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Book Review: Bowl by Lukas Volger

Bowls are a staple in a vegan’s cooking repertoire. Toss in some grains or noodles, make a great broth or sauce, top with vegetables and herbs and you’ve got a quick, whole meal for a crowd. But - as a vegan now of many years, I felt that I’ve made every version of this classic possible. It can get tiring after a while, and you lose inspiration in figuring out what combination to create next. I was expecting to see a book full of recipes i’ve already made, but I was (gladly) mistaken. Bowl brings together new ideas, a more complex profile of ingredients, and techniques that I normally wouldn’t have thought of for a weeknight staple. One of my...

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Asparagus Pesto

Try out this fresh asparagus pesto for a bright, beautiful spring dinner or lunch addition. It's great on pasta, in sauces, on salads, as a dip, as a sandwich spread, and more. We paired ours with a Lebanese couscous and some beautiful olives that we chopped up. This recipe was written by our contributor Beth Reed, who creates amazing meals at her blog Simply Without. Be sure to follow her on Twitter or Instagram for more inspiration! Ingredients 1 bunch of farmers’ market asparagus small handful of hand torn, fresh basil leaves 1 clove garlic 1 chopped scallion 1/2 cup nutritional yeast 1/2 cup olive oil juice of 1 lemon salt and pepper to taste Instructions Break off the woody ends of the...

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Foods We Always Have Prepped

I think that when people think of “meal prepping”, it conjures up counters piled up with disposable tins of freezer lasagnas & slow-cooker meals. While you can totally do that, I think what’s easier and more fun is having essentials ready to go, and coming up with meals as you go through the week. I really don’t want lasagna every day of the week, and I don’t want to risk weeks of meals going bad in my freezer because I got sick of them. Similarly, you can end up with really dried out, wilted meals if you’re creating lots of finished meals up front. Our method involves preparing the heartiest parts of meals and adding in fresh ingredients when you’re...

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How to Stock A Vegan Kitchen

What exactly DO we buy as vegans at the grocery store? Here's an extensive list of our pantry staples - and we should say, there's no rush to buy them all at once. I usually buy what I'm always eating (like sandwiches & cereal) and then look up a few new recipes to try out. From there I'll see what I don't have and try to fill in the gap. That's how a big pantry can grow from nothing at all! (AKA What we dealt with as we moved into our new work space.) :) Be sure to check out our full guide to grocery shopping here, or check out our favorite kitchen tools for more help. At the bottom...

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Rainbow Dips

Editor’s Note: This post, recipes, and photos are by our great contributor, Tabea Mathern. Be sure to visit her at her website, Facebook, or Instagram. <3 For those who still think vegan diets are boring or unsatisfying, we will have to prove them wrong with these delightful rainbow dips! I absolutely enjoy making dips and spreads that are vegan but definite crowd pleasers. They are easy to make and enjoy for any parties, get-togethers, or brunches. Simply serve your selection of dips with various types of crackers, beautiful breads and a fresh variety of veggies and fruit. Before you know it, the dips will disappear and you’ll have everyone happily begging for more! Side Note I use a high-speed blender for all...

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