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…

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…

Balsamic Basil Watermelon Antipasto

Balsamic Basil Watermelon Antipasto by Joelle Amiot from JarOHoney

This recipe for Balsamic Basil Watermelon Antipasto is perfect for summer. Freshen up any backyard barbecue with these tasty appetizers.

We’re all looking for simple yet healthy dishes, and this antipasto fits the bill. Now that the abundance of fresh fruit is back because of the warmer weather, our choices are better than other times of the year. Yes we are still on the cusp of full fledge summer fruits and veggies, but I am seeing some favorites at the market. One of them is watermelon.

This fruit is probably one of the most refreshing and versatile of all fruits. I have used it in beverages, salads, desserts, salsa, grilled it, froze it, pureed it, just cut it up and the list goes on and on. A lot of people do not know that watermelon makes GREAT savory dishes too. These single bites are a surprising mix of sweet and savory and have a slight tang to them. Not only are they simple elegance in presentation, they are very tasty and healthy too. Recipes and photos contributed by Joelle Amiot from her blog JarOHoney.
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Strawberry-Vanilla Maca Smoothie

Strawberry vanilla maca smoothie

Maca powder, which has so many notable health benefits, has a caramel-y flavor that blends well into smoothies of all sorts. In this Strawberry-Vanilla Maca Smoothie recipe, maca powder teams well with the strawberry, banana, and vanilla flavors. If you’re new to maca, use the lesser quantity; if you’ve been using it for a while, allow for 2 teaspoons per serving. This makes about two 12-ounce servings. Photos by Ollzha.
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Mango Lentil Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing

Mango Lentil Salad by Sophia Z from Love and Lentils

This refreshing Mango Lentil Salad recipe is unique, blending Indian flavors from the cumin and coriander with the Mexican flavors of mango and lime. One of the best things about salad is you can combine ingredients that you wouldn’t normally pair up, and it usually works wonderfully. French lentils, also known as du Puy lentils, are the best type of lentil to use in salads. Green, brown, and red lentils are perfect in soups and stews because they’re soft and tend to fall apart, while du Puy lentils work better in salads because they hold their shape well when cooked properly. All in all, a refreshing summery salad with great sustenance from the lentils. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils.

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Coconut Mint Chip Shake

Mint Chip Milkshake by Sophia Z from Love and Lentils

I was a huge fan of milkshakes growing up. (Who wasn’t?) My all-time favorite ice cream flavor has always been mint chocolate chip, and today, it’s my son’s favorite as well. I thought of combining these two delicious childhood favorites into one leaner, greener dairy-free drink. No artificial color here—the beautiful green color of this Coconut Mint Chip Shake comes from healthy baby spinach! This milkshake’s flavor has the perfect amount of mint, and you can top your shake with chocolate chips like I did, or cacao nibs for a bittersweet flavor. Recipe makes 1 large or 2 smaller servings.

Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils.  

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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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Greek-Flavored Pasta Salad

Greek flavored pasta salad

This recipe uses pasta in place of the customary lettuce in a Greek salad. Mixed with veggies, this makes a substantial and lively main dish for warm-weather meals, as well as a great vegan potluck dish for summer gatherings. Take along some extra vinaigrette to moisten the salad if it is to stand for a substantial amount of time. Leftovers are great to pack into containers for the next day’s lunch. Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

Enlightened Miso Power Bowl

Enlightened Miso Bowl by Angela Liddon from Oh She Glows

This Enlightened Miso Power Bowl is a fun recipe that will keep your energy high for hours. Miso is a fermented food that aids in digestion and adds a wonderful umami flavor to foods. If you are new to miso, Orange-Maple Miso Dressing is a great way to incorporate it into your diet. It’s a great gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar–free, and soy-free option! Recipe and photo from The Oh She Glows Cookbook* by Angela Liddon. Continue Reading…

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…

Creamy Vegan Macaroni Salad

Creamy Macaroni Salad by Zsu Dever

Cooking pasta for a cold salad is radically different from cooking pasta for a hot dish. Going against the grain, you cook it not to al dente, but to tenderness. Overcooking it will leave you with a soggy mess instead of a salad, and undercooking it will produce hard-as-nails pasta once cool. Cooking the pasta just right will render this a perfect American staple.

And being vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious, creamy macaroni salads. This recipe uses vegan mayonnaise to keep it dairy-free. Use gluten-free pasta to make it gluten-free.

Recipe and photo from Everyday Vegan Eats* by Zsu Dever © 2014, reprinted by permission of Vegan Heritage Press. Continue Reading…

Cookie Dough Smoothie

cookie dough smoothie by Julie Morris from Superfood SmoothiesEven though there’s no real cookie dough in this smoothie, it sure tastes like it! Caramel-like dates, rich and nutty pecans, and cacoa nibs with their hint of chocolate blend perfectly with lucuma powder—which has a natural “cookie dough-like” flavor—making this smoothie recipe all kinds of fabulous. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Smoothies * © 2013 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co. Photography by Julie Morris.


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Granny Smith Apple Crumb Pie (Gluten-Free)

Granny Smith apples

This delicious gluten-free apple pie is perfect for winter holiday fare. And because this recipe is so easy to make, it’s a nice way to lighten your load when you’ll be doing a lot of other cooking. Dates balance the tartness of Granny Smith apples beautifully, but you can make endless variations on this pie by choosing almost any fruit that’s in season and pairing it with whatever dried fruit seems appealing. Contributed by Leslie Cerier, from Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook.* Continue Reading…

Papaya or Mango and Black Bean Salad

Black Bean and Papaya or Mango Salad

This Papaya or Mango and Black Bean Salad recipe makes a delicious and refreshing salad. It’s great anytime and light enough for warmer weather days. I’m not big on measurements so feel free to make adjustments based on your preferences. I brought this to a party and all my omnivore friends went crazy for it. It’s super simple to prepare and so healthy for you: nutrient-dense with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Who’d have thought, a delicious salad with no salt and no oil! Recipe and photo contributed by Sharon Nazarian from Big City Vegan. Photos by Evan Atlas. 

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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…

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