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Baked Polenta Casserole with Zucchini & Spinach

Polenta Zucchini casserole

This easy baked polenta casserole uses prepared polenta (the kind that comes in a tube) layered with zucchini and spinach. Smothered in marinara sauce and topped with melty vegan cheese, it’s almost so embarrassingly easy to make, but such a crowd-pleaser. Use a really flavorful prepared marinara—roasted tomato, garlic, mushroom, or chunky vegetable. Adapted from Vegan Express by Nava Atlas. more→

6 Tasty Chickpea Salads and Spreads

Chickpea and kale sandwich spread

Everyone needs a good chickpea salad recipe in their repertoire! Here are VegKitchen’s favorite chickpea salads and spreads. They’re quick, tasty, high in protein, and so easy to make. Chickpea and Kale Sandwich Spread or Salad (shown above) makes a great spread for bread, a filling for pita bread or a wrap (along with some tender lettuce and sliced tomatoes), or layered scoop of it on a sturdy flatbread and served open-face.
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Sorghum Breakfast Bowl

Fruit and granola sorghum bowl

Sorghum is one more healthful, hearty ancient grain that’s making a big comeback, like what happened with quinoa, farro, and einkorn. Because of sorghum’s small size, mild flavor, and interesting texture, it’s a perfect grain for a warm cereal. This sorghum breakfast bowl is sure to please.

Despite its incredibly good-for-you nutrition profile, sorghum is a bit on the bland side, so boosting it with tasty ingredients is a must! In this breakfast bowl, we cooked it up the already cooked grain in some vanilla almond milk, and topped it with fruit, granola, and coconut yogurt. In all, a fantastic way to start the day! more→

Vegan Sandwiches and Wraps: Easy Ideas for Vegan Sandwiches

vegan sandwiches

Here are lots of tasty options to explore for portable vegan sandwiches and wraps — easy ideas for vegans and vegetarians that are great for school lunches and for adults who are tired of pricey restaurant lunches and need some fresh brown bag vegan sandwiches and wraps options. You might also like 10 Easy Vegan Wraps to Make in 10 Minutes or Less. Shown above, Hummus, Cucumber, and Avocado Wrap; photo by Lori Maffei.  more→

7 Recipes for Vegan Enchiladas

Vegan Enchiladas with Salsa Verde

Enchiladas are one of the ultimate comfort foods. A handful of delicious ingredients are safely tucked inside a wrap and then covered in sauce. What more could you ask for, right? However, if you think because you are vegan you can’t enjoy this dish, we have good news.

Here are seven vegan recipes for the classic enchilada that you’ll love.

#1 Collard-Wrapped Yellow Rice and Black Bean Enchiladas

This ultimate veggie enchilada skips the tortillas altogether and wraps all the good stuff in large collard leaves. Don’t be too quick to judge, though. The collard leaves soften up in the oven and develop a delicious, subtle essence that drips into the stuffing, making it a totally healthy dish bursting with flavor.

#2 Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

This is quite possibly the best vegan enchilada recipe out there, and maybe the easiest to make, too! The butternut squash and black bean combo gives you the heavy feeling most people associate with eating enchiladas, yet it’s all plant based and full of fiber. The flavor is really what makes it a fan favorite, though. Vegans and meat eaters alike love this combo, and of course, you will too.

 #3 Roasted Tomatillo Enchiladas

Nothing says authentic Mexican quite like a dish made with tomatillos. This green veggie shines in this recipe and gives the enchiladas a smokey flavor that isn’t usually appreciated in the red-sauced enchiladas that you usually find on the internet. Plus, these are super simple and don’t send you to the grocery store in search for a page-long list of new ingredients.

#4 Stacked Squash and Bell Pepper Enchiladas

This creative recipe chucks the wrap to the curb and instead layers all of the delicious ingredients in an easy-to-eat stack. The ingredient list is made mostly of vegetables, which are combined with a delicious sauce which is then layered between crispy corn tortillas. This recipe is easy, straight-forward, and ready to feed the masses.

#5 White Bean, Corn and Zucchini Enchiladas Verde

White beans and tomatillos make this a truly creative enchilada dish. This combination makes it surprisingly refreshing and light, which is pretty hard to find when it comes to enchiladas. The tomatillos really shine through and you hardly notice that you’re eating handfuls of veggies with each serving.

#6 Kale and Mushroom Enchiladas

This wouldn’t be a list of vegan recipes if kale didn’t somehow sneak its way in! This recipe takes on all the traditional flavors of enchiladas and uses mushgrooms and kale as meat replacements. Carly at Fit Living Eats takes the classic enchilada and makes it healthy (but still delicious).

