- November 11th, 2014
As the holidays approach, you may lose sight of green vegetables among the rainbow of other seasonal foods. However, eating greens shouldn’t take a backseat to the rest of the foods you prepare and share this season. Green veggies contribute to the growth of strong bones, and they are loaded with antioxidants that protect us from environmental toxins and stressors.
- November 11th, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyServes 4
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 large eggplant, cut in half lengthwise
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Lay the eggplant on the sheet flesh-side up. With the tip of your knife, make crosshatches on each half of the eggplant, cutting into the flesh but not deep enough to cut through the skin. Drizzle with the remaining 4 tablespoons of the oil and season with the salt, black pepper, and basil, making sure to rub the mixture into the crosshatching. Flip the eggplant over so it’s now flesh-side down. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, then carefully flip the eggplant over and continue roasting for another 30 minutes, or until the flesh is tender but not too soft. The eggplant should keep its shape but open up along the crosshatching. Remove and allow to cool slightly before serving. Source: The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life by Robin Quivers. Reprinted by arrangement with Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Robin Quivers, 2013. Photo credit: Tara Donne, 2012
- October 1st, 2014
Mayim Bialik, PhD, is an award-winning actress, neuroscientist, and author—but above all, she’s a mom. A mom who was inspired by her two young sons to author her new cookbook, “Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes From My Family to Yours,” to help busy parents discover fun, healthy, and easy vegan meals for the whole family.Mayim Bialik on her new cookbook and raising a vegan familyBy Samantha Fischer
- October 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyThis hearty chili is perfect for a chilly October afternoon. Skip the high-fat sour cream and top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and some chopped green onion.
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ head garlic, peeled and minced
1 large onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium-size zucchini, chopped
2 cups kale, chopped (optional)
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
2 (14-ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 (14-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
½ (12-ounce) bag frozen corn kernels
In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat and sauté the garlic, onion, celery, carrots, pepper, zucchini, and kale, if using, (but not the corn) just until softened, about 10 minutes. Add all the herbs, spices, and salt and cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and maple syrup and stir for 3 more minutes. Add the beans and stir for 3 minutes. Add the corn and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
Source: Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours by Mayim Bialik with Dr. Jay Gordon. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Lifelong Books.
- October 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyDitch the French onion dip and go for this guac that’s loaded with fresh, healthy ingredients.
2 ripe avocados, peeled and pits removed
1 tomato, chopped into small pieces
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons green chili sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
Salt to taste
Place the avocados in a small bowl and mash them with a fork. Add the tomato, onion, chili sauce, lime juice, and salt to taste and mix well.
Source: Simple Recipes for Joy: More Than 200 Delicious Vegan Recipes by Sharon Gannon
Makes 1 1/2 cups.
- July 9th, 2014
Whether you want an alternative to your morning coffee, a way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet, or a full-body cleanse, juicing could be the solution you’ve been searching for.
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyMAKES 2 CUPS
3 small beets (about 1 pound), trimmed and peeled
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 (15.5-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons tahini
Juice of 1 large lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, or 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts, for garnish (optional)
Soak the plank for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
Cut the beets in half and toss with the oil, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and ¼ teaspoon of the pepper.
Prepare the plank for grilling. Place the beets, cut side down, on the toasted side of the plank. Close the lid and grill for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tender. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Once the beets are cool enough to handle, roughly chop them and place them in the bowl of a food processor.
Add the garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the food processor. Blend until smooth, 20 to 30 seconds. Garnish with the parsley or pine nuts.
Source: ©2014 by Dina Guillen. Reprinted from Plank Grilling: 75 Recipes for Infusing Food with Flavor Using Wood Planks with permission from Sasquatch Books. Image by Rina Jordan.
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyServes 4
1 7-ounce wedge brie cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup onion, thinly sliced
1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
Soak 1 maple, oak, or alder plank, in white wine or water.
Heat olive oil in medium skillet on medium-high heat. Sauté onions and peppers 10 to 15 minutes. Add sugar and vinegar and cook an additional 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper. Place cheese wedge on prepared plank and top with sautéed vegetables. Grill or bake at 350 degrees until cheese is warm and beginning to melt, then serve immediately with bread, crackers, or tortilla chips. Source: Plank It! Wrap It! by Tiffany Haugen
- July 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeekly
Portobello caps, medium
While your wood is soaking, grill up some veggies. Suggested vegetables include yellow squash; zucchini; corn; and red, yellow, and orange peppers. Toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then place on the grill.
For the mushrooms, remove the gills and stems. This provides a nice flat surface for stuffing.
Brush the mushrooms on the bottom with olive oil, and place them on the grill for 2 to 3 minutes—just to get grill marks, caps up. Remove and let them cool completely. If moisture appears, pat with a paper towel.
Fill caps with shredded Asiago cheese, then layer in the veggies. Sprinkle a tiny bit of cheese on top, then lay them back on the plank.
Keep your grill temperature around 350 degrees, and cook for 15 minutes. The cheese will melt underneath and the veggies will become a little more golden. Source: Marie Renello; prouditaliancook.com
- June 1st, 2014UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklySERVES 2
½ cup filtered water
½ teaspoon probiotic powder (optional to offset natural sugar content)
½ cup raw unsalted cashews (conventional blenders: soak two hours)
1 cup torn-up curly green kale leaves (1 or 2 large leaves with stalk removed, ripped into small pieces)
2 ripe bananas, fresh or frozen
¼ cup chopped pitted dates (soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes), or 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups ice cubes (a little less if using frozen bananas)
½ teaspoon minced ginger (optional)
Put all of the ingredients into your blender (I like to use a Vitamix) in the order listed and puree for about a minute, until smooth and creamy. Tweak flavors to taste (you may like a bit more kale, sweetener, or ginger).
Note: With a conventional blender, you’ll get the smoothest consistency if you use maple syrup or chop the dates finely, and be sure to soak those cashews as well. You can quick soak by covering with boiling water for 10 minutes (but this kills the live enzymes) or soak in room temperature water for 2 hours.
Source: The Blender Girl