Celebrating Earth Day, April 22, can be as basic as taking a minute to appreciate the calm of an urban park or as elaborate as throwing a dinner party that pays tribute to the season. When it comes to hosting a party, there's no better way to thank Mother Nature than to eat the stuff she provides. That's how Sara Gilbert, co-host of The Talk on CBS, plans to celebrate. Gilbert, who's vegan, picked these three CHOW recipes as Earth Day's perfect party dishes. And watch The Talk weekdays, 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT/CT on CBS (for more info about shows and guests, go to TheTalk.com).
CELERY ROOT SOUP
This wonderfully creamy soup (pictured above) doesn’t actually contain cream. Dress it up by topping it with bread cubes tossed with walnut or hazelnut oil and toasted until crisp. Get the recipe>>
WARM SPINACH SALAD WITH SMOKY PECANS
In this riff on a classic warm spinach salad, we swap hearty sweet potatoes for the bacon. Get the recipe>>
CURRIED CAULIFLOWER, CHICKPEAS, AND TOFU
This lovely vegan main dish was adapted from the fifth volume of Canal House Cooking, and was originally inspired by Niloufer King, a talented Indian cook and scholar. Get the recipe>>
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