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 US 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 galette, I came up with the Southern Cornmeal Galette.  If you haven’t tried it, it is amazing.  Angels sing when it comes out of the oven.  After I tasted it, I thought, “My work with galettes is done.” Until now. It felt like it was time to try creating a…

Chard Gratin

When I usually think of “gratins”, I think of potatoes.  And while I *love* potatoes (who doesn’t?!), I also love chard.   Swiss chard in a creamy sauce is topped with seasoned breadcrumbs, and baked to perfection.  It is the definition of comfort food, but also has an elegance about it.   Chard Gratin Bread…

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 Mollie, how could a veggie kid…

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 melty cheese.  Or if you’re feeling especially ambitious, make them according to…

Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Rosemary-Sage Lentils

If you are tired of the same old, same old frozen Tofurkey for the holidays, have I got the main entree recipe for you!  The lentil filling is loaded with rosemary, sage, bread crumbs, carrots, leeks and celery.  The portobello is drizzled with balsamic vinegar, and keeps the filling moist.  Between the lentil filling and…