Vegan Pesto

You can use this fast, easy vegan pesto as a condiment, to dress pasta or zoodles, as a pizza sauce, on grilled vegetables, stirred into risotto and more! This recipe yields ~1 cup of vegan pesto. For the best flavor, make it right before you want to use it. Sautéing whole garlic cloves in the…

Kalamata Olive Tapenade

This tapenade is quick and easy to make. It’s packed with serious flavor–sauteed garlic, oregano, parsley, kalamata olives, and capers. It tastes great on toasted bread, sliced baguette, pitas, fresh cut veggies, pizza, or really anything that goes on the grill! Whether you use it as an appetizer, a snack or condiment, you cannot lose….

Asian Orzo Pasta Salad

Inspired by Asian flavors, this 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, and is easy to execute. It works well for a cookout, picnic, road trip cooler, camping trip, simple meal, or…

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. If you do these three things, you’re on the right track….

Asian Almond Sesame Noodle Salad

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 that did not involve peanut butter, but still had a nice nutty flavor. So here we are! This pasta salad is satisfying, and great for any time of year….

Vegan Caribbean Papaya Stew

Stoba is a popular stew from Curacao, which may include green papaya, beef, pork tail or goat. Also popular in Aruba and Bonaire, it is a hearty mainstay on the ABC islands. Taking inspiration from Curacao’s stoba, I put together a stew that is rich in flavor and hearty. While some recipes for stoba incorporate…

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…

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…

Herbed White Bean and Asparagus Millet

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. One could buy Millet Tots in…

Beet Poke Bowl

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. I always feel intense gratitude for the gifts of the islands. Rich in history and tradition, it is an amazing place. Poke is a very popular traditional dish from Hawaii. The…

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…

Mediterranean Kale Wheat Berry Salad

If you love tabbouleh, you’ll love this hearty salad! 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…

Roasted Coconut-Maple Yams

Traditionally, candied yams recipes require a lot of refined sugar. I wanted to develop a recipe that was quicker than most traditional candied yams recipes, required less sugar overall, had no refined sugar, and didn’t sacrifice on flavor. It seemed like it might be an impossible feat, until I called my best friend to talk…

Vegan Slavic Sauerkraut Soup

Slavs love dried mushrooms, sauerkraut, potatoes, dill, and soups. This vegan sauerkraut soup recipe took inspiration from Machanka, a meatless Slovak soup that’s popular during Catholic Lent season. It also took some inspiration from the general Slovak recipe canon. In putting it together, I tried to think back to my granny’s favorite things—pork products and…

Vegan Stovetop Truffle Mac n’ Cheese

This vegan macaroni 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 dinner that isn’t a total time suck. To help it take even less time, I like to get my water boiling and boil…

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…

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…

Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

Light and refreshing, this is the perfect fruit salad 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…

Cilantro Lime Jackfruit

This vegan jackfruit recipe is quick, easy and extremely delicious. It’s got the perfect balance of acid, sweetness, savory flavors and smokiness.  And best of all, this recipe can be used in a variety of easy, comfort food vegan classics, whether it’s as vegan nacho topping, a vegan taco filling, inside vegan enchiladas, or even…

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…

Lemon Tahini Pear Salad

While working on another recipe for this blog, I was snacking on a D’anjou pear.  I dipped it into some tahini dressing meant for the other recipe, and found it to be incredibly tasty.  I let it kick around in my mind for awhile of what I could do with this flavor combination, but in…