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  • Vegan Spinach Frittata with Fresh Herbs

    Vegan Spinach Frittata with Fresh Herbs

    Kuku sabzi is essentially a Persian frittata. It’s heavy on the herbs and greens, but light on the eggs. Traditionally, it’s served at Persian New Year. This vegan spinach frittata recipe is inspired by the classic Iranian dish, kuku sabzi.  Who doesn’t love the idea of a frittata that is more parts leafy greens? Fresh dill, […]

  • Pear Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

    While working on another UVK recipe, I was snacking on a D’anjou pear.  I dipped it into some lemon tahini dressing meant for the other recipe, and found it to be incredibly tasty.  So here we are. This vegan pear salad recipe makes a satisfying lunch or a simple side salad. It’s just so vibrantly […]

  • Strawberry Avocado Dagwood with Tarragon Mayo

    When I think of strawberries, I think of Watsonville, California.  There are fields full of these luscious berries for as far as the eye can see.  And maybe this is completely nerdy, but I check to see if my strawberries came from Watsonville before I buy them.  I swear, they taste better.   Today’s sandwich […]

  • Lemon Artichoke Asparagus Soup

    This vegan lemon artichoke asparagus soup recipe was inspired by the springtime flavors of two places I hold dear, California’s Monterey Bay and the U.S.’s Pacific Northwest. For a time, we lived close to California’s Monterey Bay.  After a long day of hiking, we would stop off at one of the roadside farms for fried […]

  • Vegan Potato Zucchini Pancakes

    Inspired by Slovak zemiakové placky (which translates in English to “potato pancakes”), this is a recipe for baked vegan potato zucchini pancakes. It preserves some traditional elements (potatoes, garlic, etc), but does take some departures (vegan sour cream, etc). I also prepare them by baking them, instead of frying them. A bit traditional, a bit […]

  • Vegan Soy Curl Paprikash

    This is yet another revision of this vegan chicken paprikash recipe. Now, it is gluten free and eliminates the prepackaged vegan sour cream. There’s also a richer, creamier vegan paprikash sauce made with silken tofu, raw cashews, lemon juice and more. This is still the kind of meal that you want to serve over egg-less […]

  • French Onion Wild Mushroom Soup

    This is based on the vegan french onion soup recipe I came up with in high school, but it’s taken up a notch with some wild mushrooms. Over the years, I have used different dried wild mushroom blends to make this soup. Basically, I buy the blend I can find in my chain grocery store. […]

  • Orange Miso Chickpea Salad with Pita Chips

    This is a simple recipe that works great for lunch, a midday snack or a light meal. It requires few ingredients, and minimal time to execute. The flavor is umami goodness. In some ways, this salad is a deconstructed hummus with a bit of a nod to Asian flavors. Overall, it is creamy and delicious! […]

  • Vegan Antipasto Salad

    This Italian-inspired vegan antipasto salad recipe hardly qualifies as “ugly”.  It’s completely gorgeous, which is just so Italian. Italians have a way of making everything beautiful. And while it may not be a traditional antipasto (an appetizer that includes meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables, olives, artichokes, etc), it’s a delicious, fresh and herbaceous vegan Italian salad! […]

  • Sweet Potato Chickpea Stew

    Puchero is a peasant stew from Spain, but is prepared in a number of countries in Central and South America, and in the Phillippines. The word “puchero” translates to “stew pot” in English.  Many times, the broth is made from meat or cured bones.  Depending on the country preparing it, there are variations in some of […]

  • Vegan Cuban Black Beans

    This is an easy Cuban-inspired vegan black beans recipe with canned beans, green peppers, smoked paprika, dried oregano, white wine vinegar and more. Enjoy these delicious vegan (or vegetarian) Cuban black beans over rice as a meal, or as a side to an entree, like Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja. Because this recipe uses canned […]

  • Slow Cooker Stewed Kidney Beans, Carrots and Chard with Bulgur

    This recipe is inspired by the cuisine of the Middle East. It is incredibly simple, uses ten ingredients, and has a nice, subtle, low key flavor. If you are looking for a dish that’s comforting, budget-friendly and healthy, this is the one for you. And man, the carrots! The carrots taste so good. They really […]

