Seasonal Produce Guides
Blueberries: Aside from being incredibly delicious, it’s become common knowledge that blueberries are also among the most nutritious fruits—and actually, one of the most nutritious foods, period.Doing anything other than eating in-season blueberries out of hand seems like gilding the lily. But there are lots of great ways to use them; you’ll find some simple ideas in in A Bounty of Blueberries. And more about how good they are for you in 5 Top Health Benefits of Blueberries. Here are a few easy recipes for using blueberries: more→
Collard greens can look pretty intimidating — they range from large to gigantic, and look like they’d take hours to prep and even longer to cook. But this is totally not the case. If you know how to tame them, they’re easily prepped and very quickly cooked. They’re a boon to the plant-based diet, as they’re a fantastic source of calcium (better than kale) and rich in vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. Forget about the old way of cooking them in a bit pot of boiling water. That way, collards lose color, flavor, and nutrients. Prepping them with this easier, more contemporary technique preserves all that is great about collards. more→
OVEN “FRIES”: Use one large or two medium potatoes per person (preferably red-skinned, Yukon gold, or other firm-fleshed variety). Peel the potatoes and cut them into long, 1/2-inch thick fry-shaped strips. Combine them in a large mixing bowl with a modest amount of light olive oil and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with a little salt. Transfer to a nonstick baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 425º F. oven, stirring gently every 10 minutes, until the potatoes are crisp and lightly browned, about 25 to 30 minutes. Serve at once. Note, this is also an excellent way to serve sweet potatoes. more→
Zucchini, the well loved and widely available squash, is available year-round. When it’s abundant in gardens and farm markets, you can’t have too many zucchini recipes that are easy and healthy (and that happen to be vegan). Here you’ll find lots of “noodle” dishes, main dishes, side dishes, and salads to enjoy year round. Though it may not be high up on the superfood vegetable ranks, it still has a number of surprising health benefits. And as for versatility, it can’t be beat! more→
Classified as a berry, the pomegranate is native to Persia and is one of the oldest known fruits. used for food as well as medicinally for centuries. Its prime season in most parts of the world is September through January. This slightly tart yet sweet berry takes some effort to prepare and eat — as basically, it’s a collection of lots of seeds, but with all of its health benefits, you may find it worth your while. Besides the whole, fresh fruit you can purchase pomegranate juice, and even pomegranate oil. more→
Contributed by Zel Allen. Kohlrabi, once the favored vegetable of European nobles and peasants alike, has fallen off the veggie pop charts. However, we predict a comeback for this neglected member of the Brassica oleracea family, more commonly called the cabbage family. Some people have mistakenly labeled kohlrabi a cross between a cabbage and a turnip. This is understandable, since both are members of the brassica family, but they are not of the same variety. more→
Broccoli may have lost a bit of its standing in the world of cruciferous vegetables now that kale has taken over the world, but it’s still a powerhouse veggie by all standards. Our collection of healthy and tasty vegan broccoli recipes serve as a reminder that this classic vegetable deserves to retain its lofty standing, kale or no kale! And when it comes to green vegetable, broccoli still has the edge over greens when it comes to pleasing picky eaters.
A particularly rich source of Vitamins C and K, it’s also a great source of dietary fiber and numerous other vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. Best of all, once you know how to tease out its best qualities, it’s one of the tastiest and most versatile green veggies you’ll welcome into your kitchen. Here are some VegKitchen favorites.
If you’re looking for easy, tasty, and healthy vegan spinach recipes, look no further! Among the dark, leafy greens, spinach is among the quickest to cook (or you don’t have to cook it at all), and perhaps the most versatile. Learn more about the benefits of this leafy wonder, as well as some tips, in Spinach: A Powerhouse Veggie. Here’s VegKitchen’s wide array of vegan spinach recipes. more→
Here’s a comprehensive listing of VegKitchen’s easy and healthy vegan kale recipes. Kale is one of the hottest food trends going these days, and since it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, VegKitchen is all to happy to jump on the bandwagon. Not only is kale super healthy, it’s also extremely versatile. And once you know how to tease out its best qualities, it’s quite tasty as well. If the recipes listed below aren’t enough for you, or you prefer your recipes in book form, you can also explore Nava’s book, Wild About Greens. more→
For those of us who love olives, tossing them into salads isn’t enough! You’ll find a listing of some our favorite super-tasty olive recipes after your introduction of some of the most popular varieties.
First, a few fast facts: Olives belong to the group of fruit called drupes that also includes mangos, plums and almonds, among others. They have been used for over 2,000 years by various cultures all over the world for food as well as medicine.
One serving of olives has only 25 calories and 2.5 grams of fat and count as a serving of fruit. Olives have no trans fats, no cholesterol, are low in carbohydrates and free of allergens. They are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids (the good fats!), vitamin A, C and E, iron, calcium and natural antioxidants.
Mushroom fans, rejoice! VegKitchen gives you many ways to enjoy this unique food group, from the ordinary white variety, to the earthy brown types (like baby bella, cremini, and portabella), to the more exotic forms such as shiitake and enoki. If you’re looking for a way to use a particular type of mushroom, use the search bar that’s at the very top right of each page. more→
Here are eggplant recipes galore, perfect for eggplant lovers everywhere! Eggplant comes in a number of varieties, from tiny Japanese to white and magenta types, and all the familiar glossy dark purple ones in between. While eggplant isn’t a nutritional superstar in terms of vitamins, and minerals compared to green veggies, it still boasts its share, as well as being a good source of dietary fiber as well as a few valuable antioxidants. Eggplant recipes are also extraordinarily versatile, and those who love it will appreciate its presence in everything from salads to dips to soups and stews. more→