Weekly Plant-Based Dinner Plan, December 5 – 8, 2016

Pasta with Spinach and Chickpeas

The first full week of December makes Thanksgiving seem like a bygone memory already — the holiday rush is officially on! With so much to do, and travel and social plans to make, we’ll keep things light and easy this week. First up is Pasta with Spinach, Chickpeas and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, is a tasty take on the classic Italian-inspired trio of pasta, beans, and greens. You need only a salad and some crusty bread to accompany this hearty pasta dish that’s welcome all year around. more→

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10 Delectable Vegan Desserts Made with Vegetables

vegan cranberry-carrot cake

If you can’t get your family (or yourself!) to eat enough vegetables, you can try sweetening the deal — literally. By incorporating the orange-fleshed fall/winter veggies — carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, and winter squash into these vegan cakes, pies, muffins, and cookies, you’ll be adding a dose of vitamins A and C to your desserts, and a host of antioxidants and fiber. But you and yours won’t taste any of those — just some lovely sweet flavors that will please everyone.

Cranberry-Carrot Cake (at top) is festive and luscious, but with a minimum of fat and a plethora of fresh fruit (and a vegetable!) in the batter, not the least bit guilt-inducing. It’s a nice alternative to pumpkin pie as a Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert. more→

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Chickpea, Avocado, and Spinach Spread

Chickpea, Spinach, and Avocado Spread

If you’re looking for an easy, healthy, and yummy spread for fresh bread, crackers, or tortilla chips, you’re in luck. This one combines tasty chickpeas with smooth avocado, and boosted with a good dose of baby spinach or arugula. Spread it on toast any time of day — even for breakfast, or scoop a little of the soft center from a fresh crusty baguette. It’s as good for everyday lunches as it is as a special occasion dip or spread. Makes about 2 cups. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Weekly Plant-Based Dinner Plan, Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2016

Hummus, cucumber, and avocado wrap2

After Thanksgiving weekend, Americans who are lucky enough to partake of its abundant holiday fare usually feel stuffed. No matter what persuasion — vegetarian, vegan, or omnivore, the festive meal and the leftovers in its aftermath leave a lot of people feeling stuffed, and sometimes a couple of pounds heavier. So this week, we’ll focus on lighter dinners that feature foods known to be cleansing to the system. You need not be recovering from Thanksgiving to enjoy these easy and healthful meals!

Case in point, our super easy Hummus, Cucumber, and Avocado Wraps feature a trio of foods known to be cleansing — legumes, cuke, and avocado. They’re as good for dinner as they are for lunch You can use homemade hummus or store-bought; either way, it’s made in minutes. For lunch, serve with plenty of fruit; for dinner, serve with a simple soup or vegetable side dish. more→

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