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Vegetarian Cooking Basics

Whether you're vegetarian, vegan or simply looking to cut back on meat and animal products, our simple recipes make it easy to prepare vegetarian and vegan meals.
What Is Freekeh?
Couscous and lettuce salad, tomatoes and olives
How to Cook Israeli Couscous
What is quinoa
What Is Quinoa?
what is seitan
What Is Seitan?
cacao vs. cocoa illustration
The Difference Between Cacao and Cocoa
grilled halloumi cheese served on a plate with lemon wedges and herbs
What Is Halloumi Cheese?
Wheat berries photo and definition
What Are Wheat Berries?
Nutritional Yeast
How to Use Nutritional Yeast
Vegan Hot Chocolate in cups
Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe
Quinoa bowl
How to Make Recipes Using Less Meat
Plant Proteins
9 Plant Foods With at Least 7 Grams of Protein
Vegan Green Bean Casserole
15 Delicious Recipes Using Nutritional Yeast
plant proteins
What Is Plant Protein?
Put skewers on grill
A Guide to Vegetarian and Vegan Grilling
Green, yellow, red, and black lentils
Tips and Tricks for Cooking With Lentils
Beyond burger meat
What Is Beyond Meat?
Roasted Peppers
Roasted Peppers in Oil Recipe
Authentic Eggplant Parmesan (Parmigiana Di Melanzane)
16 Best Vegetarian Comfort Food Recipes
Basic Recipe for Vegan Muffins
Basic Recipe for Vegan Muffins
Vegetables and milk
What Is Lacto-Vegetarian?
bulgur wheat
What Is Bulgur Wheat?
what is buckwheat
What Is Buckwheat?
Edamame soy beans with a dusting of sea salt
What Is Edamame?
illustration depicting reasons to go pescatarian
What Is a Pescatarian?
eggs and bean salad
A Vegan's Guide to the Slow-Carb Diet
Seafood - a delicious and beloved delicacy
Can Vegetarians Eat Fish?
Raw vegan food preparation
What Is the Raw Vegan Diet?
A bowl of Nama Shoyu.
What Is Nama Shoyu?
nutritional yeast
What Is Nutritional Yeast?
what is farro
What Is Farro?
What Is Tamari?
what is hemp tofu
What Is Hemp Tofu?
High-angle view of a vegetarian dinner table
The Vegetarian Diet: What It Is and What You Can Eat
Raw vegan green smoothies
Are Green Smoothies Good for You?
Vegetarian and Vegan Hangover Cure Foods
A bowl of tiger nuts
What Are Tiger Nuts?
Sprouting at home
The Benefits of Raw Sprouted Nuts, Seeds, Beans, and Grains
Authentic Eggplant Parmesan (Parmigiana Di Melanzane)
7 Vegetarian Tips for Healthier Eating
A man pouring milk in a glass at a table
Can Vegetarians Drink Milk?
difference between lactose-free, dairy-free and non-dairy illustration
The Differences Between Lactose-Free and Dairy-Free
Raw Organic Healthy Millet
What Is Millet?
what is cocoa butter
What Is Cocoa Butter?
nuts soaking in jars
Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds
Nature's Charm vegan coconut baking milks
Review: Nature's Charm Evaporated and Condensed Coconut Milk
what is barley
What Is Barley?
what's in a vegan diet illustration
What Is Veganism?
What Is Tofurky?
Whole wheat pizza dough
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
A close-up of an open pack of eggs
Do Vegetarians Eat Eggs?
Yellow vegetarian split pea soup
Vegetarian Yellow Split Pea Soup
Vegan sour cream
Dairy-Free Vegan Sour Cream
Pieces of different types of chocolate on cutting board
Is There Dairy-Free Chocolate?
cacao nibs
What Are Cacao Nibs?
Whole grains
What Are Ancient Grains?
Female buying dairy products
The Difference Between Non-Dairy and Dairy-Free
Hands holding green cabbage head
Cabbage Equivalents, Measures, and Substitutions
Cut into desired shapes
Is Tofu a Vegetable?
Green and red cabbage
Four Varieties of Cabbage and Their Uses
Fresh papaya
Papaya Cooking Tips
Sliced and whole apricots on wood
Tips for Cooking With Apricots