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Invaluable Vegan Ingredient

Invaluable Vegan Ingredient: Lentils

Lentils are one of the fastest cooking legumes (they’re tender in 20-25 minutes), they go well with lots of other foods, and they're super-healthy. Lentils are an excellent source of fiber, protein, iron, zinc, antioxidants, and folate. A diet rich in lentils and other legumes may help reduce cholesterol, hypertension, and the risk of prediabetes.

Check out these recipe recommendations for delicious lentil recipes.


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Invaluable Vegan Ingredient: Tahini

Tahini is a thick sauce made from toasted, hulled, ground sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are very nutritious, providing phytonutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber.

  • Those of us who love falafel know “tahini sauce”; it’s a mixture of tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, and water.

  • My favorite oil-free salad dressing is Gracious Vegan Oil-Free Tahini Dressing, where the tahini provides a creaminess that’s similar to ranch dressing.

  • Tahini is also a star in many dips, such as Real Simple's Red Pepper, Walnut, and Tahini Dip.


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Invaluable Vegan Ingredient: Vegetable Broth Powder

I cook a lot of soups—I love homemade soups. But I don’t have time to make homemade vegetable broth. The prices of canned and packaged broth put me off, because I use so much. What works for me is powdered broth. I use Seitenbacher’s Vegetable Broth and Seasoning, which is easy to buy on Amazon (I recently bought a six-pack). It seems expensive when you first buy it (over $4 for a 5-ounce can), but, at one teaspoon per cup for making broth, it lasts a long time. 

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