Matcha is a rich source of antioxidant catechins, the most abundant of which is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Studies have shown that EGCG supports weight loss by boosting metabolism while it also acts as a free-radical scavenger to help ward off cancer and cardiovascular disease.
A key ingredient in Korean cooking, gochugaru is a sun-dried red chile pepper that is coarser than regular chile powder. (You might recognize gochugaru as the red pepper flecks in your favorite kimchi!) Here, we use it to add a light kick to these crispy collard green chips. If you can't find gochugaru, you can easily substitute with chile powder.
Portobello mushrooms have a meaty texture that makes them a stellar swap for beef patties in veggie burgers. But here's the trick: We've actually used the mushroom caps as the bun, then filled the middle with warmed marinara sauce, provolone and fresh, crisp greens.
There's a new steak in town – and, surprisingly, it's made from cauliflower. Here we cut the cruciferous veggie into thick steaks, coat it with spices then roast it 'til golden for maximum caramelization (read: flavor).
Blending cashews with lemon juice and hot water creates a luscious cream for this plant-based take on comforting stroganoff. Mushrooms are full of umami taste, which gives the sauce full-bodied flavor in a fraction of the time it takes to make the original beef version.
This cleaned-up version of the fast-food favorite is made with lean ground turkey and served in whole-grain English muffins. The best part is they freeze well, so make a batch and store in your freezer for a grab-and-go breakfast. Feel free to add baby spinach or tomato slices to the sandwich – but add it just before or after reheating. Serve with your favorite hot sauce.