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Jolinda Hackett

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Vegetarian sandwiches

Wednesday April 23, 2014
I have a theory that even the most grown up among us love indulging in versions of our favorite childhood comfort foods from time to time. Like grilled cheese? Try this apple cheddar panini for grown ups, or, make your childhood grilled cheese even better by adding vegetarian bacon (pictured). Yes, that's right.

When it comes to vegetarian sandwiches, the possibilities are endless! Try making sandwiches from your favorite vegetarian meat substitutes, use healthy vegetarian spreads such as hummus, or explore different nut butters such as cashew nut butter.

Here's a few of my favorite vegetarian sandwiches to try.

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Tofu for breakfast

Tuesday April 22, 2014
Besides the obvious tofu scramble, there is indeed, plenty of ways to get a healthy soy protein boost in before lunch. Try one of these quiches, smoothies and even pancakes, each of which uses tofu.

Link: Tofu for breakfast

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Putting vegetables center stage

Sunday April 20, 2014
Or rather, center plate! We all could use more vegetables in our lives, including me. Whole grains are great, and I love pasta just as much as the next person (if not more!), but the bottom of the food pyramid really should be filled with fresh healthy vegetables. Here's a few recipes which put vegetables at the center of your plate:
  • Broccoli in sweet garlic sauce (pictured)
  • Yellow Thai curry with mixed vegetables
  • Indian broccoli and potato curry recipe
  • Vegetable tacos with zucchini
  • Simple mixed veggie stir-fry

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  • New recipes to try!

    Friday April 18, 2014
    Welcome to About.com Vegetarian food! If you're new, you may want to check out the complete list of vegetarian recipes here, or browse through the collection of vegan recipes here.

    If you've been here before, or you're looking to get inspired, you've come to the right place. There's always new recipes and resources featured right here in this space. It's my firm belief that trying new foods, having fun exploring new recipes and awakening your palette to new flavors and textures is one of the best parts of being a vegetarian (or vegan)!

    Here's a few new vegetarian and vegan recipes fresh on About.com that you might want to try. Enjoy!

  • Quinoa pudding Like tapioca pudding, but looking for a healthier, gluten-free and vegan version? Try this similar quinoa pudding recipe.
  • Caramelized French onion soup with apples Its all right there in the name - topped off with chunks of crusty toasted bread.
  • Potato and cheese taquitos Making taquitos is as simple as corn tortillas, leftover mashed potatoes and cheese. Try it!
  • Coconut corn and bean chowder Inspired by the flavors of Brazil and the Caribbean. (Pictured)

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  • A meatless Easter menu

    Wednesday April 16, 2014
    Have you planned your Easter menu already? Most people think of eating colored hard boiled eggs at Easter time, maybe with some ham for dinner. Not so for vegetarians and vegans!

    If you're planning on an Easter brunch as the main meal, you may want to try a vegetarian quiche or egg casserole. Or try a an eggless baked vegan quiche with tomatoes and soy cheese and a low-fat vegan coffee cake.

    An Easter dinner (without the ham, of course), should be fresh and full of spring greens. Try adding artichokes (this vegetarian artichoke risotto, pictured right, is perfect!), asparagus and lots of veggies to your meal, and avoid heavier processed meats and fried foods.

    For a fresh spring-themed Easter dinner, try a portobella and asparagus pasta dish with some artichoke mashed potatoes or a sauteed tofu and artichoke pasta. Round it all out with some fresh, light gingered carrot soup or a creamy asparagus and potato soup.

    For dessert? Something chocolate, of course! Carve up these gourmet raspberry mascarpone brownies or try anyone of these vegan chocolate dessert recipes, or you may prefer one of these healthy desserts.

    Or, plan your own Easter menu. You can start by scrolling through this complete collection of vegetarian (and vegan!) Easter resources, including dinner ideas, brunch menus and even some vegan Easter candy ideas.

