Easy Tempeh Bacon

So many homemade tempeh bacon recipes require liquid smoke. Not this one! Does the tempeh bacon’s flavor suffer as a result? My empty plate would suggest it does not. This recipe is easy to make and very, very tasty. Use this tempeh bacon in TLT’s–a tempeh, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Enjoy it as a side…

Smoky Medjool Date Barbecue Sauce

For over 20 years, I’ve engaged in endurance sports. One of my favorite ways to fuel (and recover) is using Medjool dates. Those suckers are loaded with carbs, potassium and a good amount of vitamins. Because they have so much fiber, there isn’t a sugar crash. It’s just a steady energy, and they taste great….

Gnocchi with Pesto and Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

Whether you make your gnocchi from scratch, buy your gnocchi prepackaged, or use a gluten free variety, it is always absolutely delicious. This recipe is easy, hearty and packed with summer flavors. Vegan pesto is amazing on grilled vegetables, and it is also amazing on gnocchi. When vegan pesto, grilled vegetables and gnocchi come together,…

Marinated Grilled or Baked Tofu

Whether the tofu is sliced or cubed, this grilled or baked marinated tofu can be used on sandwiches, on salads, in tacos, in burritos, on pizza, in a grain bowl, in vegan sushi, or whatever your imagination can come up with!

Vegan Pesto

You can use this fast, easy vegan pesto as a condiment, to dress pasta or zoodles, as a pizza sauce, on grilled vegetables, stirred into risotto and more! This recipe yields ~1 cup of vegan pesto. For the best flavor, make it right before you want to use it. Sautéing whole garlic cloves in the…

Beet Chorizo Burgers

Chorizo is a pork sausage that’s popular in Europe and Latin America. It varies in preparation based on the region. Years ago, I used to frequent a Mexican restaurant in San Jose, California that offered soy chorizo as a taco filling. Maybe they made their own, but I have a feeling they used good ol’…

Super Crunchy Potato Salad

Inspired by the Arab Salad (or Israeli Salad), this recipe features many of its hallmark ingredients–tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, and more. But then, it takes a detour. In the end, Super Crunchy Potato Salad tastes refreshing, loaded with satisfying textures and absolutely delicious! Summer heat can be brutal on fresh veggies. If…

Summer Chickpea Millet Salad

This is the perfect summer salad to serve for lunch, dinner or as a cookout side. The combination of the fresh herb dressing, the hearty millet grains, the satiating chickpeas, juicy cherry tomatoes and crunchy pumpkin seeds make this one simple, satisfying whole grain salad! Make sure to let the cooked millet and the garlic…

Kalamata Olive Tapenade

This tapenade is quick and easy to make. It’s packed with serious flavor–sauteed garlic, oregano, parsley, kalamata olives, and capers. It tastes great on toasted bread, sliced baguette, pitas, fresh cut veggies, pizza, or really anything that goes on the grill! Whether you use it as an appetizer, a snack or condiment, you cannot lose….

Orange Zest and Fennel Risotto

Risotto is one of my all-time favorite meals. It is simple, requires few ingredients, and is quite satisfying. While I have given tips about making a risotto in the past, there are only a few principles you need to adhere to to have success. If you do these three things, you’re on the right track….

Lemon Chickpea Asparagus Soup

Through times of stress, we must have compassion for ourselves and for others. Even though the uncertainty can feel crushing, it is possible to feel grounded again. To feel grounded again, means doing all the things–following a schedule, exercising, connecting with friends and family, getting fresh air, managing your anxiety or feelings of unease and…

Smoky Collard Rolls

Maybe you love to cook? Maybe you’re sick of the monotony of eating the same things over and over? Maybe it’s the weekend and you want to fill your home with the delicious smell of a home-cooked meal? Maybe you’re trapped in your house due to treacherous weather conditions? Well, have I got the recipe…

Carrot and Beet Salad with Fresh Dill and Roasted Pistachios

I’ve made this salad a few times for guests. Every time, someone asks, “Is this on your blog?” And I say, “No, I keep leaving it out, because how many beet salads can one blog have?” And then, they tell me that it’s really good, and it should be on my blog. So… here we…

Cowboy Skillet Pie

This recipe is inspired by my childhood next door neighbor, who used to host parties out of his garage. He would set up long folding tables, and everyone would come out with hot dishes, barbecue, warm rolls and amazing desserts. The adults would drink beer, and the kids would run around. I always loved that…

Vegan Broccoli Mushroom Tater Tot Casserole

When I was a kid, the church potluck was where it was at! So many delicious hot dishes made with love, and ready to share with one another. And while there were many options to choose from, I always gravitated towards the casseroles. Tater tot casserole! Broccoli cheese rice casserole! Green bean and mushroom casserole!…

Winter White Bean Soup

This is one creamy, hearty vegan bean soup! It uses easy to find ingredients, and cooks up pretty fast (~30 minutes). While it doesn’t have a ton of herbs and spices, the ones selected are quite potent. Rosemary and red pepper flakes create some serious flavor, especially with the synergy of a good broth (like…

Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Wild Rice Casserole

This recipe is creamy, savory, and delicious. It works well as a main dish (plenty hearty!) or as a side dish. It’s fancy enough for the holidays, but doesn’t have to be a holiday dish. It’s gluten free, has no nutritional yeast, and loaded with fall-winter flavors (think thyme, nutmeg, and mushrooms). While the instructions…

Braised Red Cabbage and Carrots

It’s savory, sweet, sour and totally delicious! Braised Red Cabbage and Carrots is light and acidic, and makes a terrific side dish that isn’t chock-full of sodium, fat or calories. This recipe takes some time to make (about an hour), but has very simple ingredients and is easy to do. The only requirement is patience!…

Vegan Slow Cooker Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes

Upon trying these green beans, my husband announced that this is the only way he wants to eat green beans from now on. This recipe takes inspiration from the U.S.’s Southern-style green beans and tomatoes. Usually, meat is used to add complexity and flavor to this popular side dish, but I wanted to see if…

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 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. And the filling is…

Vegan Creamy Polenta with Roasted Vegetables

Sometimes, I think I should have called this blog, “The Hearty Vegan Kitchen”. It’s probably taken already, but I want to think it rings true for nearly all the recipes that can be found here. And this recipe is no exception. Plus, the vegetables smell absolutely exquisite roasting in the oven. Is it the roasting…

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Creamy Curry Dressing

Inspired by Indian flavors, this is a zippy, flavorful sweet potato salad that’s perfect for the summer. Pop those sweet potatoes on the grill outside, and keep your house from feeling like a total inferno. It’s all about timing with the grilled sweet potato. Leave it on the grill too long, and you’ll have a…

Vegan Fiesta Rice

When I was a kid, we would eat Rice-A-Roni® Spanish Rice. My mom would add a can or two of beans and frozen corn. Sometimes, we would add shredded cheese to the mix. It was a quick, frugal meal for a working mom to serve her family, and it got the job done. This recipe…

Summer Wild Rice Salad

While I think of wild rice as an American staple (especially in states like Minnesota), it always feels pretty seasonal. One eats wild rice in the fall or winter. I rarely see it outside of soup or stuffing recipes. It’s a shame, because it has a lot of vital mineral and vitamins, and possesses a…