Sweet Potato Lentil Soup

This sweet potato lentil soup recipe is vegan Thanksgiving in a bowl! It’s savory, hearty comfort food. I found it hard to resist, and ended up eating the entire pot. Even better, it’s pretty budget-friendly and easy to make. Great for fall, winter, or any time you are craving a satisfying, warming bowl of sweet potato and red lentil soup. I used 2 Edward and … Continue reading Sweet Potato Lentil Soup

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 the flavor more mellow. I like to roast garlic at … Continue reading Roasted Garlic

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 for homemade tempeh bacon 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 side to tofu scramble. Pair it … Continue reading Easy Tempeh Bacon

Grilled Barbecue Soy Curl Quesadillas

This super easy vegan quesadilla recipe brings grilling and soy curls together. BBQ sauce, soy curls, green peppers, red pepper, red onion and a healthy amount of gooey vegan cheese sandwiched between two flour tortillas grilled to perfection. Serve it with vegan classic coleslaw. It tastes like an American cookout in a quesadilla. So good! I opted for a bottled barbecue sauce to save on … Continue reading Grilled Barbecue Soy Curl Quesadillas

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

Winter White Bean Soup

This is one creamy vegan white bean soup recipe! It uses easy to find ingredients, and cooks up pretty fast (~30 minutes). While it doesn’t have a ton of herbs and spices, the ones selected are quite potent. Rosemary and red pepper flakes create some serious flavor, especially with the synergy of a good broth (like Better than Bouillon No Chicken Base plus some water) … Continue reading Winter White Bean Soup

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

Slow Cooker Seitan and Green Pea Stew

As cooler months approach, I get more and more excited to breakout my slow cooker. Not only is it easy to use, but after a few hours of simmering, you have a dish saturated in deliciousness. And this slow cooker vegan stew is a phenomenal example of how things can go really right! I’ve made this a few times. This seitan stew recipe freezes very … Continue reading Slow Cooker Seitan and Green Pea Stew

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Vegan Slavic Green Bean Soup

This recipe is inspired by the Slovak soup, Polievka zo Zelenej Fazule. There are lots of regional differences in how green bean soup is prepared, but I took a little bit from one recipe, a little from another, and then, took some liberties. We end up with a soup that is creamy, slightly sour, fresh and delicious. This vegan green bean and potato soup recipe … Continue reading Vegan Slavic Green Bean Soup

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

Vegan Tortilla Soup

This vegan tortilla soup recipe is all about the corn flavor. Corn tortillas are cut into strips, fried, simmered in the soup’s broth, and then, completely pulverized by a blender. The result is an intense corn flavor that announces, “This is tortilla soup!” Because tortilla soup often involves chicken, replacing it with soy curls was a no brainer. Soy curls basically taste like nothing. Their … Continue reading Vegan Tortilla Soup

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

Slavic Cabbage Soup

This vegan cabbage soup recipe is inspired by Slovak Kapustová Polievka, or Cabbage Soup, and maintains many of the ingredients of traditional recipes. While many recipes for this soup involve no meat, others do. There are regional (and personal) differences in how it is prepared. While I incorporated some traditional elements, I also took some liberties in my preparation. I added smoked paprika to conjure … Continue reading Slavic Cabbage Soup

Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes

This vegan gnocchi recipe with swiss chard is fast, hearty and delicious. I use prepackaged gnocchi, but you can also make your gnocchi from scratch. If you want to make this gluten free, make gluten free vegan gnocchi! As an additional time saver, I also have used prepackaged Swiss chard that’s already washed, chopped and ready-to-use. When this is the case, all I have to … Continue reading Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes

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

Vegan Feta

If you’re looking for a homemade vegan feta recipe, this is it. It’s salty, acidic, and a touch herbaceous. While using extra firm tofu helps cut down on the fat, there’s also plenty of protein, texture and flavor. This faux feta cheese works well in salads. Or serve it as part of a vegan charcuterie board along with grapes, tapenade, crackers, roasted nuts, hummus, and … Continue reading Vegan Feta

Southwestern Sweet Corn Chowder

This soup is a vegan ode to the U.S.’s Southwestern cuisine. With New Mexican green chiles, sweet corn, chipotle chili powder, lime, cilantro, and squash, this vegan chowder is full of robust, fresh flavor, and comes together in 30 minutes or less. This recipe works terrifically for any season. When sweet corn, tomatoes, and zucchini are abundant in the summer, this soup is a spicy, … Continue reading Southwestern Sweet Corn Chowder

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

Slow Cooker Vegan Potato Soup

This vegan potato soup recipe combines Russet potatoes with caramelized onions, garlic, smoked paprika, fresh thyme, a pop of jalapeño, and the savory goodness of fresh chives.   It is creamy, hearty, flavorful and warming.  And very easy to make!  The biggest time suck is caramelizing the onions, but if you get that going while you chop the vegetables for the crock pot, you won’t … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Potato Soup

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