Vegetarian/Vegan

  • Incredibly Edible Edamame Dip

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    MAKES 2 1/2 CUPS

    3 tablespoons cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil

    2 cups shelled raw edamame beans

    2 cups loosely packed baby spinach

    ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

    3 tablespoons tahini

    1 ½ tablespoons finely chopped onion (yellow, white, or Vidalia is good, but not red)

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

    ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

    1 teaspoon natural salt

    2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)

    ¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (optional)

    You will need a high-speed blender or food processor. Toss the oil, edamame, spinach, lemon juice, tahini, onion, garlic, cumin, pepper flakes, and salt into your machine and blend on high or process for approximately 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Stop the machine periodically and scrape down the sides of the container to fully incorporate the ingredients. A food processor will give the mixture a coarse consistency, which some people prefer. Tweak flavors to taste. (You may like more lemon juice, garlic, pepper flakes, or salt.) Serve topped with the sesame seeds and parsley, or spread it on sandwiches or wraps. Source: The Blender Girl

  • Picnic Perfect Spinach Hummus Pinwheel Wraps

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    June 18 is International Picnic Day!

    4 cups packed spinach

    ¼ cup low-sodium vegetable broth or water

    1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added cannellini beans

    2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)

    1 tablespoon tahini

    1 clove garlic

    Pinch of fine sea salt

    4 whole grain tortillas

    1 avocado, thinly sliced

    ½ cucumber, peeled and very thinly sliced

    1 small red bell pepper, very thinly sliced

    Steam spinach over broth or water. Place spinach, beans, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and salt in bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. You should have approximately 2 cups hummus. Spread 1/2 cup hummus on 1 tortilla, leaving about an inch from the edge uncovered. Arrange 1/4 each of sliced avocado, sliced cucumber, and sliced bell pepper on top of hummus and tightly roll up tortilla. Repeat with remaining tortillas, hummus, avocado, cucumber, and bell pepper. Holding tortillas firmly, carefully cut into 3/4-inch pinwheels and serve. Source: wholefoodsmarket.com

  • “Key Lime” Pudding

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    SERVES 4

    1/3 cup light agave nectar, plus more to taste

    ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

    ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice

    2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled

    2 bananas, chopped

    2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

    1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest

    Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until well combined. You may need to stop your machine and scrape down the sides of the container to ensure everything is incorporated evenly. Tweak the sweetener to taste. Divide the pudding among four serving glasses and chill in the fridge for about 3 hours to thicken. Serve the same day, chilled, to avoid oxidation.

    Source: The Blender Girl

  • Coconut Mint Chip

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    SERVES 1-2

    2 cups coconut water

    ½ avocado, pitted and peeled, or meat from 1 raw, young Thai coconut

    5 fresh mint leaves

    1 tablespoon cacao nibs

    3 or 4 ice cubes

    Blend all ingredients and serve.

    Source: Reprinted with permission from Juice by Carly de Castro, Hedi Gores & Hayden Slater (Ten Speed Press). Photo Credit: Anaïs & Dax

  • In Season: Strawberries

    Strawberries are one of the many gifts that May has to offer us. This is when they are at their peak, giving us a fragrantly sweet taste that fits well in many recipes. Keep in mind that strawberries are very perishable, so only purchase them a few days before you use them!

    >>Hempanana Smoothie

  • Meatless: Meatloaf Revisited

    Maybe you recently went vegan. Maybe you are trying out Meatless Mondays, a day when you choose to avoid meat to reduce your risk of chronic conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Or maybe it’s as simple as wanting to find unique alternatives to common foods.

    Try this delicious childhood meal
  • Chilled Avocado Soup with Cherry Tomato Salsa Fresca

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    SERVES: 4-6

    AVOCADO SOUP

    2 cups mashed avocado (Hass variety recom­mended)

    2 cups carrot juice

    1 cup water

    1/4 cup diced red onion

    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

    1/2 teaspoon seeded and diced jalapeno pepper

    1 garlic clove

    2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste

    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

    1/4 teaspoon chili powder (try chipotle)

    Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

    2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion

    1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

    CHERRY TOMATO SALSA FRESCA

    1 cup diced cherry tomatoes

    1 tablespoon diced red onion

    1 tablespoon diced green onion

    2 teaspoons minced, freshly squeezed lime juice

    Pinch of ground cumin

    Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

    Pinch of sea salt

    Pinch of ground black pepper

    Prepare the soup: Place all the soup ingredients, except the green onion and cilantro, in a blender and blend until creamy. Transfer to a bowl, add the green onion and cilantro, and mix well. Place in the refrigerator or freezer to chill while you prepare the salsa.

    Prepare the salsa: Combine all the salsa ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. To serve, garnish each bowl of soup with a small scoop of the salsa. Source: The 30 Minute Vegan: Soup’s On! by Mark Reinfeld, image by Amy Green

  • Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip

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    SERVES: 8

    CHEESE SAUCE

    1 cup raw cashews

    1 cup chopped carrots

    2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

    1 large clove garlic

    1 1/4 teaspoons fine-grain sea salt

    3/4 teaspoon chili powder

    1/2 teaspoon onion powder

    1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)

    DIP

    1 cup store-bought chunky marinara sauce

    1 cup diced sweet onions

    2 to 3 handfuls of baby spinach, roughly chopped

    1/3 cup crushed corn chips (or bread crumbs)

    1 to 2 green onions, finely sliced, for serving

    Tortilla chips

    To make the cheese sauce, place the cashews in a medium bowl and add water to cover. Set aside to soak for at least two hours, or overnight if you have time. Drain and rinse the soaked cashews. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 2-quart cast-iron or casserole dish. Place the carrots in a small saucepan and add water to cover. Bring the water to a boil and cook the carrots for five minutes, or until just fork tender. Drain. In a blender, combine the soaked cashews, cooked carrot, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, salt, chili powder, onion pow­der, cayenne pepper (if using), and 2/3 cup water and blend until silky smooth, adding a splash of extra water if needed. Pour the sauce into a large bowl. To make the dip, stir the marinara sauce, onion, and spinach into the cheese sauce until fully combined. Spoon the sauce into the prepared dish and sprinkle the top evenly with the crushed corn chips. Source: The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon

  • Ranch Dressing

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    MAKES: 1 1/4 CUPS

    1/2 cup rice milk

    2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

    1 small clove garlic, finely minced or pressed

    1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

    1 tablespoon finely chopped celery leaves

    3/4 cup vegan soy-free mayonnaise

    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

    1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Freshly ground pepper

    In a small bowl, combine the rice milk with the lemon juice. In a blender or mini chopper, combine the garlic, parsley, celery leaves, vegan mayonnaise, and mus­tard. Pulse a few times. Add the rice milk mixture, and pulse. Add the xanthan gum and blend well. Add the salt and pepper to taste and blend until rich and creamy. You will have about 1 1/4 cups. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. Source: Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking by Cybele Pascal

  • Meatless: Protein Shakes

    When you think protein shakes, you typically imagine a hulk-like person with a big tub of protein powder working out at the gym for several hours at a time. The only problem with this image is the average person is uninterested in looking this way and thus uninterested in protein powder.