In January of 2018 there were near-riots in France as a grocery chain knocked down the price of Nutella, the popular chocolate-hazelnut that’s gathering a following here in the U.S. But is it really worthy of that kind of devotion? After all, the first two ingredients are sugar and palm oil — not ideal fuels to start the day. This sweet cocoa avocado toast has got it all — protein, good fats, whole-grain carbs, and the potassium boost of banana.
While avocado may have seen its day as a trend, it still has plenty of devotees (yours truly included), and has become a fixture on countless breakfast and lunch menus everywhere. After the recent “Nutella riots” as they were dubbed by the press, I merged the concepts of avocado toast and Nutella into one super-simple spread. Using only a handful of real food ingredients, this “Not-ella” spread is oil- and dairy free and sublime. It’s an easy, filling breakfast and a good after-school treat. more→
My name is Gloria Clay, and I won Vegan Outreach Mac Down Competition in Columbia SC. I was the only person who isn’t chef or an owner of a food truck or restaurant. I’ve never gone to culinary school, so I was surprised and thrilled to win the competition with my original Vegan Mac and Cheese Casserole with a healthy dose of collard greens, and topped with tempeh bacon.
I entered the competition to bring awareness to cruelty free eating and to let people know that they can still enjoy their favorite comfort foods without the use of animal products. more→
When cold and flu season is in full swing, or if it’s simply a bone-chilling winter day, sometimes you need a big pot of comforting soup and you need it now! One of the most soothing bowlfuls ever is mushroom barley soup, and this shortcut vegan version takes at least an hour off the process. Case in point, our Classic Mushroom Barley Soup, which is about an hour and a half or more, from prep to finish. There’s not a lot of work time, so when you have more leisure to cook soup, give it a try!
This fast version shaves off the time by using quick-cooking barley and precut fresh veggies. It’s just as good as the original, and gets more flavorful as it stands. Look for quick-cooking barley (sometimes called 10-minute barley) in the grains or dried beans section of well-stocked supermarkets and natural foods stores. Trader Joe’s has their own brand, too. Or you can search for quick-cooking barley and order online. more→
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→
Rectangular soft lavash wrappers are even easier to make sandwiches with than round wrapper breads — everything lines up so neatly, and they roll up so easily. Look for them in near your supermarket’s deli section — they’re often shelved near pita breads. Hummus holds everything together, and plenty of romaine lettuce plus fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and roasted red peppers means that your yummy sandwich is also a salad! Make this with black olive hummus for extra flavor. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Nothing satisfies like a comforting bowl of soup when you come home feeling tired and chilled, or need a remedy for a cold. But lots of chopping and long wait times for simmering don’t have to be part of the equation. Here are 10 warming and super easy vegan soups that combine fresh veggies and shortcuts that result in a good-sized portions. It’s no accident that more than half of these aree Asian-style soups, which as a matter of course require little cooking. But they’ll all have you saying “Soup’s on” in 20 minutes or less! more→
This variation on basic pancakes will delight blueberry fans. Use the smaller, wild blueberries for best results. Frozen (preferably organic) blueberries can be used out of season. Oats add a nice texture. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
In this hearty vegan and gluten-free lasagna I used a mixture of shiitake and white button mushrooms, fresh rosemary and tarragon, swiss chard, homemade sauce (so easy!!!), tofu “cheese”, and squash. The flavor and texture are excellent, everything you’d want from a meal on a cold winter day. more→
Here’s an easy, nourishing soup of red lentils, made creamy with coconut milk and spiced with plenty of ginger. It’s a warming bowlful to come home to on a cold day! Recipe excerpted with permission from Going Wild in the Kitchen,* by Leslie Cerier, © 2005, Square One Publishers, Inc. Photos by Tracey Eller.
This salad is inspired by that traditional combination of Le Puy lentils, walnuts, and goat cheese, with crisp arugula and radishes adding a welcome crunch and a peppery kick. In place of the goat cheese, I use tangy, salty Herbed Cashew Cheese. Making the cashew cheese requires some forethought, so if you don’t have any on hand or time to make it, you can omit it or substitute a chopped avocado. Reprinted with permission from Food52 Vegan by Gena Hamshaw © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs © 2015 by James Ransom. more→
Everyone has a favorite mac and cheese recipe. This one, which uses sweet, creamy butternut squash in the sauce, is mine. To create an authentic cheese flavor, I use a combination of nutritional yeast, miso, smoked paprika, salt, and lemon juice. I highly recommend including the optional vegetables. In addition to providing some contrasting color and texture, they’ll round out the meal, so you won’t have to worry about making an extra side dish. Reprinted with permission from Food52 Vegan by Gena Hamshaw © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2015 by James Ransom. more→
A serving of greens, pineapple, and protein balance this sweet and savory Hawaiian tofu bowl perfectly. It does get a little involved, with a pan in the oven and a skillet on the stovetop, but it’s straightforward. I won’t be mad at you for picking up barbecue sauce at the store to cut down on steps; keep it as simple as you need. Recipe and photo from The Simply Vegan Cookbook: Easy, Healthy, Fun, and Filling Plant-Based Recipes Anyone Can Cook by Dustin Harder © 2018 Rockridge Press, reprinted by permission.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
- 1 large red onion, cut into ¼-inch slices
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into ¼-inch slices
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, plus more as needed, divided
- 14-ounce block extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 20-ounce can sliced pineapple, drained, or 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼-inch slices
- 1 cup BBQ Sauce or store-bought barbecue sauce
- 5-ounce package baby spinach
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a bowl, toss the onion and bell pepper with1 tablespoon of olive oil. Spread them out on half of the prepared baking sheet. Spread out the tofu cubes on the other half. Bake for 10 minutes, toss with a spatula, and bake for 10 more minutes.
While the tofu and vegetables are baking, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pineapple slices in batches and sauté until darkly browned on both sides, adding more oil as needed.
Toss the baked tofu with the barbecue sauce until thoroughly coated.
Divide the spinach and quinoa among 4 bowls. Top with the vegetables, tofu, and pineapple. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.
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