Vegan

June 20, 2022

Summer Berry Salad with Lemon Chia Dressing

This colorful and refreshing salad is perfect for summer afternoons and evenings. Fresh, seasonal berries offer up sweet and juicy flavor, while also providing a concentrated source of beneficial antioxidants and phytonutrients. Chia seeds provide energy in the form of healthy fats (including anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids) and plant-based protein. Serve this salad as a starter, side dish, or light summer meal. It’s also great for parties! SERVES 4 Ingredients SALAD 2 cups (packed) baby spinach, roughly chopped 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1 cup blueberries 1 cucumber, diced (about 1 cup) ½ cup sunflower kernels ¼ cup (loose) fresh basil, […]
June 12, 2022

Delicious Mango Tapioca Pudding

A delicious variation on traditional tapioca pudding, this tropical dessert recipe is vegan but creamy and satisfying all the same.
June 7, 2022

Dark Chocolate Mousse

It’s hard to imagine, but this vegan version of chocolate mousse offers the same satisfaction as its richer, less healthy sibling. Contributed by my colleague Dr. Lynn Blair, it has all of the same creaminess, the satiny, melt-in-your-mouth pleasure, and the full, no-holds-barred taste you expect from a dense and rich chocolate mousse. And if that’s not enough, just add plenty of great health benefits. Soy contains isoflavones, which help preserve bone density, lower your risk of certain cancers, and may alleviate menopausal symptoms. Dark chocolate has catechins, which are neuroprotective, and theobromine, which improves blood flow and lowers blood […]
March 15, 2022

White Bean Soup

This hearty vegetarian soup makes a great appetizer or light lunch. I use my Homemade Vegetable Stock as a base, but you can also use store-bought vegetable broth. You can use white cannellini or navy beans instead of white kidney beans. Beans are loaded with protein and detoxifying fiber, which makes them a great ally if you’re trying to manage your weight. Fiber can also help regulate cholesterol and reduce your risk of certain cancers. Swiss chard has cancer-inhibiting carotenoids and vitamin C. Chard is an excellent source of vitamin K, which helps build strong bones. Both the White Bean […]
March 2, 2022

Almond Blueberry Gelatin Parfaits

The flavors and colors of the almond and blueberry gelatins play off each other beautifully in this dessert. Blueberries rank very high in their ability to fight free oxygen radicals that damage cells. They also contain vitamin C and antibacterial elements called anthocyanosides, which are great for maintaining vein health and your immune system. Almond milk is an excellent source of antioxidants. SERVES 6 Ingredients For Blueberry Gelatin 2 cups blueberry juice 2 envelopes (1 oz. each) unflavored gelatin ¼ cup brown sugar 1 tsp. lemon zest ½ cup chopped fresh blueberries For Almond Gelatin 2 cups almond milk 2 […]
February 4, 2022

Velvety Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Chocolatey, rich mousse is a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day or any time of the year, really. Heart-healthy compounds abound in cocoa, so a lightened-up, vegan version of this classic recipe will benefit you and the ones you share it with. Many mousse recipes use chocolate chips for flavor, but this one features pure baking cocoa for an antioxidant punch and tangy bitterness to balance the sweetness of the syrup. Using vanilla almond or soy milk as well as vanilla extract offers depth in flavor aside from pure chocolate. Be sure to garnish with fresh strawberries or cherries for texture, […]
October 3, 2021

Spicy Candied Walnuts

Nothing spices up a meal like a candied nut treat perfect for complimenting a salad or side-dish. Candied nuts are often made of melted white sugar but there are other more natural options. Maple syrup adds a complex flavor. Purchase 100% pure, organic maple syrup when you can. The grades of maple syrup indicate the richness of color, but not the quality. A pinch of salt and spicy cayenne pepper offer an unexpected pop of flavor. Enjoy the healthy omega-3 fats in crunchy walnuts for anti-inflammatory benefits. YIELDS 2 Cups Ingredients 2 cups raw walnut halves 1/3 cup pure maple […]
September 20, 2021

