Slow Cooker Vegan Chili Verde

When I bought the ingredients for this recipe, the cashier at the grocery store commented, “Now, that’s what I call the right ratio of chiles to tomatillos.” I told him, “If you’re gonna do it, then do it.” He probably didn’t realize that I was going to cook up a vegan version of chili verde…

Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja

Today’s recipe is inspired by the Cuban national dish, ropa vieja.  The English translation of ropa vieja is “old clothes”, because the shredded beef and vegetables look like rags.  This vegan version uses thin sliced seitan, shredded jackfruit, dry white wine, peppers, red onion, crushed tomatoes, green olives, and savory herbs and spices. Simmer it…

Wild Rice Mushroom Soup

This vegan soup recipe is hearty, flavorful, and healthy.  I love how sherry vinegar makes a good mushroom soup, an extraordinary mushroom soup.  It’s the secret ingredient that really makes this recipe!  I do not recommend skipping it, because you’d be missing out.  But, if you really have a hard time finding it or you…

Slow Cooker Pomegranate Walnut Lentil Stew

A few months ago, I was reading about fesenjoon, a Persian stew that uses ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses to create a savory, sweet and sour flavor.  While there are variations in how to make the stew, it usually involves chicken or duck.   This recipe takes inspiration from fesenjoon, but goes down a vegan…

Vegan Greek Spinach Pastry

While traditional Greek spanakopita has feta, eggs, and butter, this vegan spanakopita-inspired recipe uses silken tofu, quinoa, and a bit of vegan shredded cheese.  Kalamata olives and fresh herbs add complexity.  While you can use dried herbs for this recipe, I love what the fresh herbs bring to this recipe.   Fresh marjoram is like…

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Like most of the U.S. population, potatoes are one of my absolute favorite comfort foods.  And while it’s definitely a food associated with North America, it has a much longer history with South America.  Cultivation of the potato in South America is thought to be somewhere around 10,000 years ago.  North America can thank Peru…

Pecan, Pear and Fennel Galette

My first time creating a vegan galette, I came up with the Southern Cornmeal Galette.  If you haven’t tried it, it is savory, hearty and tastes amazing.  After I tasted it, I thought, “My work with galettes is done.” Until now. This vegan galette recipe is a savory-sweet pastry that proudly shouts, “WINTER!”  Maybe it’s…

Swiss Chard Gratin

I didn’t knowingly eat Swiss chard until I was in my 30’s. And once I did, I thought I had made an amazing personal discovery. I wanted to eat it all the time. That’s one of my favorite things about trying new foods! This vegan gratin recipe is creamy, comforting and loaded with Swiss chard….

Porcini Mushroom Lentil Loaf

Traditionally, I am not a fan of “loaf” of any kind.  I usually find them a bit underwhelming.  So, I felt challenged to create a loaf that was flavorful, savory, and stayed together.  A loaf that was easy to make and delicious.  A loaf that would urge everyone that tasted it to get a second…

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.  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,…

Spinach and Fennel Sourdough Stuffing

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 do you want me to make?” And…

Roasted Garlic Spinach Artichoke Dip

Traditional spinach artichoke dip is loaded with cheese, cream cheese, and sometimes, even sour cream. This vegan roasted garlic spinach artichoke dip 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…

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup

When I was a kid, my favorite vegetable was broccoli.  Every year on my birthday, my mom would let me pick what I wanted to eat for dinner.  With zero hesitation, it was almost always Mollie Katzen’s recipe for The Enchanted Broccoli Forest.  But I have to give it to Mollie, how could a veggie…

Sun-Dried Tomato Lentil Wheatballs

Lentils, toasted walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon peel, spelt, a little bit of oregano, a little bit of parsley, and some torn spinach.  Delicious, rustic, homemade “wheat”-balls!  Perfect for pasta night topped with your favorite marinara.  Tasty on a hoagie bun topped with sauce and melted cheese.  Or if you’re feeling especially ambitious, make them according to…

Chipotle Sweet Potato Red Lentil Soup

This is one hearty vegan soup!  As it cooks up, it gets thicker, so if you prefer a thinner soup, stir in some extra water or broth right before serving.  This soup also has an identity crisis.  Is it chili?  Is it stew?  Is it vegetable soup?   It’s probably all three?  But regardless of…

Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Chickpea Eggplant Stew

This stew is inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine—pomegranate molasses, saffron, cardamom, and more. It smells absolutely heavenly while it’s cooking!  The flavor is warming, slightly tangy, and comforting all at once. And it tastes delicious served over a bed of fluffy couscous or short grain brown rice. Pomegranate molasses is a common ingredient in Persian and…

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Cannellini Beans

Often confused with broccolini and broccoli, broccoli rabe has a very different flavor.  While broccoli is sweet and broccolini is even sweeter, broccoli rabe is slightly bitter.  The flavor reminds me of a more amped up collard green or Brussels sprout, but definitely nothing like broccoli.  In fact, it is more closely related to a…

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…

Herbed 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…

Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Tomatoes, and Spinach

When I am tight on time, this is one of my favorite meals.  It is quick, easy, and hearty.  And it has…drum roll…7 ingredients, including the salt!  Sometimes, simple is best, and leave it to Italian food to perfectly showcase this maxim.   Because this recipe has so few ingredients, it’s important to follow the…

Slow Cooker Cajun Kidney Beans and Brown Rice

As being vegetarian became more mainstream in the U.S., my family of origin joined the movement. Along with many other books about vegetarianism, my mother read Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé. Written in the 1970’s, Diet for a Small Planet centered around going vegetarian for environmental reasons, and how world hunger…

White Bean Jackfruit Chili

As the kiddos go back to school, I can’t help but think of vegan chili.  It tastes great on it’s own, or loaded up with vegan sour cream, scallions, avocado, or with a bit of shredded vegan cheese.  For the contrast in textures, I like a few crushed tortilla chips in mine.   For this recipe,…

Vegan 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 always looked forward to it, and I almost always picked the same pasta salad.  It had broccoli, sliced black olives, and a tangy vinaigrette.  While I was coming up with…

Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Harissa Dressing

This recipe works well roasted in the oven or cooked out on the grill.  I’ve included directions for how to do either method. No matter how you do it, I love the way the harissa dressing mingles with the carrots, red onions, chickpeas and garlic.  Served on a bed of quinoa and topped with fresh…