What’s for Dinner?
When you think of having a delicious, satisfying meal, think vegetarian! Here are some recipes that will make your taste buds dance for joy, and at the same time nourish your body with healthy plant protein and valuable nutrients. We present here recipes from three fabulous chefs who have presented with us at the Boston Veg Food Fest, and whose hearty soup recipes we featured in our subway and bus ads, shown below. Scroll to the bottom for vegetarian recipe websites and recommended cookbooks to explore. Enjoy!
Red Lentil Thai Chili
This recipe is a magic blending of Thai curry and chili (which you can make as hot or mild as you like) that results in an awesome, nutrient-dense meal featuring red lentils, sweet potatoes, and big, meaty kidney beans. Have this with a side salad of fresh greens and veggies, and be powered up from good nutrition and deliciousness. The recipe’s creator, cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz, writes, “It’s really satisfying and blessedly easy to make.”
Cashew Cream Asparagus Soup
This recipe introduces a magic ingredient – raw cashew cream, a versatile ingredient which is used to replace dairy cream in soups, desserts, and cheesy fillings. Very easy to make, the trick is to use raw cashews (not roasted), to deliver rich creaminess to the dish. The recipe works well with asparagus or broccoli.
The creator of this recipe is chef Tal Ronnen, whose vegan meals for Oprah, Ellen DeGenerous, and the U.S. Senate have catapulted him to fame. Try Chef Tal’s recipes for Cream of Asparagus Soup and Cashew Cream. He is author of Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes from the Restaurant That Is Reiventing Vegan Cuisine and The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes that will Change the Way you Eat.
Sancocho – Root Vegetable and Plantain Soup
This recipe for a one-pot wonder soup is more like a comforting stew of root vegetables simmered in a tantalizing blend of Latin flavors until the broth is gently thickened and rendered sweet and mild.
The recipe’s creator, Terry Hope Romero, offers this recipe and many more examples of inspired new Latin cuisine in her cookbook, Viva Vegan! Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers.
The variety and delight of plant-based cooking is endless, and can include the many international cuisines that put the emphasis on plant ingredients, such as Mexican, Greek, Asian, Middle Eastern, Indian, Ethiopian, and Italian. See our list of veg recipe blogs and websites and explore delicious main dishes, appetizers, soups, desserts, breakfast foods, and more!
With hundreds of cookbooks in print that are filled with delicious recipes that are purely plant-based, how do you choose? Here is a selection of cookbooks that are recommended in these categories: Top 5 Must-Haves, Recent Bestsellers, Easy Everyday, Reference, Cuisines from Around the World, Health & Weight Loss, and Desserts. Beyond the cookbooks listed, there are many more excellent choices!