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 in vegan butter, scallions, cilantro, smoked paprika, ground cumin, garlic … Continue reading Vegan Smashed Potatoes with Scallions and Cilantro

Vegan Smoky Bean Soup with Potatoes

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, I put together this vegan smoky bean soup recipe to … Continue reading Smoky Red Bean Soup

Sauerkraut and Beets Potato Salad

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 common ingredients, it diverts from tradition. Fresh dill is added, … Continue reading Beet Potato Salad with Sauerkraut

Vegan Baked Beans with Canned Beans

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 were cooked slow and low. Today, there are many variations … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Baked Beans

Vegan Vegetable Sushi

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 need to make the sushi rice, allow it to cool … Continue reading Avocado Cucumber Carrot Sushi with Sweet Chili Sauce

Tofu Ricotta Vegan

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 a little more flavor than my family’s tofu ricotta of … Continue reading Vegan Tofu Ricotta Cheese

Refrigerator Pickles with White Vinegar

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 to make them with one of my grandmother’s pickle recipes. … Continue reading Refrigerator Dill Pickles

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 find creative ways to get it into your meal rotation, … Continue reading Watermelon Salsa

Jicama Corn Salad Vegan

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 oil free vegan black bean and corn salad recipe. It … Continue reading Black Bean, Sweet Corn and Jicama Salad

Vegan Tzatziki Sauce with Yogurt

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), on toasted flatbread, or on top of a vegan souvlaki … Continue reading Vegan Tzatziki Sauce

Sushi Rice Vegan

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 rice in Shiitake Mushroom Rolls, Avocado Cucumber Carrot Sushi Rolls, … Continue reading Sushi Rice

Vegan Sushi Shiitake

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 is bringing you this vegan mushroom sushi recipe! A few … Continue reading Shiitake Mushroom Sushi Rolls

Vegan Paella Easy Recipe

Vegan Paella with Artichokes and Green Olives

Paella is a rice dish that originated in Valencia, Spain. Saffron, a spice derived from crocus flowers, is one of the main seasonings. In addition to making the rice yellow, it has a distinct flavor that’s a bit like honey. It’s very expensive, but it doesn’t take much of it to flavor a dish. This vegan vegetable paella recipe relies on saffron and smoked paprika … Continue reading Vegan Paella with Artichokes and Green Olives

Vegan Cauliflower Soup without Coconut Milk

Cauliflower Soup with Leeks

This easy vegan cauliflower soup recipe cooks up fast! Many cauliflower soups are super creamy or very cheesy. This soup is neither. It has light broth that’s savory, sour and herbaceous, which perfectly compliments the cauliflower and leeks. There’s no coconut milk, no cashews, no potatoes, and no vegan cheese. It’s simple and tasty. If you prefer a little more weight to your broth (and … Continue reading Cauliflower Soup with Leeks

Zucchini Stuffed with Italian Herb Risotto

This is a delicious vegan stuffed zucchini recipe. Zucchini boats filled with herb risotto is almost too perfect. Because let’s get real here, zucchini loves fresh basil 💚 This recipe makes ~6 stuffed zucchini boats and works well as a main course for dinner. It would taste awesome paired with a side of Fennel and White Bean Salad or Heirloom Tomato Salad. It takes time … Continue reading Zucchini Stuffed with Italian Herb Risotto

Brussel Sprout Soup Vegan

Brussels Sprout Soup with Potatoes

I might be someone that has mistakenly called a Brussels sprout, a “brussel sprout”. I had no idea those tiny cabbages were named after Brussels, Belgium! Regardless of how you’ve said it, maybe we can agree that they can be absolutely delicious? Pair them with caraway seeds, mustard powder, a little smoked paprika and white wine vinegar, and you’ve got one tasty vegan Brussels sprout … Continue reading Brussels Sprout Soup with Potatoes

