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 to keep the ginger miso dressing and chow mein noodles … Continue reading Ginger Miso Slaw

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

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 entire can of tomatoes without draining off the juice. It … Continue reading Stovetop Vegan Chili Mac and Cheese

Asian Orzo Pasta Salad

Inspired by Asian flavors, this easy vegan orzo salad recipe makes a good warm side dish or cold pasta salad. After having time to sit overnight in the fridge, I thought it tasted even better. It uses few ingredients. It works well for a cookout, picnic, road trip cooler, camping trip, simple meal, or lunch. And while it wasn’t the goal, it ended up looking … Continue reading Asian Orzo Pasta Salad

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

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

Sicilian Eggplant Crostini

Fancy appetizer, delicious snack, light lunch, hearty side. However you look at it, this vegan eggplant crostini recipe is where it’s at! Some crushed red pepper, green olives, eggplant and fresh tomato… it’s really something. A few bites, and it’s on to the next one. This vegan crostini recipe tastes amazing straight out of the oven or after several hours chilling in the fridge. Because … Continue reading Sicilian Eggplant Crostini

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

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

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Lemony Greek Wheat Berry Salad

This Mediterranean-inspired grain salad is chewy from the wheat berries, crunchy from the orange pepper and cucumber, and possesses a flavorful lemon herb dressing that keeps you coming back for more! And best of all, this vegan wheat berry salad’s texture holds up, even after a day or two of refrigeration. It is great for road trips, packed lunches, work lunches, entertaining, potlucks, picnics, as … Continue reading Lemony Greek Wheat Berry Salad

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 Carrots and Farro with Citrus, Ginger and Dill

This vegan farro recipe works well as a warm side dish or as a cold grain salad. As a warm vegan side dish, it can be served directly after combining all the elements together. If you choose to serve it cold and it has been marinading in the fridge for a few hours, make sure to taste it and refresh the flavors. It may need … Continue reading Roasted Carrots and Farro with Citrus, Ginger and Dill

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

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

Vegan Farro Salad with Kale and Tomatoes

Bursting with fresh Italian flavors, this vegan farro salad recipe is quick, easy and makes a delicious side, lunch, a picnic, or light dinner. A few notes… ・If you aren’t into baby kale, you could use arugula. ・The fresh oregano is maybe the best part, but if you want to substitute 1 tsp dried oregano, it will still work. ・And finally, if you skip the … Continue reading Vegan Farro Salad with Kale and Tomatoes

Thai Pineapple and Cucumber Salad

From the spicy notes of Thai basil to the sweet, juicy addition of pineapple, this pineapple and cucumber salad recipe takes inspiration from Thai cuisine. It’s fresh, easy and oil free. It brings together spicy elements with sweet and sour elements. Overall, it’s a refreshing salad that is perfect for summer. I’ve been going through a slight obsession with Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce. It … Continue reading Thai Pineapple and Cucumber Salad

Black Bean Salsa with Avocado

This vegan black bean salsa recipe with avocado is… the perfect answer for “lunch?” A crowd-pleasing homemade addition to a potluck. An awesome topping to a baked sweet potato. A delicious filling for a tortilla wrap. A tasty topping to a Southwestern-themed green salad. Over and over, this recipe is my go-to, whether it is the meal, a snack, or a condiment. It’s all delicious! … Continue reading Black Bean Salsa with Avocado

Asian Noodle Salad with Almond Sesame Dressing

Some people are allergic to peanuts, and some people just don’t like them. I’m one of the latter. I wanted to make an Asian noodle salad without peanuts that still had a nice nutty flavor. So here we are! This vegan Asian noodle salad recipe is satisfying, and great for any time of year. The ingredients are simple. And it’s easy to make. And one … Continue reading Asian Noodle Salad with Almond Sesame Dressing