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April 14, 2014
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Spring celebrations often mean a table loaded with eggs and ham and brisket, and while these seasonal classics are delightful, they’re not so great if you’re vegan.

Luckily spring is also bursting with fruits, vegetables and herbs that add a vibrant, fresh touch to any celebration. So whether you’re setting a vegan table or just love your veggies, these recipes make the most of springtime produce.

March 7, 2014
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You might only consider salad when trying to round out a meat-based dinner, but salads can shine as the main dish. By switching up the ingredients from fruits to herbs to beans, you can create an entirely new flavor combination that keeps your salads exciting.
February 21, 2014
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Think classic comfort foods, and visions of macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, shepherd’s pie, meatloaf, ice cream and chocolate sauce likely dance through your head. We have tasty recipes for vegan versions of all of these and more.
January 31, 2014
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Gin Tolany creates a heart-themed and vegan Valentine’s Day dinner menu that her whole family can enjoy.
January 28, 2014
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Engine 2 is a plan of action for following — and sticking to — a plant-strong® lifestyle, created by former firefighter, Rip Esselstyn.
January 17, 2014
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Whether you're a long-time vegetarian or just eat meatless on Mondays, you'll find these no-meat recipes totally satisfying.
November 15, 2013
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It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of turkey, stuffing, pie, rolls, and more pie. If you don’t have to worry about what you eat, planning the Thanksgiving meal is a breeze. But if you have food allergies, sensitivities or follow a special diet, or have guests who do, it can be a challenge finding foods that are suitable, yet still deliciously festive.

November 4, 2013
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I’m grateful for sound solutions for special diets. After hosting The Big Meal for more than five years with some vegan guests, here’s what I’ve learned.

There are a few approaches: the host offers a vegan main, a side and a dessert; vegan guests bring dishes and the host makes a couple too; or the entire meal can be vegan. Whichever strategy you choose, a vegan Thanksgiving is easier and tastier than you may think. I promise.

Recipes for Success

Here are a few tried-and-true vegan showstoppers and soon-to-be classics.

August 23, 2013
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Turn traditional Waldorf salad into a healthy feast using super greens (kale) instead of lettuce, and make a creamy dressing without any mayo!
August 3, 2013
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Watch and learn how to make a flavorful yet super simple sauce for broccoli and soba noodles, a great summertime combo.
July 6, 2013
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Watch Healthy Eating Chef Chad make Mexican-inspired black bean hummus. It’s perfect for a summer dip or as a spread in a veggie wrap.
June 22, 2013
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Beat the heat with a cool bean salad made of garbanzos, carrots, green onions and an easy homemade dressing.
May 18, 2013
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Healthy Eating Chef Chad shows us how to keep vegetables crisp and vibrant by learning how to blanch and shock them.
May 4, 2013
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Watch how to make creamy sesame greens by adding steamed kale to a quick tahini sauce for a filling side dish full of nutrients.
April 6, 2013
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Watch while Healthy Eating Chef Chad Sarno shows us how to make this flavorful fried rice without oil. The addition of edamame makes it perfect for a main dish or serve as a side.
March 21, 2013
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Watch smoothie magic before your own eyes and see how to add greens to your breakfast drink without sacrificing its sweet flavor.
January 27, 2013
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Excerpt: Want to cook healthier meals? Try roasting! Learn healthy cooking techniques from one of our Health Starts Here™ chef experts.
January 25, 2013
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Yes, you can meet all of your body’s calcium needs from plant-based sources like greens, beans, nuts and seeds. Learn how and why.
January 18, 2013
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Check out these ideas for simple, nutrient-dense lunches. They’re so good, you’ll want to pack your lunch!
December 18, 2012
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This healthful and festive salad featuring roasted chestnuts, a seasonal favorite, makes a great addition to your holiday dinner.
December 8, 2012
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Healthy eating takes center stage this holiday season with our crowd-pleasing Celebration Lentil Loaf — nourishing, hearty and great as leftovers too!
November 21, 2012
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No holiday table is complete without green beans. This simple, delicious and healthy recipe features classic flavors of the season (and won't take up any valuable space in the oven).
November 13, 2012
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Traditional holiday cooking calls for many ingredients that don’t mesh with a PlantStrong™ diet. Read and share tips for enjoying the holidays with plant-based substitutions.
November 12, 2012
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Unbaked apple pies are easy to master and a great conversation piece. They’re a fresh take on a traditional pie and are a delicious way to end any feast.
November 9, 2012
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Creamy Sesame GreensHave you eaten your leafy greens today?

October 25, 2012
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Looking to incorporate more greens into your family’s dishes? Learn about all the varieties of dark leafy greens that add nutrients and beauty to your plate.
October 18, 2012
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Learn how to make this flavorful (but not spicy) curry with sweet potatoes and green beans and a surprise ingredient, chunks of tempeh.
October 15, 2012
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This Engine 2 Mac & Not Cheese recipe can fill the void for old comfort food cravings. The cashews and lemon juice combine to provide a creaminess that you might not expect from a plant-strong, dairy-free dish.
February 16, 2012
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Whether a featured solo or part of a symphony of flavors, the beautiful beet should play a part in your veggie repertoire. Here's how our healthy eating guru serves beets to her family.
October 3, 2011
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Make a rich and satisfying combination of green and beans with this hearty sauce you can serve over whole wheat pasta or as a side dish.