Gnocchi with Pesto and Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

Whether you make your gnocchi from scratch, buy your gnocchi prepackaged, or use a gluten free variety, it is always absolutely delicious. This recipe is easy, hearty and packed with summer flavors. Vegan pesto is amazing on grilled vegetables, and it is also amazing on gnocchi. When vegan pesto, grilled vegetables and gnocchi come together,…

Vegan Pesto

You can use this fast, easy vegan pesto as a condiment, to dress pasta or zoodles, as a pizza sauce, on grilled vegetables, stirred into risotto and more! This recipe yields ~1 cup of vegan pesto. For the best flavor, make it right before you want to use it. Sautéing whole garlic cloves in the…

Beet Chorizo Burgers

Chorizo is a pork sausage that’s popular in Europe and Latin America. It varies in preparation based on the region. Years ago, I used to frequent a Mexican restaurant in San Jose, California that offered soy chorizo as a taco filling. Maybe they made their own, but I have a feeling they used good ol’…

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….

Vegan Stovetop Chili Mac and Cheese

This recipe is easy to execute (no baking!), yields a lot of food (~6 servings) and tastes cheesy, spicy, and smoky. It’s the perfect hearty meal for any time of year! If you do not have a high speed blender (ie Vitamix, Ninja, etc), you can still make this recipe. Simply soak the raw cashews…

Asian Orzo Pasta Salad

Inspired by Asian flavors, this recipe makes a good warm side dish or cold pasta salad. After having time to sit overnight in the fridge, I thought it tasted even better. It uses few ingredients, and is easy to execute. It works well for a cookout, picnic, road trip cooler, camping trip, simple meal, or…

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….

Rosemary Walnut Lentil Burgers

Years ago, I followed a recipe for a vegan pâté that used walnuts and sherry vinegar. I remember thinking at the time, “This sherry vinegar better be worth buying, because I don’t know when I’ll ever have an excuse to use it again.” But once I tried it in the vegan pâté recipe, I was…

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…

Grilled Zucchini Bulgur

This recipe is easy, Mediterranean-inspired and perfect for summer! It takes about 30 minutes to make, and it’s sooo good. I love how all the elements work together in a symphony of summer flavor—fresh mint works so well with grilled zucchini, bulgur and vegan feta. You can use either store bought or homemade vegan feta….

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…

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,…

Zesty Pesto and Artichoke Ricotta Lasagna

It seems like there are a lot of faux ricottas out there.  I challenged myself to think of a faux ricotta that was not made from tofu or nuts, and came up with artichoke ricotta.  It’s soy free, nut free, and totally plant based!  Having experimented with it for a previous recipe, I decided it…

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 Classic Coleslaw

Years ago, I had an online dating profile. And on that profile, I listed “Vegenaise” as one of my favorite things. It sent the right message to the right person, because today, I am happily married to that person. Vegenaise, it’s delicious and, sometimes, it’s responsible for love connections. May the vegan mayonnaise in this…

Grilled Peach Salad

Growing up in the US’s Midwest, I was spoiled every summer with peaches from Southern Illinois.  They were bigger than a softball and incredibly juicy.  So sweet, so perfect.  If you could stand to turn on the oven, they made such an incredible peach-raspberry cobbler. But this post isn’t about dessert, it’s about making an…

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…

Zucchini Stuffed with Italian Herb Risotto

Right now, I am going through a slight obsession with fresh oregano.  While it’s a member of the mint family, it tastes nothing like it.  With a bit of bitter flavor and giving off a smell that’s somewhat like thyme and somewhat like sage, oregano is a staple in many Western pantries.  When I think…

Italian Tempeh and Peppers

In my quest to think of more creative recipes with tempeh, I bring you Italian Tempeh and Peppers.  Grilled red and green peppers and red onion mingle with tempeh seasoned with fennel seeds, crushed red pepper, garlic and oregano, and all of it served over a bed of toasted farro with fresh basil, parsley and…

Hearts of Palm Ceviche

While there are some seafood vegan mimics on the market, they tend to veer towards being frozen and breaded.  It can be a bit of a challenge to find healthful seafood alternatives. Eaten all across Latin America and the Caribbean, ceviche is a popular seafood dish.  It generally involves raw fish, citrus, cilantro and chiles….

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 soup made complete sense.  It was creamy without any cream, used garden fresh ingredients…