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Cook for Good Recipes

Enjoy these scrumptious, free recipes. All Cook for Good recipes are thrifty, healthy, and vegetarian. Most are vegan or have vegan options (make that all starting December 2011), but you know how to add dairy or meat if you want to. Use the search feature to find recipes that are vegan, gluten free, quick (20 minutes or less of active time), or seasonal.

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Tropical Cornbread

This tender, slightly sweet cornbread got rave reviews when I brought it to a dinner this week. Selen named it "Tropical Cornbread" because it has a hint of coconut flavor. My Taster loves the balance, nominating this recipe as our go-to cornbread. For a gluten-free recipe that's not quite as light, see my Coconut Cornbread.

Tropical Cornbread baked in a cast-iron skillet is vegan and dairy-free.


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Jamaican Black Beans with Sweet Potatoes and Caramelized Onions

Add deep flavor by caramelizing onions in your slow cooker while giving beans a quick soak. This technique will improve many recipes. If you like, cook extra onions to top pizzas or enrich tomato sauce.

Jamaican Black Beans with Sweet Potatoes and Caramelized Onions made with slow cooker recipe

Active time: 15 minutes. Total time: 6 hours or more. Makes 4 cups of cooked beans, serving 8. Vegan and gluten-free.

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Strike-it-Rich Okra with Blackstrap Molasses

This recipe is inspired by the flavor mashup that happened when some roasted okra drifted into the molasses on my biscuits. The slightly metallic, dark sweetness of the molasses brought out the asparagus-meets-artichoke green flavor of the okra. I had just seen The Hundred-Foot Journey, about a family of Indian restaurateurs who choose a new home by tasting their way through European fields and farmers' markets. If they had tasted the okra from Edible Earthscapes, they might be cooking in Raleigh now.

The family landed in France, where presentation is as important as flavor. Wherever you've landed, you can multiple the pleasure found in fresh, seasonal food by taking a minute to make it look as good as it tastes. Serve on a thrift-shop plate with a sashay. Voilà! You've struck it rich by transforming fifty cents worth of ingredients into a thirty-dollar experience. 

arrange roasted okra and drizzle with blackstrap molasses for rich presentation


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Mighty Miso Stir Fry

Add a dollop of miso to your stir fry for rich flavor and for a probiotic boost. The probiotics in this fermented bean paste can help you digest food better. I've been eating a little fermented food every day to help recover from taking antibiotics, which wipe out the good as well as the bad in the body's microfauna. Recent research shows that feeding my "second brain" may also help cheer me up and tune up my intuition. That's powerful stuff! Serve Mighty Miso Stir Fry over quinoa or brown rice.

Mighty Miso Stir Fry, probiotic, vegan, and gluten free

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Golden Indian Carrots

Make carrots even more healthy and delicious with turmeric, a spice known for its anti-inflammatory properties and exotic flavor. 

Make Golden Indian Carrots with turmeric for a healthy, thrifty side dish that may boost your immune system.


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