    Link: Vegetarian and vegan Easter recipes
    See also: Have you tried Egg-nots yet?

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    An egg-free Easter? Introducing Egg-nots!

    Monday April 14, 2014
    Welcome to About.com Vegetarian food! If you're new, you may want to check out the complete list of vegetarian recipes here, or browse through the collection of vegan recipes here.

    I have no idea how long this product has been around, but I just discovered it, and I LOVE it, so of course, I have to share it with you! Hopefully it's not old news to everyone except for me?

    Sure plastic eggs are great for an vegan Easter egg hunt, but then you miss out on the fun of dyeing and decorating your own eggs. Egg-nots to the rescue! Egg-nots are a ceramic-based realistic-looking "egg" which can be dyed in much the same way as regular eggs. Here's three reasons to consider using egg-nots instead of eggs for Easter this year:

    1. They're cruelty-free and vegan!
    2. They're great for kids with egg allergies.
    3. They last forever! No, you can't crack them on your little sister's head (is this only a California thing or do all kids do this?), but you can use them in crafts or for decorations that will keep from year to year.
    Have you already tried Egg-nots? What did you think? Leave a comment below!

    Link: Egg-nots!
    See also: More vegetarian and vegan Easter help

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    Not a single word

    Sunday April 13, 2014

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    Passover starts April 14th

    Friday April 11, 2014
    Welcome to About.com Vegetarian food! If you're new, you may want to check out the complete list of vegetarian recipes here, or browse through the collection of vegan recipes here.

    Since the Passover Seder is traditionally themed upon unity and freedom, I hope you'll find enough room at your table for plenty of vegetarian (and vegan!) guests, and plenty of room on your Seder plate for vegetarian (and vegan!) food! But what to eat for the main meal? Here's a complete collection of vegetarian and vegan Passover recipes, including appetizers, vegan matzo ball soup, and yes, even chocolate covered matzo.

    Plenty of people happily substitute the traditional items - a bone and an egg - for vegetarian and vegan substitutes, such as a beet, and an avocado, or even seeds or flowers which, just like the egg, symbolize new life and growth. If you're vegetarian or vegan, what do you use instead of a bone and an egg? Leave a comment to join the discussion!

    Link: Vegetarian and vegan Passover recipes

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    Have you tried quinoa flakes yet?

    Wednesday April 9, 2014

    Unless you've been living in Timbuktu (and perhaps, even if you have), you've probably heard of quinoa by now, and, if you're like me, you're already a huge fan. But have you heard of or tried quinoa flakes yet? Quinoa flakes are a great gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan breakfast idea! I sometimes eat them on their own, or I mix them in with oatmeal, just to stretch them out a bit, since they are pricier than other breakfast grains.

    My latest favorite breakfast bowl is oatmeal and quinoa flakes, sprinkled with either hemp seeds or a bit of hemp protein powder.

    What are quinoa flakes?

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    Cookbook taste test: The Big Book of Vegan Recipes

    Monday April 7, 2014
    Korean hot pot, seitan adobo, and tempeh short ribs. Sound intrigued? Then you might want to try out my newest vegan cookbook, The Big Book of Vegan Recipes.

    If you're looking to buy just one vegan cookbook, or you want a gift book for someone new to vegan eating, this is a good place to start. With over 500 recipes to choose from, there's bound to be several things you can't wait to try. With a full 500 recipes, there's vegan versions of regional favorites such as tex-mex tofu migas, as well as plenty of simple and nourishing meals when you just need something for dinner. 500 is a LOT of recipes! Think of it this way: you could try a new recipe every single day for a year and still have plenty left over!

    Here's a few sample recipes from the book, just to get you salivating for more:

  • Slow cooked tempeh carnitas
  • Vegan pho with seitan and star anise
  • Indonesian fried rice
  • Easy kale and farro salad

    Link: The Big Book of Vegan Recipes, by Jolinda Hackett (that's me!)

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