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Vegan Recipes Your Non-Vegan Partner will Love

Vegan Onion and Artichoke Pizza recipe

You provide your favorite vegan dish and there it is—the wrinkled nose from your non vegan partner. Soon the comments about life not being worth living without meat and cheese start. But this can be a good opportunity to introduce your non vegan partner to the wide world of vegan cooking, which can often look like more traditional cooking. Vegan diets aren’t without hot dogs, pizza, favored Chinese restaurant dishes and even facsimiles of bacon, of course. So it’s time to show your non vegan partner what vegan cooking can do. Below are several good vegan recipes for a non vegan partner. more→

Top 10 Benefits of Green Smoothies

Kale and banana smoothie

The benefits of green smoothies are many and varied — they’re easy to digest, keep you hydrated, increase your energy, get your skin glowing, and more. They can include spinach, lettuce, kale, and collard greens.

For the more advanced green smoothie drinker, you can also add parsley, dandelion greens, watercress — really, any leafy green veggie your palate can handle, and enjoy. Bananas, apples, pears, avocado, and mango are great companions in these beverages. Here’s a brief introduction to the many advantages of drinking green smoothies on a daily basis. more→

Classic Eggless Vegan “Egg” Recipes

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It’s easier than ever to enjoy eggless vegan “egg” recipes — classics you thought you’d have to give up once you went plant-based. When it comes to dishes that taste like vegan “eggs,” substitute tofu and chickpea flour for surprisingly egg-like results. Here are some of our favorites. These are also great for those with egg allergies, or who are watching their cholesterol.

Deviled Tomatoes (at top) are filled with a combination of chickpeas, nutritional yeast, and vegan mayo, adding up to a fairly egg-like flavor and consistency. Similar idea, also based on chickpeas — Thug Kitchen’s Deviled Chickpea Bites, which will bring your buffet table into the twenty-first century. Going one step further, Baked-In presents Vegan Deviled Eggs that not only approaches the taste of a deviled egg, but looks exactly like one, too! And Mouthwatering Vegan Recipes similarly presents Ultimate Genius Vegan Eggs. more→

Vegan Easter Desserts and Treats

Chocolate-coated vegan key lime pie recipe

As part of the beloved spring celebration, vegan Easter desserts and treats are a must! Enjoy this list of delectable dairy-free sweets. See also our full listing of Vegan Easter Recipes. more→

Beet Recipes — Easy, Vegan, and Delicious

Nearly raw beet borscht

Tons of readers come to VegKitchen for tips on how to cook beets (or use them raw), so here’s our handy list of beet recipes that are easy, vegan, and delicious. You’ll find lots of beet salad recipes, roasted beet and root vegetable medleys, beet soups, juices and more. Red beets are dandy, but make sure to explore the other varieties, especially golden beets, which are particularly tasty. more→

10 Terrific Cauliflower “Rice” and “Couscous” Recipes

Cauliflower Spanish Rice recipe

Here’s a selection of cauliflower “rice” recipes (and a few cauliflower “couscous” recipes as well) that are easy, tasty, and just happen to be vegan. Cauliflower “rice” and “couscous” are clever ways to get a nutritious vegetable into your regimen, and good for anyone who avoids grain foods for any reason. It’s also a good way to disguise vegetables for your picky eaters!

Some people simply have trouble digesting grains; others argue that cauliflower rice is more Paleo-friendly than real rice, possibly forgetting that cauliflower is a cultivated crop and wasn’t available when our distant ancestors were doing cave painting and hunting with spears. They didn’t have food processors back then, either. more→

How to Use Less Energy When You Cook

steaming mixed vegetables in the wok, asian style cooking vegetarian and healthy, selected focus, narrow depth of field

Trying to use less energy when you cook is an admirable goal. Energy efficient cooking reduces emissions and it can help save money in the household budget. California’s Consumer Energy Center estimates that cooking casserole costs $0.03 in the microwave, versus an electric oven at $0.16. Rather than trying to cook everything in the microwave (good luck frying anything), there are also plenty of other ways to save energy while you cook. more→

10 Best Hiking Snacks (that happen to be vegan)

Trail mix

When it comes to the best hiking snacks, whether for a day trek or a longer backpacking trip, you want to choose foods that increase your energy and endurance. They should also be sturdy enough to hold up to a variety of temperatures, and stay fresh without refrigeration. And it wouldn’t hurt if they’re tasty and fun to eat, too! Here are 10 nutritious, totally vegan snacks for hiking — a fun mix of homemade and store-bought. more→

5 Kitchen Essentials That Make Meal Prep Easier

Berry smoothie in blenderHave you ever wondered how much time you spend in preparing meals? If you’re like me, I wouldn’t want to spend most of my time in the kitchen. Here’s a list of 5 essential kitchen tools that make meal prep easier! Cooking is more likely to become a pleasure instead of a chore.

Food Processor
One of the home appliances you can’t do without is the food processor which truly makes cooking life easier. It allows you to do a variety of things such as slicing or chopping vegetables, shredding, grating and pureeing, all in just one machine. more→

How to Cut 7 Tricky Vegetables

This useful infographic shows you tips for how to cut 7 tricky vegetables: artichoke, cassava, sweet corn, kohlrabi, beets, spaghetti squash, and celeriac. A well-prepared vegetable is a tasty and nutritious thing. Eating a wide variety is a great way to keep mealtimes interesting while looking out for your health. There are some weird and wonderful vegetables to choose from, how can you eat them when you’re not even sure how to slice them?

You know the feeling. You’ve bought an interesting to add variety to your evening meal. But faced with an artichoke, celeriac or squash, you don’t know where to begin! These vegetables don’t come with instructions, and if you don’t know what you’re doing you could end up in a mess. more→

Which Vegan Foods Release the Least Amount of CO2?

Buddha bowl of mixed vegetable with avocado, carrots, spinach, romsnesco cauliflower and radishes

One of the biggest advantages of eating vegan meals is being able to reduce your carbon emissions to help the environment. By now, eating less or no meat to reduce our carbon footprint is pretty cemented in the green living lexicon. The vegan carbon footprint is far smaller than other diets.

The Guardian even estimates that giving up beef can lower your carbon footprint more than using a car. Red meat uses 28 times more land and 11 times more water than pork or chicken. Red meat also produces five times more climate change emissions. Taken a step further, red meat requires 160 times more land and produces eleven times more greenhouse gasses than vegan staples like potatoes, wheat and rice. more→

Pressure Cooker Recipes: The Pressure’s On

pressure cooker recipes

[Contributed by Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, The Veggie Queen™] Whenever I mention that I teach pressure cooking and that I have a bunch of great pressure cooker recipes, people respond by telling me their memories about their mother’s or grandmother’s pressure cooker. Most have a horror story to tell. more→

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