Alan Roettinger



Alan Roettinger has been a private chef to the stars for over 28 years, and has authored two cookbooks, Omega-3 Cuisine (Books Alive, 2008) and Speed Vegan (Book Publishing, 2010). Visit him and preview his books at, or check out his blog at Vegan Ascent.

4 ways to cook sardines
A member of the herring family, sardines are chock-full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12.
Thanksgiving for special diets
Cooking for your guests' dietary preferences is easier than you think. Gluten free, vegan, and even paleo eaters will love these dishes!
Kale with Hazelnuts and Currants
This deceptively simple recipe yields an unusually complex combination of flavors and textures with few ingredients.
Roasted Pears and Wild Blueberries
In this inspired alternative to traditional holiday desserts, pears are dusted with palm sugar (low on the glycemic scale) and cardamom and then roasted and served over a pool of rich blueberry sauce.
Warm Kasha Chopped Salad
This warm, complete-protein salad is a likely candidate to change that—and not only for vegans avoiding Big Bird.
Cauliflower and Parsnip Dressing
Just as rich as bread-and-butter stuffing but without the grains and excess fat—and packing a bevy of unexpected flavors—it’s a health oasis on the holiday table.
Yam and Corn Soufflé
This decadent soufflé accentuates sweet potatoes’ veggieness instead, enriched with just enough cheese to make it a crowdpleaser.
Quinoa-stuffed Winter Squash
Pine nuts, allspice, and mint give this meat-free entree Middle Eastern flair, but the overall statement is “American harvest.” The entire dish can be prepared up to three hours ahead and reheated just before serving time.
Quick Spinach Quesadillas
Quick spinach quesadillas are ideally cooked in a “tawa,” an Indian concave pan used to make chapatis. A large wok is second best, followed by a nonstick pan roughly the diameter of the tortillas.
Tomatillo Guacamole
Serve this tasty dip as a spicy appetizer or snack with chips or jicama sticks.
Mixed Bitter Greens with Fennel and Smoked Trout
Like all greens, bitter greens supply iron, but they are also powerful blood purifiers. Taken at the end of a meal, they act as digestive aids as well as palate cleansers. Prep tips: This dressing is fine made ahead, even for days and days, kept in the fridge. Ingredient tip: Check sodium levels on smoked trout; they vary wildly by brand.
Brown Rice Spaghetti with Artichokes, Olives, and Capers
Pasta is a lovable comfort food, no question; gluten-free brown rice pasta adds the benefit of more fiber and it’s a whole grain!
Vegan recipes for spring 1
Give vegan a try with these flavor-packed recipes featuring the best of this vibrant season.
Leek and Broccoli Soup
This vegan and gluten-free recipe includes both broccoli tops and stems for maximum health benefit.
Green Garbanzo and Kale Salad
This quick vegan dinner also is gluten free and packed with high-protein green garbanzos and superfood kale.
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