5 Unexpected Ways to Use Watermelon

Watermelon "Pizza"

We’re hitting watermelon season, so now is the prime time to use plenty of this super-hydrating, vitamin-C filled summer fruit. Seedless watermelon has become more and more common, sparing you from the tedium of removing all those pesky pits. Of course, we all love watermelon chilled from the fridge and cut into wedges, but here are 5 ways to serve it that you might not think of. more→

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Crispy Polenta Fries

Polenta Fries recipe

Making these addictive fries using polenta (cooked cornmeal) is super easy. You need to plan ahead to allow the cooked polenta to completely solidify in the fridge — a few hours or overnight. Use as an appetizer or side dish. Polenta is completely gluten-free, and though it’s a traditional Italian food, it goes with any kind of meal. Thanks to Colavita for the quick-cooking, super-smooth Instant Polenta used in this recipe, as well as the fruity olive oil and hot pepper spread we used to embellish the fries. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Polenta with a Variety of Toppings

Polenta with Spinach and Tomatoes

Polenta is the Italian name for a basic cornmeal mush that can be served on its own or with a variety of toppings (see variations after recipe box). It’s a comforting, naturally gluten-free grain dish that kids and picky eaters will love! When mine were growing up, they loved this with a side of steamed broccoli, and a platter of raw veggies with a dip. Thanks to Colavita for supplying the Instant Polenta used in this recipe, which not only cooks up super-fast, but is extra smooth. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Weekly Plant-Based Dinner Plan, June 20 – 24, 2016

Tofu eggless "egg salad"

Summer is officially here, with the weather to prove it. Record temperatures are settling over much of the U.S. Did you know that animal agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to a warming planet? That’s another great reason to go plant-based — it’s better for the earth as well as better for you! This PSA aside, our menus this week require not a single burner to be turned on. Enjoy these cook-free meals, and stay cool as you enjoy delicious meals. First up is a favorite in our home, Tofu Eggless “Egg Salad” that can be spread on fresh bread or stuffed into pitas. Or, if you prefer, dolloped onto a colorful salad. Serve with pickles, salad greens, and fresh fruit for a light and refreshing meal. more→

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