Food Features

Enjoy these delicious vegetarian recipes! All recipes are vegetarian, although some may need to be adapted for a total vegetarian/vegan diet.

Beat the Heat with a Frozen Fruit Treat

frozen fruit treat

Frozen fruit such as grapes, blueberries, and strawberries make a delicious and nutritious treat during the warm, summer months. They are an excellent replacement to sugary popsicles and the flavor is all natural! Preparation is the key to properly freezing … Continue reading

Farmers Market Pockets

Farmers Market Pockets

Summer is the month for harvesting the fruits of labor from a busy spring and summer growing season. This crispy pocket recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy a small “bounty” of vegetables. Continue reading

Picatta without the Chicken

Vegan "Chicken" Picatta

Hungry for a bit of chicken picatta, but don’t want to “ruffle the feathers” by using poultry? Seitan is a vegan protein source made from wheat gluten. Seitan is more chewy and springy than other meat alternatives, making it a … Continue reading

Baked Bean Couscous Salad

Baked Bean Couscous Feature

When summertime rolls around and everybody is pulling out their favorite BBQ side dishes I like to reach back to one of my favorite comfort foods from college days – baked beans and couscous. Continue reading

Summertime is Bean Time

Pinto bean salad

Beans can make up a good part of a vegetarian’s diet yet now that it’s summer, we often forget about them. Typically we allocate beans as the protein in soups, chili and creamy, hardy dips, and lose sight of how delicious they are chilled in hot weather dishes. Continue reading

Chocolate Velvet

Chocolate Velvet

We return to Canada to feature this sensuous and creamy dessert. The secret ingredient, avocado, makes it thick and rich, yet avocado cannot be detected in the flavor, so you can play a guessing game with tasters. Continue reading

Celebrate Spring with a Spicy Mexican Salad


May is a great time to celebrate the growth of new, green shoots of life in gardens across the country. Spicy Mexican Salad by Brenda Davis, RD, and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD, is a wonderful, raw salad that features delicious sprouted lentils. Continue reading

Entertain Them With Beans

Sweet & Spicy Bean Dip

Looking for a new recipe? Tired of the same old bean dip? Try this recipe featuring Great Northern beans. Continue reading

Entertaining with Avocado

Fall Coleslaw and Open Face Sandwich

When it comes to dressing up your dishes this holiday, go green (use avocados)! Although 82% of the avocado’s Caloric content is derived from fat, the majority of that fat is monounsaturated. The avocado is also a good source of potassium and vitamin C. Continue reading

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup

When the weather starts to turn cool, it’s time to “turn up the heat.” This spicy twist on a traditional soup adds a kick to an otherwise sweet soup. Continue reading

Share the Harvest

butternut squash

October in the upper Midwest is usually the time for final fall harvests from the garden. The last of the tomatoes are gathered and processed. Herbs are cut and dried. Apples of all varieties are picked for snacking enjoyment. Annual trips to corn mazes are planned and taken and golden trophies are carefully chosen and carried or carted from the pumpkin patch. Continue reading

Crunch into Crispy Collard Chips


Tired of snacking on potato chips? Need something to munch on during the day without adding a lot of Calories to your diet? This crunchy recipe is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
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Pina Colada Grilled Dessert

Pina Colada Grilled Dessert

Add some sweet pineapple to your grilling line up this holiday! Continue reading

Peach and Raspberry Slush

Peach and Raspberry Slush

Summer is the time to celebrate the bountiful harvests of the bush berry and tree fruit seasons. This combination is a refreshing drink that has a little zing to it because of the ginger. Continue reading

Be Like the Squirrels and Go Nuts!


Take a lesson from the squirrels and save some room for nuts in your diet. Continue reading

Cranapple Fruit Soup

Cranapple Fruit Soup

Tired of the same old winter soup? Looking for a healthier, sweet food this winter season? Try fruit soup. Continue reading

Boost Your Fall Palate with Colorful Dishes


Many seasonal gardens are dying back for the year; however this shouldn’t limit your palate to dull dishes. Excite your taste buds with two colorful and flavorful plates. Continue reading

Beat the Heat with a Frozen Fruit Treat

Frozen Fruit Treat

Frozen fruit such as grapes, blueberries, and strawberries make a delicious and nutritious treat during the warm, summer months. They are an excellent replacement to sugary popsicles and the flavor is all natural! Preparation is the key to properly freezing … Continue reading

Triple Your Fruit, Triple Your Benefits

Triple Berry

This summer, triple your benefits by combining the fruits of this season.This triple berry recipe is a family favorite and is packed full of vitamin C, potassium, phytochemicals, and of course, flavor! Continue reading

Healthy vegetarian travels


Dialing up our weekly call, Suzy client laments, “I’m on a plane so much this week, how am I supposed to feel good about my body?”  Having more frequent flyer miles than a pilot, she knows full well the effects … Continue reading



