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Italian-Style Vegan Sausage and Peppers

Italian-style vegan sausage and peppers

This recipe updates the Italian classic, sausage and peppers, with vegan sausage. It makes a hearty one-dish meal served with pasta, grains, or polenta. Shown above, it’s paired with farro. Mild, pale-green Italian frying peppers that are occasionally available in supermarkets and produce markets make this more authentic, but using common bell peppers works just as well.  Continue Reading…

Anise-Flavored Eggplant Stir-Fry

Eggplants in a basket

Ingredients and seasonings in this Anise-Flavored Eggplant Stir-Fry recipe straddle Asian and Italian cuisines, combining eggplant with anise-flavored fennel. Serve it with rice and some green veggies, simply prepared (greens, broccoli, or broccoli rabe), and a fresh salad augmented with chickpeas. Contributed by Susan Jane Cheney.

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Easy Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Sauce

zucchini "noodles" with peanut butter sauce

When the heat gets this intense, I try to make meals that don’t require much if any heat (even if the A/C is on!). I’ve really enjoyed my spiral slicer, which makes instant “noodles” from raw zucchini. Now, don’t get me wrong—I have no problem with pasta, but in the summer heat, zucchini noodles just feel lighter. And they’re ready pretty much instantly, with a few cranks of the lever, and no heat needed. If you don’t have a spiral slicer, you can use your favorite noodles—rice noodles, bean-thread noodles, soba, or linguini—this works with all of them. And this recipe adds a nice twist with some tasty peanut sauce. 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…

Healthy Vegetarian Pizza Potatoes

Pizza Potatoes

In this recipe, marinara sauce, melted vegan cheese, and simple steamed vegetables on a baked potato add up to an irresistible pizza-flavored vegetable dish. Potatoes make for a healthy “crust” that’s low in fat and naturally gluten-free. The kids will love this! Vary the vegetable toppings as you’d like. Try peppers, onions, artichokes, and other favorite pizza veggies. Photo by Rachael Braun. Continue Reading…

Pasta with Two Beans and Escarole

Pasta with two beans and escarole

Pasta, beans, and greens are a classic trio in Italian cookery. It’s easy to see why—the combination is healthful and hearty. This recipe uses escarole, a sturdy green whose slight bitterness is tempered by cooking. You’ll find it near the lettuces in the produce section. If you’d like, you can substitute an equal amount of curly chicory or a medium-sized bunch of chard. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Continue Reading…

Soba Noodles with Green Beans and Almonds

Soba Noodles with Green Beans and Almonds

Perfect green beans seem to be available only for a month or two in the summer. This tasty salad is a nice way to highlight them during that brief window. However, I’m so fond of them, that I use frozen green beans so I can make this easy soba noodle recipe regularly. I highly recommend using organic, whole, baby green beans.

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Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas, and Olives

pasta with greens, chickpeas, and olives from Wild About Greens

This quick and nourishing pasta recipe combines greens with chickpeas and olives for a tasty, healthy dish. Specifically, this recipe calls for chard, kale, or spinach, but you can use a combination or even substitute broccoli rabe or mustard greens. My personal favorite in this dish is chard, as it’s so good in the Italian-style trio of pasta with greens and legumes. Just add a colorful salad and you’ve got a meal. Recipe from Wild About Greens* by Nava Atlas.

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Udon Noodles with Spinach-Miso Pesto

Udon Noodles with Spinach-Miso Pesto

In this recipe, the Asian flavor of miso fuses with the peppers, tomatoes, and olives of Italian cuisine. This fusion pasta dish makes a luscious meal all year round. It’s good served warm or even at room temperature. Serve these Udon Noodles with Spinach-Miso Pesto with a bountiful salad of greens and tomatoes. Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

Mushroom and Bell Pepper Scrambled Tofu

Tofu Scramble with Bell Peppers and Mushroom2

This vegan breakfast recipe updates regular scrambled tofu with mushrooms and bell peppers. Omnivores and vegans alike will love waking up to this dish!

Soft tofu is a good choice for dishes in which it is crumbled, as in this veggie-filled, egg-free scramble. While this would certainly also make a good brunch or lunch dish, it also makes a wonderful light dinner with whole grain toast or sautéed potatoes, and some sliced oranges or other seasonal fresh fruit. Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

Cranberry Spaghetti Squash

Cranberry-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Served in its shell, this simple recipe for Cranberry Spaghetti Squash makes a dramatic presentation as part of a winter meal. It’s festive enough to serve as a holiday side dish at the Thanksgiving or Christmas table as well. For more servings, simply double the recipe. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Sesame Tofu

Quick, easy, and tasty—this Sesame Tofu is the perfect recipe for when you are in a hurry but still want to eat something healthy.

 

Sesame Tofu
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 250 g firm tofu
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 pinches cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Drain the firm tofu and sponge it with a paper towel. Let stand for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, peel and crush the garlic cloves.
  3. In a bowl, mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, cayenne pepper, and garlic.
  4. Cut the firm tofu into regular dice.
  5. Heat the sunflower oil in a wok.
  6. Add the cubes of tofu and then brown for 3 minutes on all sides, on medium-high heat.
  7. Add the sauce and sesame seeds. Mix until the sauce is completely absorbed by the tofu.
  8. Serve with sautéed vegetables, if desired.

 

Mediterranean Spinach with Pine Nuts and Raisins

Mediterranean Spinach with Pine nuts and raisins

Spinach with pine nuts and raisins is a traditional Mediterranean side dish recipe that’s both elegant to serve and easy to make. Its mild and slightly sweet flavor provides a nice counterpoint to boldly-flavored Italian pasta dishes. But really, this Mediterranean side dish goes well with most any kind of meal, including those featuring grain dishes and curries. Continue Reading…

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