Vegan Stovetop Chili Mac and Cheese

Easy to execute (no baking), yields a lot of food, and tastes cheesy, spicy and smoky. The perfect hearty vegan mac n’ cheese dish for any time of year.

Cowboy Skillet Pie

This recipe is inspired by my childhood next door neighbor, who used to host parties out of his garage. He would set up long folding tables, and everyone would come out with hot dishes, barbecue, warm rolls and amazing desserts. The adults would drink beer, and the kids would run around. I always loved that…

Winter White Bean Soup

This is one creamy, hearty vegan bean soup! 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…

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 recipe…

Lentil Dill Salad

Fresh herbs make everything taste better. This easy, delicious, nutritionally dense salad is no exception! It tastes fantastic right after it’s been mixed together. The fresh dill and fresh chives are perfectly paired with lemon juice, a hint of dijon and olive oil. It’s almost too easy to eat this healthy. This salad is great…

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…

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…

Hearty Seitan and Wheat Berry Chili

This vegan chili recipe is easy, tasty and hearty. Often, vegan chili consists of beans and a few vegetables, like green peppers, onions, and sometimes, corn. I like how this vegan chili recipe brings an additional punch of heartiness with meaty chunks of seitan and chewy wheat berries. These two ingredients not only amp up…

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…

Chipotle Bean and Barley Salad

I revised this recipe for simplicity. Let’s just say that I’ve made it a number of times since I first published it, and I realized, it can be easier. What’s not to love about that?!  It still possesses that hallmarks of this delicious dish…a bit of smokey spice from the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce,…

Vegan Hominy Chili Bake

The cornbread crust is moist and sweet. The hominy chili filling is smoky, spicy, and very easy to make. Baked together for ~25 minutes, and it’s a delicious meal that will keep everyone coming back for more. It might seem complicated to pull this off, but this is not hard to do. A little time…

Italian Tempeh and Peppers

In my quest to think of more creative recipes with tempeh, I bring you Italian Tempeh and Peppers.  Grilled red and green peppers and red onion mingle with tempeh seasoned with fennel seeds, crushed red pepper, garlic and oregano, and all of it served over a bed of toasted farro with fresh basil, parsley and…

Orange Miso Chickpea Salad with Pita Chips

This is a simple recipe that works great for lunch, a midday snack or a light meal. It requires few ingredients, and minimal time to execute. The flavor is umami goodness. In some ways, this salad is a deconstructed hummus with a bit of a nod to Asian flavors. Overall, it is creamy and delicious!…

Hearty Sweet Potato Garbanzo Stew

Puchero is a peasant stew from Spain, but is prepared in a number of countries in Central and South America, and in the Phillippines.  The word “puchero” translates to “stew pot” in English.  Many times, the broth is made from meat or cured bones.  Depending on the country preparing it, there are variations in some of…

Slow Cooker Stewed Kidney Beans, Carrots and Chard with Bulgur

This recipe is inspired by the cuisine of the Middle East. It is incredibly simple, uses ten ingredients, and has a nice, subtle, low key flavor. If you are looking for a dish that’s comforting, budget-friendly and healthy, this is the one for you. And man, the carrots! The carrots taste so good. They really…