Eating a locally-produced organic vegetarian diet is one of the best things we can do for our bodies and our Earth. Vegetables consume less water than meat in production, are easier for the human body to digest, and provide almost every vitamin and mineral we need for healthy living. Never mind the cruelty that often goes into putting meat on our dinner plates.

Cornucopia of Food

But eating healthy need not be boring. In fact, after a few months of cooking for yourself, you just might find yourself in demand by your friends as a gourmet chef! Check out the recipes below from some great sites across the web to get you started. Most are vegetarian or vegan, but in a spirit of good cookin’, there’s a bit of everything here to whet your appetite. Pay attention to ingredients. When possible buy organic, and avoid overly processed foods.

For you aspiring solar chefs out there, keep an eye out for solar recipes that are both simple to prepare and foolproof cooking in the sun.

Orzo Soup:

“This soup is known by a few names around here – lil’ noodle soup, aspirational noodle soup, and too-lazy-to-wait-for -a-pot-of-rice-to-cook noodle soup. It’s made with orzo, a good broth, and whatever I can rummage from my pantry.”

In A Hurry Green Curry:

“Today we enjoyed a bowl bright with peas, asparagus, and tofu swimming in a fragrant, not-overly-rich green chile broth. I humbly suggest that the key to a good springtime curry is to keep things on the light side.”

Chipotle Flourless Chocolate Cake:

“The chipotle pepper and cinnamon give a nice bit of spice and a slow, sweet tingle that lingers after each bite.”

Artichoke Soup:

“Like finding small hole-in-the-walls that serve clam chowder in New England, here one can sometimes find local diners that sell delicious artichoke soup.”

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup:

“The nutmeg and maple syrup give the soup hints of pumpkin pie and glazed yams, as if someone slipped some of each into the blender when the soup was being puréed.”

Easy Black Beans and Rice:

“Black beans and rice is such a classic combination, especially in Caribbean or Southern cooking. There are probably dozens of ways to make it; this one is an easy recipe that cooks up quick and tastes great.”

Eggplant Relish:

“I used to go there regularly and became addicted to the eggplant caponata condiment they served with bread sticks that accompanied every meal.”

Chilled Tomato-Tarragon Soup with Croutons:

Tomato-Tarragon Soup Bon Appetit, June 2008

Grilled Rum-Basted Pineapple with Sorbets:

Grilled Pineapple Bon Appetit, June 2008

Zucchini and Snow-Pea Salad:

“Summery and light, this vivid salad [has a] tangy dressing.” Gourmet, June 2008

Basmati Rice with Sweet Onions and Summer Herbs:

Stirring the fresh herbs into the hot rice preserves their flavor and releases their aroma. Bon Appetit, June 2008 – Easy Vegan Recipes

Japanese Restaurant Style Soup

“To serve, divide rice into 2 large soup bowls. Pour miso broth over rice. Can be eaten as is or stirred together into a delicious rice soup.”

Avocado, Olive and Tomato Addiction

Can you go wrong with a name like that? Makes very easy sandwiches.

Jamaican Yam Casserole

an easy to make, hearty dessert casserole.

Butter Bean and Corn Chowder

Only takes fifteen minutes, very few ingredients.

Pilaf of Bulgar Wheat and Red Lentils

a nice, colorful, and very healthy alternative to traditional rice pilaf.

Whole Foods Market Recipes

Oatmeal, Coconut and Sunflower Seed Cookies

Take a break from super sweet cookies: this recipe is rich in nutrients.

Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Roasted Rosemary Pears

Wow.  I don’t even like cheesecake, but this looks so, so good…

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Here’s an easy to make vegetarian salad with great color and a really fresh taste.

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