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  • Mediterranean Chickpea Eggplant Salad

    Mediterranean Chickpea Eggplant Salad

    This Mediterranean-inspired vegan chickpea eggplant salad recipe has it all! The grilled eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, chickpeas, pistachios and a tasty oregano dressing really make it happen. It tastes great over some garlic toast, or on a bed of spinach greens. Or all by itself! It’s hearty enough to be a lunch or a meal, but […]

  • 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. And […]

  • Asparagus Salad with Walnuts, Farro and Lemon Vinaigrette

    The best parts of this herby farro asparagus salad recipe are the texture and the flavor! It’s crisp from the lightly steamed asparagus, crunchy from the walnuts, and chewy from the farro. The lemon vinaigrette is a tasty combination of citrus and freshness from the basil. Together, it’s a very satisfying and filling vegan asparagus […]

  • 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 vegan collard greens were 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Air Fryer Za’atar Chickpeas

    Chickpeas taste awesome marinated in za’atar seasoning. In fact, this air fryer recipe for za’atar chickpeas taste delicious without cooking them! But roast them, and they have a second life, as a crispy, tasty treat. They work well as a snack, on salads, with pitas and more. You don’t want to miss out on these […]

  • Golden Beetroot and Couscous Salad with Slivered Almonds and Dried Currants

    This vegan roasted golden beetroot (or beet) and couscous pasta salad recipe has a delicious lime and mint dressing. And wow, does it work with the couscous, golden beets, currants and slivered almonds. It may be a pretty simple beetroot pasta salad, but the textures and flavors are awesome. Enjoy this recipe for beetroot and […]

  • Fennel and White Bean Salad

    This easy vegan fennel and white bean salad recipe 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 with garlic toast, put it inside a pita, wrap […]

  • Radish Salad with Fresh Dill and Scallions

    Inspired by Slavic flavors, this vegan red radish salad recipe has a pleasing, bright flavor with fresh dill, scallions and distilled white vinegar. It offers a nice counterbalance to rich foods. I feel like it would go very well with Vegan Potato and Onion Pierogi or with a large, holiday spread. It’s always nice to […]

  • 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 with soft pretzels. You could even use it to make a vegan queso mac […]

  • Vegan Funeral Potatoes

    Church potlucks. Family gatherings. The perfect cheesy potatoes to bring over to a neighbor going through something. That’s right, I’m talking about funeral potatoes (or in this case, vegan funeral potatoes!). And this vegan funeral potatoes recipe has it all–cornflakes, a homemade vegan cheesy sauce, and hash brown potatoes. It’s hearty, savory, and delicious. It […]

  • Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries, Apples and Walnuts

    This vegan wild rice stuffing recipe is very easy to make, super savory, and the perfect side for Thanksgiving, the holidays, colder months of the year, or any time you’re in the mood for stuffing (which for me, is always!). I’m one of those people that saves bread heels in the freezer, because you never […]

  • Roasted Garlic Gravy

    This simple vegan roasted garlic gravy recipe is perfect on loaf, mashed potatoes, stuffing, or anything you like to smother in gravy. And it makes a nice, flavorful addition to any Thanksgiving or holiday spread. Finally, a vegan gravy without mushrooms! The most time consuming part of this recipe is roasting the garlic. The rest […]

  • 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, added to bean salad and more. If you love garlic and haven’t been roasting it, you’ve been missing out! As it roasts, the garlic cloves […]

  • 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 easy tempeh bacon recipe is very, very tasty! And there are so many delicious ways to eat tempeh bacon. Use it in a homemade […]

  • Ginger Miso Slaw

    Dry roasted almonds, crunchy chow mein noodles, marinated tofu, fresh celery and crisp napa cabbage make this vegan ginger miso slaw recipe. It works well for summer or really any time of year. It’s a great protein-packed Asian-inspired vegan miso coleslaw salad for lunch, dinner, or summer cookouts. If you aren’t eating this right away, […]

  • 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 Mint Potato Salad

    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 vegan lemon mint potato salad recipe tastes refreshing, loaded with satisfying textures and absolutely delicious! Summer heat can be brutal on […]

  • Chickpea Millet Salad with Fresh Herbs and Pumpkin Seeds

    This is the best vegan chickpea millet salad recipe to serve for lunch, dinner or as a cookout side. The combination of the fresh herb dressing, the hearty grains, the satiating chickpeas, juicy cherry tomatoes and crunchy pumpkin seeds make this one simple, satisfying millet salad with tomatoes and chickpeas! Make sure to let the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Asian Orzo Pasta Salad

    Inspired by Asian flavors, this recipe for vegan orzo pasta salad with sesame ginger dressing tastes great warm or cold. 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. […]

  • 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 […]