Mushroom Tofu Enchiladas

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 it was time to think of something new. This vegan tofu … Continue reading Mushroom Tofu Enchiladas

Vegan 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 in vegan butter, scallions, cilantro, smoked paprika, ground cumin, garlic … Continue reading Vegan Smashed Potatoes with Scallions and Cilantro

Vegan Smoky Bean Soup with Potatoes

Smoky Red Bean Soup

This vegan 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 involve potatoes, carrots, and paprika in some way. Inspired, I put together this vegan smoky bean soup recipe to … Continue reading Smoky Red Bean Soup

Recipe for vegan steak sandwich with peppers

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. ・If using store bought seitan, two 8 ounce packages of … Continue reading Seitan Steak Sandwich

Sauerkraut and Beets Potato Salad

Beet Potato Salad with Sauerkraut

This cold beet potato salad recipe is inspired by vinegret, a popular Russian and Ukranian salad. Beets, potatoes, carrots, onions and sauerkraut or diced pickles are staples in traditional preparations. It is also often dressed in additional brine from the sauerkraut or pickles, and sunflower oil. Positively delicious. While this recipe uses many of the common ingredients, it diverts from tradition. Fresh dill is added, … Continue reading Beet Potato Salad with Sauerkraut

Vegan Baked Pasta with Tofu Ricotta and Eggplant

This Italian-inspired vegan eggplant pasta bake recipe 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 bit like eggplant lasagna. It incorporates many of the same basic elements, but with less … Continue reading Vegan Baked Pasta with Tofu Ricotta and Eggplant

Vegan Baked Beans with Canned Beans

Slow Cooker Vegan Baked Beans

This is a simple, homemade 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 that were cooked slow and low. Today, there are many variations … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Baked Beans

Cold Pesto Pasta Salad Vegan

Sunflower Pesto Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Grape Tomatoes and Black Olives

This vegan pesto pasta salad recipe is quick, easy and tasty! By the time the fusilli pasta is done boiling, the rest of the ingredients are ready to go. If I had known vegan pesto with sunflower seeds was going to be this good, I would have done it sooner. Sunflower basil pesto doesn’t need nutritional yeast. There’s enough flavor from the sunflower seeds and … Continue reading Sunflower Pesto Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Grape Tomatoes and Black Olives

Italian Veggie Burger Recipe

Italian White Bean Burgers

Inspired by Italian flavors, these delicious vegan white bean burgers are rich from the almond ricotta, savory from the onions and garlic, and slightly herby from the dried basil and parsley. And they stay together! They are pretty easy to flip, and aren’t too messy to eat. This recipe makes 3 large or 4 medium veggie burgers. You’ll need to adjust cook time based on … Continue reading Italian White Bean Burgers

Vegan Paella Easy Recipe

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 vegan vegetable paella recipe relies on saffron and smoked paprika … Continue reading Vegan Paella with Artichokes and Green Olives

Vegan Cauliflower Soup without Coconut Milk

Cauliflower Soup with Leeks

This easy vegan cauliflower soup recipe cooks up fast! Many cauliflower soups are super creamy or very cheesy. This soup is neither. It has light broth that’s savory, sour and herbaceous, which perfectly compliments the cauliflower and leeks. There’s no coconut milk, no cashews, no potatoes, and no vegan cheese. It’s simple and tasty. If you prefer a little more weight to your broth (and … Continue reading Cauliflower Soup with Leeks

Zucchini Stuffed with Italian Herb Risotto

This is a delicious vegan stuffed zucchini recipe. Zucchini boats filled with herb risotto is almost too perfect. Because let’s get real here, zucchini loves fresh basil 💚 This recipe makes ~6 stuffed zucchini boats and works well as a main course for dinner. It would taste awesome paired with a side of Fennel and White Bean Salad or Heirloom Tomato Salad. It takes time … Continue reading Zucchini Stuffed with Italian Herb Risotto

Vegan Tofu Vegetable Pot Pie

Vegan Tofu Pot Pie

When I was growing up, my mom’s close friend was vegan. In the 1980’s, this was uncommon in the U.S.’s Midwest. She was a wonderful role model–compassionate, kind, and giving. She’d often shared recipes with my mom. And it didn’t take long for her tofu pot pie recipe to become a staple in our household, especially at Thanksgiving and the holidays. This vegan pot pie … Continue reading Vegan Tofu Pot Pie

Vegan Quiche Tofu Recipe

Vegan Tofu Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and Arugula

This was one of UVK’s first recipes. It’s been through several revisions over the years, but this is by far, the best vegan tofu quiche recipe of them all. Sun-dried tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, arugula and a little vegan parmesan? All of the above! A few things… ・This recipe for vegan quiche is not meant to taste like eggs. To some degree, it has the texture. … Continue reading Vegan Tofu Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and Arugula

