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  • Vegan Slow Cooker Seitan and Green Pea Stew

    Vegan Slow Cooker Seitan and Green Pea Stew

    As cooler months approach, I get more and more excited to breakout my slow cooker for vegan stew. Not only is it easy to use, but after a few hours of simmering, you have a dish saturated in deliciousness. And this vegan slow cooker seitan and green pea stew recipe is a phenomenal example of […]

  • Fiesta Rice

    When I was a kid, we would eat Rice-A-Roni® Spanish Rice. My mom would add a can or two of black 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. And […]

  • 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. So when I decided to put together a summer vegan succotash […]

  • Rosemary Lentil Walnut Burgers

    Years ago, I followed a recipe for a vegan pâté that used walnuts and sherry vinegar. I remember thinking at the time, “This sherry vinegar better be worth buying, because I don’t know when I’ll ever have an excuse to use it again.” But once I tried it, I was a total convert. Whether it’s […]

  • Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes

    I love gnocchi and love thinking of new ways to enjoy it. And this vegan gnocchi with Swiss chard and tomatoes is quick and tasty. Who knew Swiss chard gnocchi could be this good? A few things… ・You can use store bought gnocchi or make your gnocchi from scratch. ・Any chard will do…red, rainbow, etc. […]

  • Vegan Caribbean Papaya Stew

    Stoba is a popular stew from Curacao, which may include green papaya, beef, pork tail or goat. Also popular in Aruba and Bonaire, it is a hearty mainstay on the ABC islands. Taking inspiration from Curacao’s stoba, I put together a vegan papaya stew recipe that is rich in flavor and hearty. While some recipes […]

  • Slow Cooker Vegan Chile Verde

    When I bought the ingredients for this recipe, the cashier at the grocery store commented, “Now, that’s what I call the right ratio of chiles to tomatillos.” I told him, “If you’re gonna do it, then do it.” He probably didn’t realize that I was going to make a slow cooker recipe for seitan and […]

  • Mushroom Farro Burger

    Many vegans, plant based folks, vegetarians, and the culinary adventurous enjoy a good old fashioned mushroom veggie burger. I have had my fair share over the years. Some incredibly tasty. Some more or less forgettable. This vegan mushroom farro burger recipe is anything but! I thought for a very long time about this homemade mushroom […]

  • Herbed Millet Skillet with White Beans and Asparagus

    When I was growing up, my mother was a big fan of millet. She made a lot of millet loaf, which I would always smother in BBQ sauce. Years later, millet became more popular in the U.S. due to the rise of the gluten free movement. Millet is slightly nutty, and has a fair amount […]

  • Beet Poke Bowl

    Poke is a very popular traditional dish from Hawaii. The centerpiece of the meal is raw fish (usually tuna or octopus). While there are a variety of approaches to seasoning the fish, many recipes incorporate soy sauce, sesame oil, green onions and sesame seeds. Inspired by poke, this is an easy, fast, fresh vegan beet […]

  • Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja

    This recipe is inspired by the Cuban national dish, ropa vieja.  The English translation of ropa vieja is “old clothes”, because the shredded beef and vegetables look like rags.  This slow cooker vegan (or vegetarian) ropa vieja recipe uses thin sliced seitan, shredded jackfruit, dry white wine, peppers, red onion, crushed tomatoes, green olives, and […]

  • Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas, Okra and Tomatoes

    Inspired by the flavors of the U.S.’s Southern cuisine, this slow cooker vegan black-eyed peas with okra and tomatoes recipe is one of my favorite crockpot meals. It’s easy to make and very hearty. Served over a heaping pile of quinoa or brown rice, vegan stewed black-eyed peas and okra is loaded with protein, fiber, […]

  • Vegan Al Pastor

    Let’s learn how to make vegan al pastor with soy curls or young jackfruit. Inspired by the central Mexican favorite, this easy vegan al pastor recipe works well for jackfruit or soy tacos al pastor and so much more. Al pastor blends the Lebanese technique for making shawarma with Mexican cuisine—chilies, pork, and pineapple. Traditionally, […]

