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Healthy and Tasty Vegan Broccoli Recipes

Broccoli steamed

Broccoli may have lost a bit of its standing in the world of cruciferous vegetables now that kale has taken over the world, but it’s still a powerhouse veggie by all standards. Our collection of healthy and tasty vegan broccoli recipes serve as a reminder that this classic vegetable deserves to retain its lofty standing, kale or no kale! And when it comes to green vegetable, broccoli still has the edge over greens when it comes to pleasing picky eaters.

A particularly rich source of Vitamins C and K, it’s also a great source of dietary fiber and numerous other vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. Best of all, once you know how to tease out its best qualities, it’s one of the tastiest and most versatile green veggies you’ll welcome into your kitchen. Here are some VegKitchen favorites.

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Healthy and Easy Vegan Kale Recipes

Kale and red cabbage stir-fry recipe

Here’s a comprehensive listing of VegKitchen’s easy and healthy vegan kale recipes. Kale is one of the hottest food trends going these days, and since it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, VegKitchen is all to happy to jump on the bandwagon. Not only is kale super healthy, it’s also extremely versatile. And once you know how to tease out its best qualities, it’s quite tasty as well. If the recipes listed below aren’t enough for you, or you prefer your recipes in book form, you can also explore Nava’s book, Wild About Greens. Continue Reading…

Olive Recipes and Varieties

Olive varieties

For those of us who love olives, tossing them into salads isn’t enough! You’ll find a listing of some our favorite super-tasty olive recipes after your introduction of some of the most popular varieties.

First, a few fast facts: Olives belong to the group of fruit called drupes that also includes mangos, plums and almonds, among others. They have been used for over 2,000 years by various cultures all over the world for food as well as medicine.

One serving of olives has only 25 calories and 2.5 grams of fat and count as a serving of fruit. Olives have no trans fats, no cholesterol, are low in carbohydrates and free of allergens. They are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids (the good fats!), vitamin A, C and E, iron, calcium and natural antioxidants.

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Mushroom Recipes

Portabellas and other mushrooms

Mushroom fans, rejoice! VegKitchen gives you many ways to enjoy this unique food group, from the ordinary white variety, to the earthy brown types (like baby bella, cremini, and portabella), to the more exotic forms such as shiitake and enoki. If you’re looking for a way to use a particular type of mushroom, use the search bar that’s at the very top right of each page. Continue Reading…

Eggplant Recipes: An Extravaganza of Flavor

eggplant recipes

Here are eggplant recipes galore, perfect for eggplant lovers everywhere! Eggplant comes in a number of varieties, from tiny Japanese to white and magenta types, and all the familiar glossy dark purple ones in between. While eggplant isn’t a nutritional superstar in terms of vitamins, and minerals compared to green veggies, it still boasts its share, as well as being a good source of dietary fiber as well as a few valuable antioxidants. Eggplant recipes are also extraordinarily versatile, and those who love it will appreciate its presence in everything from salads to dips to soups and stews. Continue Reading…

Avocado Recipes: Nutritious and Delicious

avocados and limes

If you want a food that’s going to give your body the nutrients and vitamins it needs every day, grab yourself an avocado. Try some of these avocado recipes to see just how great it can be!

Avocados don’t just taste amazing, they’re also packed with loads of nutrients. These green fruits provide folate, vitamins B, C, K and E, fiber, niacin, potassium and more. The monounsaturated fats help your body absorb the nutrients from other foods as well. Continue Reading…

Greens, Glorious, Overabundant Greens

kale in CSA box

Great as leafy greens are, there are times when they can be overwhelming. If you buy your greens in those neat, manageable bundles at the supermarket or natural foods store, no problem. Those can be used up in a flash. But if you belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm, grow greens in your own garden, or become overly zealous at the farmer’s market, you might occasionally find yourself with too much of a good thing. Continue Reading…

Sweet Potato Recipes – Versatile and Nutritious

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes, one of the most ancient, nutritious, and valuable food crops of the Americas, are somewhat  underused and misunderstood. What is called a “yam,” for example, is often really a sweet potato. If what you’re buying has a vivid orange flesh, it’s a sweet potato. Even deeply hued Garnet Yams are a type of sweet potato. Continue Reading…

Potato Recipes All Year Round

Vegan mozzarella mashed potato pie

Potatoes are the most widely used vegetable in the United States, but unfortunately, that’s because french fries reign supreme. If you enjoy this versatile veggie as much as I do, enjoy it as nature intended, fresh out of its skin (or leave the skin on, if it’s clean and organic) — not deep fried in goodness knows what! VegKitchen has a wide array of easy potato recipes for your year-round pleasure. Continue Reading…