Vegan Chipotle Mayo

Vegan chipotle mayo… delicious on veggie burgers, fries, sandwiches, grilled corn on the cob. In some places in the U.S., you could buy an entire jar, but maybe you don’t need an entire jar. This recipe for vegan chipotle mayo is super easy, has 6 ingredients, and tastes awesome. It makes ~½ cup to be enjoyed on whatever you want 🙂 Vegan Chipotle Mayo ½ … Continue reading Vegan Chipotle Mayo

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers No Dairy

Vegan Stuffed Red Peppers with Chickpeas and Rice

This vegan stuffed peppers recipe is partly inspired by UVK’s Couscous Salad with Golden Beets, Slivered Almonds and Currants and to some extent, it’s inspired by elements of Indian cuisine. This dish is easy to make, tastes amazing, and is completely gluten free. It works awesome for dinner! A few things… ・The size of your baking pan will depend on the shape of your red … Continue reading Vegan Stuffed Red Peppers with Chickpeas and Rice

Gnocchi Sweet Corn Vegan

Smoky Gnocchi with Sweet Corn, Collard Greens and Tempeh Bacon

Inspired by the U.S.’s Southern cuisine, this vegan recipe using gnocchi is smoky, savory and hearty! It works for any time of year. If you use prepackaged vegan gnocchi, it cooks up under 30 minutes. Is it the way fresh basil interacts with the smoky notes of the tempeh bacon? Or the hint of sage with the fatty, salty butter? Or the slight sweetness from … Continue reading Smoky Gnocchi with Sweet Corn, Collard Greens and Tempeh Bacon

Vegan Tortellini Recipes

Vegan Tortellini with Almond Ricotta

This vegan tortellini recipe uses store bought vegan wonton wrappers, almond ricotta, and a few staple items, like fresh parsley and garlic powder. While this recipe includes directions for a simple garlic butter and grape tomato sauce, you can also dress your tortellini in marinara sauce, pesto sauce or the sauce of your choice. This recipe makes ~20 tortellini. It is not hard to do, … Continue reading Vegan Tortellini with Almond Ricotta

Collard Greens Vegan Style

Slow Cooker Vegan Coconut Collard Greens

Sometimes, I sit around thinking about the Coconut Stewed Greens off the menu at Papa G’s, a vegan cafe in Portland, Oregon. Those tasty coconut greens are soft, flavorful and totally delicious. Since moving away from Portland, I can’t help but miss them. After hours of simmering in the crock pot, this vegan collard greens recipe is soft and delicious. A little garlic, a little … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Coconut Collard Greens

Vegan Cheesy Grits

This recipe for vegan cheesy grits first came out several years ago. It was embedded in another recipe, which is a shame. It is so creamy and delicious. You can enjoy vegan grits with cheese for breakfast, as a savory vegan grits meal or as a gluten free side dish. It tastes incredible paired with Slow Cooker Vegan Coconut Collard Greens. It also tastes awesome … Continue reading Vegan Cheesy Grits

Vegan Italian Herb Risotto

When it comes to creating creamy risotto, stirring is everything.  As the rice grains rub against one another during the stirring, they release some of their starch.  This creates the creamy consistency.  The creaminess doesn’t come from cheese, milk or cream.  It comes from good old fashioned stirring. And that means, it’s important to use a rice with a high starch content. This recipe for … Continue reading Vegan Italian Herb Risotto

Roasted Red Pepper Soup No Dairy

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Spiced with garam masala, this vegan roasted red pepper soup recipe is absolutely delicious.  While preparations of garam masala vary regionally across the Indian subcontinent, it often possesses warming spices like cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, and more. In the U.S., you can buy it at most major grocery stores, at international grocery stores or online. And of course, you can always make it yourself from … Continue reading Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Vegan Goulash with Sauerkraut

Vegan Sauerkraut Goulash

Inspired by Slovak Segedinský Guláš, this vegan recipe using sauerkraut is very easy to make, and savory-sour in all the right ways. Sauerkraut seasoned with loads of paprika? Yes please! This vegan goulash recipe combines my favorite things–sauerkraut and seitan. Smoked paprika to bring a bit of the flavor of pork. Cashew cream for heavy cream. And seitan, because it’s hearty and soaks up the … Continue reading Vegan Sauerkraut Goulash

Creamy Coconut Kidney Bean Soup

This Caribbean inspired vegan kidney bean soup recipe is creamy, savory, and spicy goodness. It is an easy, hearty vegan soup that’s perfect for winter. Kidney beans, coconut milk, chiles, thyme, bay leaves and lime juice help create warming comfort in your bowl. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have dinner ready to go! I love making soup, because I really love soup. You could … Continue reading Creamy Coconut Kidney Bean Soup