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i dream of greenie’s top six vegetables for vegans

February 18, 2010

I wasn’t lying last week: every Thursday will be a “top 6” post and I will have guest bloggers when possible.

I feel quite lucky to have the very veggie blogger idreamofgreenie to kick off the top 6 guest blogs! This lady has a slick, witty blog dedicated to vegetables. The theme of each post is a vegetable, links to veg*n recipes abound! If you don’t know what to fix for a dinner party or you just don’t know what to do with the veggies at the bottom of the crisper drawer, turn to idreamofgreenie for inspiration!

And, now, I turn it over to the vivacious veggie blogger, I Dream of Greenie, to give us the scoop in her top six veggies for vegans:

guest blog by idreamofgreenie

I Dream of Greenie’s Top 6 Vegetables For Vegans

#1: Cauliflower
I have developed an intense love for cauliflower and will often choose it over broccoli due to the buttery flavor and rich texture it imparts. An easy way to enjoy the c’flower is roasted with lemon juice, EVOO, salt, pepper and panko (if desired, for an added crunch). Pureed cauliflower with soy milk and herbs also makes for a decadent and healthier alternative to mashed potatoes.

There’s no “white” way to eat this veggie but other ideas include:
Cauliflower with Almonds, Capers and Raisins
Curried Cauliflower Soup
Cauliflower with Oriental Greens

#2: Eggplant
One of the best things about eggplant in my humble opinion is the ability to brilliantly absorb the flavors it is cooked in. And I must say, if you find yourself in New York City, you must dash to Cafe Gitane for a vegetarian couscous dish with eggplant that I dream about (you may have to wait for a table but it is worth it)

While I haven’t figured out how to master Cafe Gitane’s recipe, tantalize your taste buds with:
Nobu’s famed recipe for mouthwatering eggplant with miso
Grilled Asian Eggplant with ginger sauce
Spicy peanut Eggplant
Eggplant Hummus

#3: Sweet potato
Perhaps my favorite carb, and yes, I’ll admit it, I could eat sweet potato fries by the pound. Fortunately, it is easy to whip up fabulous sweet potato “oven fries” (just slice lengthwise, toss with a touch of oil and seasonings and cook in a 425 degree oven till crispy, flipping once). Sweet potatoes also make a wonderful star for curry dishes and/or a delicious alternative to home fries (saute with onions, garlic and herbs).

There are plenty of other versatile uses of this vegetable that is easily available year round, such as:
Sweet potato,  Carrot, Apple and Red Lentil soup
Sweet Potato Salad with Apple and Avocado *uses #5 too*
Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Mash

#4: Artichoke
One of my favorite summer dishes is a simply grilled artichoke with tofunnaise sauce and fresh lemon.

Other ways to eat these leafy delights include:
Artichoke vegan artichoke pesto
Stuffed artichokes
Artichokes with lemon, thyme and garlic
Vegan Spinach and artichoke dip

#5: Corn
While Government policy has put corn under fire recently (hello high fructose corn syrup), corn in it’s purest form is safe and a delicacy at that!

Kernel Sanders recommends you make:
Spicy Grilled Corn on the Cob
Coconut Corn Chowder
Blue Ribbon Vegan Cornbread

#6: Kale
Not only does kale provide the perfect replacement to boring romaine or iceberg lettuce, this power-food is chock full of Vitamins K, A and C, and is also a good source of fiber, manganese, calcium, potassium and iron.

Get yo greens:
“Bread” for Ginger Yam Wraps *Also uses #3*
Mashed Potato Cakes with Onions and Kale
Kale with Lemon Balsamic Butter

thanks, i dream of greenie!

i have two things to say: “mmm…” and “yum”!!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Kris permalink
    February 18, 2010 9:45 am

    I love kale! Thanks for the recipes. Usually I just saute it, so it’s nice to know there’s other yummy ways to eat it!

  2. February 19, 2010 8:35 am

    Kris, since you are a kale fan, here’s another good pasta recipe that uses black kale and a three herb pesto:

  3. March 28, 2010 1:57 am


    I run the website My Vegan Planet with my fiancée Jade, just wanted to say we are glad that you liked one of our recipes, it’s always nice to find people enjoying them 🙂


    • March 28, 2010 12:21 pm

      thank YOU for posting the delicious and putting some yummm into this vegan’s world. may i add you to the food section of the “for the veg” page? and did you check out she wrote this blog and her site is rocking!

  4. March 28, 2010 5:06 pm

    Oli, I LOVE your website! I need to make the strawberry pancakes soon!

    While the recipes on my site are not all vegan, the non-vegan ones are easily made vegan.


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