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Tag: Simple Vegan Recipes

  • Tofu Scramble

    Tofu Scramble

    I grew up eating Fantastic Foods Tofu Scrambler.  During college, I couldn’t always afford it. So, I started making my own vegan recipe for tofu scramble from scratch. Sometimes, I would throw in a little oatmeal, as a nod to the old Fantastic Foods’ mix.   Since then, I still make my own tofu scramble, […]

  • Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

    The first time I had orzo, I thought it was rice. Little did I know, it was pasta masquerading as rice. Since discovering it’s true nature, I am constantly thinking of ways to incorporate it into my meal rotation. And that is how I ended up making this one pan easy vegan spinach cannellini bean […]

  • Grilled Lemon Garlic Herb Tofu Skewers

    When I think of tofu marinades, I usually think of soy sauce or BBQ.  And yet, this herby garlic tofu marinade works so nicely! This recipe for grilled lemon, garlic and herb tofu skewers is not hard to make, but it takes time to marinate (~3 hours). If you are able to marinate a bit […]

  • Vegan Heirloom Tomato Salad

    Pairing juicy, bursting-with-flavor heirloom tomatoes with crispy tempeh bacon, shallots, and fresh basil with a white wine vinegar and olive oil dressing, felt like the makings of a delicious vegan salad. I mean, what better way to celebrate the king of tomatoes than a simple recipe for vegan heirloom tomato salad?! When your garden is […]

  • Okra Soup

    Okra, it’s delicious. Whether it’s deep fried, stewed, stir fried, pickled or added to a soup, it’s always a winner. Maybe you feel the same way? This easy vegan okra soup recipe is inspired by the Indian okra dish, bhindi masala. It preserves many of the same ingredients. And much like the classic dish, this […]

  • Vegan Crab Salad

    This vegan crab salad recipe is as imitation crab meat as you can get!  No need to rely on other fish to play the role, and we don’t have to pretend to be scientists making our own crab with a blend of starch, fillers and artificial flavors.  We can look no further than humble kelp […]

  • Hearts of Palm Ceviche

    Eaten all across Latin America and the Caribbean, ceviche is a popular seafood appetizer.  It often involves raw fish, citrus, cilantro and chiles. It is commonly enjoyed on its own or with tortilla chips. And there are cultural differences in ingredients and preparation. Inspired, I came up with this vegan (or vegetarian) hearts of palm […]

  • Buffalo Soy Curls Wrap

    This vegan buffalo soy curls wrap recipe is super easy and tasty! It’s great for lunch or a quick dinner during the week. Or deconstruct this vegan buffalo chicken wrap and make it into a salad. A few things… This vegan buffalo chicken recipe makes ~4 servings of buffalo soy curls, whether you put them […]

  • Miso Shiitake Soup with Tofu and Bok Choy

     This bok choy and shiitake mushroom soup recipe relies on red miso, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and scallions to create a brothy, comforting bowl of soup.   When I was growing up, we never bought vegetable broth or bouillon cubes.  We would finish a dish by adding miso at the end of cooking. […]

  • Zucchini Basil Soup

    Years ago, one of my best friends would go to the farmer’s market, load up on zucchini and fresh basil, and make a batch of soup.  I always looked forward to it. Because even in the height of the summer, this vegan zucchini basil soup recipe made complete sense. It was somewhat creamy yet had […]

  • Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup

    Inspired by the North African and Middle Eastern dish, shakshouka, this vegan roasted garlic and tomato soup recipe uses fresh mint, parsley, cumin, paprika and coriander.  If you are used to tomato-basil soup, this is a nice departure. While it may seem out of the box to put fresh mint in a tomato soup, it […]

  • Texas Caviar with Italian Dressing

    The first time I had Texas caviar (also known as cowboy caviar) was at a work potluck. As I recall, it was the one dish that didn’t make it home.  We devoured it straightaway. And thus, I was inspired to make this recipe for Texas caviar with homemade vegan Italian dressing! So, what is Texas caviar? […]

  • Jerk Jackfruit

    This vegan jerk jackfruit recipe could not be easier! You mix canola oil, spices, soy sauce, liquid smoke and shredded young jackfruit in a bowl, and then, grill it. Served with homemade mango salsa, this vegan jerk jackfruit tastes awesome in tacos, inside a wrap or alongside Slow Cooker Kidney Beans and Coconut Brown Rice. […]

  • Chimichurri Chickpea Potato Salad

    A few years back, I made a recipe with chimichurri sauce. I served some potatoes on the side with it. And I couldn’t help but think, “This sauce tastes great on potatoes too.” So here we are, with a vegan chimichurri chickpea potato salad recipe that’s absolutely delish. Is chimichurri vegan? While it is often […]

  • Slow Cooker Kidney Beans and Coconut Brown Rice

    Inspired by Jamaican rice and peas, this slow cooker vegan red kidney beans and coconut rice recipe is easy, tasty and hearty. Allspice, nutmeg, thyme, coconut cream, dark red kidney beans and short grain brown rice create a creamy, savory and delicious family meal. This easy budget friendly vegan coconut rice and beans recipe works […]

  • Watermelon Radish Slaw

    This easy vegan red cabbage and watermelon radish slaw recipe is acidic, sweet and slightly bitter in a pleasing way. It’s a delightful salad of very thinly sliced apples, watermelon radishes, red cabbage, carrots and scallions with a classic coleslaw dressing with celery seed and apple cider vinegar. This recipe serves 4. Watermelon radishes are […]

  • Vegan Tomato Tart with Cilantro Mint Chutney

    This savory vegan tomato tart recipe is perfect for brunch, a light summer meal, or whenever your garden provides more tomatoes and herbs than you know what to do with. It’s so easy to make and delicious. It’s really important to thin slice the tomatoes. If you don’t, it will either be very wet or […]

  • Pear Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

    While working on another UVK recipe, I was snacking on a D’anjou pear.  I dipped it into some lemon tahini dressing meant for the other recipe, and found it to be incredibly tasty.  So here we are. This vegan pear salad recipe makes a satisfying lunch or a simple side salad. It’s just so vibrantly […]

  • Lemon Artichoke Asparagus Soup

    This vegan lemon artichoke asparagus soup recipe was inspired by the springtime flavors of two places I hold dear, California’s Monterey Bay and the U.S.’s Pacific Northwest. For a time, we lived close to California’s Monterey Bay.  After a long day of hiking, we would stop off at one of the roadside farms for fried […]

  • French Onion Wild Mushroom Soup

    This is based on the vegan french onion soup recipe I came up with in high school, but it’s taken up a notch with some wild mushrooms. Over the years, I have used different dried wild mushroom blends to make this soup. Basically, I buy the blend I can find in my chain grocery store. […]

  • Vegan Cuban Black Beans

    This is an easy Cuban-inspired vegan black beans recipe with canned beans, green peppers, smoked paprika, dried oregano, white wine vinegar and more. Enjoy these delicious vegan (or vegetarian) Cuban black beans over rice as a meal, or as a side to an entree, like Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja. Because this recipe uses canned […]

  • 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 […]

  • Carrot Fennel Soup

    This vegan carrot fennel soup recipe is spicy in a warming way from the ras el hanout, 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 […]

  • Vegan Cabbage and Noodles

    This vegan cabbage and noodles recipe is simple and delicious! It’s one of my favorite comfort meals. And it doesn’t take much to pull off. If you’re an American with Slavic roots, you may be familiar with cabbage and noodles. In our household, it consisted of butter, onions, cabbage, broad noodles, salt and lots of […]