Meat-Free Favorites : Enchilada Lasagna

By Elena Johnson My husband told me that he heard of a dish called “Enchiladasagna” and suggested I make it for dinner. He loves Latin American cuisine, so I understood why the idea of lasagna made with Latin ingredients and flavors appealed to him. Here’s my vegan version with...

Meat-Free Favorites : Tomato Basil Quesadilla

By Elena Johnson I recently threw a party for a friend who loves quesadillas. Since this was a brunch, I wanted to make something light and fresh instead of the traditional greasy quesadilla overflowing with melted cheese. My tomato basil quesadilla lets the flavors of fresh,...

Meat-Free Favorites : Panzanella

By Elena Johnson Panzanella is an Italian bread salad. Crusty bread mixed with delicious fresh summer vegetables and herbs makes a hearty summer dish perfect for dinner outdoors – or al fresco, as they say in Italy. I like to toast the bread first to keep it from getting soggy...

Meat-Free Favorites : Vegan Party Mix

By Elena Johnson When I need a healthy, homemade snack I like to mix up a big batch of vegan party mix. I prefer this to store bought mixes because I can control the calorie and fat content and can avoid unhealthy ingredients like animal products and artificial preservatives....

Meat-Free Favorites : Curried Pumpkin Risotto

By Elena Johnson Curried Pumpkin Risotto Some people think that risotto is a difficult dish that can only be made in a professional kitchen. In fact, if you’re able to stay near the stove during the cooking process, it’s a very simple dish that can be whipped up rather quickly....

Meat-Free Favorites : Cinnamon Hazelnut Banana Bread

By Elena Johnson Packed with heart-healthy hazelnuts and potassium-rich bananas, this moist banana bread makes a great breakfast but is sweet enough to also serve for dessert. My egg and dairy-free recipe uses soy milk “soured” with vinegar to give a rich flavor and to lighten...

Meat-Free Favorites : Egg-Free Potato Salad

By Elena Johnson A simple summer favorite like potato salad can easily be made healthier by using an egg-free mayonnaise. Try Follow Your Heart’s Vegenaise or Earth Balance’s Mindful Mayo for a rich, creamy flavor without the artery-clogging cholesterol.  Leaving the skin on the...

Meat-Free Favorites : Watermelon Herb Salad

By Elena Johnson Watermelon has always been a summertime favorite and studies confirm that the Beta-Carotene and Lycopene found in watermelon make it as nutrient-rich as it is delicious. To gain the full potential of its health benefits, make sure you allow your watermelon to...

Meat-Free Favorites : Vegan nachos

By Elena Johnson My vegan nachos are a quick and easy recipe great for serving a crowd. They can be tailored to individual tastes by adding more vegetables – like jalapeños, chopped onion, or corn – or by adding vegan cheese (such as Daiya Pepperjack Style Shreds). These...

Meat-Free Favorites : Spicy Gazpacho

By Elena Johnson The infamous summer heat and humidity of the Mid-Atlantic region has finally taken hold. This time of year, I avoid turning on the oven and stove – even firing up the grill would be a sweltering task. Instead, I like to prepare cool salads, sandwiches, and...