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Vegan Frozen Banana Strawberry Ice Cream

Frozen Banana Strawberry ice cream

Have you discovered banana ice cream? If not, it’s high time you did! Vegan frozen banana strawberry ice cream is made entirely with fruit — no dairy, no added sugar. Enjoy like soft serve or in scoops — a guilt-free treat for kids of all ages! For this, you don’t need an ice cream machine; it’s best made in a food processor rather than a blender. Photos top and bottom by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream

Banana peanut butter chocolate ice cream

Banana ice cream is amazing. It’s hard to believe that this frozen treat is based almost entirely on banana. In this vegan banana ice cream recipe, peanut butter and a touch of chocolate add up to the classic combo of flavors you enjoy just as much in other desserts. Enjoy this in a bowl or in a cone. It’s a treat you won’t mind serving your kids. Just make sure they leave some for you!

To make this and other banana ice cream recipes, you don’t need an ice cream machine; this is best made in a food processor. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Apple-Pecan Tempeh Salad or Sandwich Spread

Apple-Pecan Tempeh Salad Sandwich Spread

 If you’re a new vegan (or an aspiring one) you might be missing the heartiness of chicken salad, tuna salad, shrimp salad, and the like. Don’t give in to temptation — try this delectable tempeh sandwich spread or salad. Spiked with apples, celery, and pecans, this has all that umami and none of the animal products. This just could be your lunch hour go-to!

Recipe reprinted with permission from  What’s for Lunch? Lunchtime Favorites from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen. ©2016 Dianne Wenz. Purchase your copy of the e-book here. more→

Frozen Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Swirl

Frozen Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

When summer delivers ice cream weather, we turn to this brilliant three-ingredient recipe: chocolate banana ice cream — naturally vegan and low-fat. Just cut up the bananas, freeze and swirl with your favorite flavors. We have some real chocoholics under our roof, but you could use anything—frozen strawberries, blueberries or a little vanilla extract. Bonus — this is nut-free, soy-free, and gluten-free! Recipe from Frugal Vegan: Affordable, Easy & Delicious Vegan Cooking by Katie Koteen & Kate Kosbee, Page Street Publishing Co. © 2017, reprinted by permission. Photos by Allie Lehman. more→

Blueprint for a Healthy Bean Salad

Basic Bean Salad

It’s time to build a better bean salad! It’s a perfect dish for parties and picnics, as well as for providing extra protein for your everyday plant-based meals. To make a tasty and healthy bean salad, you don’t so much need a recipe but a blueprint, and that’s just what we’re going to give you here.

Traditionalist and adventurous eaters alike can benefit from the same study base, constructing unique legume dishes to suit every occasion. Select each ingredient with intention rather than just slapping together the standard formula, and you’ll never be disappointed by the result. Infuse real flavor into the mix each step of the way for a fantastic side dish your summer cookouts, barbecues, and road trips. That said, bean salads can be a staple year-round dish. more→

Sunflower Seed Butter

Sunflower Seeds for Sunflower Seed Butter

This is the easiest homemade sunflower butter recipe ever, and it’ll save you a ton of money if you’ve been buying your seed butters in jars. For some reason, sunflower butter is quite pricey, while sunflower seeds themselves are economical. Recipe from Sweet, Savory and Free: Insanely Delicious Plant-Based Recipe Without Any of the Top 8 Food Allergens by Debbie Adler © 2017, BenBella Books. Reprinted by permission. Use some of this sunflower butter in Chocolate Pudding Pie with Seed Crust, also by Debbie Adler.

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Beany Jackfruit Taquitos

Beany Jackfruit Taquitos

Taquitos (or flautas) are essentially rolled corn-tortilla tacos that are fried. While taquitos are traditionally filled with beef or chicken, these vegan jackfruit taquitos use a plant-based ingredient that gets stringy and meaty when cooked. The addition of beans to the jackfruit boosts protein content and satiety. Look for canned water-packed jackfruit in Asian markets or online. If you don’t have an air fryer, see the oven-baked option after the recipe. Recipe and photos from The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors © 2017 by JL Fields. Published by Vegan Heritage Press, reprinted by permission.  more→

Rainbow Vegetable “Rice”

Rainbow vegetable "rice" in processor

Everyone’s raving about cauliflower “rice”, so why not give other veggies the rice treatment? Rainbow vegetable “rice” is a great way to cut carbs and use up vegetables that are languishing in the refrigerator.

There’s really very little involved to turn your vegetables into rice — just some judicious pulsing on and off in the food processor. Cauliflower can be part of the mix, of course, but here are a few other vegetables that work well: more→

Not-Nutella Nutty Cocoa Breakfast Spread

Nutella Alternative Breakfast Spread

This nutty cocoa breakfast spread is so delicious that no one will suspect it’s also good for them. It’s free of processed sugar and made with high-fiber, vitamin-packed beans and bananas (the riper, the better). I spread it on toast when I need a quick breakfast on the go. The key to a creamy spread is not to rush the pureeing in the food processor. Recipe and photos from The China Study Family Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Bring Your Family to the Plant-Based Table by Del Sroufe © 2017, BenBella Books, Reprinted by permission.

A note from VegKitchen: Think of this recipe as a healthy vegan Nutella alternative; who needs all that sugar, palm oil, and skimmed milk powder when you get even better flavor with beans and fresh and dried fruit? more→

9 Amazing Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipes

Sweet potato vegan mac n cheese1

Mac and cheese is such a classic comfort food that it’s no wonder that the vegan version has become a classic, too. There are so many great ways to make vegan mac and cheese — some of which involve no (vegan) cheese at all. So indulge all you want — these recipes will please kids of all ages.

In Sophia Zergiotis’s Roasted Sweet Potato Macaroni and “Cheese” recipe (shown at top), the cheesiness comes from a combination of roasted sweet potato, mustard, and nutritional yeast. The result is a nostalgic mac and cheese with a grown up edge and a rich, creamy, and satisfying dish. more→

6 Ways to Use Veggie Burgers (Other Than on a Bun)

Vegan meatball sub dinner

In our Vegan Food Hacks kitchen, we’re fans of using veggie burgers in “meaty” recipes, since many brands are made with grains, beans, pea protein, and vegetables. In contrast, many meat substitute products are based on soy protein isolates, which aren’t as good for you. Here’s a listing of some of the best veggie burger brands, only one of which is the textured soy protein variety.  Please note; not all veggie burgers are vegan — some contain egg or dairy, so read labels!

We find store-bought vegan veggie burgers incredibly useful and versatile. Of course, they’re still great served on whole-grain buns with your favorite condiments, but consider some of these other cool ways to use them as a meal starter. more→

6 Fantastic Ways to Stuff Sweet Potatoes

pesto & mushroom stuffed sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are vegetable heaven! If you do absolutely nothing other than bake or microwave them, they’re still as delicious as all heck. Not to diss regular potatoes, but sweet potatoes have them beat in nutrients, especially in vitamin A and C. Though sweet potatoes are super tasty in their own right, stuffing them with other tasty ingredients takes them to a whole new level. You haven’t really had the ultimate sweet potato experience until you’ve tried one of these 6 fantastic ways to stuff sweet potatoes. more→

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