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

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

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

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

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

Vegan Breaded Mac and Cheese Recipe

Vegan Shells and Cheese

This easy vegan shells and cheese recipe takes inspiration from Velveeta Shells and Cheese. Much like the beloved boxed cheesy pasta, the vegan cheese sauce is blended until it’s aerated, creamy and smooth.  Unlike Velveeta Shells and Cheese, these vegan cheesy shells are baked and topped with crispy, garlic bread crumbs. Altogether, it’s so good! Two things… ・For the bread crumbs, use day old bread. … Continue reading Vegan Shells and Cheese

Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

The first time I had orzo, I thought it was rice. Little did I know, it was pasta masquerading as rice. Since discovering it’s true nature, I am constantly thinking of ways to incorporate it into my meal rotation. So good, so pasta! This frugal, easy vegan orzo cannellini beans recipe cooks up quick, and is packed with savory flavors.  You can’t beat an orzo … Continue reading Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

Slow Cooker Kidney Beans and Coconut Brown Rice

Inspired by Jamaican rice and peas, this vegan kidney beans and rice slow cooker 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 recipe works well as a side dish or as a main dish. It tastes great paired with Jerk … Continue reading Slow Cooker Kidney Beans and Coconut Brown Rice

Garlicky Potato-Zucchini Pancakes

This vegan potato and zucchini pancake recipe is inspired by Slovak zemiakové placky. It preserves some traditional elements (potatoes, garlic, etc), but does take some departures (vegan sour cream, etc). I also prepare them by baking them, instead of frying them. All in all, they are easy to make, smell amazing baking in the oven, and work well as a side, especially with Soy Curl … Continue reading Garlicky Potato-Zucchini Pancakes

Cuban Black Beans

I love beans and rice. Maybe you do too? These budget-friendly black beans are easy and flavorful. Enjoy these delicious black beans over rice as a meal, or as a side to an entree, like Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja. Top it with vegan sour cream, top it with cilantro, top it with the sauce of your choice.  Don’t even top it at all! Cuban … Continue reading Cuban Black Beans

Vegan Grits and Greens Casserole

I first published this recipe almost a year ago, but there’s always been some elements about it that I felt weren’t quite right.  Today, I revisited it, and improved it a lot.  Blended silken tofu helps create creamy grits that are out of this world.  All-in-all, this recipe is much better than the original, and still pairs very nicely with the slow cooker recipe, Smokey … Continue reading Vegan Grits and Greens Casserole

Sauerkraut Recipes with Beans

White Beans and Sauerkraut

Do you love sauerkraut? Well, this blog is chock-full of vegan recipes with sauerkraut. To list just a few, there’s Vegan Slavic Sauerkraut Soup, Slow Cooker Vegan Cabbage Rolls with Sauerkraut Tomato Sauce, Vegan Sauerkraut Goulash and more. Like the rest of UVK‘s sauerkraut offerings, this braised sauerkraut with white beans recipe is absolutely delicious. It works awesome as a sauerkraut side dish, but also … Continue reading White Beans and Sauerkraut