Bulgur with Zucchini and Vegan Feta

This bulgur with zucchini 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. It works well as a vegan zucchini … Continue reading Bulgur with Zucchini and Vegan Feta

Savory Mushroom Burger

Many vegans, plant based folks, vegetarians, and the culinary adventurous enjoy a good old fashioned mushroom veggie burger recipe. I have had my fair share over the years. Some incredibly tasty. Some more or less forgettable. And so, I thought for a very long time about this homemade mushroom vegan burger. Over a year. I knew I wanted to use fresh tarragon. I wanted to … Continue reading Savory Mushroom Burger

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 discovered balsamic potato salads. Suddenly, potato salad was light, acidic … Continue reading Artichoke Potato Salad

Vegan Al Pastor

Al pastor blends the Lebanese technique for making shawarma with Mexican cuisine—chilies, pork, and pineapple. Traditionally, marinaded pork is grilled on a vertical spit, thinly sliced, and served on tacos, burritos, gringas, tortas and more. For this vegan al pastor recipe, there had to be some creativity involved, because there isn’t anything in the vegan world (as of the writing of this post) that can … Continue reading Vegan Al Pastor

Broccoli Pasta Salad with Fresh Italian Herb Dressing

When I was a kid, my mom would let me pick a pasta salad from the deli counter at our local grocer every week. I almost always picked the same broccoli pasta salad with sliced black olives and a tangy vinaigrette.  While I was putting together this recipe for broccoli chickpea pasta salad, I couldn’t help but think of “my salad”.   Fresh basil, oregano, … Continue reading Broccoli Pasta Salad with Fresh Italian Herb Dressing

Balsamic Potato Salad with Fresh Basil, Cherry Tomatoes and Wheat Berries

This balsamic potato salad recipe tastes like summer. It has fresh basil, ripe cherry tomatoes, and crisp arugula. The wheat berries add a hearty chewy quality to an otherwise pedestrian balsamic potato salad. All together, it is easy to make, and so delicious. It works well at a bbq, as a hearty whole grain vegan lunch, or a summer meal. A few notes… ・Allow the … Continue reading Balsamic Potato Salad with Fresh Basil, Cherry Tomatoes and Wheat Berries

Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea 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 this, I was inspired to get in the kitchen, and make … Continue reading Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burgers

Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

Light and refreshing, this is the perfect cucumber cantaloupe salad recipe for warm days.  Fresh cantaloupe, crisp cucumber, mint, lemon, and rich macadamia nuts, it’s the perfect cookout side or works well as a cooling side dish on a lazy, hot evenings. The best parts… the way mint works with cantaloupe, the refreshing cucumber mingling with lemon and salt, and the rich, round flavor of … Continue reading Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

Grilled Beet Salad

A friend of mine, who is a clinical dietitian and lover of beets, would change everything I thought I knew about beets.  And namely, I thought that I hated them.  She hosted us for dinner, and made some amazing beet burgers from scratch.  While everything was grilling she told me about how beets were one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and that it … Continue reading Grilled Beet Salad

Kickin’ Black and White Bean Burgers

When you know better, you do better! I have learned a lot about making homemade vegan black bean 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 black bean burger recipe is easy, spicy, gluten free, dairy free, nut free and soy … Continue reading Kickin’ Black and White Bean Burgers

Chipotle Tempeh Kebabs

I love chipotle peppers—their spiciness and their smokiness. And, this delicious vegan kebab marinade pays tribute to the chipotle pepper and all it’s amazing synergy with lime, agave, garlic, cilantro, and soy sauce! This tempeh marinade is very easy to make, and just takes a little bit of patience to allow all the flavors to develop. I would highly recommend a minimum of 4 hours … Continue reading Chipotle Tempeh Kebabs

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 coleslaw recipe win you over! ♥️ This creamy vegan coleslaw … Continue reading Vegan Classic Coleslaw

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 unbelievably tasty vegan grilled peach salad recipe! This Middle Eastern-inspired … Continue reading Grilled Peach Salad

Grilled Pomegranate Molasses Tempeh Kebabs

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 ambitious, you can always make your own pomegranate molasses.  This … Continue reading Grilled Pomegranate Molasses Tempeh Kebabs

Grilled Lemon Garlic Herb Tofu Skewers

 When I think of tofu marinades, I usually think of soy sauce or BBQ.  And yet, this lemon and herb tofu marinade works so nicely! These grilled tofu skewers are not hard to make, but do need time to marinade (~3 hours). If you are able to marinade a bit longer, it’s even better. Pressed tofu is like a sponge.  It wants to soak up … Continue reading Grilled Lemon Garlic Herb Tofu Skewers

Vegan Ceviche Hearts of Palm

Hearts of Palm Ceviche

Eaten all across Latin America and the Caribbean, ceviche is a popular seafood appetizer.  It often involves raw fish, citrus, cilantro and chiles. It is commonly enjoyed on its own or with tortilla chips. But there are culture differences in ingredients and preparation. While there are some vegan seafood products on the U.S. market, they tend to veer towards being breaded and frozen.  When you … Continue reading Hearts of Palm Ceviche

Cowboy Caviar Recipe Vegan

Vegan Texas Caviar

The first time I had Texas Caviar (also known as Cowboy Caviar) was at a work potluck.  While my co-worker used bottled Italian dressing, it was still really, really good.  As I recall, it was the one dish that didn’t make it home.  We devoured it straightaway. So, what is Texas Caviar? A salad of beans, black eyed peas, hominy, and a vinaigrette dressing. Served … Continue reading Vegan Texas Caviar

Potato Salad with Chickpeas

Chimichurri Chickpea Potato Salad

Is chimichurri vegan? While it is often served as a condiment for grilled meat, the Argentinian and Uruguayan sauce’s basic ingredients include parsley, oregano, garlic, red wine vinegar and olive oil. There are some variations in how it’s prepared, but it is traditionally a totally vegan sauce. A few years back, I made a vegan recipe with chimichurri sauce. I served some potatoes on the … Continue reading Chimichurri Chickpea Potato Salad