Balsamic Glaze Vegan

Balsamic Reduction

What’s balsamic reduction? Balsamic vinegar that’s been simmered in a pot until enough water evaporates and it becomes a sweeter, thicker version of itself. It tastes awesome on roasted beets, salads, pizza and more. Is balsamic reduction vegan? Sometimes. Some recipes stir in honey, so it’s good to check. Some people use the terms “balsamic reduction” and “balsamic glaze” interchangeably. Other people only call it … Continue reading Balsamic Reduction

Vegan Quiche Tofu Recipe

Vegan Tofu Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and Arugula

This was one of UVK’s first recipes. It’s been through several revisions over the years, but this is by far, the best vegan tofu quiche recipe of them all. Sun-dried tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, arugula and a little vegan parmesan? All of the above! A few things… ・This recipe for vegan quiche is not meant to taste like eggs. To some degree, it has the texture. … Continue reading Vegan Tofu Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and Arugula

Benedict Vegan Breakfast

Vegan California Benedict with Portobello Mushroom

Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino, California is an incredible vegan resort. Of course, one of the best parts is going to Raven’s Restaurant for one of their legendary meals. It’s always absolutely delicious. This vegan mushroom benedict recipe is inspired by Raven’s Restaurant’s Portobello Benedict and by classic California Eggs Benedict. There’s a creamy cashew hollandaise sauce made in a high speed blender … Continue reading Vegan California Benedict with Portobello Mushroom

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers No Dairy

Vegan Stuffed Red Peppers with Chickpeas and Rice

This vegan stuffed peppers recipe is partly inspired by UVK’s Couscous Salad with Golden Beets, Slivered Almonds and Currants and to some extent, it’s inspired by elements of Indian cuisine. This dish is easy to make, tastes amazing, and is completely gluten free. It works awesome for dinner! A few things… ・The size of your baking pan will depend on the shape of your red … Continue reading Vegan Stuffed Red Peppers with Chickpeas and Rice

Easy Vegan Hollandaise Sauce No Tofu

Vegan Hollandaise Sauce

Quick, easy vegan hollandaise sauce! All you need to do, is add everything to a high speed blender (like a Vitamix or Ninja), and then, whisk in a small saucepan over medium heat until thick enough for you. It’s oil free, soy free, and wants to smother your vegan brunch in deliciousness. Who’s hungry? This recipe for vegan hollandaise sauce makes ~1 ¼ cups of … Continue reading Vegan Hollandaise Sauce

Gnocchi Sweet Corn Vegan

Smoky Gnocchi with Sweet Corn, Collard Greens and Tempeh Bacon

Inspired by the U.S.’s Southern cuisine, this vegan recipe using gnocchi is smoky, savory and hearty! It works for any time of year. If you use prepackaged vegan gnocchi, it cooks up under 30 minutes. Is it the way fresh basil interacts with the smoky notes of the tempeh bacon? Or the hint of sage with the fatty, salty butter? Or the slight sweetness from … Continue reading Smoky Gnocchi with Sweet Corn, Collard Greens and Tempeh Bacon

How to Make Roasted Beets

Roasted Beets

Making roasted beets in the oven is easy and delicious. This recipe makes 4 cups, and lasts in the fridge for ~4 days. These roasted beets taste great ice cold or warm. They taste awesome in salads or just eating them solo. Some roasted beets recipes instruct you to use whole beets. Chopping them up first makes it easier to use them later, especially if … Continue reading Roasted Beets

Quick Lemon Tahini Dressing

Lemon Tahini Dressing

This easy lemon tahini dressing recipe improves almost any food it touches–kale salad, roasted cauliflower, grilled tempeh pitas, broccoli and more. It’s super creamy, tangy, savory, and 100% dairy free. Whether as a salad dressing, savory sauce or delicious dip, lemon tahini dressing is quick, easy and delicious! This recipe makes ~¾ cup, and will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. Often, tahini will … Continue reading Lemon Tahini Dressing