Summer Tomato Recipes and Tips

Fresh tomatoes and basil

“Too many tomatoes!” We’ve all heard this lament—especially after a long, hot summer. Whether you grow them in your own garden or buy them from the local farm market, here are lots of easy, delicious summer tomato recipes, whether you believe they can get to be too much of a good thing, or if you truly can’t get enough of them.  Continue Reading…

Easy Vegetable Recipes

Asparagus, squash, and red bell pepper sauté

Here’s a handy list of the easy veggie recipes you’ll find on VegKitchen, from Asparagus to Zucchini, for the most common vegetables from your garden, farm market, or grocery. Most everyone needs to eat more veggies, and here are some tasty ways to do so. Continue Reading…

Get to Know Leafy Spring Greens

Watercress in bowl

The distinct flavors of leafy spring greens such as arugula, sorrel, watercress, and others can be an invigorating treat for the winter-weary palate. Most spring greens are tender enough to use uncooked or very lightly steamed—all the better to showcase their clean, fresh flavors. Explore Asian greens as well, which are becoming more widely available in farm markets. Continue Reading…

A Bounty of Blueberries

Blueberries in a bowl

I fully admit that I’m not a big fruit eater, which is why I’m happy that smoothies were invented. This way, I know I get my daily dose in a few yummy sips. Frozen blueberries often go into the mix, but when fresh blueberries are in season, I balk at mixing them into smoothies. I want to savor each and every berry during its brief, local season. Continue Reading…

Versatile and Easy Asparagus Recipes

Asparagus bundles

The abundance of easy asparagus recipes on VegKitchen is a testament to how versatile it is —you can use it chilled in salads, blend it into soups, or serve simply grilled or roasted. It used to be that the appearance of big bunches of asparagus was a sure sign of spring. These days, like lots of veggies, asparagus is available year round, but it still seems more appropriate to spring meals (and spring holidays like Easter and Passover). For more tips on making the most of asparagus, see Asparagus: Buying, Cooking, and Enjoying. Continue Reading…

Kickin’ It With Kale

kale in CSA box

Recently, a friend asked me, “How can I make kale yummy?” It occurred to me that perhaps a lot of people are new to the nutritional powerhouse that is kale. Maybe you only know it as that curly green thing underneath your potato salad. It does look quite nice, but it is severely underutilized as a garnish. Loaded with calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins A, C, and K, and even some protein, you’d be much better off eating the kale, and tossing the potato salad. Here are five simple things you can do to make your kale yummy. Continue Reading…

Cranberries

Fresh cranberries in a bowl

Packed with nutrients, cranberries are healthy and delicious, making dishes pop with flavor. They also can take many forms: juice, sauce, jam, dried and of course, fresh. When fresh, they pack a punch of tartness that overpowers their sweetness, but if you can get over the bite, it’s worth it. This “superfruit” is full of antioxidants and really good for you!Harvested between September and December, cranberries grow on short, thin vines and also bloom flowers and ‘spikes.’ They start out white, and as they mature turn to their better known deep red color. Almost 95 percent of cranberries grown are used for fruit juice; the other 5 percent are sold fresh and raw. Continue Reading…

Fresh Corn: Our Native Harvest

Fresh corn on table

“Korn has got one thing that nobody else has got,” wrote nineteenth-century humorist Josh Billings, “and that is a kob.” Equally indisputable is that the greatest gift the Native Americans gave the European settlers of Colonial America was the ability to cultivate corn. No other single food has had as great an impact on the development of American cookery. Since it grew well in poor soil and needed little skill to cultivate, corn quickly became a staple crop of the colonists. Continue Reading…

Lettuce: A New Spin

Lettuce varieties

At farmer’s markets and community supported agriculture farms, lettuces make their appearance in May and go strong through mid-summer. When I belonged to a CSA farm, each week, we could take as many as three healthy heads of lettuce for our share. No matter how much one loves salads, three heads a week is a lot of lettuce! If you shop at farm markets, they, too will be bursting with lettuces. Continue Reading…

How to Use Asparagus: Buying, Cooking, Freezing, & More

Fresh asparagus

It’s only very recently that asparagus has become more of a year-round vegetable. Still, it’s arguably one of the most associated with the arrival of spring. Asparagus lends itself to an assortment of fresh and delightful dishes as we’ll see in this guide on how to use asparagus, with great tips on buying, cooking, freezing, and enjoying! Make sure to take a look at our listing of versatile and easy asparagus recipes.

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