Soy Soba Buddha Bowls Are Nutritious

Fresh ginger, baby bok choy, dry-roasted edamame, yellow bell pepper and nutritious soba noodles make these vegan Buddha Bowls an easy (and delicious) win for lunch or dinner. Ingredients: 1 (12- to 18-ounce) package firm or extra-firm water-packed tofu ¼ cup finely chopped shallots 4 Tbs. toasted sesame oil, divided 2 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce (organic) 1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper 4 heads baby bok choy, halved lengthwise 1 yellow bell pepper; stemmed, quartered and seeded 4 ounces dried soba noodles ½ cup coarsely shredded carrot ½ cup dry-roasted edamame 1 Tbs. sesame seeds, toasted […]
May 24, 2021

Time To Get Your Freekeh On!

Ancient grains are trending, so you have probably heard of the roasted young (green) wheat called freekeh (pronounced free-kuh). This grain, and the dishes made with it, are from North Africa. In this recipe, I’ve combined it with savory garlic, lemon, mint, sweet dates, and nourishing chopped kale for a well-rounded dish full of flavor. Freekeh can be found in Whole Foods and other health food stores or online. Freekeh is packed with fiber and protein, so it will keep you full and satiated for hours. It also has vitamin B for energy, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and manganese for […]
May 24, 2021

Brownie Bites To Live For!

You won’t believe these vegan, gluten-free brownie bites are completely raw and fruit-based! Medjool dates from Morocco blended with walnuts and cocoa powder create a rich, chocolate treat perfect for a special occasion, party, or holiday. Feel free to roll brownie bites in nuts or other toppings if you do not care for coconut—the possibilities are endless. Dates have detoxifying fiber, which lowers blood cholesterol, and potassium which helps regulate blood pressure and is an important electrolyte. Walnuts have fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. They also have vitamin E which supports healthy brain function. Cocoa is full of catechins […]
February 15, 2021

Potato Kale Soup

This Balkan-inspired recipe has clean, bright flavors that go well together. Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A and C. It’s also part of the cabbage family, so it has cancer-fighting compounds. If you can’t find caraway powder, grind caraway seeds in a mortar and pestle, an electric spice grinder, or even a coffee grinder. For a milder version of this soup, omit the caraway and marjoram and season with sea salt and ground pepper. SERVES 4 Ingredients 1 peeled and cubed Idaho potato or 2 rose potatoes ½ tsp. kosher salt dissolved in 4 cups water ½ tsp. […]
February 2, 2021

Chocolate Goji Berry Smoothie Bowl

This decadently rich chocolate smoothie bowl tastes like an indulgence, but it’s actually a rich source of energy-promoting carbohydrates, plant-based protein, and healthy fats. Cacao powder is similar to cocoa powder, but has no sugar, milk, or cocoa butter in it. It is simply ground cacao pods or beans, not treated with alkali powder. Cacao nibs are a larger grind of the pod. Serve these smoothie bowls for breakfast or dessert and feel free to use your own favorite toppings! Goji berries are packed with beneficial antioxidants and anthocyanins that help protect our cells from damage, inhibit the growth of […]
January 26, 2021

Macadamia Cream and Mock Sour Cream

Macadamia Cream Enjoy these vegan version cream and sour cream using macadamia nuts in place of dairy products. Macadamia nuts are very heart healthy thanks to their monounsaturated fats and choline, which help prevent cholesterol accumulation. The vitamin E in the nuts also reduces your risk of heart disease. These nuts are also a good source of iron, which delivers oxygen to cells and muscles and keeps you energized. YIELDS 2 CUPS Ingredients 1 cup raw, organic macadamia nuts 1 cup warm water Instructions 1. Soak the nuts in the water for 1 hour. 2. Blend in a powerful blender […]