Roasted Garlic Gravy

Roasted garlic does an excellent job of providing the flavor to this simple vegan gravy. This recipe is perfect on loaf, mashed potatoes, stuffing, or really anything you like to smother in gravy. And it makes a nice, flavorful addition to any Thanksgiving or holiday spread. This recipe is a vegan gravy without mushrooms, and…

Marinated Grilled or Baked Tofu

Whether the tofu is sliced or cubed, this grilled or baked marinated tofu can be used on sandwiches, on salads, in tacos, in burritos, on pizza, in a grain bowl, in vegan sushi, or whatever your imagination can come up with!

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….

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….

Lemon Chickpea Asparagus Soup

Through times of stress, we must have compassion for ourselves and for others. Even though the uncertainty can feel crushing, it is possible to feel grounded again. To feel grounded again, means doing all the things–following a schedule, exercising, connecting with friends and family, getting fresh air, managing your anxiety or feelings of unease and…

Vegan Creamy Polenta with Roasted Vegetables

Sometimes, I think I should have called this blog, “The Hearty Vegan Kitchen”. It’s probably taken already, but I want to think it rings true for nearly all the recipes that can be found here. And this recipe is no exception. Plus, the vegetables smell absolutely exquisite roasting in the oven. Is it the roasting…

Summer Wild Rice Salad

While I think of wild rice as an American staple (especially in states like Minnesota), it always feels pretty seasonal. One eats wild rice in the fall or winter. I rarely see it outside of soup or stuffing recipes. It’s a shame, because it has a lot of vital mineral and vitamins, and possesses a…

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,…

Grilled Curry Spice Okra

This recipe combines all my favorite things—okra, curry spices, and grilling! Best of all, it is incredibly easy, quick to make, and flavorful. It makes an awesome side to any cookout or summer meal. While I use a grillable pan with aluminum foil over the top of it to grill the okra, you can also…

Italian Grape Tomato, Baby Kale and Farro Salad

A little while ago, we moved back to California. As soon as we got a little settled, I planted a garden. While there’s been a learning curve around growing vegetables (there are so many threats to a plant’s survival!), it has been very gratifying. Not to mention, the flavor of a homegrown vegetable is amazing….

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. For her, cooking was visual, led by taste, and was built upon years of making the same recipes over and over again. This vegan cabbage soup recipe is inspired by…

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…

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…

Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Harissa Dressing

This recipe works well roasted in the oven or cooked out on the grill.  I’ve included directions for how to do either method. No matter how you do it, I love the way the harissa dressing mingles with the carrots, red onions, chickpeas and garlic.  Served on a bed of quinoa and topped with fresh…

Slow Cooker Lemon-Thyme Soy Curls

This vegan slow cooker recipe makes delicious lemony soy curls that can be incorporated into a grain bowl, a pasta dish, or within a salad.   Personally, I like to make a whole grain bowl with it–barley, roasted cauliflower with lemon-tahini sauce, olives, and topped it with some za’atar.  If you are gluten free, substitute quinoa…

Creamy Chickpea Salad

Going to a new place and exploring is an important part of our lives.  We love road trips! Being prepared for the open road is also an imperative, especially when you know you’ll be passing through hundreds of miles of desert.  You’d be lucky to find a gas station; let alone, a vegan meal.  So,…

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…