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15 Plant-Forward Fall Recipes

As the fall rolls in, you can put on some sweatpants and curl up with a cozy blanket. But you also need to nourish your belly with the flavors of the season. We’ve made a list of some of our best fall recipes which just happen to be plant-forward. Kale, […]


Kale Chopped Salad with Tofu and Coconut-Peanut Dressing

Makes 4 servings Kale is hearty and makes for a nice base for substantial salad ingredients. Be sure to give it a nice massage before serving, which will make it much less tough and “grassy”-tasting. We’ve topped this salad with lightly seasoned tofu, but you can substitute grilled shrimp, chicken, […]

Breakfast & Brunch, Main Dishes, Pies & Tarts

Kale, Bacon, and Onion Quiche

Makes one 9-inch quiche Kale, a member of the cabbage family, is widely available during the winter and early spring. It has a mild flavor, and its dark, richly colored green leaves add contrast to the salty bacon in this quiche. Ingredients One All-Butter Pie Dough, unbaked single crust 6 […]


Kale, Cashew, and Cranberry Pasta Salad

Makes 4 to 6 portions This pasta salad is great cold or at room temperature (a gift from the meal prep fairies), but it’s just as good hot, if you don’t have time to give it a good chill. Ingredients 12 oz whole wheat penne 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 […]

Side Dishes

Steamed Kale with Cashews and Raspberries

Makes 4 servings Kale is such a hearty and versatile vegetable. The salty cashews and sweet and tart flavors from the raspberries contrast with the earthy kale. The lemon-infused olive oil can be found at most grocery stores. Ingredients 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon-infused olive oil 1/2 small red onion, diced […]

Breakfast & Brunch, Main Dishes

Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Kale Strata

Makes 8 to 10 servings A strata is a kitchen-sink breakfast dish that is made with egg, bread, cheese, and virtually anything else you would like! Like any good brunch recipe, stratas are best if made the day ahead, meaning less work in the morning—and that’s always a good thing. […]

Family Fun

Veggie Packed Meatballs

MethodPreheat the oven to 325°F.    Prepare baking trays for the meatballs. (Note: you can also pan-fry as burgers, if you’re running short on time.) Makes 4 to 6 servings Directions Wash the zucchini and carrots and finely grate (or you can also grind in a food processor). Finely mince […]