Kung Pao Veggies Recipe

Kung Pao Veggies

You can go to almost any Chinese restaurant and order Kung Pao Chicken, but I have never seen a vegetarian version on a restaurant menu. This means that if you stop eating meat, you can never eat Kung Pao again. Okay, no, not really. You just have to make your own meatless version. That’s easy… 

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Panko-Crusted Baked Eggplant Fries with Curried Cashew Aioli

Recipe | Panko-Crusted Baked Eggplant Fries with Curried Cashew Aioli

Can we talk about the miracle of flax eggs? You might not be able to whip them into an omelet or use them in a quiche, but I’ve been experimenting with them a lot in vegan baking lately and they work really well. Better than I expected, even. I rarely have eggs on hand because… 

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Grilled Veggie Banh Mi Sandwiches Recipe

Recipe | Grilled Veggie Banh Mi Sandwiches

This weekend I went to check on my garden and all the squash plants were limp, brown, and crispy. Curse you, vine borers! I was pretty much expecting it to happen though, because a) it happens every year, and b) I had my first actual encounter with vine borers this summer, which I enumerated in… 

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Super Duper Raw Power Salad

What I Ate This Week | Raw Salad, Raw Brownies and Cooked Cabbage Rolls

One of the things I got out of my failed juice cleanse experiment was the push I needed to add more raw foods to my diet. I have no desire to eat 100% raw, but when it comes to vegetables, I definitely prefer cooked, which means that my eating habits are not as well-rounded as… 

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Make-Ahead Cheese & Roasted Vegetable Baked Manicotti Recipe

Recipe | Make-Ahead Cheese & Roasted Vegetable Baked Manicotti

There’s a whole lot to love about this Cheese & Roasted Vegetable Baked Manicotti recipe. 1. Roasted vegetables! The best kind of vegetables! I like cheese manicotti, but it’s never been a favorite of mine because the filling is a little bit boring. Cheese, cheese, and more cheese. Roasted vegetables make this baked manicotti recipe… 

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Grilled Tofu Sandwiches with Stout & Sriracha Beer Barbecue Sauce

What I Ate This Week | More Grilled Tofu Sandwiches!

When I find a food I like, I usually make some variation of that food over and over again until I move onto the next thing. And right now, I’m fixating on tofu sandwiches. I could have them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are so easy to do and they’re a great way to… 

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What I Ate This Week | Cantaloupe is not a substitute for mango!

That’s what I learned this week. The mangoes at the grocery store were looking a little funky, so I scanned the produce section for something–anything!–that I could use instead. Cantaloupe! Cantaloupe will work! Because it’s soft! Also, it’s orange! Israeli Couscous with Mango Cantaloupe, Cucumber & Cilantro // No, cantaloupe won’t work. At first, I… 

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Recipe | Caramelized Onion & Eggplant Puff Pastry Tart

There are a few ingredients that improve just about any dish you add them to: Truffle Oil Caramelized Onions Olives Roasted Red Peppers Basil Unfortunately, this Caramelized Onion & Eggplant Puff Pastry Tart does not have truffle oil. (Although I suppose if you really wanted to, you could add some. I mean, it’s a free… 

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Recipe | Lightened-Up Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

Eggplant is not a very popular vegetable. In fact, a lot of people tell me they don’t like it–usually this is followed by, “it’s so slimy!” But it’s time to give eggplant another chance! Because it doesn’t have to be slimy or mushy or bitter or any of those other things people attribute to eggplant…. 

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What I Ate This Week + No-Churn Peach Sorbet Recipe

It’s been really hot here and all I want to eat are frozen things. One particularly hot day, I was craving sorbet but didn’t want to go out to get some, so I made some desperation sorbet out of fresh peaches. And it was good! Much better than other things I’ve made out of desperation,… 

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A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Roasting Summer Vegetables

Here’s how to use this guide to roasting summer vegetables: I’ve listed the most common summer veggies here (hence the “semi-comprehensive” in the title), along with instructions for preparation and approximate cooking times. You can season these vegetables with salt and pepper alone, or use my suggested additions to fancy things up a little. All… 

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What I Ate This Week | 4 Easy Sides & A Sandwich

I did a lot of recipe testing for dinners this week. Even when the recipe I’m developing is simple, the process of figuring out ingredients and writing down every step of the instructions is time consuming. And that’s why I needed easy sides! Luckily, the simplest sides tend to be the healthiest, freshest, and tastiest… 

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Fun With Simmer Sauces

Sometimes it’s not practical to make an entire meal from scratch.  For me, the key to using convenience foods is to tweak them enough to make them taste like home-cooked meals.  One recent discovery in my household is the humble jarred simmer sauce.  Simmer sauces, of course, are nothing new–remember Chicken Tonight?  But lately, I’ve… 

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