for the freezing time. Freeze-dried raspberry powder may seem like a futuristic ingredient, but it is well worth having in your pantry as it has so many uses. Try stirring it into oatmeal and adding to your smoothies.

Recipe and photos from Super Loaves and Simple Treats: Modern Baking for Healthier Living by Melissa Sharp © 2018, Avery Publishing. Reprinted by permission.

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Cold Cucumber–Chile Noodles

Cold Cucumber Chile Noodles from Hot for Food by Lauren Toyota

I tend to add megaflavor to everything I cook, but in this dish I embrace the minimalist trend and really like the simplicity of green onions with spice, sesame, salt, and refreshing crunchy cucumber. It was inspired by something I ate a couple of years ago at Xi’an Famous Foods in Brooklyn.

A friend claimed this menu item, known as A-1, was her favorite thing ever, which I mistook for hyperbole. But I was curious. Well, after ordering it and taking one bite, I was in love and certainly wasn’t prepared for a long-distance relationship with this noodle dish so I made my own version of Cold Cucumber–Chile Noodles.

Reprinted with permission from Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics, text and photography copyright 2018 by Lauren Toyota. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. more→

9 Homemade Sauerkraut Recipes

sauerkraut in a bowl

In Western culture, fermented foods often don’t play enough of a role in everyday fare. Fermented foods contribute to gut health, supplying more probiotic action that what you might find in a capsule. They can also strengthen your immune system, according to this article by expert Rebecca Wood.

“Fermentation increases the flavor, medicinal value and nutrition of foods,” she writes. Of course, you can buy a jar of sauerkraut. And if you do, make sure it’s the kind that is naturally fermented, not just salted. But DIY sauerkraut can be surprisingly easy to make, and allow you to experiment with flavors you won’t find in the store-bought kind. Here are 9 flavorful homemade sauerkraut recipes to tickle your palate and at the same time improve your gut health. more→

Arsenic in Rice? What You Need to Know

Brown rice in a bowl

Within the last few years, there have been analyses that show that all rice varieties contain at least some minuscule level of arsenic. Arsenic is a naturally occurring element. It’s found in soil, water, plants, and animals. Going beyond a certain threshold, arsenic is a toxin and exposure to it should be minimized. 

There was much discussion about this in the media in the last several years. A fair amount of the concern was that rice cereal is often an infant’s first food. Even lots of healthy food enthusiasts draw a blank when it comes to arsenic in rice. No need to panic, but it pays to have some solid information. 

Few experts have suggested avoiding rice altogether, but rates of arsenic vary depending on variety, but more importantly, where it’s grown. Rice from Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas in the U.S. lead the way in terms of arsenic levels due to the soil in which they’re grown. Whether you buy in bulk or at the supermarket, you can always see where the rice comes from on labels and on the bulk bins. You may want to find alternatives to varieties from those big rice-producing states. more→

How to Burn Off 9 Nutrient-Dense Foods That Are High Calorie

Trail mix

A healthy lifestyle is fueled by nutrient-dense foods that give your body the energy it needs. But some of the most nutrient-dense foods come with high-calorie counts. Keep your calorie count in check by moderating your serving size. And for those days when you really need to fuel up? Dial up the activity level to burn off that excess energy.

Here we’ll look at how much activity is needed to burn off 9 healthy but high calorie foods, including: fruit-and-nut mix, raisins, hummus, coconut milk, muesli bars, chia seeds, rice cakes (or rather, what you put on them), almond butter, and quinoa.

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