Savor and Flavor
These summer rolls look fancy and sophisticated, but they’re so easy to make. Just stop, drop, and roll! A great appetizer or light meal for one, or make more for a crowd.Recipe from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic: Eat (and Live!) the New French Way with Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Season © 2015 by Rebecca Leffler. Photos by Sandra Mahut. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. more→
Move over hazelnuts! Almonds are equally delicious when paired with chocolate. By simply blending almond flour, cacao powder, and agave nectar, you can create a rich and luscious spread that rivals the popular stuff in a jar. Use this as a topping for toast, layer it with sliced fruit on sandwiches, add it to your favorite sweet recipes, or smear it on sliced bananas or apples. Of course, you can also just lick it directly off a spoon. This makes about 1 cup.from Almond Flour: The High Protein, Gluten-Free Choice for Baking and Cooking by Beverly Lynn Bennett, (© 2016 Book Publishing Company, reprinted by permission) Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
When did we all fall under the spell of microwave popcorn? Make your own, because it’s cheaper and better for you. Afraid you’ll burn it? You already burn it in the microwave, so you really have nothing to lose. This makes about 8 cups of popcorn. Reprinted from Thug Kitchen © 2014 by Thug Kitchen, LLC, by permission of Rodale Books. more→
You’re not still messing around with deviled eggs, are you? Try these delicious deviled chickpea bites and bring your buffet table into the twenty-first century. This makes about 18 bites, enough for 4 to 6 people. Reprinted from Thug Kitchen Party Grub by Thug Kitchen, © 2015 by Thug Kitchen, LLC. By permission of Rodale Books. more→
Black Bean Nachos Grandes are great as an appetizer, a light meal, or a simple accompaniment to salads and grain dishes. Use natural stone-ground organic tortilla chips for best results. Delicious served with your favorite salsa and, if you’d like, some guacamole. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
There is only one thing that is better than creamy avocado on toast, and that’s creamy avocado on toast with just a teeny touch of buttery coconut oil. And there’s only one thing better than THAT . . . which, my friend, is this recipe. While it is pretty epic fare for entertaining, you can also prepare it family-style if you slather the whole piece of toast with avocado goodness (transforming it into the best-ever half-sandwich), instead of quartering it into bite-size pieces. This makes 16 crostini. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Snacks © 2015 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photos by Oliver Barth. more→
Salad dressing can get a little tricky when you’re vegan. Most are made out of oils and vinegars. But if you want a hearty, creamy dressing, many have mayonnaise in them. Luckily, it’s easy to get a creamy, vegan salad dressing by using ingredients like vegan mayonnaise, hummus or even nuts like cashews. Below are some of the top creamy vegan salad dressing recipes. more→
Loving coffee too much? Or is there any such thing as loving it too much? Here are new and interesting recipes for coffee beverages that bracing and delicious and that you can make at home for a fraction of how much you’ll pay at cafés.. Enjoy your coffee with a twist by exploring the following recipes more→
Since hummus and crackers are a flavor match made in heaven, why shouldn’t they be fused into a single delicious snack? These hummus crackers are good enough to eat on their own but also great with any number of dips. Feel free to use your favorite flavor of hummus. These crackers come together very quickly. This recipe makes 36 to 48 crackers, depending on how you measure and cut. Double the hummus flavor by serving with hummus, or serve with your favorite spread. They’re good plain, too! Recipe and photos contributed by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Here’s an old standby that never fails to please — a savory spread based on creamy white beans, accentuated with sun-dried tomatoes. Serve with raw vegetables and crispbreads. Make the sliceable version of Smoky Cheddar Cheez and serve with crisp red grapes for a lovely array of appetizers. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
If ever there is an award for Most Underappreciated Kitchen Staple, I fully intend to nominate vinegar. And my love of vinegar has only increased over the years, using it in everything from marinades for grilled veggies, salad dressings and cleaning products. As it turns out, I was actually underutilizing this culinary powerhouse myself, simply because I didn’t know just how amazing it can be.
Enter herb infused vinegars, which are so simple to make that there really isn’t a reason not to. For years i’ve been using vegan* red wine vinegar, olive oil, with rosemary and garlic as my go-to grilling marinade for eggplant, zucchini and summer squash. This combination has served me well for years, but then I infused my vinegar with the rosemary and garlic for the first time, and I will never go back to not using herb infused vinegars again. The depth of flavor and earthiness you get from the herbs is so much more pronounced once they’ve infused with the vinegar. It’s really a night and day comparison. The flavors are so much richer, fuller and brighter.
The process of making herb infused vinegar is incredibly simple, and the guide below handles pretty much everything you need to know. Below the guide I’ll list some of my favorite combinations, but I highly encourage everyone to try out their favorite herbs.
*Just a note: as many of you likely know, not all vinegar is vegan. Some vinegars, like Balsamic vinegar and malt vinegars, are refined and filtered using whey or isinglass, both of which are made from animals or animal products. It’s always worth digging into the specific brand you like using to make sure it is a vegan vinegar.
Preston’s Favorite Herb Infused Vinegar Combinations
- Apple cider vinegar, rosemary and thyme
- Red wine vinegar, pear rind and rosemary
- White vinegar, lemon peel and thyme (My go-to for cleaning)
- White vinegar, sage and mint
This bright green pea and arugula appetizer or sandwich spread will bring springtime to your palate, but it can be enjoyed year-round. Serve as an appetizer with sliced baguette or bruschetta; as a sandwich spread with sliced cucumber and/or radish. Alternatively, you can also use this is a dip for raw vegetables — try a mixture of cauliflower florets, red bell pepper strips, baby carrots, and snap peas. This makes about 2 cups. more→