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Super Bowl Potato Bar and Super Bowl Snacks

baked white and sweet potatoes with hummus and other plant-based toppings for a healthy party buffet

Bake sweet potatoes and white potatoes for a healthy, fun Super Bowl Party.  Inspire kids of all ages by making a happy potato face and putting it at the beginning of the buffet. The potato bar I described in shows that healthy can mean hardy!

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Storing and cooking winter vegetables - my January CSA box

See how to sort, store, and cook popular winter vegetables. This video tutorial shows what I plan to do with my early January CSA box (Community Supported Agriculture), which is full of greens and roots.

Useful recipes to go with this video include ...

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Top 10 Recipes for 2014: savory and gluten free

You are a bunch of savory, savvy cooks! At least, your favorite recipes--the ones you shared the most last year--were full of beans, vegetables, and other main-dish ingredients. There's only one dessert. Ironically, the dessert was the only recipe I hesitated to post because it uses a "splurge" ingredient: balsamic vinegar. All but two recipes were gluten free, and those could easily be adapted by using your favorite gluten-free pasta. Of course, all use pure, whole food, vegan ingredients.

Check out the most popular recipes below and see how they might help you with a New Year's resolution. The list starts with the winner, which introduced the idea of caramelizing onions in your slow cooker before adding beans or other wet ingredients. Please share your favorites to help others eat fabulous food, get healthy, and save the planet, no matter what their budget.

Most popular Cook for Good recipe in 2014: Jamaican Black Beans with Sweet Potatoes and Caramelized Onions. Slow cooker.

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One Thing I'd Change in 2015: Let's Save the World by Eating Plants

I'm honored to be the guest blogger today on I was asked what change I'd most like to see in 2015. My response starts like this:

I’m dreaming of a world in which shared meals for groups and businesses welcome everyone to the table with plants. Eating plants instead of meat and other animal products will help slow climate change with minimal personal effort or inconvenience.

Take a minute to read the whole post, then come back for the seven recipes below. They will help make your life more delicious, healthy, and welcoming.

Click here to read Saving the World by Eating Plants Together

Seven Sharable Recipe to Get You Started

  • Cuban Black Beans - Reader Amy B serves this on rice. Her family calls it "yum bowls"!

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Use your microwave as a warm and humid bread-rising box

Yeast bread, cinnamon rolls, and other baked goods rise best in a warm, humid, and still place. Yet I do most of my baking in the winter, when it's dry and cool sometimes, with scattered cold gusts when the front door opens.

Using a microwave to rise two pans of cinnamon rolls. Tip from Cook for Good.

That's why I use my microwave as a rising box. . . .

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