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Seitan Beef Stew

This seitan stew recipe wants to be your favorite vegan beef stew. I used a little bit of red wine, red miso, and a hint of soy sauce to bring the umami. If you don’t have red miso, substitute a vegetable or fake beef bouillon cube, instead. Just make sure to taste it at the […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Jerk Jackfruit

This vegan jerk jackfruit recipe could not be easier! You mix canola oil, spices, salt and young jackfruit in a bowl, and then, grill it. It tastes awesome alongside Slow Cooker Kidney Beans and Coconut Brown Rice. I also like to add a little homemade mango salsa! To make fresh mango salsa, chop up 1 […]

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Spinach, Wild Mushroom and Pea Gnocchi

I made vegan gnocchi for the first time in college.  It was during the time I was studying the Italian language, and it was an epic fail.  My gnocchi were too wet, and fell apart in the water.  The ones that didn’t fall apart clumped together on the bottom in one big, oddly shaped ball. […]

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Vegan Cornmeal Galette with Sweet Potatoes, Black-Eyed Peas and Greens

Black-eyed peas were first introduced to Virginia during the 17th century.  Grown throughout Asia and West Africa, black-eyed peas favor warm climates, and are extremely tolerant to drought.  Thus, crops of black-eyed peas proliferated throughout the Southern United States, and to this day, continue to play an important role in Southern cuisine. This recipe blends common […]

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Slow Cooker Kidney Beans and Coconut Brown Rice

Inspired by Jamaican rice and peas, this slow cooker vegan red kidney beans and coconut rice recipe is easy, tasty and hearty. Allspice, nutmeg, thyme, coconut cream, dark red kidney beans and short grain brown rice create a creamy, savory and delicious family meal. This easy budget friendly vegan coconut rice and beans recipe works […]

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Grilled Seitan Sandwich with Kale Walnut Pesto and Apples

About a year ago, I went through a bread baking phase.  Bread is surprisingly easy to make, even the most complicated variety.  During that time, I made a lot of sourdough.  It was not the best sourdough I’ve ever had, but it was good.  Living close to so many bakeries on the US’s west coast, […]

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Vegan Tomato Tart with Cilantro Mint Chutney

This savory vegan tomato tart recipe is perfect for brunch, a light summer meal, or whenever your garden provides more tomatoes and herbs than you know what to do with. It’s so easy to make and delicious. It’s really important to thin slice the tomatoes. If you don’t, it will either be very wet or […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Soy Curl Paprikash

This is yet another revision of this vegan paprikash recipe. Now, it is gluten free and eliminates the prepackaged vegan sour cream. There’s also a richer, creamier 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 ribbon noodles, mashed […]

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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 […]

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Cuban Black Beans

I love beans and rice. Maybe you do too? These budget-friendly black beans are easy and flavorful. Enjoy these delicious black beans over rice as a meal, or as a side to an entree, like Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja. Top it with vegan sour cream, top it with cilantro, top it with the sauce […]

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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 […]

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Vegan Cabbage and Noodles

This vegan cabbage and noodles recipe is simple and delicious! It’s one of my favorite comfort meals. And it doesn’t take much to pull off. 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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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Vegan Puff Pastry 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 side dish, I created a vegan turnover recipe that included all three ingredients, and then, added buttery, delicious vegan puff pastry and hearty chickpeas. The result is a savory, delicious pastry that makes a great […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Slow Cooker Seitan Goulash

Originating in Hungary, but beloved throughout Central Europe and elsewhere, goulash is a stew of meat, vegetables and paprika. Inspired by the classic dish, this delicious slow cooker vegan (or vegetarian) seitan goulash recipe is loaded with potatoes, carrots, red peppers and more. It has a savory broth with sweet Hungarian paprika, smoked paprika and […]

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White Beans and Sauerkraut

This vegan white beans and sauerkraut recipe is absolutely delicious. It’s a simple sauerkraut side dish, but it also can work as a main dish. To make it an entree, serve it over fried potatoes or mashed potatoes. Top it with some vegan sour cream to make it next level. This braised sauerkraut with beans […]