The Green Jersey Burrito

Without Fabio Aru competing in the Tour de France this year, we’ve gotten behind Slovak star, Peter Sagan.  Or I should say, I have gotten behind Peter Sagan, because my husband has always liked him.  Sagan’s a beast, especially when it comes to sprinting.  He is fun to watch!  Plus, when he makes his way to…

Marinara Sauce

What could be easier to make than marinara sauce?!  The ingredients are so simple, and it cooks up fast.  The most important thing is using the best tasting tomatoes you can find. If you’re using tomatoes in the can, make sure they’re brands like Pomi, Mutti, or Cento San Marzano. Or if you’re making your…

Kickin’ Black and White Bean Burgers

When you know better, you do better! I have learned a lot about making homemade vegan 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 bean burger recipe is easy, spicy, gluten…

Grilled Pomegranate Molasses Tempeh

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…

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…

Tofu Scramble

I grew up on Fantastic Foods Tofu Scrambler.  When I got into college, I couldn’t always afford to buy a box, so I started making my own.  I would rely heavily on curry powder, nutritional yeast, and a bag of frozen mixed vegetables.  Sometimes, I would throw in a little oatmeal, as a nod to…

Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

Orzo pasta, spinach, cannellini beans, lemon, garlic, and a hint of vegan cheese.  This recipe is the perfect meal for warmer weather.  It cooks up fast in a skillet, and is packed with savory flavors.  It works well as a side or as a main entree. The first time I had orzo, I thought it…

Lemon Garlic Herb Tofu Skewers

Fresh chives, dill, flat leaf parsley, lemon zest, garlic cloves, and a touch of jalapeño bring this marinade to LIFE.  When I think of tofu marinades, I usually think of soy sauce or BBQ.  I don’t often think of fresh herbs, lemon and garlic, and that’s a shame, because it works together so nicely with…

Minestrone Soup

The first soup I learned to make was minestrone.  As a youngster, I thought it was very romantic to use wine in cooking.  I felt like such a grown up incorporating it.  The smell of garlic and Italian herbs filled the air.  And at once, I was transported from my life on the Illinois prairie…

Tempeh Souvlaki Pita

With the summer approaching, I thought there is no better time to start skewering.  Even though I’ve been vegan for 20 years, I still get excited about grill season.  As soon as the weather is warm enough (and even sometimes, when it isn’t quite yet!), I am ready to fire up the grill.   Souvlaki…

Heirloom Tomato Salad

The heirloom tomatoes are back!  And I couldn’t help but feel inspired.  Pairing a juicy, bursting-with-flavor heirloom tomato with crisped tempeh bacon, shallots, and fresh basil with a bit of a white white vinegar and olive oil, felt like a no brainer.  What better way to celebrate the the king of tomatoes than a simple…

Okra Masala Soup

One of my all-time favorite Indian dishes is bhindi masala.  First of all, it’s star attraction is okra, which I positively love.  Second, it tastes like a dream within a dream.  It’s spiced and has a bit of astringency, while also maintaining a buttery, savory flavor.   When I was thinking of today’s soup, I…

Carrot Artichoke Tortellini with Garlic Butter Arugula

Three weeks ago, I decided I wanted to make stuffed pasta. The biggest issue holding me back was the filling.  In the US, there are a few stuffed vegan pastas on the market.  Ten years ago, there was only one or two companies that made stuffed vegan pastas, so having a few more different flavors…

Buffalo Soy Curl Wrap

For years, one of my favorite snacks was Health Is Wealth’s Buffalo Wings.  Pure, unadulterated vegan junk food.  If I had a hard day at the office or had completed a tough workout, those microwaveable buffalo wings were my reward.  And omg, the seasoning and the amazing texture!    At some point, all my natural…

Seitan Stew

It’s been raining steadily for the past two days.  Even though we are in early spring, there’s still a bit of that “in like a lion” part happening this March.  And while it’s a rarity on the west coast, we even had a thunderstorm.  So, with that as my backdrop, I felt it was time…

Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup

When I was conceptualizing this soup, I couldn’t help but think about shakshuka.  It’s a staple entree of North Africa and Arab cuisine, and involves eggs and tomatoes.  Being vegan, I wasn’t going to go the eggs route, and because I wanted soup, this would need to veer in a different direction.  Just like shakshuka,…

Texas Caviar

I still remember the first time I had Texas Caviar.  It was a work potluck to celebrate a baby shower.  While my co-worker used bottled Italian dressing, it was still really, really good.  As I recall, it was the one dish that didn’t make it home.  We devoured it straightaway.   I was inspired to…

Southern Cornmeal Galette

Black-eyed peas were first introduced to Virginia during the 17th century.  Grown throughout Asia and West Africa, black-eyed peas favor warm climates, and are extremely tolerant to drought.  Thus, crops of black-eyed peas proliferated throughout the Southern United States, and to this day, continue to play an important role in soul food and in Southern cuisine….

Red Cabbage-Watermelon Radish Slaw

I made the most amazing sandwich today.  It was rich and cheesy.  And it needed an accent.  Something acidic to bring everything together.  It’s nothing a little bit of slaw can’t solve.  While slaws are easy to make, this one tastes best if it has a little time for the flavors to meld.  The hardest…

Cilantro Mint Chutney Tomato Tart

It’s physically painful for me to get up early.  My body actually hurts–my head, my eyes, my bones.  I don’t feel sad about missing sunrise.  I feel good about giving my body what it needs.  And even though it isn’t always popular with the morning types that I pal around with, they remain loyal, loving…

Watercress Mint Soup

This morning, I woke up to my dog pawing my head.  As I opened my eyes, I had to admit his urgency was warranted.  Outside it looked like spring exploded overnight!  The sun was shining.  The cherry blossoms were everywhere.  The sweet smell of spring was wafting it’s way through the open window.  “Ok, ok…

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…

Cuban Black Beans

I love beans and rice. Maybe you do too? These budget-friendly black beans are easy and flavorful. Enjoy these delicious black beans over rice as a meal, or as a side to an entree, like Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja. Top it with vegan sour cream, top it with cilantro, top it with the sauce…