Monday Vegan Menu: Pasta with Spinach and Chickpeas

Pasta with Spinach and Chickpeas

A hearty pasta dish that’s on the table in 30 minutes is the star of this week’s Monday vegan menu. Pasta with greens and beans is a classic Mediterranean combo, and Pasta with Spinach, Chickpeas, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes is a tasty take on the trio. Make sure to read on for a perfect salad pairing for this dish, and a tempting and easy (though optional) dessert.

Mixed greens salad with apple and pickled beets

Mixed Greens Salad with Apples, Carrots, and Pickled Beets pairs well with the pasta dish, but if you prefer, you can just improvise a tossed salad with whatever is in the crisper.

Laura's Date Nut Truffles

Entirely optional, but highly recommended — to end on a sweet note without much added work, try Laura’s Date-Nut Truffles. Whatever doesn’t get eaten at once can go into the next day’s lunchbox. But if you’ve run out of steam, end the meal simply with some good vegan chocolate and fruit.

Photo credits: Top — Hannah Kaminsky; Center — Evan Atlas; Bottom — Ann Oliverio

World’s Easiest Peanut Satay Noodles

Thai Peanut Satay noodles1

I’ve made peanut noodles dozens of times in my time as a mom and a cook, and I can attest that a homemade peanut sauce isn’t the hardest thing to make. Everyone likes it, even the pickiest of eaters (aka kids). But I’ve really gotten to the point where using a bottle of Thai peanut satay sauce makes more sense (and is cheaper) than getting all the authentic ingredients (tamarind sauce, lemongrass, red chili …) and making a mess with the food processor. And so, we give you — the world’s easiest peanut satay noodles!

For this recipe, I used my supermarket’s organic brand — so tasty, and surprisingly low in calories for a sauce whose main ingredient is organic peanuts! Per 1/4 cup (the label serving size of 1 tablespoon isn’t realistic) it’s only 100 calories and 4 grams of fat. 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→

Vegan Dinner Hacks: Crazy-Easy Vegan Sloppy Joes

Easy vegan Sloppy Joes dinner

There are 1,001 great ways to use vegan burgers — other than as burgers, of course. Our latest veggie burger creation — using a grand total of 4 items (5, if you count the little bit of optional oil) — are these crazy-easy vegan sloppy joes. And to make the entire dinner, you’ll be picking up 7 ingredients — head straight to the express lane!

The number one reason we like to use vegan burgers in meaty meatless dishes is because they give you a wide choice of healthy ingredients. Many burger crumbles and meat imitators are based on soy protein isolate, which isn’t the healthiest ingredient; veggie burgers come in a wider range of ingredients including quinoa, beans, kale, eggplant, pea protein, and more. Here’s a handy listing of the best vegan store bought veggie burgers. more→

10 Easy Vegan Pizza Recipes

garlicky vegan margherita pizza recipe

Pizza is such a convenient main dish to make at home, now that great crusts and sauces get you started. Just add veggies! Here are our favorite easy vegan pizza recipes. Garlicky Fresh Tomato and Basil Pizza (shown at top) is a fresh take on the classic fresh tomato and basil pizza known as Margherita. This variation is packed with extra flavor from garlic and black olives. more→

Aquafaba Recipes from Macarons to Mayo

Aquafaba flourless chocolate cake

What is aquafaba? And why are cooks around the world falling in love with its magical powers in the kitchen? Aquafaba is a cleverly constructed word that means “water from beans.” And the specific bean water we’re talking about here is the liquid that comes in cans of chickpeas. Aquafaba recipes are springing up everywhere, from macarons to mayo, and the sampling that follows is just a fraction of what this simple and inexpensive ingredient can do.

Around the web, cooks and bloggers are exploring aquafaba’s amazing properties to develop vegan sweets, as well as dairy-free butter, mayonnaise, and cheeses. Aquafaba is the secret to making irresistible desserts — famously, meringue and macarons, as well as flourless cakes and much more. Case in point, Hannah Kaminsky’s vegan Flourless Chocolate Cake, shown at top.
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Raw Vegan Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Cake

Vegan and raw orange creamsicle cake

This summery dessert has everything you love about Creamsicles, but in cake form! While the presentation makes it look like you’ve been working on this dessert for days, it actually requires very little effort. Best of all, this orange creamsicle ice cream cake is vegan and raw.

This frozen cake is designed to be made in a springform pan so that the sides can be removed. Much like any ice cream cake, this recipe will melt when removed from the freezer. more→

Monday Menu: Sesame-Ginger Tofu Broccoli Stir-Fry

Sesame-ginger tofu and broccoli

I could live on Asian-style stir-fries and noodle dishes. They’re so versatile and simple to make, perfect for busy weeknights. Case in point, Sesame-Ginger Tofu Broccoli Stir-Fry. It’s inspired by General Tso’s Tofu, but dispenses with the cornstarch-battered, deep-fried tofu.This version, with pan-sautéed tofu, plenty of broccoli, and a savory, sweet, and spicy sauce even more appealing. It’s easy and fast, too — a stress-free way to start your week. Serve it over cooked brown rice or any other grain you prefer. more→

5 Ways to Prevent Food Waste in Your Kitchen

freshworks produce saver

Tackling food waste starts in your kitchen! Up to 40 percent of the food purchased in the U.S. is wasted. It’s easy to blame supermarkets and restaurants that toss out mass quantities of spoiled, imperfect, or uneaten food, but even small amounts of food waste coming from home kitchens have a big impact. Here are some simple tips for preventing food waste.

The average person throws out more than 20 pounds of food per month. The forgotten leftovers in the refrigerator and over-ripe bananas on the kitchen counter contribute to greenhouse gas emissions in the landfill – not to mention the amount of land, water, and other resources it took to produce that food in the first place. To highlight what a huge global problem this is, see more about the issue in Wasted Yet Wanted. more→

Foods That Support a Healthy Microbiome

Organic vegetables. Farmers hands with freshly harvested vegetables. Horse radish

When considering your health, one important factor that is being studied more and more is the gut. Researchers have found that the bacteria which lives in the intestines, plays an important role in our overall health and wellness. What is most interesting is that the health or sickliness of the gut depends on what a person eats. So by making a few dietary changes, you can transform the state of your gut bacteria. Let’s take a closer look at what a microbiome is exactly, why it matters, and which foods support its health. more→

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