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’ Frieda’s Soyrizo. That stuff is addictive, salty goodness. With warm … Continue reading Beet Chorizo Burgers

Lemon Potato Salad with Mint

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, this lemon mint potato salad recipe tastes refreshing, loaded with satisfying textures and absolutely delicious! Summer heat can be brutal on fresh veggies. If your celery, yellow pepper or cucumber are feeling … Continue reading Lemon Potato Salad with Mint

Chickpea Millet Salad with Fresh Herbs and Pumpkin Seeds

This is the vegan millet salad recipe 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 summer salad recipe! Make sure to let the cooked millet and the garlic olive oil completely cool before using them … Continue reading Chickpea Millet Salad with Fresh Herbs and Pumpkin Seeds

Kalamata Olive Tapenade

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

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. Use Italian short-grain rice, like arborio rice. Constantly stir the pot. Add one ladle of broth to the pot and stir … Continue reading Orange Zest and Fennel Risotto

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 eating food that comforts you. It also means demonstrating compassion … Continue reading Lemon Chickpea Asparagus Soup

Stuffed Collard Green Rolls with Smoky Jackfruit and Sweet Potato

Maybe you love to cook? Maybe it’s the weekend and you want to fill your home with the delicious smell of a home-cooked meal? Well, have I got the recipe for you! This vegan stuffed collard greens recipe takes time to put together, but the pay off is savory, smoky deliciousness. Maple syrup, spicy jalapeno, hickory flavored liquid smoke, red miso, soy sauce and oodles … Continue reading Stuffed Collard Green Rolls with Smoky Jackfruit and Sweet Potato

Carrot and Beet Salad with Fresh Dill and Roasted Pistachios

I’ve made this carrot and beet salad recipe 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 are. This vegan recipe for beet … Continue reading Carrot and Beet Salad with Fresh Dill and Roasted Pistachios

Cowboy Skillet Pie

In this vegan shepherd’s pie recipe, I try to take the best elements of baked beans and balance them into one savory, slightly sweet, and very hearty meal. Perfect for a grown Paul Newman (à la Butch Cassidy), cowboy, or really anyone that is looking for a deeply satisfying, delicious vegan shepherd’s pie. It takes time to bake, but wow, it smells (and tastes) so, … Continue reading Cowboy Skillet Pie

Vegan Tater Tot Casserole with Broccoli and Mushrooms

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! Anything with savory, cheesy or creamy goodness. This vegan tater … Continue reading Vegan Tater Tot Casserole with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Winter White Bean Soup

This is one creamy vegan white bean soup recipe! 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 Better than Bouillon No Chicken Base plus some water) … Continue reading Winter White Bean Soup

Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Wild Rice Casserole

This vegan mushroom and spinach wild rice casserole 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 I used a high speed … Continue reading Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Wild Rice Casserole

Braised Red Cabbage and Carrots

It’s savory, sweet, sour and totally delicious! This recipe for 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 vegan red cabbage recipe takes some time to make (about an hour), but has very simple ingredients and is easy to do. The only requirement is patience! Braised Red Cabbage and … Continue reading Braised Red Cabbage and Carrots

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 them 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 I could engineer some flavor vegan-style. These are not intended to … Continue reading Vegan Slow Cooker Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes

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 vegan stuffed acorn squash 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 everything I love about U.S. holidays—wild … Continue reading Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice, Apples and Walnuts

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 homemade vegan polenta recipe is no exception. Plus, the vegetables smell absolutely exquisite roasting in the oven. Is it the roasting glaze? Is it the rosemary sprigs? Is … Continue reading Vegan Creamy Polenta with Roasted Vegetables

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 mushy mess that doesn’t work well in a salad. Leave … Continue reading Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Creamy Curry Dressing

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 vegan black beans and brown rice recipe doesn’t taste like Rice-A-Roni®, … Continue reading Vegan Fiesta Rice

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 pleasing nutty flavor. For those that watch their gluten intake, … Continue reading Summer Wild Rice Salad

Vegan Tortilla Soup

This vegan tortilla soup recipe is all about the corn flavor. Corn tortillas are cut into strips, fried, simmered in the soup’s broth, and then, completely pulverized by a blender. The result is an intense corn flavor that announces, “This is tortilla soup!” Because tortilla soup often involves chicken, replacing it with soy curls was a no brainer. Soy curls basically taste like nothing. Their … Continue reading Vegan Tortilla Soup

Kidney Bean Succotash

Lima beans are my least favorite vegetable. If they are in front of me, I will eat them, because they are food. And in my opinion, food should never be taken for granted or wasted. But, for the most part, I avoid lima beans. When I think of the American classic succotash, I think of lima beans. Recently, I was doing a little research, and … Continue reading Kidney Bean Succotash

Grilled Okra with Curry Spices

This vegan okra recipe combines all my favorite things—okra, curry spices, and grilling! Best of all, it is incredibly easy, quick to make, and flavorful. It makes an awesome side to any cookout or summer meal. To pull this off, I used a disposable aluminum sheet pan, lined it was non-stick aluminum foil, and then, covered it with aluminum foil over the top of it … Continue reading Grilled Okra with Curry Spices

Slavic Cabbage Soup

This vegan cabbage soup recipe is inspired by Slovak Kapustová Polievka, or Cabbage Soup, and maintains many of the ingredients of traditional recipes. While many recipes for this soup involve no meat, others do. There are regional (and personal) differences in how it is prepared. While I incorporated some traditional elements, I also took some liberties in my preparation. I added smoked paprika to conjure … Continue reading Slavic Cabbage Soup