Broccoli and Cauliflower

Sautéed Broccoli or Broccoli Rabe, Baby Carrots, and Yellow Squash

Broccoli, carrot, and squash sauté

This colorful trio of sautéed vegetables was one I made often when my kids were growing up, as the combination of broccoli (or broccoli rabe), carrots, and yellow squash seemed to make everyone happy. it complements many different kinds of main dishes, including pastas, potatoes, and grains. more→

Penne and Broccoli with Tomatoes, Walnuts, and Raisins

Penne with tomatoes, broccoli, raisins, and walnuts

This pasta dish is filled with a variety of delicious flavors and textures — tomatoes walnuts, as well as along with healthful broccoli. Broccoli is loaded with calcium and vitamin C and nutrient-rich walnuts are a good source of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid. Recipe adapted from Vegan on the Cheap* by Robin Robertson © 2011, published by John Wiley & Sons. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Lemony Couscous with Broccoli

Lemony couscous with broccoli

This simple combination of couscous and broccoli, bright with lemony flavor, be too light to serve as a meal’s centerpiece, but it’s perfect for pairing with a dish of equal heft, like a bean or legume dish, or a main dish salad. I’ve also enjoyed leftovers of this served cold in a wrap with shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Pasta Twists with Cauliflower and Spinach

Cauliflower & Spinach Pasta twists

One evening a while back, I had about one hour to make dinner for the family—and eat—between getting home from one activity and going out to another. I improvised based on what was in the fridge rather than following a recipe. This was the result; everyone liked this simple dish so much that I set down a recipe for it, and have followed it many times since. Serve with a salad of fresh greens and tomatoes (toss in some beans and chickpeas for extra protein), fresh bread, and your favorite wine. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Fettuccine “Carbonara” with Broccoli

Vegan Fettuccine Carbonara with Broccoli

Carbonara refers to a pasta dish made with bacon. To make this dish vegan, a bacon substitute in the form of smoky tempeh is used to augment this Italian classic. It’s made even tastier with lots of broccoli, and some optional asparagus. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Broccoli – Apple Soup with Cashew or Peanut Butter

Broccoli apple soup with nut butter

This luscious and nutty broccoli soup gets a touch of sweetness from apple; nut butter gives it a rich flavor. In my home, this has long been a fall favorite. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons more→

Cauliflower and Vegan Cheddar Cheese Soup

Vegan cauliflower and cheddar soup

For anyone coming in from the cold, this is a soothing treat. Cauliflower and potatoes are enveloped in a (vegan) cheesy base—making this an ultimate comfort soup!  Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Summer Squash and Broccoli Relish Salad

Broccoli and summer squash relish salad

This simply yet tasty salad of yellow summer squash and broccoli goes well with veggie burgers, pasta dishes, and spicy grain or bean dishes. And— dare I say it—this might be just the kind of salad to entice younger eaters, helped along with the hint of sweetness from pickle relish. more→

Cauliflower and Avocado Salad

Cauliflower & Avocado Salad

The pairing of cauliflower and avocado in a salad might seem offbeat, but they make a compatible duo. They add up to a delectable cold dish that goes well with spicy main dishes—chilies, curries, and the like. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Golden-Spiced Cauliflower

Golden spiced cauliflower

The cauliflower in this recipe comes out a pretty shade of gold because of the turmeric, and it’s lightly and delicately spiced. From The New Complete Vegetarian by Rose Elliot (Sterling Publishing, 2010).

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Pasta with Red Beans and Broccoli

Pasta with red beans and broccoli

This hearty pasta dish featuring broccoli and red beans, flavored with miso, is a sturdy, everyday dish, fusing Italian and Asian flavors. You can use any kind of small red bean, but adzuki beans are especially good in this. You’re less likely to find them in cans, but they don’t take as long as other bean varieties to cook. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Pan-Roasted Cauliflower with Dried Tomatoes

Pan-roasted Cauliflowe

In our home, cauliflower is a favorite vegetable, right up there with kale and broccoli. We’re more than glad to have it simply steamed, but pan-roasting it and adding dried tomatoes and basil is an easy way to dress it up.

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