Bulgur with Zucchini and Vegan Feta

This bulgur with zucchini recipe is easy, Mediterranean-inspired and perfect for summer! It takes about 30 minutes to make, and it’s sooo good. I love how all the elements work together in a symphony of summer flavor—fresh mint works so well with grilled zucchini, bulgur and vegan feta. You can use either store bought or homemade vegan feta. It works well as a vegan zucchini … Continue reading Bulgur with Zucchini and Vegan Feta

Artichoke Potato Salad

Growing up in the U.S.’s Midwest, we had two types of potato salad—German and Classic American-Style. I didn’t like Classic, because many times, it had hard-boiled eggs in it. And even though German seemed more up my alley flavor-wise, there was bacon. Both salads were non-starters, so I avoided potato salad. In the 90’s, I discovered balsamic potato salads. Suddenly, potato salad was light, acidic … Continue reading Artichoke Potato Salad

Lentil Barley Salad with Fresh Dill and Chives

This easy barley salad recipe is great for potlucks, picnics, lunches, and really, any season of the year. It’s chewy, crunchy, hearty and satisfying! If this green lentil and barley salad is left in the refrigerator for hours before serving, make sure to taste the salad, and adjust the seasonings. It will likely need more lemon juice and a bit more salt. For a variation … Continue reading Lentil Barley Salad with Fresh Dill and Chives

Herbed Millet 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, I would see millet become more popular in the U.S. due to the rise of the gluten free movement. Today, millet may still seem like quinoa’s little sister in the gluten free universe, but it … Continue reading Herbed Millet with White Beans and Asparagus

Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas, Okra and Tomatoes

Before leaving on a road trip, I like to make food to freeze, so there is less concern about where to get a vegan meal on the road. As a bonus, the frozen meals act as “ice packs” for our food in the cooler! Planning ahead has allowed worry-free exploration of some of the more remote corners of the United States. It has also meant … Continue reading Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas, Okra and Tomatoes

Middle Eastern Wheat Berry Salad with Kale, Cucumbers and Tomatoes

If you love tabbouleh, you’ll love this hearty vegan wheat berry salad recipe! In some ways, it is very similar—tomatoes, cucumber, lemon juice, and olive oil are all involved. In other ways, it’s a departure—no parsley, loads of oregano, wheat berries, kale and capers. Add some additional spices, and we’re on our way to flavor heaven. This is heavily influenced by Middle Eastern flavors, and … Continue reading Middle Eastern Wheat Berry Salad with Kale, Cucumbers and Tomatoes

Roasted Coconut-Maple Yams

Traditionally, candied yams recipes require a lot of refined sugar. I wanted to develop a recipe that was quicker, required less sugar overall, had no refined sugar, and didn’t sacrifice too much on flavor. It seemed like it might be an impossible feat, until I called my best friend to talk it over. Never underestimate the advice of a good friend! These vegan roasted yams … Continue reading Roasted Coconut-Maple Yams

Stovetop Vegan Truffle Mac and Cheese

This vegan truffle mac and cheese recipe cooks up fast (25 minutes or less!), and does not require any baking at all. This is my go-to stovetop meal when I want a satisfying vegan dinner that isn’t a total time suck. To help it take even less time, I like to get my water boiling and boil my pasta, while I make the sauce. White … Continue reading Stovetop Vegan Truffle Mac and Cheese

Hazelnut Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato, Rutabaga and Green Apple

Man, this is a delicious, vegan lacinato kale salad recipe! Roasted sweet potatoes, rutabaga and red onion mingle with crisp green apples, crunchy hazelnuts and fresh lacinato kale. The hazelnut vinaigrette is a mix of lemon juice, hazelnut oil, agave and kosher salt. Seriously good stuff. Is adding hazelnut oil to your pantry worth it? The answer is yes. It is amazing for roasting root … Continue reading Hazelnut Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato, Rutabaga and Green Apple

Air Fryer Cauliflower Side Dish Za'atar

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini and Za’atar

In Portland, Oregon, there is no shortage of very, very good vegan food.  Wait five minutes and another restaurant, natural foods store or food truck opens to the public.  And one of my favorite things is tasting everything vegan! After a recent trip to Aviv, a plant based Israeli restaurant in town, I was really impressed.  A lot of Israeli food is already plant based, … Continue reading Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini and Za’atar

Vegan Pear Galette with Pecans and Fennel

My first time creating a savory vegan galette recipe, I came up with the Southern Cornmeal Galette.  It used cornmeal, and tasted so good. I thought, I might be done making galettes. But man, if they aren’t so easy to make? Right? This vegan galette is a savory-sweet pastry that proudly shouts, “Winter!”  Maybe it’s the pears or the pecans? The fennel bulb? Regardless, the … Continue reading Vegan Pear Galette with Pecans and Fennel

Brandy Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

With the holidays on the horizon, I felt like it was time to come up with a new vegan mushroom gravy recipe.  I tend to make the same one every year.  Why not jazz it up with a little brandy and shiitake mushrooms?  Why not, indeed?!  This gravy tastes amazing on mashed potatoes, stuffing, lentil loaf, or really anything you like to smother with copious … Continue reading Brandy Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

