Vegan Caribbean Papaya Stew

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

Artichoke Potato Salad

Growing up in the US’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…

Cream of Celery Soup

I’m one of those weirdos that eats the celery on the veggie party tray. I know, who eats the celery? Well, it’s this person. I love the crunch, freshness and slightly salty aftertaste. I like how it compliments dips. And yet, celery doesn’t need to be on a veggie party tray for me to appreciate…

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 US due to the rise of the gluten free movement. One could buy Millet Tots in…

Southwestern Sweet Corn Chowder

This soup is a vegan ode to the US’s Southwest cuisine. New Mexican green chiles, sweet corn, chipotle chili powder, lime, cilantro, and squash. This 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…

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…

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 recipe, there had to be some creativity involved, because there isn’t anything in the vegan world (as of…

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Jamaican cuisine is the result of mixing the techniques and foods of the people, who are native to the island, with the cuisines from the Spanish, Irish, French, British, African, Indian, and Chinese. Whether it’s fusion or representative of a specific cultural cuisine, the island’s food is full of delicious flavor and history. While this…