Black Bean, Sweet Corn and Jicama Salad

Jicama is a plant from Mexico. Many people associate the term, jicama, with the plant’s edible tuberous root. This part of the plant is crisp, starchy and slightly sweet. In Mexico, it is often enjoyed raw with lime juice, chili powder and salt. Jicama was a perfect candidate to add some dimension to this delicious…

Sushi Rice

Calrose rice was developed in the late 1940’s in California. When cooked, this medium grain rice becomes soft and sticky. It’s an ideal rice for sushi, and pretty easy to find throughout the U.S. This sushi rice recipe uses Calrose rice. It makes enough rice for 3-4 vegan sushi rolls. You can use this sushi…

Mediterranean Eggplant Chickpea Salad

This vegan eggplant chickpea salad recipe has it all! The grilled eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, chickpeas, pistachios and a tasty oregano dressing really make it happen. It’s easy and simple. It’s hearty enough to be a lunch or meal, but could also work well as a side dish. It holds up well, so make it in…

Vegan Paella with Artichokes and Green Olives

Paella is a rice dish that originated in Valencia, Spain. Saffron, a spice derived from crocus flowers, is one of the main seasonings. In addition to making the rice yellow, it has a distinct flavor that’s a bit like honey. It’s very expensive, but it doesn’t take much of it to flavor a dish. This…

Asparagus Salad with Walnuts, Farro and Lemon Vinaigrette

The best part of this herby asparagus farro salad is the texture! It’s crisp from the lightly steamed asparagus and chewy from the farro. Together, it’s very satisfying and filling. Not to mention, the flavors work so well! This vegan asparagus salad recipe works great as an everyday or Easter side dish. It also works…

Roasted Beets

Making roasted beets in the oven is easy and delicious. This recipe makes 4 cups, and lasts in the fridge for ~4 days. These roasted beets taste great ice cold or warm. They taste awesome in salads or just eating them solo. Some roasted beets recipes instruct you to use whole beets. Chopping them up…

Slow Cooker Vegan Coconut Collard Greens

Sometimes, I sit around thinking about the Coconut Stewed Greens off the menu at Papa G’s, a vegan cafe in Portland, Oregon. Those tasty coconut greens are soft, flavorful and totally delicious. Since moving away from Portland, I can’t help but miss them. After hours of simmering in the crock pot, this vegan collard greens…

Vegan Cheesy Grits

This recipe for vegan cheesy grits first came out several years ago. It was embedded in another recipe, which is a shame. It is so creamy and delicious. You can enjoy vegan grits with cheese for breakfast, as a savory vegan grits meal or as a gluten free side dish. It tastes incredible paired with…

Vegan Italian Herb Risotto

When it comes to creating creamy risotto, stirring is everything.  As the rice grains rub against one another during the stirring, they release some of their starch.  This creates the creamy consistency.  The creaminess doesn’t come from cheese, milk or cream.  It comes from good old fashioned stirring. And that means, it’s important to use…

Air Fryer Za’atar Chickpeas

Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend. There’s a lot of variation in it’s preparation, but it almost always includes thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. In the U.S., you can buy it at many chain grocery stores, at international grocers, or online. You can also make it from scratch. Chickpeas taste awesome marinated in za’atar….

Couscous Salad with Golden Beets, Slivered Almonds and Dried Currants

This vegan couscous salad recipe has a delicious dressing–lime juice, olive oil, mint, cilantro, parsley and a little bit of garlic powder. And wow, does it work with the couscous, golden beets, currants and slivered almonds. This may be a pretty simple salad, but the textures and flavors are awesome. This recipe for couscous salad…

Fennel and White Bean Salad

This vegan recipe for white bean salad is awesome for lunch, because it takes very little effort and stores well. And like most cold bean salads, it gets better with time. Add a little extra salt before serving, and you’re ready to go. Serve it with garlic toast, put it inside a pita, wrap it…

Radish Salad with Fresh Dill and Scallions

Inspired by Slavic flavors, this radish salad recipe uses simple ingredients, is easy to make, and has a refreshing, crunchy texture. It’s works well for the winter or spring, but really, you could enjoy this year round. This recipe for radish salad is best served right away. The flavors and the crunchiness are at their…

Vegan Queso Dip

Inspired by the beloved Tex-Mex dip, this is one creamy vegan queso recipe with cashews, nutritional yeast, and Rotel! Whether you use mild or hot Rotel, this vegan homemade queso disappears fast. It is so good smothered on nachos, tacos, or soft pretzels. You could even use it to make a vegan queso mac and…

Vegan Funeral Potatoes

Church potlucks. Family gatherings. The perfect potato dish to bring over to a neighbor going through something. That’s right, I’m talking about funeral potatoes. A classic American casserole for people who love casseroles. I’m looking at you, Midwest and Intermountain West! So, what are funeral potatoes? They’re a crowd-pleasing cheesy potato casserole that got their…

Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries, Apples and Walnuts

I’m one of those people that saves bread heels in the freezer, because you never know when you’ll need bread crumbs or bread cubes. Making this vegan wild rice stuffing recipe with cranberries, apples and walnuts was the perfect excuse to put those heels to work. So, I popped those scraps of bread into a…

Roasted Garlic Gravy

Finally, a vegan gravy recipe without mushrooms! Roasted garlic does an excellent job of providing the flavor to this simple vegan gravy recipe. It’s perfect on loaf, mashed potatoes, stuffing, or really anything you like to smother in gravy. And it makes a nice, flavorful addition to any Thanksgiving or holiday spread. The most time…

Roasted Garlic

This roasted garlic recipe is easy, healthy and tastes amazing smeared on toasted bread, spread on a sandwich, added to vegan gravy, put into soups, like Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup, and more. If you love garlic and haven’t been roasting it, you’ve been missing out! As it roasts, the garlic cloves become super soft, and…

Easy Tempeh Bacon

So many homemade vegan tempeh bacon recipes require liquid smoke. Not this one! Does the tempeh bacon marinade suffer without liquid smoke? My empty plate would suggest it does not. This recipe is easy to make and very, very tasty. Use this vegan bacon in TLT’s–a tempeh, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Enjoy it as a…

Ginger Miso Slaw

Dry roasted almonds, crunchy chow mein noodles, fresh celery and crisp napa cabbage make this vegan Asian coleslaw recipe hearty enough to be a meal. It works well for summer or really any time of year. It’s a great protein-packed salad for dinner, lunch, and/or cookouts. If you aren’t eating this right away, it’s better…

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!

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…

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…

Stovetop Vegan Chili Mac and Cheese

This vegan chili mac and cheese recipe is easy to execute (no baking!), yields a lot of food (~6 servings) and tastes cheesy, spicy, and smoky. It’s the perfect hearty meal for any time of year! Two notes… I like a thick vegan cashew cheese sauce, but if you prefer a thinner sauce, add the…