Sourdough Stuffing with Spinach, Fennel and Vegan Italian Sausage

This vegan sourdough stuffing recipe is incredibly flavorful and savory.  It incorporates vegan Italian sausage, spinach, fennel, and sourdough bread cubes. It’s perfect for fall, winter, Thanksgiving, holiday celebrations or any time you want really good vegan stuffing.   When my family gets together, I always ask, “What dish do you want me to make?” And the reply is generally, “That stuffing.” If they’re in … Continue reading Sourdough Stuffing with Spinach, Fennel and Vegan Italian Sausage

Roasted Garlic Spinach Artichoke Dip

Traditional spinach artichoke dip is loaded with cheese, cream cheese, and sometimes, even sour cream. This vegan artichoke dip recipe takes inspiration from the classic appetizer, but it is not meant to be a perfect copycat. Instead, it depends a lot less on vegan dairy products to bring the flavor, and a lot more on silken tofu and roasted garlic! Blended silken tofu is the … Continue reading Roasted Garlic Spinach Artichoke Dip

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 vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms recipe says, “Hey, I thought of you, and wanted you to have something delicious to dine on at this gathering.” If this is you and you’re reading this, kudos to you, not vegan person, and your welcoming table! You’re awesome! … Continue reading Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Lentils and Breadcrumbs

Shiitake Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts with Farro

Awhile back, my cousin was looking for a Brussels sprout recipe.  I realized that I didn’t have any to share.  While we eat them roasted throughout the fall and winter season, that’s about the extent of it.  So, I challenged myself to think of a new way to incorporate Brussels sprouts into our rotation of family dishes.  And thus, we have this recipe for vegan … Continue reading Shiitake Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts with Farro

Herbed Black-Eyed Peas and Cannellini Bean Salad with Garlic Toast

There’s a few things I really love… fresh herbs, beans, peas and garlic toast!  This vegan bean salad recipe combines all of them for a seamlessly delicious meal.  I love the contrast between the warm, crisped garlic toast, and the cool, fresh bean salad.  The celery brings some crunch, and the sherry vinegar brings the acidity.  At once, this recipe is hearty, simple, and SO … Continue reading Herbed Black-Eyed Peas and Cannellini Bean Salad with Garlic Toast

Broccoli Pasta Salad with Fresh Italian Herb Dressing

When I was a kid, my mom would let me pick a pasta salad from the deli counter at our local grocer every week. I almost always picked the same broccoli pasta salad with sliced black olives and a tangy vinaigrette.  While I was putting together this recipe for broccoli chickpea pasta salad, I couldn’t help but think of “my salad”.   Fresh basil, oregano, … Continue reading Broccoli Pasta Salad with Fresh Italian Herb Dressing

Balsamic Potato Salad with Fresh Basil, Cherry Tomatoes and Wheat Berries

This balsamic potato salad recipe tastes like summer. It has fresh basil, ripe cherry tomatoes, and crisp arugula. The wheat berries add a hearty chewy quality to an otherwise pedestrian balsamic potato salad. All together, it is easy to make, and so delicious. It works well at a bbq, as a hearty whole grain vegan lunch, or a summer meal. A few notes… ・Allow the … Continue reading Balsamic Potato Salad with Fresh Basil, Cherry Tomatoes and Wheat Berries

Vegan Chickpea Salad with Pickle

Creamy Chickpea Salad

We love road trips! In some parts of the U.S. (like the desert), you’d be lucky to find a gas station; let alone, a vegan meal.  So, I always pack a cooler with everything we’ll need before we go.  It saves time on the road, and it ensures that all our nutritional needs are met. This chickpea salad is one on my all-time favorite go-to vegan … Continue reading Creamy Chickpea Salad

Asian Kale Slaw with Orange Sesame Dressing

This refreshing Asian kale slaw recipe works well as a side dish, lunch salad, or light dinner. It’s healthy, easy to make, and tastes great. A few notes…   ・To toast raw sliced almonds, add them to a dry skillet over medium heat.  Move them around with a spatula the entire time to keep them from burning.  You can smell them, they are done!  ・You … Continue reading Asian Kale Slaw with Orange Sesame Dressing

Vegan Kale Ranch Salad with Bacon Chickpeas

This healthy hearty vegan kale salad recipe works well for lunch or dinner. If you’re going to pack it for lunch, keep the dressing and the chickpeas separate from the rest of the salad. When you are ready to eat it, toss everything together. As a variation, change up the vegetables in the salad.  It’s a salad, so the line up for the vegetables does … Continue reading Vegan Kale Ranch Salad with Bacon Chickpeas

Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

Light and refreshing, this is the perfect cucumber cantaloupe salad recipe for warm days.  Fresh cantaloupe, crisp cucumber, mint, lemon, and rich macadamia nuts, it’s the perfect cookout side or works well as a cooling side dish on a lazy, hot evenings. The best parts… the way mint works with cantaloupe, the refreshing cucumber mingling with lemon and salt, and the rich, round flavor of … Continue reading Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

Grilled Beet Salad

A friend of mine, who is a clinical dietitian and lover of beets, would change everything I thought I knew about beets.  And namely, I thought that I hated them.  She hosted us for dinner, and made some amazing beet burgers from scratch.  While everything was grilling she told me about how beets were one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and that it … Continue reading Grilled Beet Salad