Comfort Food for Vegans and Others

Celebrity Chefs,Healthy,Heroes,Recipes
July 11, 2012

Familiar and fun are the secrets to a different approach to cooking and eating.

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Delicious, accessible and just plain fun vegan food is the hallmark of Chloe’s Kitchen.

Winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars Chloe Coscarelli’s cookbook Chloe’s Kitchen earned glowing early reviews for her “contagious enthusiasm” “full-flavored recipes” and letting “her food speak for itself.”

Fun foods figure prominently: Jalapeno Cornbread Poppers, Drunken Noodles, Brownie Bites, BBQ Pineapple Pizza, and “Clostress” Creme-Filled Cupcakes. Coscarelli, a lifelong vegetarian and more recent convert to veganism, proffers light-hearted and lovable foods free of animal products.

Maybe the secret is that lots of the recipes start with a comfort food, such as garlic knots, ice cream, stroganoff, broccoli cheese soup and spinach-artichoke dip. And plenty of cpcakes, including the formerly secret recipe for Chloe's award-winning Ginger Nutmeg Spice Cupcakes.

Curious? Get a taste of the fun with these three fresh takes on healthy eating.

Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli (Free Press, 2012)

Chloe’s website

By Nicki Pendleton Wood

Minted Couscous with Arugula, Butternut Squash, and Currants

This light and fresh couscous salad is the perfect blend of a green salad and a pasta salad, since couscous is technically a pasta. Israeli couscous, also known as pearl couscous, is large and plump, which adds a nice bite to the salad.

Tomato Basil Bisque with Pumpernickel Croutons

Served with crunchy homemade croutons, this bisque is much more exciting than traditional tomato soup.

Avocado Pesto Pasta

Put a healthful California twist on a traditional Italian favorite.

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