Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja

Today’s recipe is inspired by the Cuban national dish, ropa vieja.  The English translation of ropa vieja is “old clothes”, because the shredded beef and vegetables look like rags.  This vegan version uses thin sliced seitan, shredded jackfruit, dry white wine, peppers, red onion, crushed tomatoes, green olives, and savory herbs and spices. Simmer it…

Slow Cooker Pomegranate Walnut Lentil Stew

A few months ago, I was reading about fesenjoon, a Persian stew that uses ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses to create a savory, sweet and sour flavor.  While there are variations in how to make the stew, it usually involves chicken or duck.   This recipe takes inspiration from fesenjoon, but goes down a vegan…

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Like most of the U.S. population, potatoes are one of my absolute favorite comfort foods.  And while it’s definitely a food associated with North America, it has a much longer history with South America.  Cultivation of the potato in South America is thought to be somewhere around 10,000 years ago.  North America can thank Peru…

Pecan, Pear and Fennel Galette

My first time creating a vegan galette, I came up with the Southern Cornmeal Galette.  If you haven’t tried it, it is savory, hearty and tastes amazing.  After I tasted it, I thought, “My work with galettes is done.” Until now. This vegan galette recipe is a savory-sweet pastry that proudly shouts, “WINTER!”  Maybe it’s…

Swiss Chard Gratin

I didn’t knowingly eat Swiss chard until I was in my 30’s. And once I did, I thought I had made an amazing personal discovery. I wanted to eat it all the time. That’s one of my favorite things about trying new foods! This vegan gratin recipe is creamy, comforting and loaded with Swiss chard….

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup

When I was a kid, my favorite vegetable was broccoli.  Every year on my birthday, my mom would let me pick what I wanted to eat for dinner.  With zero hesitation, it was almost always Mollie Katzen’s recipe for The Enchanted Broccoli Forest.  But I have to give it to Mollie, how could a veggie…

Sun-Dried Tomato Lentil Wheatballs

Lentils, toasted walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon peel, spelt, a little bit of oregano, a little bit of parsley, and some torn spinach.  Delicious, rustic, homemade “wheat”-balls!  Perfect for pasta night topped with your favorite marinara.  Tasty on a hoagie bun topped with sauce and melted cheese.  Or if you’re feeling especially ambitious, make them according to…

Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Chickpea Eggplant Stew

This stew is inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine—pomegranate molasses, saffron, cardamom, and more. It smells absolutely heavenly while it’s cooking!  The flavor is warming, slightly tangy, and comforting all at once. And it tastes delicious served over a bed of fluffy couscous or short grain brown rice. Pomegranate molasses is a common ingredient in Persian and…

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Cannellini Beans

Often confused with broccolini and broccoli, broccoli rabe has a very different flavor.  While broccoli is sweet and broccolini is even sweeter, broccoli rabe is slightly bitter.  The flavor reminds me of a more amped up collard green or Brussels sprout, but definitely nothing like broccoli.  In fact, it is more closely related to a…

Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Tomatoes, and Spinach

When I am tight on time, this is one of my favorite meals.  It is quick, easy, and hearty.  And it has…drum roll…7 ingredients, including the salt!  Sometimes, simple is best, and leave it to Italian food to perfectly showcase this maxim.   Because this recipe has so few ingredients, it’s important to follow the…

Slow Cooker Cajun Kidney Beans and Brown Rice

As being vegetarian became more mainstream in the U.S., my family of origin joined the movement. Along with many other books about vegetarianism, my mother read Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé. Written in the 1970’s, Diet for a Small Planet centered around going vegetarian for environmental reasons, and how world hunger…

White Bean Jackfruit Chili

As the kiddos go back to school, I can’t help but think of vegan chili.  It tastes great on it’s own, or loaded up with vegan sour cream, scallions, avocado, or with a bit of shredded vegan cheese.  For the contrast in textures, I like a few crushed tortilla chips in mine.   For this recipe,…

Vegan Broccoli Pasta Salad with Fresh Italian Herb Dressing

When I was a kid, my mom would let me pick a pasta salad from the deli counter at our local grocer every week.  I always looked forward to it, and I almost always picked the same pasta salad.  It had broccoli, sliced black olives, and a tangy vinaigrette.  While I was coming up with…

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…

Sun-Dried Tomato Garbanzo Burgers

When I buy frozen vegan burgers, I tend to think of them as a vehicle for condiments.  It’s a rare day that I even notice the vegan burger has any flavor at all.  There are a few good ones out there, but after you’ve been vegan for awhile, they all start blurring together.  Due to…

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,…

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…

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…

Wild Mushroom Fennel Pizza

Wild mushrooms, fennel, fresh basil, heirloom tomatoes and almond ricotta make for one fancy, delicious plant based pizza.  Using the freshest produce you can find makes a big difference in the flavor.  Heirloom tomatoes are unreal in this recipe, and no doubt, just because they are heirloom tomatoes.  And it’s a hearty pizza.  This is…

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…

Grilled Vegetables with Za’atar Chickpeas and Mint Pistachio Barley

Za’atar is an herb and spice blend from Levantine cuisine.  I was first introduced to it by a former roommate, who called it “the spice”.  While there are variations across the Middle East, the star of za’atar is thyme.  It is often served with pita and olive oil.  The pita is dipped in olive oil,…