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Del has worked in vegetarian and vegan kitchens since 1989, has owned a vegan bakery, a vegan personal chef service, and has worked as executive chef at Wellness Forum Foods in Columbus Ohio for over 12 years. He has written four cookbooks: Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook; Better Than Vegan: 101 Favorite Low-Fat, Plant-Based Recipes That Helped Me Lose Over 200 Pounds; The China Study Quick and Easy Cookbook; and The China Study Family Cookbook. Del is currently working with the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies as a culinary specialist and the host of CNS kitchen.

Spicy Chickpea Burgers
Spicy Chickpea Burgers

You can make burgers from almost any bean, but I always have chickpeas and black beans on hand. This burger is a great alternative to the usual black bean burger found on the menu of almost every restaurant I visit. It is full of flavor and easy to prepare.


Oil-Free Air Fryer Onion Rings
Oil-Free Air Fryer Onion Rings

When I first became vegetarian I used to order a large burger from a famous fast food restaurant, but I’d ask for no meat and an order of onion rings, which I would place on the burger in place of the meat. I still make a similar sandwich, but now with healthier ingredients.


Chickpeas and Vegetables with Mediterranean Spices
Chickpeas and Vegetables with Mediterranean Spices

Cinnamon, coriander, and saffron are classic flavors in parts of the Mediterranean. And while a lot of stews can take hours to prepare, this one takes less than 30 minutes and doesn’t sacrifice any of that great flavor. Serve over couscous, brown rice, or whatever grain you have on hand.


Quinoa-Stuffed Roasted Tomatoes
Quinoa-Stuffed Roasted Tomatoes

This is one of those end-of-summer dishes that you can serve to awe your guests, but it’s just as great when you’re eating alone. Sometimes I make the filling by itself and eat it in tortillas.


Plant-Based Cornbread Stuffing
Plant-Based Cornbread Stuffing

This cornbread stuffing can easily be the centerpiece of any holiday meal. Give me some gravy and put it all over mashed potatoes, and I am good to go.


Best Ever Mushroom Gravy
Best Ever Mushroom Gravy

I confess, the main reason I make mashed potatoes is so they can serve as a vessel for good gravy. I’ve made some version of this potato topper for many years around the holidays, and this is my latest update. I eliminated the flour as a thickener and used puréed cauliflower to add that desired creaminess.


Whole Food, Plant-Based Cornbread
Whole Food, Plant-Based Cornbread

I love cornbread with soup or chili, or even with some apple butter for a quick breakfast. Applesauce is a good substitute for eggs and oil in baking, and you won’t even taste it.


Autumn Harvest Plant-Based Shepherd’s Pie
Autumn Harvest Plant-Based Shepherd’s Pie

Classic shepherd’s pie is made with some sort of meat base topped with mashed potatoes and baked golden brown. It’s as attractive as it is tasty, making it the perfect holiday meal. This version uses the best produce of the season, for an alternative that is tasty, filling, and very healthy.


Dairy-Free Parsnip Mashed Potatoes
Dairy-Free Parsnip Mashed Potatoes

I like mashed potatoes as much as the next person, but since I no longer add unhealthy fats to my foods, I have looked for other ways to make my mashed potatoes creamy. Adding vegetables like parsnips is one of my favorite ways. They look like a white carrot but have a mild tang to them that elevates an otherwise plain potato. If you don’t like parsnips, carrots or other root vegetables work just as well.


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