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  • Vegan Tempeh Souvlaki Pita

    Vegan Tempeh Souvlaki Pita

    This is a delicious vegan souvlaki tempeh pita recipe with creamy vegan tzatziki sauce, sliced tomatoes and fried potatoes. The tempeh needs time to marinate overnight for best flavor, but the rest of the recipe comes together quickly. Souvlaki is a popular fast food meat skewer from Greece.  It can be eaten alone, thrown on […]

  • Vegan Crab Salad

    This vegan crab salad recipe is as imitation crab meat as you can get!  No need to rely on other fish to play the role, and we don’t have to pretend to be scientists making our own crab with a blend of starch, fillers and artificial flavors.  We can look no further than humble kelp […]

  • Vegan Street Corn Skillet with Soy Curls

    While there are many preparations of Mexican street corn (or elote), many Americans think of it as grilled corn on the cob slathered in a delicious, creamy sauce. Inspired by Mexican street corn, this is an easy vegan skillet recipe with sweet corn, red potatoes, fried soy curls, and a delicious chipotle mayo sauce. It’s […]

  • Tempeh Eggplant Adobo

    I rarely use tempeh.  And yet, it has so many health benefits.  It’s a probiotic.  It’s loaded with protein.  It’s a good source of vitamins, like manganese, copper, b2, and magnesium.  And it has a ton of fiber.  Every time I eat it, I think, “I should eat this more often.”  And then, I don’t. […]

  • Carrot Artichoke Tortellini with Garlic Butter Arugula

    This vegan tortellini recipe is a fresh spin on the classic Italian pasta. The vegan tortellini filling uses grilled marinated artichokes, finely chopped carrots and fresh parsley. No nuts. No tofu. No soy. If you positively love artichokes, this is the one for you! Vegan wonton wrapper tortellini? Yes, it can be that easy to […]

  • Buffalo Soy Curls Wrap

    This vegan buffalo soy curls wrap recipe is super easy and tasty! It’s great for lunch or a quick dinner during the week. Or deconstruct this vegan buffalo chicken wrap and make it into a salad. A few things… This vegan buffalo chicken recipe makes ~4 servings of buffalo soy curls, whether you put them […]

  • Soy Curl Tetrazzini Primavera

    Tetrazzini is an American pasta dish named after an opera singer.  It involves a cheesy sauce, some kind of meat (usually chicken or tuna), and some vegetables.  When I was a kid, I thought it sounded very classy.   This vegan chicken tetrazzini recipe is built around a delicious cashew cream sauce.  White wine, raw […]

  • Seitan Beef Stew

    This seitan stew recipe wants to be your favorite vegan beef stew. I used a little bit of red wine, red miso, and a hint of soy sauce to bring the umami. If you don’t have red miso, substitute a vegetable or fake beef bouillon cube, instead. Just make sure to taste it at the […]

  • Jerk Jackfruit

    This vegan jerk jackfruit recipe could not be easier! You mix canola oil, spices, soy sauce, liquid smoke and shredded young jackfruit in a bowl, and then, grill it. Served with homemade mango salsa, this vegan jerk jackfruit tastes awesome in tacos, inside a wrap or alongside Slow Cooker Kidney Beans and Coconut Brown Rice. […]

  • Spinach, Wild Mushroom and Pea Gnocchi

    I made vegan gnocchi for the first time in college.  It was during the time I was studying the Italian language, and it was an epic fail.  My gnocchi were too wet, and fell apart in the water.  The ones that didn’t fall apart clumped together on the bottom in one big, oddly shaped ball. […]

  • Vegan Cornmeal Galette with Sweet Potatoes, Black-Eyed Peas and Greens

    Black-eyed peas were first introduced to Virginia during the 17th century.  Grown throughout Asia and West Africa, black-eyed peas favor warm climates, and are extremely tolerant to drought.  Thus, crops of black-eyed peas proliferated throughout the Southern United States, and to this day, continue to play an important role in Southern cuisine. This recipe blends common […]

  • Slow Cooker Kidney Beans and Coconut Brown Rice

    Inspired by Jamaican rice and peas, this slow cooker vegan red kidney beans and coconut rice recipe is easy, tasty and hearty. Allspice, nutmeg, thyme, coconut cream, dark red kidney beans and short grain brown rice create a creamy, savory and delicious family meal. This easy budget friendly vegan coconut rice and beans recipe works […]

