Mushrooms are one of the most economical, readily available, and over looked super foods! We should all make an effort to include them in our daily diet! But here is the catch, for optimal nutritional benefit, they should be consumed cooked! Historically they are rarely consumed raw, so mushroom soup is the perfect solution.
Tempeh is a traditional soy product originally from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and fermentation process that binds the soybeans into a cake form. The fermentation process reduces the phytic acid in soy, which in turn allows the body to absorb the minerals that soy provides making it the healthier alternative to tofu.
We have done a summer squash pasta recipe in the past, but this one has different flavors and is a unique combination between squash pasta and pasta puttanesca. It’s a great dinner with the flavors of summer! It can easily be made dairy free and gluten free. Enjoy this easy and delicious pasta and summer squash dish.
This vegan potato dill salad is a great alternative to the traditional cream based potato salads typically found at summer BBQ’s. The cucumber makes a nice, refreshing addition! Remember that the reason that potato salad is susceptible to bacterial growth is because potatoes have a PH that bacteria thrive in, especially at room temperature. So don’t think that just because this is a vegan version that you can safely leave your salad out in the sun.
Once you have tried fresh tomato soup, you will wonder why you ever bought canned. It is so good and has a completely different flavor than canned. Plus, it still tastes just as good with a homemade grilled cheese 🙂 I used homemade chicken broth in my recipe, which made the soup even more amazing. If you are vegetarian, homemade vegetable broth works just as well.
Kelp noodles are a great way to add sea vegetables to your families diet without anyone cringing about what they are eating. Kelp noodles are raw and a great alternative to traditional pasta. Kelp, and all sea vegetables, have a wide array of nutrients including iodine, 21 amino acids, and over 70 minerals. This is a quick and easy recipe with a lot of flavor.
Fruit salads offer a nice change of pace all year long. This is a quick, easy and healthy snack, breakfast main course, or side dish. Any combination of fruit and nuts can be used. You can choose fruits based on color to suit a party theme or season. Chia seeds are a rich vegan source of Omega-3’s, fiber and protein. They can be added to any salad, smoothie, etc. for a great nutritional boost! Use our Chia Fruit Salad recipe as inspiration for your own.
It may look like traditional cole slaw, but the fresh root vegetables and light dressing used are nothing near as heavy as the traditional mayonnaise based cole slaw. You may use whatever root vegetables are in season and available from your local farmers market to create this root vegetable slaw.
This tempeh salad recipe is an excellent alternative to chicken or tuna salad for sandwiches and wraps. It also makes a good dip for vegetables or just as a snack with crackers. It is also quicker and easier to make, especially when compared to making chicken salad from scratch.
This is a quick kale and sunflower seed pesto that is equally as healthy as it is easy to prepare. The cheese can be substituted with an alternative such as Daiya brand cheese or nutritional yeast flakes. This sauce is great served over any type of pasta, orzo, or even used as a topping on crackers. Let us know how you use it! Enjoy.
These gluten free banana muffins are so good! The pecans offer a nice alternative to almond flour recipes, although almond flour can be used. My daughter and I made these together and ate them for breakfast for a week! I buy bananas weekly and freeze what we don’t eat, so these will definitely be a staple in our kitchen!
Bean noodles are very high in protein and fiber. They are a great alternative to traditional gluten free pastas, which are usually made from corn, rice, and soy. The black bean noodles taste like traditional pasta to me, and this recipe has the perfect sauce for them. The dark color of the pasta goes well with the bright color of the sauce.
This stew is great year round, but especially yummy in the winter months. Escarole is a variety of endive that is slightly less bitter. It is high in vitamins A, K and folic acid. The great thing about this stew is that you pretty much throw everything in the slow cooker and let it cook all day!
This vegan cream of asparagus soup recipe can be found in the “Feeding the Whole Family Cookbook”. I altered is slightly, but can be made in a variety of different ways. Asparagus is the star vegetable and this soup is a fun and tasty way to prepare it! It can also be served cold. Asparagus has many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It also contains inulin, which is beneficial for digestion.