Slow Cooker Jackfruit Porcini Ragù

This is a revision of a previous vegan ragu recipe. While it has a few more steps than the original, it doesn’t take much time at all to put together (less than 20 minutes). These steps were essential to creating the unbelievable flavor of this recipe. Sautéing the onions and garlic creates a nice base. Allowing the dried herbs to toast and release some of … Continue reading Slow Cooker Jackfruit Porcini Ragù

Slow Cooker Vegan Persian-Style Green Bean Stew

Khorake Loobia Sabz (Persian Green Bean Stew) is a traditional dish from Iran, which usually involves beef, green beans, carrots, potatoes, onions, turmeric and tomato paste. While this is not an authentic recipe, it incorporates many of the elements to produce a delicious, Persian-inspired vegan stew. The acidity in this vegan green bean stew recipe comes from tart golden prunes. WOW, they really made the … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Persian-Style Green Bean Stew

Vegan Curry Shepherd’s Pie

I used to have an obsession with the Madras Potatoes from the Whole Foods’ Hot Bar. After a long run or a tough workout, all I wanted to do was load up a brown paper take-out box with their delightful, spicy potatoes. When we left California’s Bay Area, it marked the end of Whole Foods’ Madras Potatoes. I learned that every Whole Foods’ Hot Bar … Continue reading Vegan Curry Shepherd’s Pie

Slow Cooker Eggplant Lentil Stew with Pomegranate Molasses

A few months ago, I was reading about fesenjoon, a Persian stew that uses ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses to create a savory, sweet and sour flavor.  While there are variations in how to make the stew, it usually involves chicken or duck.   This vegan eggplant lentil stew recipe takes inspiration from fesenjoon, but then, goes down a vegan rabbit hole.  I added thick … Continue reading Slow Cooker Eggplant Lentil Stew with Pomegranate Molasses

Vegan Greek Spinach Pie

Inspired by Greek spanakopita, this savory vegan spinach pie recipe uses silken tofu, quinoa, and a bit of vegan shredded cheese.  Kalamata olives and fresh herbs add complexity.  While you can use dried herbs for this recipe, the fresh marjoram and thyme are very nice.  Fresh marjoram is like a sweeter, woodsier oregano. The Greeks thought of it as a symbol of happiness. And when … Continue reading Vegan Greek Spinach Pie

Vegan Pear Galette with Pecans and Fennel

My first time creating a savory vegan galette recipe, I came up with the Southern Cornmeal Galette.  It used cornmeal, and tasted so good. I thought, I might be done making galettes. But man, if they aren’t so easy to make? Right? This vegan galette is a savory-sweet pastry that proudly shouts, “Winter!”  Maybe it’s the pears or the pecans? The fennel bulb? Regardless, the … Continue reading Vegan Pear Galette with Pecans and Fennel

Vegan Lentil Loaf with Porcini Mushrooms, Walnuts and Cashews

Traditionally, I am not a fan of “loaf” of any kind.  I usually find them a bit underwhelming.  So, I felt challenged to create a vegan lentil loaf recipe that was flavorful, savory, and stayed together.   I used dried porcini mushrooms, because the flavors are more concentrated than using fresh mushrooms. Plus, there is the added bonus of using the mushroom’s soaking liquid to … Continue reading Vegan Lentil Loaf with Porcini Mushrooms, Walnuts and Cashews

Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Beef

So, what’s Italian beef? A Chicago classic, a U.S. Midwestern favorite. Scraps of meat are slow simmered in au jus, served in a hearty roll, and topped with hot giadiniera, a Chicago-style relish of spicy peppers and pickled vegetables. This vegan Italian beef recipe combines shredded young jackfruit and thinly sliced seitan to create an unforgettable texture. Together, they are magical. The au jus is … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Beef

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Lentils and Breadcrumbs

Maybe you aren’t vegan, but someone you love is and they are coming over for a holiday dinner? Well, making this vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms recipe says, “Hey, I thought of you, and wanted you to have something delicious to dine on at this gathering.” If this is you and you’re reading this, kudos to you, not vegan person, and your welcoming table! You’re awesome! … Continue reading Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Lentils and Breadcrumbs

Vegan Black Bean Burritos with Avocado Mango Salsa

This easy vegan bean burrito recipe is simple, fast and delicious. Lime, fresh mango, cilantro, avocado and fire-roasted green chiles create a fresh sweet-sour salsa. Stewed black beans with ground cumin and smoked paprika provide a savory, hearty counterbalance. Enjoy wrapped in a tortilla, and yum! This recipe makes ~4 burritos. These simple vegan burritos taste fantastic on their own or serve along with a … Continue reading Vegan Black Bean Burritos with Avocado Mango Salsa

Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Eggplant Chickpea Stew

This vegan eggplant chickpea stew recipe is inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine—pomegranate molasses, saffron, cardamom, and more. It smells absolutely heavenly while it’s cooking!  The flavor is warming, slightly tangy, and comforting all at once. And it tastes delicious served over a bed of fluffy couscous or short grain brown rice. Pomegranate molasses is a common ingredient in Persian and Mediterranean cuisine.  Everything about it is … Continue reading Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Eggplant Chickpea Stew

Slow Cooker Tempeh Sauerkraut Stew

Growing up, I ate a lot of sauerkraut. Slovaks and Slovak Americans, who feel close to their ethnic roots, know what I am talking about. We seemingly can’t get enough of it. Sauerkraut remains one of my favorite comfort foods, especially when it is paired with a heaping pile of fluffy mashed potatoes.  It’s the whole food equivalent to sea salt and vinegar potato chips. … Continue reading Slow Cooker Tempeh Sauerkraut Stew

