Celebrate Food Day In A Big Way

On Wednesday, supporters of healthy, affordable, and sustainable food across the United States will celebrate Food Day 2012. According to organizers, Food Day is a chance to celebrate what our food system does right, and take action to bring us closer to a food system with “real food” that is produced with care for the environment, animals, and the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it. ...more

Quinoa "Burgers" With Portobello Mushroom "Buns"

Though this recipe might not yield a veggie "burger" in the traditional sense, it's an interesting way to turn quinoa into a main dish sandwich. Because quinoa is such a healthy grain, as well as a complete protein, this is a power-packed vegetarian entree. Add a salad on the side, and you'll be a nutritional winner! ...more
@HomeRearedChef Glad it sounds tasty!  I really enjoyed eating the leftovers, too. Guilt free!more

Make Your Own Fortune Cookies

[Editor's Note: There are certain foods that I rarely give any thought to their origin. Fortune cookies are one of those foods—they generally just arrive at the end of my Chinese meal with the bill, and I eat them and giggle at the fortune, and that's the end of it. I don't think about whether or not they could be made at home. But they could, indeed, and this tutorial explains how! --Genie] ...more

Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce

[Editor's Note: I really like a good Alfredo sauce, but I rarely make it at home. This recipe might change my tune—it has all the richness of Alfredo but a depth of flavor and a bit more of a nutritional punch thanks to the pumpkin stirred in at the end. It's wonderfully seasonal dish that is a perfect way to celebrate Vegetarian Month. --Genie] ...more
@Genie Gratto Oh, indeed it will be. I am roasting my pumpkins as we speak. I decided that ...more

A Healthier Twist on Traditional Gyros

[Editor's Note: I love gyros with meat, but sometimes I'm looking for a dinner that's just a little bit more on the healthy side. These gyros are perfect for just those types of nights: They've got the flavor of a gyro, but the nutritional impact of broiled salmon (loaded with good fats!) and vegetables. --Genie] ...more
Ummm, I have always loved gyros, and that tangy yogurt sauce. And now I wish I'd seen this last ...more

How to Be A Food Stamp Vegan

[Editor's Note: Is it possible to maintain a vegan lifestyle—without sacrificing nutrition and physical health—while on food stamps? This illuminating post from Andrew Johnson shows how he stayed healthy and kept himself fed, while not getting bored with the choices he had in front of him. --Genie] ...more
@AmyButchko @BlogHer "Whoever said being vegan is expensive?" How to Be A Food Stamp Vegan ...more

Protect Yourself Against Contaminated Peanut Butter

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to peanut butter and other nut-containing products made by Sunland, Inc. The company's products are sold in a number of major national grocery chains, including Trader Joe's, Target, and Whole Foods. ...more
 @Genie Gratto Which is a plus, since he's the kind of kid who will pick up random things off ...more

Vegan Double Chocolate Brownies

Choosing to eat vegan shouldn't mean giving up rich and sinful desserts. This recipe may turn what you know—or think—about vegan baking on its ear. Give it a try, whether you're eschewing animal products or are just looking for an egg- and dairy-free dessert that will please every sweet tooth at your table! ...more
 @katestrassel We'd love to hear how they turn out for you!more

Dessert for Breakfast: Black Forest Pancakes

[Editor's Note: If you know any fans of Black Forest Cake, they're likely to adore this particular recipe. It takes all the flavors and the spirit of that German cake recipe, but results in a decadent plate of pancakes. This is one I'd definitely break out for a special occasion! --Genie] ...more

Gluten-Free Orange-Cranberry Scones

[Editor's Note: These scones are a great recipe to keep in your back pocket for whenever you might have a brunch that you'd prefer to keep gluten-free, whether that's because of folks on your guest list or just for your own health. Orange and cranberry is such a traditional flavor combination, and that's because it's delicious—each fruit's tang and sweetness sets off the other's so beautifully. --Genie] ...more