Kalamata Olive Tapenade

This recipe for kalamata olive tapenade is vegan, quick and easy to make. It’s packed with serious flavor–sauteed garlic, oregano, parsley, olives, and capers. It tastes great on toasted bread, sliced baguette, pitas, fresh cut veggies, pizza, sandwiches or really anything that goes on the grill. Whether you use it as an appetizer, a snack…

Rosemary Lentil Walnut Burgers

Years ago, I followed a recipe for a vegan pâté that used walnuts and sherry vinegar. I remember thinking at the time, “This sherry vinegar better be worth buying, because I don’t know when I’ll ever have an excuse to use it again.” But once I tried it, I was a total convert. Whether it’s…

Savory Mushroom Burger

Many vegans, plant based folks, vegetarians, and the culinary adventurous enjoy a good old fashioned mushroom veggie burger recipe. I have had my fair share over the years. Some incredibly tasty. Some more or less forgettable. And so, I thought for a very long time about this homemade mushroom vegan burger. Over a year. I…

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, on pizzas, and in pasta dishes. Or serve this…

Beet Poke Bowls

Some of my favorite memories are in Hawaii. It is absolute paradise in every sense—rich in culture, stunningly beautiful, and loaded with amazing produce. Poke is a very popular traditional dish from Hawaii. The centerpiece of the meal is raw fish (usually tuna or octopus). While there are a variety of approaches to seasoning the…

Vegan Al Pastor

Al pastor blends the Lebanese technique for making shawarma with Mexican cuisine—chilies, pork, and pineapple. Traditionally, marinaded pork is grilled on a vertical spit, thinly sliced, and served on tacos, burritos, gringas, tortas and more. For this vegan al pastor recipe, there had to be some creativity involved, because there isn’t anything in the vegan…

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…

Vegan Lentil Loaf with Porcini Mushrooms, Walnuts and Cashews

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 vegan lentil loaf recipe that was flavorful, savory, and stayed together.   I used dried porcini mushrooms, because the flavors are more concentrated than using fresh mushrooms. Plus, there is…

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…

Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burgers

When I buy frozen vegan burgers, I tend to think of them as a vehicle for condiments.  It’s a rare day that I even notice the vegan burger has any flavor at all.  There are a few good ones out there, but after you’ve been vegan for awhile, they all start blurring together.  Due to…

Pulled Shiitake Mushrooms with Homemade Brandy BBQ Sauce

This pulled mushroom sandwich recipe happened, because the flavor and texture of shiitakes is awesome. Plus, I love making homemade barbecue sauces, so why not make a new one? 🙂 Brandy likes to hang out with shiitake mushrooms.  They work well together.  Fresh ginger seemed like a good choice.  And hey, why not add a…

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…

Southwestern Jackfruit Pizza

Sweet corn made so much sense for this vegan jackfruit pizza recipe.  I couldn’t help but think about my run-in with a European Domino’s Pizza menu a few years ago.  My husband said, “Europeans eat corn on pizza?”  I said, “I guess so.”  As an American, this seemed novel, and well, very American, because corn…

Chipotle Lime Jackfruit

This vegan chipotle jackfruit recipe is quick, easy and super tasty. It’s got the perfect balance of acid, sweetness, savory flavors and smokiness.  And best of all, this simple vegan recipe for jackfruit can be used in a variety of easy, comfort food classics, whether it’s on nachos, inside tacos, burritos or enchiladas, or even…

Kickin’ Black and White Bean Burgers

When you know better, you do better! I have learned a lot about making homemade vegan black bean burgers since this recipe was originally released. It felt like it was time to improve it. Much of it is the same, but some of it is better and easier. This vegan black bean burger recipe is…

Chipotle Tempeh Kebabs

I love chipotle peppers—their spiciness and their smokiness. And, this delicious vegan kebab marinade pays tribute to the chipotle pepper and all it’s amazing synergy with lime, agave, garlic, cilantro, and soy sauce! This tempeh marinade is very easy to make, and just takes a little bit of patience to allow all the flavors to…

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!…

Grilled Pomegranate Molasses Tempeh Kebabs

Grill season is the perfect time to whip out the pomegranate molasses.  It works so well on grilled foods, especially tempeh.  While my local natural foods store carries it, it can be a little tricky to find.  You may want to try an international foods store, or order it online.  Or if you are feeling…

Tofu Scramble

I grew up eating Fantastic Foods Tofu Scrambler.  During college, I couldn’t always afford it. So, I started making my own from scratch. Sometimes, I would throw in a little oatmeal, as a nod to the old Fantastic Foods’ mix.   Since then, I still make my own tofu scramble, but I’ve gotten a little…

Grilled Lemon Garlic Herb Tofu Skewers

 When I think of tofu marinades, I usually think of soy sauce or BBQ.  And yet, this lemon and herb tofu marinade works so nicely! These grilled tofu skewers are not hard to make, but do need time to marinade (~3 hours). If you are able to marinade a bit longer, it’s even better. Pressed…

Vegan Pizza with Wild Mushrooms, Fennel and Almond Ricotta

Wild mushrooms, fennel, fresh basil, heirloom tomatoes and almond ricotta make for one fancy, delicious vegan pizza recipe.  Using the freshest produce you can find makes a big difference in the flavor.  Heirloom tomatoes are unreal in this recipe, and no doubt, just because they are heirloom tomatoes.  And it’s a hearty pizza.  Seriously delizioso!…

Tempeh Souvlaki Pita

Souvlaki is a popular fast food meat skewer from Greece.  It can be eaten alone, thrown on a pita, or covered in a red sauce.  If served on a pita, it is often accompanied by fried potatoes, sliced tomato and tzatziki sauce, a yogurt-based sauce with cucumber, garlic and herbs.   This recipe for vegan souvlaki…

Vegan Crab Salad

This vegan crab salad is as imitation crab meat as you can get!  No need to rely on other fish to play the role, and we don’t have to pretend to be fish market scientists making our own with a blend of starch, fillers and artificial flavors.  We can look no further than humble kelp…

Carrot Artichoke Tortellini with Garlic Butter Arugula

This vegan tortellini recipe is a fresh spin on the classic Italian pasta. The vegan tortellini filling uses grilled marinated artichokes, finely chopped carrots and fresh parsley. No nuts. No tofu. No soy. If you positively love artichokes, this is the one for you! Vegan wonton wrapper tortellini? Yes, it can be that easy to…