  • Grilled Seitan Sandwich with Kale Walnut Pesto and Apples

    About a year ago, I went through a bread baking phase.  Bread is surprisingly easy to make, even the most complicated variety.  During that time, I made a lot of sourdough.  It was not the best sourdough I’ve ever had, but it was good.  Living close to so many bakeries on the US’s west coast, […]

  • Vegan Tomato Tart with Cilantro Mint Chutney

    This savory vegan tomato tart recipe is perfect for brunch, a light summer meal, or whenever your garden provides more tomatoes and herbs than you know what to do with. It’s so easy to make and delicious. It’s really important to thin slice the tomatoes. If you don’t, it will either be very wet or […]

  • Vegan Spinach Frittata with Fresh Herbs

    Kuku sabzi is essentially a Persian frittata. It’s heavy on the herbs and greens, but light on the eggs. Traditionally, it’s served at Persian New Year. This vegan spinach frittata recipe is inspired by the classic Iranian dish, kuku sabzi.  Who doesn’t love the idea of a frittata that is more parts leafy greens? Fresh dill, […]

  • Strawberry Avocado Dagwood with Tarragon Mayo

    When I think of strawberries, I think of Watsonville, California.  There are fields full of these luscious berries for as far as the eye can see.  And maybe this is completely nerdy, but I check to see if my strawberries came from Watsonville before I buy them.  I swear, they taste better.   Today’s sandwich […]

  • Vegan Soy Curl Paprikash

    This is yet another revision of this vegan chicken paprikash recipe. Now, it is gluten free and eliminates the prepackaged vegan sour cream. There’s also a richer, creamier vegan paprikash sauce made with silken tofu, raw cashews, lemon juice and more. This is still the kind of meal that you want to serve over egg-less […]

  • Sweet Potato Chickpea Stew

    Puchero is a peasant stew from Spain, but is prepared in a number of countries in Central and South America, and in the Phillippines. The word “puchero” translates to “stew pot” in English.  Many times, the broth is made from meat or cured bones.  Depending on the country preparing it, there are variations in some of […]

  • Vegan Cuban Black Beans

    This is an easy Cuban-inspired vegan black beans recipe with canned beans, green peppers, smoked paprika, dried oregano, white wine vinegar and more. Enjoy these delicious vegan (or vegetarian) Cuban black beans over rice as a meal, or as a side to an entree, like Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja. Because this recipe uses canned […]

  • Slow Cooker Stewed Kidney Beans, Carrots and Chard with Bulgur

    This recipe is inspired by the cuisine of the Middle East. It is incredibly simple, uses ten ingredients, and has a nice, subtle, low key flavor. If you are looking for a dish that’s comforting, budget-friendly and healthy, this is the one for you. And man, the carrots! The carrots taste so good. They really […]

  • Vegan Cabbage and Noodles

    This vegan cabbage and noodles recipe is simple and delicious! It’s one of my favorite comfort meals. If you’re an American with Slavic roots, you may be familiar with cabbage and noodles. In our household, it consisted of butter, onions, cabbage, broad noodles, salt and lots of black pepper. And before my family went vegetarian, […]

  • Smoky Medjool Date Barbecue Jackfruit

    The vegan gluten free barbecue jackfruit can be enjoyed in many ways–on a sandwich, in a taco, on pizza, on top of a baked sweet potato, and more. The naturally sweetened barbecue sauce is sweet, slightly spicy and smoky delicious.

  • Vegan Slow Cooker Soy Curl Carnitas

    Carnitas is a traditional Mexican dish, which translates as “little meats” in English.  It is generally made from braising pork for three to four hours.  Towards the end of cooking, the heat is turned up and the outside of the meat is crisped.  It is then shredded and served with tortillas or rice. Because this […]

  • Savory Turnovers with Swiss Chard, Potatoes and Chickpeas

    Blitva is a traditional Croatian side dish that stars Swiss chard, potatoes and a lot of garlic. Inspired by this dish, I created a savory vegan puff pastry turnover recipe with potatoes, Swiss chard, garlic and chickpeas. Whether you enjoy these savory turnovers as a snack or a meal, they are easy to execute, absolutely […]