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Category: Lunch & Dinner

  • Vegan Gnocchi with Sweet Corn, Collard Greens and Tempeh Bacon

    Vegan Gnocchi with Sweet Corn, Collard Greens and Tempeh Bacon

    Inspired by the U.S.’s Southern cuisine, this recipe for vegan gnocchi with corn, collard greens and tempeh bacon is smoky, savory and hearty! It works for any time of year. If you use prepackaged vegan potato gnocchi, it cooks up under 30 minutes. Is it the way fresh basil interacts with the smoky notes of […]

  • Vegan Tortellini with Almond Ricotta

    This vegan tortellini recipe uses store bought vegan wonton wrappers, almond ricotta, and a few staple items, like fresh parsley and garlic powder. While this recipe includes directions for a simple garlic butter and grape tomato sauce, you can also dress your tortellini in marinara sauce, pesto sauce or the sauce of your choice. This […]

  • Vegan Cheesy Grits

    This recipe for vegan cheesy grits first came out several years ago. It was embedded in another recipe, which was a shame. It is so creamy and delicious, and felt like it deserved it’s own post. You can enjoy vegan grits with cheese for breakfast, as a savory vegan grits meal or as a gluten […]

  • Vegan Italian Herb Risotto

    This is a delicious recipe for vegan herb risotto with fresh basil, oregano, parsley and nutritional yeast. It’s easy and uses simple ingredients, but it isn’t super quick. It takes time to stir, ladle, and stir some more. But, it’s worth it to end up with a super creamy, savory vegan herby risotto! When it […]

  • Za’atar Chickpea Pita

    This is one simple vegan chickpea pita recipe. You’ll have to mix the ingredients for the za’atar chickpeas the night before, because they need time to marinate. Other than the marinating time, this recipe is quick and easy. No air fryer for the marinated chickpeas? No worries. Below are two alternatives for preparing the chickpeas […]

  • Vegan Sauerkraut Goulash

    Segedinský Guláš is a pork and sauerkraut stew that’s popular in Central Europe, especially in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Inspired by this dish, this vegan sauerkraut goulash recipe is savory, creamy and sour in all the right ways. Vegan goulash with sauerkraut and seitan seasoned with paprika? Yes please! I love how the […]

  • Tex-Mex Vegan Black Bean Sloppy Joes

    Inspired by Tex-Mex flavors, this easy vegan black bean sloppy joes recipe is absolutely delicious. And, best of all, they cook up fast! In less than 20 minutes, you’ll have a simple, hearty bean meal. They taste great with a little thin sliced pickled red onion on top. To pickle red onions, thin slice some […]

  • Vegan Cheesy Potato and Bacon Pierogi

    This homemade vegan cheesy potato and bacon pierogi recipe is rich in flavor. Hello tempeh bacon! They have no prepackaged vegan cheese products and are totally nut free. All it takes is some basic plant based staple pantry items to put these together. Similar to the Vegan Mushroom Sauerkraut Pierogi recipe, we’ll walk through the […]

  • Slow Cooker Vegan Cabbage Rolls with Sauerkraut Tomato Sauce

    Inspired by Slovak stuffed cabbage (also known as holubky or halupki), this recipe for slow cooker vegan cabbage rolls with sauerkraut, tomato sauce, brown rice and tempeh bacon are packed with savory, sour delicious flavors. They’re so delicious! So, what goes with this vegan cabbage rolls recipe? Mashed potatoes. A big, huge mound of mashed […]

  • Chickpea Millet Loaf

    This vegan chickpea millet loaf recipe is perfect for fall, winter, Thanksgiving, holidays or any time you’re craving savory plant based comfort food. It’s absolutely delicious on its own, smothered in roasted garlic gravy or topped with some homemade bbq sauce. And if you have leftover chickpea millet meatloaf, slice it and enjoy it on […]

  • Vegan Calzones with Zucchini and Tofu Ricotta

    Calzones… delicious, hot pizza pockets from Italy. Even though they take a bit of time to make, this recipe for vegan calzones with zucchini and tofu ricotta is easy to execute, hearty, and oh so tasty. I love to serve them with some marinara or pizza sauce on top. Total yum! For this vegan calzones […]

  • Grilled Barbecue Soy Curls Quesadillas

    This super easy vegan barbecue soy curls quesadilla recipe tastes like an American cookout. BBQ soy curls, green peppers, red pepper, red onion and a healthy amount of gooey vegan cheese sandwiched between two flour tortillas grilled to perfection. Serve these vegan quesadillas with vegan classic coleslaw. So good! I opted for a bottled barbecue […]

  • 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 vegan gnocchi with pesto recipe is easy, hearty and packed with summer flavors. Vegan pesto is amazing on grilled vegetables, and it is also amazing on gnocchi. When pesto, grilled vegetables and […]

  • 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 Beet Chorizo Burgers

    Over the years, I’ve tasted a lot of vegan chorizo. Some good, some very good. With warm thoughts of homemade vegan chorizo, I set out to create a tasty, grillable beet chorizo burger recipe that’s perfect for summer. There are no beans, no soy, no gluten and no dairy. It makes 3 large burgers or […]

  • Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwich with Kalamata Olive Tapenade, Avocado, Tomato & Arugula

    This easy vegan grilled portobello mushroom sandwich recipe is incredibly simple and flavorful. If you love olives and mushrooms, it’s the vegan olive tapenade and mushroom sandwich you’ve been waiting for! It’s savory, salty, and perfect for summer grill season. This recipe makes 4 sandwiches. Choose portobello mushrooms that are large enough to be sandwich […]

  • Vegan Chili Mac and Cheese

    This vegan chili mac and cheese recipe has a delicious butternut squash and cashew cheese sauce that’s loaded with nutritional yeast, and a spicy, and smoky black bean chili with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Add the cooked macaroni, and it’s the perfect hearty vegan meal for any time of year! On top of it’s […]

  • Fennel Risotto with Orange Zest

    Risotto is one of my all-time favorite meals. This recipe for vegan fennel risotto with orange zest 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 […]

  • Vegan Collard Green Rolls with Smoky Jackfruit and Sweet Potato

    Inspired by Southern flavors, this recipe for vegan stuffed collard green rolls with smoky jackfruit and sweet potatoes is full of flavor. It takes time to put together, the pay off is savory, smoky deliciousness. After baking in the oven, it’s so satisfying cutting into a collard green roll and getting to enjoy the umami […]

  • Cowboy Skillet Pie

    This vegan cowboy shepherd’s pie recipe combines mashed potatoes, pinto beans, and seitan. It balances them all 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 cowboy skillet pie. It takes time […]

  • 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! […]

  • Vegan Spinach Mushroom Wild Rice Casserole

    This vegan spinach mushroom 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 a vegan wild rice casserole that’s fancy enough for the holidays, like Thanksgiving, but doesn’t have to be a holiday dish. It’s gluten free, has no nutritional […]

  • Stuffed Acorn Squash with Wild Rice, Apples and Walnuts

    This recipe for vegan stuffed acorn squash with wild rice, apples and walnuts 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. fall flavors […]

  • 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 for creamy vegan polenta made with silken tofu and served with roasted vegetables is no exception. Plus, […]