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→
A number of nourishing ingredients mingle in this baked vegan chickpea burger. Though it’s tasty enough to be eaten plain as a side dish, it’s makes a great sandwich as well. Either way, try it with Quick Tartar Sauce, whose recipe follows.
Makes: About 8 burgers
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
- 2 large celery stalks, strings removed and diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cup cooked or one 15- to 16-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup wheat germ, quinoa flakes, hemp seeds,
or quick-cooking oats, or a combination
- 2 teaspoons salt-free seasoning blend (such as Frontier or Mrs. Dash)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley or cilantro leaves
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add the carrot, celery, and garlic, and sauté until all the vegetables are tender and golden.
Combine the vegetable mixture with the remaining ingredients in a food processor. Pulse on and off until the mixture is evenly and finely chopped, but don’t puree.
Drop by 1/3 cup portions onto an oiled nonstick baking sheet (or better yet, a baking sheet lined with baking parchment) and flatten gently.
Bake for 30 minutes, flipping each burger after 20 minutes. Serve on bread or rolls or on their own; either way, they’re made even more delicious with Quick Tartar Sauce, following.
Quick Tartar Sauce
Makes about 2/3 cup
- 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
- 1 to 2 teaspoons prepared mustard, or to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir together until well blended.
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→
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→
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 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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
The vegan diet is more than just cutting out animal-based foods. It is also a health-based lifestyle that seeks out the best ways to maximize nutrition. One way to do that is to swap out regular flour for chickpea flour.
Chickpea flour is a great source of fiber to help keep things moving smoothly. It is also an anti-inflammatory food and helps promote a healthy heart. It’s so much more than just a gluten-free flour replacement because it offers a ton of benefits on its own!
Here are seven killer recipes featuring the nutrition-packed flour.
Omelets are a delicious and fun way to sneak veggies into your breakfast. Instead of using eggs, make a swap with chickpea flour, instead. Just a warning, though: this recipe is packed with much more than an egg replacement. Nutritional yeast and turmeric not only give it a rich flavor but they also give the omelet some added nutrition.
Fritters are super fun to eat and a totally social food. These fritters are even better because they are absolutely brimming with flavor and nutrition, leaving little room for guilt. The Romesco Sauce is really the key here. It is made with fresh herbs, roasted red peppers, a dash of paprika and some vinegar. This recipe will probably become a favorite in your household!
Cookies are what childhood dreams are made of, but once we reach adulthood they become synonymous with guilt. These chickpea based cookies, however, will wipe the guilt away. Unlike many vegan cookie recipes, these are packed with flavor and the gooey essence that chocolate chip cookies are best known for. They are also naturally full of fiber so you can feel good with every bite you take.
This farinata is described as a “savory pancake” thanks to the sun-dried tomatoes and kalamata olives. Throw in a handful of chopped spinach to get a veggie-filled meal. It’s super easy to make, fiber-filled and delicious.
Quinoa burgers can sometimes be hit and miss, as quinoa tends to crumble under the first bite. These burgers, though, stay true to form, thanks to the chickpea flour. This particular recipe is loaded with flavor and held together by oats, chickpea flour, and quinoa. Some fresh herbs along with garlic and onions give it a rich taste.
If you have been looking for the opportunity to branch out in your repertoire, this is it. These crackers are a homemade delicacy that travels well and pleases the masses. Unlike traditional crackers, though, they are full of fiber so that they don’t get in the way of smooth digestion.
#7 Pizza Crust
Let’s be honest: pizza crust is the best part of the pizza. Unfortunately, it is usually loaded with gluten and not much else. This recipe takes care of all of that by using chickpea flour as the base. It’s super easy to make, sturdy, and equally delicious in its own right. There is no need to skip pizza night anymore!
Give chickpea flour a try with one of these recipes and you will surely want to add it into your regular rotation. Best of all, you won’t be sacrificing flavor, nutrition, or ease with any of these!
If you’re looking for an easy, healthy, and yummy spread for fresh bread, crackers, or tortilla chips, you’re in luck. This one combines tasty chickpeas with smooth avocado, and boosted with a good dose of baby spinach or arugula. Spread it on toast any time of day — even for breakfast, or scoop a little of the soft center from a fresh crusty baguette. It’s as good for everyday lunches as it is as a special occasion dip or spread. Makes about 2 cups. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→