Herbed Black-Eyed Peas and Cannellini Bean Salad with Garlic Toast

There’s a few things I really love… fresh herbs, beans, peas and garlic toast!  This vegan bean salad recipe combines all of them for a seamlessly delicious meal.  I love the contrast between the warm, crisped garlic toast, and the cool, fresh bean salad.  The celery brings some crunch, and the sherry vinegar brings the acidity.  At once, this recipe is hearty, simple, and SO … Continue reading Herbed Black-Eyed Peas and Cannellini Bean Salad with Garlic Toast

Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Spinach and Tomatoes

When I am tight on time, this is one of my favorite vegan gnocchi dishes.  It is quick, easy, and hearty.  And it has…drum roll…8 ingredients, including the salt and the optional vegan parmesan!  Sometimes, simple is best, and leave it to Italian food to perfectly showcase this maxim.   Because this vegan gnocchi dinner recipe has so few ingredients, it’s important to follow the … Continue reading Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Spinach and Tomatoes

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Slow Cooker Cajun Kidney Beans and Rice

Taking inspiration from Louisana’s Cajun cuisine, this vegan kidney beans and rice recipe involves stewing the beans, green peppers, celery, and onion with a bit of smokiness, a bit of heat, and a lot of savory flavor. I love it on top of some short grain brown rice, but you could also have it over savory corn grits or with a big, thick delicious piece … Continue reading Slow Cooker Cajun Kidney Beans and Rice

Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Harissa Dressing

This vegan harissa chickpeas and carrots recipe works well roasted in the oven or cooked out on the grill.  I’ve included directions for how to do either method. No matter how you do it, I love the way the harissa dressing mingles with the carrots, red onions, chickpeas and garlic.  Served on a bed of quinoa and topped with fresh mint and parsley, it is … Continue reading Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Harissa Dressing

Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burgers

When I buy frozen vegan burgers, I tend to think of them as a vehicle for condiments.  It’s a rare day that I even notice the vegan burger has any flavor at all.  There are a few good ones out there, but after you’ve been vegan for awhile, they all start blurring together.  Due to this, I was inspired to get in the kitchen, and make … Continue reading Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burgers

Vegan Chickpea Salad with Pickle

Creamy Chickpea Salad

We love road trips! In some parts of the U.S. (like the desert), you’d be lucky to find a gas station; let alone, a vegan meal.  So, I always pack a cooler with everything we’ll need before we go.  It saves time on the road, and it ensures that all our nutritional needs are met. This chickpea salad is one on my all-time favorite go-to vegan … Continue reading Creamy Chickpea Salad

Pulled Shiitake Mushrooms with Homemade Brandy BBQ Sauce

This pulled mushroom sandwich recipe happened, because the flavor and texture of shiitakes is awesome. Plus, I love making homemade barbecue sauces, so why not make a new one? 🙂 Brandy likes to hang out with shiitake mushrooms.  They work well together.  Fresh ginger seemed like a good choice.  And hey, why not add a good amount of hot sauce, and some Medjool dates for … Continue reading Pulled Shiitake Mushrooms with Homemade Brandy BBQ Sauce

Vegan Kale Ranch Salad with Bacon Chickpeas

This healthy hearty vegan kale salad recipe works well for lunch or dinner. If you’re going to pack it for lunch, keep the dressing and the chickpeas separate from the rest of the salad. When you are ready to eat it, toss everything together. As a variation, change up the vegetables in the salad.  It’s a salad, so the line up for the vegetables does … Continue reading Vegan Kale Ranch Salad with Bacon Chickpeas

Chickpea Curry

Quick, easy, and absolutely delicious.  This vegan chickpea curry recipe is flavorful, hearty and comes together fast.  It is by no means authentic, but it is strictly plant based.  When my partner went up for seconds, I knew I had a winner on my hands! When I usually make curry, I like to use coconut cream instead of coconut milk, because it creates a thicker … Continue reading Chickpea Curry

Zesty Pesto and Artichoke Ricotta Vegan Lasagna

Having experimented with vegan artichoke ricotta for the recipe for Carrot Artichoke Tortellini, I decided it might be worthwhile to whip up a summer lasagna that incorporated it, as well. As such, this is a recipe for vegan lasagna without tofu and without cashews. Garden tomatoes, fresh basil, and a tasty, zesty pesto.  The pesto’s secret ingredient, a jalapeño!  It brings the perfect amount of … Continue reading Zesty Pesto and Artichoke Ricotta Vegan Lasagna

Southwestern Jackfruit Pizza

Sweet corn made so much sense for this vegan jackfruit pizza recipe.  I couldn’t help but think about my run-in with a European Domino’s Pizza menu a few years ago.  My husband said, “Europeans eat corn on pizza?”  I said, “I guess so.”  As an American, this seemed novel, and well, very American, because corn is pretty darn American. While this pizza looks decadent and … Continue reading Southwestern Jackfruit Pizza

Chipotle Lime Jackfruit

This vegan chipotle jackfruit recipe is quick, easy and super tasty. It’s got the perfect balance of acid, sweetness, savory flavors and smokiness.  And best of all, this simple vegan recipe for jackfruit can be used in a variety of easy, comfort food classics, whether it’s on nachos, inside tacos, burritos or enchiladas, or even as a vegan pizza topping!   For this recipe, I … Continue reading Chipotle Lime Jackfruit