Categories
Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice, Apples and Walnuts

With the holidays swiftly approaching, it’s time to think about a vegan main course that’s worthy of celebration. This vegan stuffed acorn squash recipe is absolutely delicious, has a nice presentation, and possesses delightfully contrasting textures. It takes a bit of time to roast the squash, but it’s easy to do with my step-by-step directions. […]

Categories
Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Stuffed Shells with Tofu Ricotta, Spinach and Fennel

This vegan stuffed shells recipe has tofu ricotta, spinach and fennel bulb. It’s garlicky, savory and totally nut free. And best of all, it’s super delicious and easy to make. A few things… ・It takes awhile for the water to boil for the pasta shells. Use this time to make the filling for the stuffed […]

Categories
Gluten Free Sides Warm Side Dishes

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Many vegan green bean casserole recipes use cashews. Other recipes use coconut milk. In the spirit of making this dish accessible to those with nut allergies and also not reliant on coconut milk, UVK brings you this vegan green bean casserole recipe made with white beans! While it might seem daunting to make vegan green […]

Categories
Gluten Free Soups

Vegan Pumpkin Soup

Have you ever tried to make pumpkin soup with pumpkin puree? Maybe you’ve also discovered that canned pumpkin puree is pretty bland. If you want it to really shine in a soup, it requires the right spices, a good bouillon or stock, and pairing it with a roasted vegetable to bring out the best in […]

Categories
Gluten Free Salads Sides

Sriracha Tofu Salad

This is a delicious, easy sriracha tofu salad recipe. For a protein-packed meal, enjoy it solo. Or fill a tortilla with it with additional cucumber slices and fresh cilantro to make a tasty sriracha tofu wrap. Maybe add some cold orzo? And enjoy a Thai-inspired tofu orzo salad. It’s so versatile! A few things… ・Don’t […]

Categories
Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Mushroom Tofu Enchiladas

This recipe goes out to the hermetically sealed silken tofu that’s been living in my pantry for a year. It’s dutifully sat on the shelf ready for action. There’s a number of vegan silken tofu recipes that this bad boy could have been used in (creamy polenta, cheesy grits, Greek spinach pie, etc), but it […]

Categories
Gluten Free Sides Warm Side Dishes

Vegan Smashed Potatoes with Scallions and Cilantro

Smashed potatoes are steamed whole potatoes that you smash with a large spoon and then, you stir in some delicious seasonings, herbs, etc. They’re rustic and easy. This vegan smashed potatoes recipe uses Yukon Gold potatoes, but I have also used red potatoes with success in the past. Then, the steamed smashed potatoes are dressed […]

Categories
Gluten Free Soups

Smoky Red Bean Soup

This vegan red bean soup recipe is inspired by preparations of Slovak Fazul’ová Polievka (or “bean soup”). There are many versions using different varieties of beans (like white beans, cranberry beans, red beans), meats (smoked bacon, sausage, etc), and add-ins (sour cream, vinegar, etc). However, most involve potatoes, carrots, and paprika in some way. Inspired, […]

Categories
Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Seitan Steak Sandwich

This seitan steak sandwich recipe is delicious. It’s the perfect vegan sandwich for crushing hunger, because it’s just that hearty. And it’s really easy to make! A few things… ・You can use store bought or homemade seitan in this recipe. If you’re making your own seitan, it takes over an hour to prepare. Plan ahead. […]

Categories
Gluten Free Salads Sides

Beet Potato Salad with Sauerkraut

This cold beet potato salad recipe is inspired by vinegret, a popular Russian and Ukranian salad. Beets, potatoes, carrots, onions and sauerkraut or diced pickles are staples in traditional preparations. It is also often dressed in additional brine from the sauerkraut or pickles, and sunflower oil. Positively delicious. While this recipe uses many of the […]

Categories
Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Baked Pasta with Tofu Ricotta and Eggplant

This Italian-inspired vegan eggplant pasta bake recipe is easy to make and a substantial meal. It’s filling and hearty. You don’t wonder later whether you ate dinner or not. You’ll know you did! And hopefully, it was a hit Think of this baked vegan Italian eggplant dish as a bit like eggplant lasagna. It […]

Categories
Gluten Free Sides Warm Side Dishes

Slow Cooker Vegan Baked Beans

This is a simple, homemade vegan baked beans recipe. As they slow simmer in the crock pot, the smell is positively heavenly–punctuated by maple syrup, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, and savory notes of onions and garlic. They are hard to resist. Native Americans first made the dish using beans, animal fat, and maple syrup that […]

Categories
Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Avocado Cucumber Carrot Sushi with Sweet Chili Sauce