  • Carrot Fennel Soup

    This vegan carrot fennel soup recipe is spicy in a warming way from the ras el hanout, bright from the lemon juice, savory from the fennel bulb, and a bit sweet from the carrots. All in all, it uses few ingredients, cooks up fast, and is very easy to make. And best of all, it […]

  • Vegan Cabbage and Noodles

    This vegan cabbage and noodles recipe is simple and delicious! It’s one of my favorite comfort meals. If you’re an American with Slavic roots, you may be familiar with cabbage and noodles. In our household, it consisted of butter, onions, cabbage, broad noodles, salt and lots of black pepper. And before my family went vegetarian, […]

  • Mandarin Orange Avocado Salad

    One very cold and snowy evening in Colorado, I was looking through my pantry asking myself the age old question, “What can I make for dinner tonight?”   Sometimes, it’s good to be stuck in a snowstorm.  It’s like your very own episode of Chopped.   I ended up recruiting some stray items from the […]

  • Smoky Medjool Date Barbecue Jackfruit

    The vegan gluten free barbecue jackfruit can be enjoyed in many ways–on a sandwich, in a taco, on pizza, on top of a baked sweet potato, and more. The naturally sweetened barbecue sauce is sweet, slightly spicy and smoky delicious.

  • Vegan Grits and Greens Casserole

    I first published this recipe almost a year ago, but there’s always been some elements about it that I felt weren’t quite right.  Today, I revisited it, and improved it a lot.  Blended silken tofu helps create creamy grits that are out of this world.  All-in-all, this recipe is much better than the original, and […]

  • Vegan Slow Cooker Soy Curl Carnitas

    Carnitas is a traditional Mexican dish, which translates as “little meats” in English.  It is generally made from braising pork for three to four hours.  Towards the end of cooking, the heat is turned up and the outside of the meat is crisped.  It is then shredded and served with tortillas or rice. Because this […]

  • Shiitake Mushroom Soup

    Whenever I feel the slightest bit of illness coming on, this is my go-to recipe for tomato-based vegan shiitake mushroom soup. Considered a medicinal mushroom, shiitakes boost immunity, are a powerful antioxidant, and offer a fair amount of vitamin B and D.   There is nothing like a spicy bowl of shiitake mushroom soup to clear […]

  • Savory Turnovers with Swiss Chard, Potatoes and Chickpeas

    Blitva is a traditional Croatian side dish that stars Swiss chard, potatoes and a lot of garlic. Inspired by this dish, I created a savory vegan puff pastry turnover recipe with potatoes, Swiss chard, garlic and chickpeas. Whether you enjoy these savory turnovers as a snack or a meal, they are easy to execute, absolutely […]

  • Lemon Tahini Kale Salad with Toasted Pita

    Fattoush is a Levantine salad of toasted or fried pieces of pita bread mixed with greens, veggies, and a dressing with sumac and/or pomegranate molasses. Inspired by fattoush, this vegan lemon tahini kale salad recipe has crispy, toasted pita bread, a homemade lemon tahini dressing, massaged kale, crunchy cucumbers, radishes and red bell pepper and […]

  • Vegan Cream of Kohlrabi Soup

    Popular in Vietnam, notable in some Slavic fare, and beloved by German-speaking nations, kolhrabi is a delicious turnip-esque vegetable that tastes a bit like broccoli. Inspired by this tasty member of genus Brassica, I put together this recipe for vegan cream of kohlrabi soup with potatoes, carrots and celery. Dried marjoram, garlic and lemon juice […]

  • Slow Cooker Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole

    After almost 6 months out there, I decided to revise this recipe.  I’ve made some changes–eliminated the almond ricotta and substituted a cilantro-scallion infused tofu ricotta.  And I’ve gotten rid of the potatoes, and added in spinach.  And even though I don’t love vegan cheese, I added more to this version.  All-in-all, I prefer this […]

  • Vegan Mushroom Sauerkraut Pierogi

    Because it’s been a few years since this vegan mushroom sauerkraut pierogi recipe went out, it felt like a good time to revisit it.  And basically, I did very little to the actual vegan pierogi recipe, but included a few tips to make it easier to make. With almost 3-4 hours of prep time, it’s […]