Looking for a fun and refreshing way to welcome spring into your menu? Why not try a sorbet! Sorbets are fun and easy to make. Continue reading

Liquid Gold Dressing


Two tablespoons of this dressing provides your days’ supply of omega-3 fatty acids, along with 80 percent of your vitamin B12, and tastes great on baked potatoes, rice, steamed vegetables, and pasta, as well as salad. Continue reading

Hints on Herbs


Tired of boring, tasteless meals? Try herbs! Continue reading

Food Art for your Palate

food art palette

We are often told that we “eat with our eyes.” Some recipes are enticing just looking at them. Continue reading

Fruity Rice

Fruity Rice

Rice is a staple for breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the world. This simple, easy to prepare dish is a flavorful way to get your day started and allows for many different variations. Continue reading

It’s a fruit…it’s a vegetable…it’s a fungus!


Although people don’t often associate the word “fungus” with gourmet cooking, mushrooms can make a wonderful, tasty, and healthy contribution to one’s daily diet. Continue reading

Incredible, Edible Garlic


Garlic has been used as a medicinal herb for many years and has received some attention in the past as a possible functional food for lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, although much research still needs to be done to prove this. Continue reading

Buckwheat Molasses Cookies

Buckwheat Molasses Cookies

Make this season’s baking even more flavorful by substituting some of the all-purpose flour in your recipes with other flours. This recipe calls for the use of buckwheat flour. Continue reading

Spice Up Your Meals


Tired of bland, boring food? Spice up your meals this month with two great recipes from our Vegetarian Nutrition DPG Recipe Contest. Now is the time to try new recipes to spice up your meal routine. Continue reading

A Feast for Two


Tired of going to restaurants? Looking for a less expensive and healthier way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Why not go Mediterranean?! Celebrate Valentine’s day by going back to its Greek and Roman roots. Continue reading

Layered with Love

layered with love

This Valentine’s Day treat the ones you love with a little Mexican style parfait. This dish includes three layers – a savory bean and mushroom layer, a smoky red pepper and corn layer, and a refreshing tomatillo-avocado salsa. Not into the parfait look? This dish can also be “wrapped” with love in a tortilla. Continue reading

Fruit of the Season

Dried Fruit

Looking for a way to bring more fruit to the table this winter? Consider dried fruit. Although some dried fruit looks different from the fruit from which it is derived, dried fruit is still rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Continue reading

Above All, Keep Food Safe

Fruits and Vegetables

Food safety affects all diets and is a crucial, though often overlooked part of a healthy diet. Remember any food can be cause a food borne illness outbreak if mishandled. Continue reading

Banana Split Waffles

Banana Split Waffles

Create a special, healthy treat fit for just two or the whole family with this spin on an old soda fountain favorite. Continue reading

Sweet Potatoes for Any Season

Lemony Pepper Sweet Potato Fries

Although most people only think about this starchy vegetable at holiday times when it finds its way into sweet side dishes or baked into pies, sweet potatoes make a wonderful addition to lunch or dinner throughout the year. Continue reading

When It Comes to Corn, You Get An Earful!


Even though some corn products may be receiving a bad rap from the media, it is still important to promote corn in its lesser processed forms as a valuable, starchy vegetable. Continue reading

Get if Fresh!

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Nothing says summer like fresh fruits and vegetables. Take advantage of the season by feasting on local, fresh fruits and vegetables. Continue reading

Zucchini — Abundant in Production and Culinary Options


Summer months are a time of abundant growth — blooming flowers, rows of corn, berries on the bush, and zucchini. Every time I buy a zucchini at the local farmer’s market I am either given one the size of a small boat or given enough to fill a small boat. Continue reading

A Drink to Your Good Health!

Mango Lassis

Festive drinks need not be restricted to the holiday season. These three, easy-to-make beverages can turn any meal into a festive occasion! Continue reading

The Many Edible Faces of Eggplant


While strolling down the aisles of the farmer’s market lately I was surprised by the variety of eggplant that I could find. If you love eggplant dips, give this recipe a try. Continue reading

Want Cool, Want Crisp? Get Kohlrabi!

Kohlrabi Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Kohlrabi can be eaten cooked or raw. It comes in a variety of colors from light green to dark purple, although in both varieties the flesh is white beneath the skin. Continue reading

Let it Grow!


This little shoot may not look like much, but it is the beginning of something big for my family. This little shoot will bear a bountiful, summer harvest of juicy, ripe tomatoes right on my back stoop. Continue reading

End of Summer Sautéed Eggplant Parmesan


August is a great time to start bringing in the harvest. Tomatoes and eggplants are now ripe for the picking all over the United States. What better way to enjoy this bounty than through a wonderful recipe that combines the … Continue reading

Going Green in July

Go Green!

Although most Americans associate the colors red, white, and blue with the month of July, summertime is a great time to go “green” from growing or buying produce from the local markets to saving some “green” by cooking at home. Continue reading