Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

Making this soup is a “souper” fun way to spend time with kids in the kitchen on a chilly day.

If broccoli isn’t your favorite soup ingredient, try something else! Carrots, potatoes, button mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus and corn all make excellent additions to this hearty soup. Or, use white cauliflower for the base and add orange (or “cheddar”) cauliflower as the finishing veggie. 


Cream of Broccoli Soup

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 6

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Allison's Famous Vegan Mac 'n Cheese Sauce

The now-famous vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese I developed in 2008 has thrilled vegans, surprised omnivores, and inspired countless variations. The original version was created many years ago by my friend and prolific vegan author, Jo Stepaniak. When I put my twist on it and published it as the inauagural recipe for my future award-winning column, "Veganize It!" in VegNews, it quickly became their most popular recipe ever and they crowned it "The best Mac 'n Cheese...

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Herbed Ragu Bolognese

Even though I never got to cook with my Italian Grandmother, through the wonders of genetics, I was lucky enough to inherit her flair for cooking. My guess is that she’d be surprised by my take on traditional Italian dishes and my hope is that she’d be intrigued. 


Herbed Ragu Bolognese

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
Brazil Nut Cream
1/4 cup raw Brazil nuts, soaked in water for 4 hours or more.
2/3 cup water

Ragu Bolognese
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup...

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Blueberry Lemon Gluten-Free Vegan Scones

Hot and fresh from the oven, these steaming buttery scones burst with blueberries and bright lemon zest.

Blueberry Lemon Gluten-Free Vegan Scones

By Allison Rivers Samson

Makes 12 scones

Ingredients
Dry
1 3/4 cups brown rice flour
3/4 cup oat flour
3/4 cup tapioca flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegan butter or unflavored coconut oil

Wet
Zest and juice of one lemon (first zest, then juice)
1/3 cup vegan milk
1/3 cup maple syrup

Add-ins
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All-American Potato Salad

Looking for that one perfect dish to pass around at summer barbeques? This potato salad is simple to prepare and always a favorite!

All-American Potato Salad
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 6

Ingredients
2 cups water
4 cups yellow potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/4 cup yellow onion, minced
1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 tablespoons dill pickle juice
1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon fresh...

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The Energizing Powers of Juice!

Warmer weather, fresh air, and farmers’ market openings often inspire healthier eating. Late Spring is a great time to find an abundance of fresh, locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. And with all the outdoor activities summer brings, many of us wonder how we can have more energy throughout the day.
 
Instead of reaching for more caffeine, give juicing a try! It’s done marvels for my overall health and energy levels. After my Nia workout, a pint of green juice makes an...

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Do-It-Yourself Vegetable Broth

A secret to truly great soup (and many other dishes) is homemade vegetable broth. Making your own from scratch is an easy project for the height of summer when the garden is bursting with vegetables, as well as in the winter months when soups are more regularly on the menu and heating up the kitchen isn't a concern.

Homemade broth is a perfect way to make flavorful and good-for-you veggie broth using food that would normally go in the compost or (gasp!) the trash. It’s like...

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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Packed with lycopene and comforting childhood memories, this soup comes together quickly and pairs deliciously with vegan grilled cheese sandwiches for a trip to nostalgia, adult-style.

Fire-roasted tomatoes bring a smokey base to unleash basil's heady flavor while the cashews add a delicious creaminess.

Toss in some chopped kale and cooked garbanzo beans and you've got a complete meal!


Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
1 teaspoon olive...

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Homemade Coconut Almond Granola Bars

Perfectly chewy and lightly sweetened with coconut sugar and brown rice syrup, these granola bars are a nutritious snack. Great for travel, school lunches, or snacks on the go. Feel free to change up the add-ins to your liking. These are great for making with kids. Once your family tastes these creations, they’ll forget sugar-laden store-bought granola bars ever existed!


Homemade Coconut Almond Granola Bars

By Allison Rivers Samson

Makes 12 bars

Ingredients
Dry

2 1/2 cups regular rolled...

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French Onion Soup

Relying heavily on the ever-important ingredient—time—to perfectly caramelize the onions makes all the difference with this boldly flavored rich soup. Crowned with a toasted slice of crispy bread covered in melted cheese brings an enticing textural dimension and crunch to this classic dish. 


French Onion Soup
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
Soup
1 teaspoon vegan butter or unflavored coconut oil
4 cups yellow onion, quartered and thinly...

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