  • Vegan Truffle Mac and Cheese

    This is an easy stovetop vegan truffle mac and cheese recipe with white truffle oil, nutritional yeast and vegan cheese. This dish cooks up fast (25 minutes or less!), and does not require any baking at all. To help it take even less time, I like to get my water boiling and boil my macaroni […]

  • Vegan Slow Cooker Jackfruit Porcini Ragu

    This is a revision of a previous vegan slow cooker jackfruit porcini ragu recipe. While it has a few more steps than the original, it doesn’t take much time at all to put together. Each step is essential to creating the flavor of this vegan mushroom ragu recipe. Sautéing the onions and garlic creates a […]

  • Slow Cooker Vegan Persian-Style Green Bean Stew

    Khorake Loobia Sabz (Persian Green Bean Stew) is a traditional dish from Iran, which usually involves beef, green beans, carrots, potatoes, onions, turmeric and tomato paste. This Persian-inspired recipe incorporates many of traditional elements to produce a delicious, slow cooker vegan (or vegetarian) green bean stew. Make sure to only use canned kidney beans in […]

  • Vegan Jackfruit Chickpea Curry Shepherd’s Pie

    This vegan jackfruit chickpea curry shepherd’s pie recipe takes inspiration from Madras curry, which originated in the south of India. The spicy blend works really well with the jackfruit, chickpeas, and greens in the filling for this flavorful vegan shepherd’s pie. The garlic ginger mashed potatoes are delicious—blending garlic, ginger, coconut cream, lemon juice and […]

  • Vegan Greek Spinach Pie

    Inspired by Greek spanakopita, this savory vegan spinach pie recipe uses phyllo dough, frozen spinach, silken tofu, raw cashews and more.  While you can use dried herbs for this recipe, the fresh marjoram and dill are very nice. Fresh marjoram is like a sweeter, woodsier oregano. The Greeks thought of it as a symbol of happiness. […]

  • Vegan Pear Galette with Pecans and Fennel

    This vegan pear galette recipe is a savory-sweet pastry filled with pears, pecans, fennel bulb, and vegan smoked gouda. The smell of it baking was exquisite.  And it filled our home with anticipation. We couldn’t wait to slice and serve it. Two things.. ・The glory of a galette lies in it’s imperfection. You roll some […]

  • Vegan Lentil Loaf with Porcini Mushrooms, Walnuts and Cashews

    Traditionally, I am not a fan of “loaf” of any kind.  I usually find them a bit underwhelming.  So, I felt challenged to create a vegan lentil loaf recipe that was flavorful and savory.  And this mushroom lentil loaf does just that! Dried porcini mushrooms bring so much flavor. They work so well with the […]

  • Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Beef

    This easy slow cooker vegan Italian beef recipe combines shredded young jackfruit and thinly sliced seitan with a super savory au jus loaded with red miso, reduced sodium soy sauce, onions, garlic, and Italian herbs and spices. Slow cooked in a crock pot for hours, it makes such a delicious plant based filling for vegan […]

  • Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Lentils and Breadcrumbs

    Maybe you aren’t vegan, but someone you love is and they are coming over for a holiday dinner? Well, making this recipe for vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms with lentils and breadcrumbs says, “Hey, I thought of you, and wanted you to have something delicious to dine on at this gathering.” If this is you and […]

  • Vegan Black Bean Burritos with Avocado Mango Salsa

    This easy vegan bean burrito recipe is simple, fast and delicious. Lime, fresh mango, cilantro, avocado and fire-roasted green chiles create a fresh sweet-sour salsa. Stewed black beans with ground cumin and smoked paprika provide a savory, hearty counterbalance. Enjoy wrapped in a tortilla, and yum! This recipe makes ~4 burritos. These simple vegan burritos […]

  • Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Eggplant Chickpea Stew

    This vegan eggplant chickpea stew recipe is inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine—pomegranate molasses, saffron, cardamom, and more. It smells absolutely heavenly while it’s cooking!  The flavor is warming, slightly tangy, and comforting all at once. And it tastes delicious served over a bed of fluffy couscous or short grain brown rice. Pomegranate molasses is a common […]