Kidney Bean Succotash

Lima beans are my least favorite vegetable. Maybe it’s the way I’ve had them prepared? Maybe it’s because I just haven’t acquired a taste for them? If they are in front of me, I will eat them, because they are food. And in my opinion, food should never be taken for granted or wasted. But,…

Slavic Cabbage Soup

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my grandma. She could make delicious food out of very little. Everything was hearty. Everything used simple ingredients. Everything made you feel cared for and loved. Recipes lived in her head. She’d add a pinch of this or that. For her, cooking was visual, led by taste, and…

Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes

This recipe is fast, hearty and delicious. I use prepackaged gnocchi, but you can also make your gnocchi from scratch. (If you want to make this gluten free, make gluten free vegan gnocchi!) As an additional time saver, I also have used prepackaged Swiss chard that’s already washed, chopped and ready-to-use. When this is the…

Black Bean Avocado Salsa

Black bean avocado salsa… the perfect answer for “lunch?” The crowd-pleasing homemade addition to a potluck. An awesome topping to a baked sweet potato. A delicious filling for a tortilla wrap. A tasty topping to a Southwestern-themed green salad. Over and over, black bean avocado salsa is my go-to, whether it is the meal, a…

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….

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…

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…

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…

Avocado-Mango Black Bean Burritos

This vegan bean burrito recipe is simple, fast and delicious. Lime, fresh mango, cilantro, avocado and fire-roasted green chiles create a fresh sweet-sour salsa. Stewed black beans with ground cumin and smoked paprika provide a savory, hearty counterbalance. These simple burritos taste fantastic on their own, or with some vegan toppings. Think vegan cheese, vegan…

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…

Herbed Bean Salad with Garlic Toast

There’s a few things I really love… fresh herbs, beans, peas and garlic toast!  This vegan bean salad recipe combines all of them for a seamlessly delicious meal.  I love the contrast between the warm, crisped garlic toast, and the cool, fresh bean salad.  The celery brings some crunch, and the sherry vinegar brings the…

Edamame Kale Slaw with Orange Sesame Dressing

This refreshing Asian-inspired vegan slaw works well as a side dish, lunch salad, or light dinner. It’s healthy, easy to make, and tastes great. A few notes…   If you are also not a big orange juice fan and cannot justify buying a whole carton of it for this recipe, don’t do it. Just buy…

Chickpea Curry

Quick, easy, and absolutely delicious.  This curry is flavorful, hearty and comes together fast.  It is by no means authentic, but it is strictly plant based.  When my partner went up for seconds, I knew I had a winner on my hands! When I usually make curry, I like to use coconut cream instead of…

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…

Chipotle Tempeh Kebabs

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

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…

Spiced Carrot Soup

This soup is spicy in a warming curry way, bright from the lemon juice, savory from the fennel bulb, and a bit sweet from the carrots. All in all, it uses few ingredients, cooks up fast, and is very easy to make. And best of all, it tastes absolutely delicious. Ras el hanout is a…

Vegan Cabbage and Noodles

When I first wanted to start this blog, this was one of the first dishes that came to mind.  It makes me think of home.  Americans with Slovak roots are very familiar with cabbage and coodles.  It’s a blend of two Slovak dishes, Strapačky and Halušky.   Because bryndza, a sheep milk cheese popular in…