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Vegan Loose Meat Sandwich with Lentils and Mushrooms

Raised in the U.S.’s Midwest, I couldn’t deny giving loose meat sandwiches a vegan overhaul. UVK’s vegan loose meat sandwich recipe uses lentils and mushrooms. And thus, it’s more of a loose “lentil meat” sandwich recipe. What is a loose meat sandwich? Originating in Iowa, it’s a sandwich filling that’s loose like a sloppy joe, […]

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Savory Vegan Bread Pudding with Leeks and Rainbow Chard

Is savory bread pudding a side dish or a main course? Is it a casserole for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Basically, it is all of these things. This savory vegan bread pudding recipe is a bread casserole that transcends fitting neatly into a box. I’ve eaten it for breakfast and enjoyed it with a salad […]

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Appetizers & Snacks Gluten Free

Smoky Maple BBQ Popcorn

This vegan BBQ popcorn recipe started out wanting to be a BBQ seasoning mix for popcorn. Then, it evolved into a savory vegan caramel corn recipe, because maple syrup felt essential to the flavor. The flavors are smoky, sweet, spicy, and savory. It’s texture is crunchy and light. As you snack, it doesn’t leave seasoning […]

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Salads Sides

Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

A few months ago, I scrawled down “strawberry salad poppy seed dressing” in a notebook. This month felt like a good time to circle back. It’s spring! So, here we are with an easy vegan strawberry spinach pasta salad recipe. A few things… ・This recipe uses UVK’s Vegan Poppy Seed Dressing in it. Whether you […]

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Beet Risotto

This vegan beet risotto recipe is a delightful blend of elements of Slavic borscht and Italian risotto. It’s flavorful and delicious. And while beauty is never a high priority, I cannot deny how lovely magenta risotto looks! As I’ve mentioned in other vegan risotto recipes, making risotto takes time and vigilance. It’s not the type […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

This is an easy vegan roasted sweet potato soup recipe. You roast the sweet potatoes, sauté the aromatics, simmer for 15 minutes, and combine in a blender. That’s it. Simple, spiced, creamy and delicious. It has it all! This soup makes 4 servings. Two things… ・Try to chop the sweet potatoes, so they’re roughly the […]

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Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

My favorite part of a big breakfast is the potatoes. And this vegan roasted breakfast potatoes recipe does not disappoint. These beauties are roasted, spiced, salted and delicious, and make enough for 4-6 servings. Two things… ・This recipe was tested with Russet potatoes and then, with Yukon gold potatoes. Either worked well. Use the potato […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Stroganoff with Mushrooms and Seitan

About a decade ago, I came across a recipe for vegan stroganoff with tahini. Despite having no vegan sour cream in it, the sauce was great. Time passed, and I haven’t been able to locate it. And honestly, at this point, all I can recall is that it had tahini and cornstarch in it! Inspired, […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Vegan Black Bean Soup

Some black bean soup recipes use tomatoes, dried beans, and lots of time. This one uses none of these things. This easy vegan black bean soup recipe uses canned beans and orange juice. It’s simple, budget friendly, and comes together in about 30 minutes. My absolute favorite ingredient is the orange juice. Its sweetness works […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Southwestern Casserole with Soy Curls, Sweet Corn and Hash Browns

Who doesn’t love a good vegan casserole dish? They’re usually the very definition of “ugly food” (visually unattractive, but oh so comforting), and easy to make. And if the flavor is done well, they’re a fast, family favorite. With frozen sweet corn, Southern-style hash browns, mild green chiles, and soy curls, I’m happy to report […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Potato and Onion Pierogi

As the holidays approach, I find that I want to do nothing but eat comfort food. To me, that’s vegan cabbage rolls, mounds of mashed potatoes, sauerkraut soups, cabbage and noodles, beet soup and yes, lots and lots of vegan pierogi. So, I couldn’t resist putting together this vegan potato and onion pierogi recipe! While […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Mushroom Lentil Pot Pie

Man, I love lentils. I love them in soups, burgers, and so many other vegan dishes. Maybe you love them too? It’s part of the reason I couldn’t resist putting together this vegan recipe for mushroom lentil pot pie! This simple, delicious, super savory vegan lentil pot pie recipe is the perfect comfort food for […]

