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Hummus, Cucumber, and Avocado Wrap

Hummus, cucumber, and avocado wrap

This easy Hummus, Cucumber, and Avocado Wrap recipe is as good for dinner as it is for lunch (or even breakfast, for that matter). 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 soup  and/or a simple side dish. It goes well with quinoa tabbouli, or any potato salad. And you need not slavishly follow a recipe, either—make enough for one, or as many as needed. Photos by Lori Maffei. Continue Reading…

Favorite Basic Pizza Dough

Whole wheat pizza dough recipe

I admit that I’m usually too lazy to make crust from scratch, especially now that there are several really good, natural brands on the market. But it’s really not that difficult, and fun to do once in a while. Here’s my Favorite Basic Pizza Dough recipe, which harks back to my very first book, Vegetariana. Continue Reading…

Stacked Vegan Cheese Enchiladas

Stacked vegan cheese enchiladas

Want to switch up your routine Mexican cuisine? Try this unique Stacked Vegan Cheese Enchilada recipe for a twist on the typical rolled type. The word enchilada literally means “filled with chile,” and so it is supposed to be drenched in pure, red chile.  I’ve modified the recipe to use the tomato-based enchilada sauce, since cooking with pure, red chiles is not something that cooks outside the Southwest are likely to attempt. This simple and hearty dish is traditionally enhanced by a helping of refried beans and/or Mexican Rice on the side. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Continue Reading…

Homemade Soft Corn Tortillas

Corn tortillas recipe

If you can lift a bag of masa harina, you can make homemade corn tortillas and enjoy soft, toasty, corny goodness tonight! Homemade tortillas are best kept simple with basic toppings such as a strip of grilled tempeh or a spoonful of guacamole. Or serve with beans or a hearty Mexican posole. The key is to keep fresh-off-the-grill tortillas well covered to keep them warm and pliable until it’s time to eat. This recipe isn’t really too different from what’s on the bag of masa, but I see it as a way to inspire making homemade tortillas in the event you’ve never tried! Delicious with chili and other Southwestern stews, such as Quick Red Posole with Beans. Recipe from Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers* by Terry Hope Romero. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Lifelong Books.

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Baked Falafel with Smoky Tahini Dressing

Fried foods aren’t great for you, which is why this recipe for baked falafel is such a pleasure. Besides being healthier, it’s also much easier to make. Plus, frying is just messy. Serve these little balls of happiness with the accompanying Smoky Tahini Dressing atop rice or whole grains or in pitas or wraps with fresh tomatoes and lettuce.  Contributed by Dynise Balcavage, from Celebrate Vegan* (Lyons Press, ©2011). Continue Reading…

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Apple pie oatmeal from the oh she glows cookbook by angela lid don

This voluminous Apple Pie Oatmeal will remind you of delicious apple pie but will leave you feeling energized and ready to tackle the day ahead. I like to use Gala apples in this recipe, but feel free to use any variety that you wish. This recipe is gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, and soy-free! Recipe and photo from The Oh She Glows Cookbookby Angela Liddon. Continue Reading…

Vegan Thai Asparagus Stir-Fry

Thai Asparagus

Tender asparagus is a welcome sign of spring, and Thai seasonings—including lemongrass, if you can find some—provide a wonderful way to enjoy them. Celebrate spring by making this recipe for Thai-seasoned asparagus. This healthy stir-fry is vegan, so it’s a snack or appetizer that everyone can enjoy! Pro tip: Peel the lower part of the asparagus stalks before slicing if the skin is thick and tough. Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

Thai-Flavored Tossed Salad

Thai-Style Tossed Salad with Coconut-Peanut Dressing

Inspired by house salads served at Thai restaurants around the U.S., this tossed salad is the perfect companion to Thai-style dishes like Easy Vegan Pad Thai. It’s a feast of typical salad veggies made yummy with a piquant peanut-coconut sauce, chopped peanuts, and sweetened with pineapple chunks. Make a bigger portion of this recipe for the centerpiece of a meal, served with a simple side tofu or tempeh dish.

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Vegetarian Hot-and-Sour Soup

This recipe starts off as a simple, aromatic broth that can be served as is, but by adding chiles and lime juice, the dish becomes a hot-and-sour soup. As with other Southeast Asian cuisines, such as Burmese, Cambodian, Laotian, and Thai, lemongrass and galangal are often used in aromatic soups. The application of these herbs goes beyond cooking as they are widely used in folk remedies. Both lemongrass and galangal have medicinal properties as antibacterials and tonics to aid indigestion. Recipe from Vietnamese Fusion: Vegetarian Cuisine* by Chat Mingkwan (Book Publishing Co.), reprinted by permission. Continue Reading…

Homemade Vegan Hot Dogs

Homemade Veggie Hot Dogs

Make your own vegan hot dogs! These delicious veggie hot dogs (made with almond meal, tofu, and vital wheat gluten) are great if you want a break from the various store bought ones. You can even add some more spices if you want to kick it up a bit. Recipe and photos contributed by Julie Balutis. Visit Julie’s blog Baked In for more recipes and tips. Continue Reading…

Vegan Cauliflower Power Tacos

Cauliflower Power Tacos

Veggie lovers will devour this new take on a vegan power taco filled with roasted cauliflower, crispy chickpeas, and flavorful cilantro pesto. As an added bonus, it’s also gluten-free. This delicious dish gives you a great excuse to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, coming up on May 5 (and follow this link for more recipes for celebrating Cinco de Mayo, vegan style). Recipe contributed by the Betty Crocker company. (Isn’t it cool that they’re developing vegan recipes?) If you’d like, pass around your favorite salsa to top these, or as a VegKitchen reader suggests in the first comment below, some homemade Cashew Cream.

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Super-Easy Vegan Tortilla Casserole

Super-Easy Tortilla Casserole

This Super-Easy Vegan Tortilla Casserole is my favorite in-a-hurry casserole filled with southwestern flavors. The recipe involves throwing together a lot of convenient ingredients like canned beans and tomatoes, and frozen corn, but it’s unbelievably good when you need an emergency dinner. While it’s in the oven, steam a big batch of broccoli or prepared stir-fried collard greens, and make a salad or a raw veggie platter. Adapted from Vegan Express.  Photos by Evan Atlas.  Continue Reading…

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