RECIPES: Make Your Next BBQ a Plant-a-Q

RECIPES: Make Your Next BBQ a Plant-a-Q

Healthier grilling requires just one step: grill something other than meat. Studies show that cooking meat at high temperatures causes chemicals called HCAs (heterocyclic amines) and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) to form. These carcinogens can cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer.

If you do make meat, marinate it in a non-sugary marinade before grilling; the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii found that a teriyaki marinade reduced HCAs by 67%. A turmeric-garlic sauce reduced them by 50%. But a sugary marinade can actually triple the amount of HCAs! And if you do get char on the meat, experts recommend cutting away those bits before eating.

The best news is…you can still have an amazing bbq minus the meat. In fact, some of the most delicious items ever thrown on a grill are actually plants. The New York Timesoffers their Top 40 Vegetarian Grilling recipes here. Read on for more fruit & veggie recipes for your next summer bbq.

FRUITS

Grilled Watermelon Salad

Grilled Cantaloupe Brûlée

Grilled Banana Splits 

Ginger-Peach Ice Cream in Grilled Peach Cups

VEGETABLES

Grilled Herb Potatoes

Layered Vegetable Torte 

Grilled Summer Squash with Chimichurri Sauce 

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Grilled Corn, Tomato, Feta and Herb Salad 

RECIPES: Seasonal Spring Brunch

RECIPES: Seasonal Spring Brunch

It’s FINALLY May! Everyone is coming out of their respective caves and gearing up to socialize, enjoy the nice weather, and celebrate spring. On Mother’s Day (or any other day), brunch is the best kind of low-pressure gathering. Incorporate seasonal produce like the sour, pink stems of rhubarb, or any number of tender green herbs, and the colors and tastes of spring will come alive. And don’t forget to toast to the season with a beautiful brunch cocktail. Cosmopolitan Magazine has a few beauts. Or try this easy, festive recipe for Rhubarb Pie cocktail.

Savory

Spinach, Chive, and Yogurt Soup with Grilled Scallions 

Green Strata with Goat Cheese and Herbs

Green Shakshuka 

Broccoli, Ham & Cheese Quiche 

NY Times Asparagus Tart

 

Sweet

Strawberry Rhubarb Salad 

Baked Oatmeal with Berries and Almonds 

Raisin-Cardamom Overnight French Toast 

No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites 

Lemon Rosemary Coffee Cake

RECIPES: Vegan Easter Desserts

RECIPES: Vegan Easter Desserts

Adjusting to a vegan diet for yourself or a loved one can be a challenge any day of the week, but particularly at the holidays when traditional, family-tested dishes often play a starring role. This Easter, make everyone at your table feel at home with these healthy and delicious treats made for vegans, but beloved by all.

Vegan Strawberry Shortcakes

Vegan Key-Lime Cheesecake

Vegan Carrot Cake

Easy Vegan Macaroons

Vegan Lemon Pound Cake

Vegan Coconut Cream Pie

And of course there is always Rosie’s Vegan Blackout Cake, available by the slice in the grab-and-go case in the Rising Tide Deli. Call a week ahead to custom order a full cake.

RECIPES: Asparagus!

RECIPES: Asparagus!

When these lovely spears pop up in the markets, you know spring is around the corner. Loaded with fiber, folate, and Vitamins C, E and K, asparagus has all kinds of health benefits, including managing blood pressure, fighting cognitive impairment, and balancing blood sugar. Bake it, eat it raw, or puree it into a creamy, savory soup. Pair it with some of its spring produce cohorts, especially peas. Keep it really simple or make something (see tart recipe) fit for company. But whatever you do, do it now, while these beauties are in their prime.

The New York Times Butter-Braised Asparagus 

Vegan Cream of Asparagus Soup

Vegan Risotto with Asparagus and Peas

Fettuccini with Shitakes and Asparagus

NY Times Raw Asparagus Salad

Asparagus Tabbouleh

Asparagus and Cheese Tart

RECIPES: Get a Flavor Kick (and a Healthy Heart) By Cooking with Raw Garlic

RECIPES: Get a Flavor Kick (and a Healthy Heart) By Cooking with Raw Garlic

A garlic compound known as allicin can potentially reduce the risk of developing heart disease and help regulate high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Chopping or crushing the garlic clove and consuming it raw is the best way to reap the benefits. (On a side note: raw garlic is thought to be good for any number of other conditions, including boosting immunity, reducing the risk of certain cancers, curing athlete’s foot and other fungal infections, and more.)

On its own, raw garlic can pack too much of a whollop, but incorporated into these dishes/beverages it adds amazing flavor. Check out these easy (vegan!) recipes for garlic-full dishes you’ll make again and again.

Homemade Hummus 

Alton Brown’s Guacamole 

Gazpacho

Basil Walnut Pesto 

Martha Stewart’s Garlic Vinaigrette

Homemade Spicy Fire Cider

Garlic cocktails

RECIPES: Cooking with Legumes, Nuts and Seeds

RECIPES: Cooking with Legumes, Nuts and Seeds

Some of the best sources of plant-based protein are also some of the most versatile when it comes to cooking delicious, healthy food. If you’re looking to move more toward a plant-based diet, nuts, seeds and legumes will surely be your friends….and for good reason! They’re less expensive than meat, highly nutritious (low in fat, no cholesterol, and high in fiber, folate, potassium, iron and magnesium), and can actually  be very “meaty” in texture.   Note: most dried beans and legumes need to be soaked prior to cooking. Here’s how.

Dips and Spreads
Vegan 7-Layer Mexican Dip (PERFECT FOR SUPER BOWL!)
Homemade Almond Butter
Mark Bittman’s Best Homemade Hummus

Soups and Salads
Moroccan Spiced Millet & Lentil Salad
Chickpea Soup
Shredded Collard Green Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cashews

Entrees
Beet Linguini with Cashew Ricotta
Brazilian Black Bean Stew
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Desserts
Vegan Lemon Poppy Cake
Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
No-Bake Brownies with Hemp Seeds
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Flax, Chia & Hemp Seeds