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Five Ways to Eat Vegan – On a Budget 

Healthy Plant-Based Pantry Foods

Contributed by Jennifer B. Niles, author of Eating Vegan – On a Budget! One of the persistent myths about adopting a vegan diet is that you need to buy lots of expensive and hard-to-find ingredients. This doesn’t have to be the case at all! Here, we’ll learn 5 ways to make this healthful and earth-friendly lifestyle a frugal one as well. more→

Pressure-Cooked Beans Made Simple

Beans, lentils, and nuts in bowls

Simple fact: I bought my first pressure so that I could make beans in minutes. The mighty legume is a tremendous source of protein in a vegan diet and, frankly, I was tired of buying all of those cans of beans. What keeps most people from making beans from scratch is one thing: time. The pressure cooker removes that obstacle. more→

VegKitchen’s Top 12 Asparagus Recipes

Pasta with asparagus and artichoke hearts

Asparagus is a vegetable that’s long been linked with the arrival of spring, only recently becoming available year-round. Springtime is still its true season, and it can be said that it’s sweeter, and more tender at this time of year. No matter when you enjoy it, asparagus is welcome in a variety of fresh and tasty dishes. Here are more tips on buying, cooking, and enjoying asparagus. Let’s start with Pasta with Asparagus and Marinated Artichoke Hearts (shown above).This simple pasta dish is filled with flavorful asparagus and artichokes, and is sure to please in late spring and early summer. This can be served warm or at room temperature. more→

Plant-Powered Singles: Tips for Healthy Vegan Meals for One

easy vegan bean burritos recipe

Recipes in cookbooks and on food sites rarely speak to single people, even though more Americans than ever now live alone. Singles eaters’ main concern might include how to find the motivation to prepare healthy food at home more often, how to tailor quantities, and what staples to keep on hand. It’s even more of a challenge when you’re striving for a vegan or largely plant-based diet for one. There are no better spokespersons for this experience than some of my single friends, who have contributed some fantastic tips and strategies that may never have occurred to me. And so, in their own voices: more→

You’re Vegan, Your Partner Isn’t: Making Peace in the Kitchen

Healthy plant-based foods

Even without the complicating factor of kids, being part of a mixed dietary preference couple isn’t always simple. Since I have no experience in this matter, I’ll let four friends share their tips. The bottom line is that there are no perfectly neat solutions; there’s a lot of compromising and accommodation. Each couple needs to work things out so that each party can eat and enjoy in peace! Here are four different approaches to the dilemma. more→

16 Meal Prep Tips for Healthier Eating Every Day

Countertop food prep - quinoa and broccoli

Most of us are caught up with work, school, or family (or all of the above!) and don’t allow enough time to plan and prep meals. So eating in restaurants or ordering take-out food becomes a habit that’s too easy to fall back on. Having a good meal prep strategy can help you enjoy healthy, balanced meals. Fortunately, you can eat healthy without spending much time cooking, if you prep your meals ahead of time. In fact, if done right, meal prepping can save you money. Whether your goal is to maintain weight, lose weight, save money, or have more energy, here are 16 tips that will help you prep meals with ease. This study shows that people who take time to prep meals have healthier eating habits.
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5 Ways to Use Leftover Chili

Cincinnati Chili Mac recipe

Making a big pot of chili is a great thing to do when the weather is cool or rainy. Most recipes make a heaping helping, so if you’ve had it for two nights running (and don’t want to freeze it), here are 5 ways to make leftover chili more enticing!  more→

5 Egg Replacers That Are Already In Your Kitchen

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

My omnivorous boss and I recently had a good-natured spat about cake. She insisted that non-vegan cake (or “real” cake, as she called it) was superior to the vegan version. Naturally, I challenged her to a cupcake battle. Without telling them which was which, we had everyone in our department sample her non-vegan chocolate cupcakes and my vegan ones. In the end, only half could tell them apart. People kept asking me, “No butter? No eggs? What did you put in them?”

Vegan baking can be as inventive as zucchini and black beans in desserts or as simple as making a substitution. If you’re working off an old family recipe, or want to experiment with creating your own recipes, here are 5 simple egg replacers that are sitting in your kitchen waiting to become dessert. more→

7 Easy and Delectable Vegan Quick Breads

Vegan Three-grain brown bread

Pop this easy Quick Three-Grain Brown Bread into the oven while your favorite soup is simmering on the stove. It’s made with wheat and rye flours, plus cornmeal. Or, serve it with jam to accompany your favorite warm beverage — coffee, tea, or cocoa. more→

7 Ideas to Help You Snack Healthy

Hummus made with chickpeas

We all grew up hearing that we needed three square meals a day and learning how important breakfast is. Yet, it seems like we have a biological imperative to snack in between those meals. The truth is that snacking is actually a good thing, when you make healthful choices. Snacking allows you to keep your blood sugar in balance, ensures that your body has ample energy to keep going all day, and keeps you from getting so hungry that you over eat or make bad choices when meal time arrives. more→

Simple Ways to Embellish Brown Rice

Creole Orange Rice recipe

If you’ve made the switch from white rice to brown rice, that’s a great first step (see our Top 10 Benefits of Brown Rice) But why serve just plain brown rice? With just a few added ingredients you can create a stellar rather than so-so side dish. Try these easy ideas the next time you cook brown rice. Creole Orange Rice is inspired by an old New Orleans recipe. It abounds with a symphony of citrus notes  — orange juice, orange zest, and tiny orange sections.  more→

Chocolate + Fresh Fruit = Easy, Impressive Vegan Desserts

Chocolate Banana Pizza

Chocolate and certain fresh fruits are classic flavor pairings. And you won’t believe how easy the following desserts are to make. So next time you need a great dessert to impress company, choose from among these recipes. The preparation of this Chocolatey Banana Pizza, shown at top, is almost ridiculously easy, consider how impressive the results are. Combining a good-quality pizza crust and chocolate chips with bananas and another fresh fruit is a combination of pure genius and absolute simplicity. more→

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