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Soups

Vegan Sauerkraut Soup with White Beans and Barley

Cabbage soup is very common in Slavic cuisine. The “cabbage” in cabbage soup can refer to fresh cabbage or sauerkraut. And Russians, Poles, Slovaks and Ukrainians eat it a lot. Inspired by preparations of the Polish soup, kapuśniak, this vegan sauerkraut soup recipe shares many of the common ingredients, but does detour from tradition. But […]

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26 Great Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

When I started this blog in 2017, I had no idea that it would become what it is today. I want to thank you for supporting Ugly Vegan Kitchen (UVK) along the way. As a way to show my appreciation, I’ve put together this collection of UVK’s best vegan Thanksgiving dinner recipes. It means so […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Stuffed Shells with Tofu Ricotta, Spinach and Fennel

This vegan stuffed shells recipe has tofu ricotta, spinach and fennel bulb. It’s garlicky, savory and totally nut free (no cashews, no almonds). And best of all, these tofu stuffed shells are super delicious and easy to make. A few things… ・It takes awhile for the water to boil for the pasta shells. Use this […]

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Gluten Free Sides Warm Side Dishes

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Many vegan green bean casserole recipes use cashews or coconut milk. UVK brings you this vegan green bean casserole recipe made with white beans! It’s completely free of nuts and coconut milk. While it might seem daunting to make vegan green bean casserole from scratch, it couldn’t be easier. The longest part of the prep […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Vegan Pumpkin Soup

Have you ever tried to make a recipe for vegan pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin puree? Maybe you’ve also discovered that it’s pretty bland. If you want the canned pumpkin to really shine in a soup, it requires the right spices, a good bouillon or stock, and pairing it with a roasted vegetable to bring […]

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Tofu Enchiladas with Mushrooms and Sweet Corn

This recipe goes out to the hermetically sealed silken tofu that’s been living in my pantry for a year. It’s dutifully sat on the shelf ready for action. There’s a number of vegan silken tofu recipes that this bad boy could have been used in (creamy polenta, cheesy grits, Greek spinach pie, etc), but instead, […]

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Gluten Free Sides Warm Side Dishes

Smashed Potatoes with Scallions and Cilantro

Smashed potatoes are steamed whole potatoes that you smash with a large spoon and then, you stir in some delicious seasonings, herbs, etc. They’re rustic and easy. This vegan smashed potatoes recipe uses Yukon Gold potatoes, but I have also used red potatoes with success in the past. Then, the steamed smashed potatoes are dressed […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Smoky Red Bean Soup

This vegan smoky red bean soup recipe is inspired by preparations of Slovak Fazul’ová Polievka (or “bean soup”). There are many versions using different varieties of beans (like white beans, cranberry beans, red beans), meats (smoked bacon, sausage, etc), and add-ins (sour cream, vinegar, etc). However, most preparations involve potatoes, carrots, and paprika in some […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Seitan Steak Sandwich

This seitan steak sandwich recipe is delicious. It’s the perfect vegan sandwich for crushing hunger, because it’s just that hearty. And it’s really easy to make! A few things… ・You can use store bought or homemade seitan in this recipe. If you’re making your own seitan, it takes over an hour to prepare. Plan ahead. […]

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Gluten Free Salads Sides

Beet Potato Salad with Sauerkraut

Inspired by vinegret, a popular Russian and Ukranian salad, this recipe for cold vegan beet potato salad with sauerkraut is very similar to traditional preparations. Commonly, there are beets, potatoes, carrots, onions, and then, sauerkraut and/or diced pickles. Often, it is dressed in additional brine from the sauerkraut or pickles, and sunflower oil. Positively delicious. […]

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Vegan Baked Pasta with Tofu Ricotta and Eggplant

This Italian-inspired recipe for vegan baked pasta with tofu ricotta and eggplant is easy to make and a substantial meal. It’s filling and hearty. You don’t wonder later whether you ate dinner or not. You’ll know you did! And hopefully, it was a hit 😊 Think of this baked vegan Italian eggplant dish as a […]

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Slow Cooker Vegan Baked Beans

This is a simple, slow cooker vegan baked beans recipe. As they slow simmer in the crock pot, the smell is positively heavenly–punctuated by maple syrup, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, and savory notes of onions and garlic. They are hard to resist. Native Americans first made the dish using beans, animal fat, and maple syrup […]