This vegan avocado sushi recipe is the perfect summer meal. It’s flavorful, refreshing, crunchy and loaded with a sweet garlicky chili sauce. Yum! It uses one of my favorite condiments, Mae Ploy Sweet Chilli Sauce, which you can find all over the U.S. at major grocery stores. A few things… ・This recipe takes time. You’ll […]

Categories
Gluten Free Vegan Cheeses

Vegan Tofu Ricotta Cheese

Since the 80’s, my family has been making lasagna with tofu. Back then, we smashed up the tofu with our hands, and then, used it instead of ricotta. Easy peasy. As the years have gone by, I’ve stepped up my vegan ricotta game. This tofu ricotta recipe is still really easy to do, but packs […]

Categories
Soups

Gazpacho

Is gazpacho vegan? Usually. Traditionally, the Spanish cold soup is vegan, but sometimes, it’s garnished with meat. And other times, the preparation uses ingredients that are not vegan. When in doubt, find out. This vegan gazpacho recipe couldn’t be easier. Like many modern gazpacho recipes, you add the ingredients to a blender, and blend. Simple. […]

Categories
Salads Sides

Sunflower Pesto Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Grape Tomatoes and Black Olives

This vegan pesto pasta salad recipe is quick, easy and tasty! By the time the fusilli pasta is done boiling, the rest of the ingredients are ready to go. If I had known vegan pesto with sunflower seeds was going to be this good, I would have done it sooner. Sunflower basil pesto doesn’t need […]

Categories
Gluten Free Sauces & Condiments Sides

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

In the summer, my cousins and I would play outside all day. Periodically, we’d sneak into the refrigerator in the garage and eat icebox dill pickles. It’s one of my fondest childhood memories. And I still love dill pickles. For years, I wasted my money buying them at the store. But these days, I like […]

Categories
Appetizers & Snacks Gluten Free Sauces & Condiments

Watermelon Salsa

Some people need to sneak veggies into food, so their kids will eat them. I have to add fruit into savory recipes, so I’ll eat it. I often find the sweetness to be too much, so I like balancing it with other flavors. Maybe you can relate? Whether you positively love fruit or have to […]

Categories
Entrees

Italian White Bean Burgers

Inspired by Italian flavors, these delicious vegan white bean burgers are rich from the almond ricotta, savory from the onions and garlic, and slightly herby from the dried basil and parsley. And they stay together! They are pretty easy to flip, and aren’t too messy to eat. This recipe makes 3 large or 4 medium […]

Categories
Gluten Free Salads Sides

Black Bean, Sweet Corn and Jicama Salad

Jicama is a plant from Mexico. Many people associate the term, jicama, with the plant’s edible tuberous root. This part of the plant is crisp, starchy and slightly sweet. In Mexico, it is often enjoyed raw with lime juice, chili powder and salt. Jicama was a perfect candidate to add some dimension to this delicious […]

Categories
Appetizers & Snacks Gluten Free Sauces & Condiments

Vegan Tzatziki Sauce

Is tzatziki vegan? Unfortunately, one of the main ingredients in the popular Greek sauce is yogurt. So no, it is not vegan. Fortunately, this Greek-inspired vegan tzatziki sauce recipe is super easy. You chop some cucumber and herbs, and then, mix everything in a bowl. It tastes awesome on grilled vegetables (like eggplant and zucchini), […]

Categories
Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Shiitake Mushroom Sushi Rolls

Some years ago, I had vegan sushi in San Francisco at Cha-Ya, a vegan sushi restaurant. Being raised vegetarian and spending most of my adult life as a vegan, I had never had sushi. Needless to say, it was so good! Since that time, I’ve become a big fan of vegan sushi. And thus, UVK […]

Categories
Gluten Free Sides

Sushi Rice

Calrose rice was developed in the late 1940’s in California. When cooked, this medium grain rice becomes soft and sticky. It’s an ideal rice for sushi, and pretty easy to find throughout the U.S. This sushi rice recipe uses Calrose rice. It makes enough rice for 3-4 vegan sushi rolls. You can use this sushi […]

Categories
Entrees

Vegan Pita with Grilled Eggplant and Pomegranate Molasses Tempeh

This is an easy tempeh pita recipe. You’ll need to get the tempeh marinade prepared the night before, and allow the tempeh time to marinate. Other than that, it is very simple to make and tasty! This Middle Eastern inspired vegan eggplant pita recipe makes 4 pitas. To make this gluten free, use gluten free […]

Categories
Salads Sides

Mediterranean Eggplant Chickpea Salad

This vegan eggplant chickpea salad recipe has it all! The grilled eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, chickpeas, pistachios and a tasty oregano dressing really make it happen. It’s easy and simple. It’s hearty enough to be a lunch or meal, but could also work well as a side dish. It holds up well, so make it in […]