Vegan Paella with Artichokes and Green Olives

Paella is a rice dish that originated in Valencia, Spain. Saffron, a spice derived from crocus flowers, is one of the main seasonings. In addition to making the rice yellow, it has a distinct flavor that’s a bit like honey. It’s very expensive, but it doesn’t take much of it to flavor a dish. This…

Artichoke Potato Salad

Growing up in the U.S.’s Midwest, we had two types of potato salad—German and Classic American-Style. I didn’t like Classic, because many times, it had hard-boiled eggs in it. And even though German seemed more up my alley flavor-wise, there was bacon. Both salads were non-starters, so I avoided potato salad. In the 90’s, I…

Roasted Garlic Spinach Artichoke Dip

Traditional spinach artichoke dip is loaded with cheese, cream cheese, and sometimes, even sour cream. This vegan artichoke dip recipe takes inspiration from the classic appetizer, but it is not meant to be a perfect copycat. Instead, it depends a lot less on vegan dairy products to bring the flavor, and a lot more on…

Zesty Pesto and Artichoke Ricotta Vegan Lasagna

Having experimented with vegan artichoke ricotta for the recipe for Carrot Artichoke Tortellini, I decided it might be worthwhile to whip up a summer lasagna that incorporated it, as well. As such, this is a recipe for vegan lasagna without tofu and without cashews. Garden tomatoes, fresh basil, and a tasty, zesty pesto.  The pesto’s…

Artichoke, Fennel and Farro Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

In this salad, cooked farro is chewy and bouncy, and a nice contrast to crunchy raw fennel bulb.  The zip of the dijon pairs nicely with sweetness and slightly licorice flavor of tarragon. And shallots and garlic make everything savory! It’s a super tasty farro salad for lunch, a light meal, or as a side…

Carrot Artichoke Tortellini with Garlic Butter Arugula

This vegan tortellini recipe is a fresh spin on the classic Italian pasta. The vegan tortellini filling uses grilled marinated artichokes, finely chopped carrots and fresh parsley. No nuts. No tofu. No soy. If you positively love artichokes, this is the one for you! Vegan wonton wrapper tortellini? Yes, it can be that easy to…

Lemon Artichoke Asparagus Soup

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 artichokes.  There is nothing like the smell of the beach, the fog rolling in, and the taste of farm fresh artichokes.   In the U.S.’s Pacific Northwest,…