#7 Stacked Vegan Cheese Enchiladas

Here we have another stacked variation of the enchilada, but this one is for chefs with little time. You will be shocked by the short ingredient list here, though impressed by the flavor. If you love enchiladas, but don’t love the meat or the amount of time they usually take to prepare, then this is for you.

This list of vegan enchiladas has a little something for everyone. There are no sacrifices made in these recipes so you and your loved ones will surely enjoy them! Pick the one that sounds best and give it a go. We’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

10 Easy Vegan Pizza Recipes

garlicky vegan margherita pizza recipe

Pizza is such a convenient main dish to make at home, now that great crusts and sauces get you started. Just add veggies! Here are our favorite easy vegan pizza recipes. Garlicky Fresh Tomato and Basil Pizza (shown at top) is a fresh take on the classic fresh tomato and basil pizza known as Margherita. This variation is packed with extra flavor from garlic and black olives. more→

Creamy Leek and Mushroom Soup with Ancient Grains

Creamy mushroom and leek soup with ancient grains

Made creamy with tofu or white beans, this ancient grains soup is filled with tasty leeks and mushrooms. It’s truly a bowl of comfort! If you’d like to explore the various ancient grains on the market, you can make this with whole farro, spelt, or einkorn berries. Or go “new school” with ordinary pearl or pot barley. Whichever grain you use, you’ll enjoy this nourishing soup on a chilly or rainy day. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Immune-Boosting Spicy Thai Coconut Soup

Spicy Thai Coconut Soup

Immune-boosting Spicy Thai Coconut Soup is a super tasty recipe —it’s also easy to make, vegan, and gluten-free. For those of you who don’t like spicy, the chillies are optional. When you’re eating the right foods to support your health, food is your medicine. And when it comes to boosting your immune system, nature provides some powerful ingredients to help us fend off those seasonal bugs. 

Contributed by Ursula Escher, from The Vegan Survival Guide: Boost Your Mental and Physical Health – Your Guide to Functional Veganism* reprinted with permission © UEscher Publishing. more→

Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Wraps

Tempeh "bacon" lettuce tomato wraps and polenta fries

If you’d like to make your own tempeh “bacon” to use in TLT wraps or as a side for tofu scrambles and such, here’s an easy and tasty way to do it. Prepared products like Fakin’ Bacon) are good, but this DIY version of tempeh bacon allows you to control the flavor and tweak it to your liking. You’ll need just a few ingredients to make tempeh — and lots of other things — taste like bacon. Tempeh bacon, lettuce, and tomato wraps are perfect for a portable lunch or a light dinner.

You’ll find liquid smoke and barbecue seasoning in the spice section of well-stocked supermarket. There’s often a section of barbecue seasonings. Check labels carefully; they’re not all vegan! more→

7 Cozy Vegan Recipes Using Vegetable Broth That Aren’t Soups

Cozy Vegan Recipes

A hearty vegetable broth makes for some cozy vegan recipes that are great relaxing at home after a long day or warming yourself up on a cold afternoon. And it’s so easy to make with just a little bit of preparation.

But the thing is, it’s also very versatile and cozy vegan recipes don’t have to be limited to a warm bowl of soup (as satisfying as it is) when you have your broth ready to go. Check out some of these cozy vegan recipes you may never have thought you could use vegetable broth for. more→

Vegan Carne Asada Fries

Vegan Carne Asada fries

Carne asada fries exemplify how an offbeat local food trend takes off and goes national. An odd combination of french fries, avocado, sour cream, and in its original form, strip steak, this dish originated in San Diego in the 1990s and soon became a standard in casual Mexican restaurants in the American Southwest. Now it’s on the menu in such eateries nationwide. I first had vegan carne asada fries at Mexican Radio in Hudson, NY, and understood why this hearty dish took off. How great that it can be made with seitan instead of meat! You can also use another meat substitute like jackfruit. more→

5 Best Vegan Tacos for Breakfast

Veggie oat taco filling

Everybody loves tacos. However, in order to eat tacos as a vegan, we sometimes have to get a little creative. A plant-based diet means we have to load up on veggies and find some alternatives to certain taco staples. Of course, that just means our tacos are more colorful and unique! Some recipes for our favorite vegetarian tacos are over on OhMyVeggies, and they cover everything from tofu tacos to lentil tacos. Most of these vegetarian tacos are great options for vegans, but unfortunately, some of them do include things like eggs. As a result, there are only a few viable options for the most important meal of the day: breakfast! Who wouldn’t want to eat tacos for breakfast? Some people think that to be healthy they should eat less and just skip their first meal, but in actuality, you need to eat a good breakfast. In order to jump start your morning, we’re here to give you some vegan and vegetarian tacos recipes for the best vegan tacos for breakfast! more→

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