Cowboy Skillet Pie

This recipe is inspired by my childhood next door neighbor, who used to host parties out of his garage. He would set up long folding tables, and everyone would come out with hot dishes, barbecue, warm rolls and amazing desserts. The adults would drink beer, and the kids would run around. I always loved that…

Braised Red Cabbage and Carrots

It’s savory, sweet, sour and totally delicious! Braised Red Cabbage and Carrots is light and acidic, and makes a terrific side dish that isn’t chock-full of sodium, fat or calories. This recipe takes some time to make (about an hour), but has very simple ingredients and is easy to do. The only requirement is patience!…

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice, Apples and Walnuts

With the holidays swiftly approaching, it’s time to think about a vegan main course that’s worthy of celebration. This recipe is absolutely delicious, has a nice presentation, and possesses delightfully contrasting textures. It takes a bit of time to roast the squash, but it’s easy to do with my step-by-step directions. And the filling is…

Vegan Creamy Polenta with Roasted Vegetables

Sometimes, I think I should have called this blog, “The Hearty Vegan Kitchen”. It’s probably taken already, but I want to think it rings true for nearly all the recipes that can be found here. And this recipe is no exception. Plus, the vegetables smell absolutely exquisite roasting in the oven. Is it the roasting…

Roasted Carrots and Farro with Citrus, Ginger and Dill

This recipe works well as a warm side dish or as a cold grain salad. As a warm side, it can be served directly after combining all the elements together. If you choose to serve it cold and it has been marinading in the fridge for a few hours, make sure to taste it and…

Slow Cooker Seitan and Green Pea Stew

As cooler months approach, I get more and more excited to breakout my slow cooker. Not only is the slow cooker easy to use, but after a few hours of simmering, you have a dish saturated in deliciousness. And this vegan stew recipe is a phenomenal example of how things can go really right for…

Hearty Seitan and Wheat Berry Chili

This vegan chili recipe is easy, tasty and hearty. Often, vegan chili consists of beans and a few vegetables, like green peppers, onions, and sometimes, corn. I like how this vegan chili recipe brings an additional punch of heartiness with meaty chunks of seitan and chewy wheat berries. These two ingredients not only amp up…

Chipotle Sweet Potato Red Lentil Soup

This is one hearty vegan soup!  As it cooks up, it gets thicker, so if you prefer a thinner soup, stir in some extra water or broth right before serving.  This soup also has an identity crisis.  Is it chili?  Is it stew?  Is it vegetable soup?   It’s probably all three?  But regardless of…

Pulled Shiitake Mushrooms with Homemade Brandy BBQ Sauce

It seems like portobello mushrooms are all the rage in the summer time, while shiitake mushrooms get the cold shoulder.  And, I get it.  Personally, I equate shiitake mushrooms with immunity boosting soups (Exhibit A. & Exhibit B.), and cooler temperatures.  But recently, I found myself thinking about their texture and flavor, especially dried shiitake…

Seitan Pozole Rojo

Pozole.  It’s like the pho of Mexico.  A delicious brothy soup is accompanied by piles of fresh garnishes.  Traditionally, it’s made with chicken or pork and hominy.  And usually, it’s a food of celebration.  And it’s easy to understand why, it’s beautiful and tasty! Years back, I had a bowl of vegan pozole rojo at…

Soy Curl Paprikash

This is a revised recipe. It’s still the kind of meal that you want to serve over noodles, mashed potatoes, millet, rice or with some hearty bread, but it’s quicker and more flavorful than the original recipe. Chicken Paprikash (Paprikás Csirke) is a Hungarian dish, and has loads of paprika in it. To maximize the…

Smoky Medjool Date Barbecue Jackfruit

The vegan gluten free barbecue jackfruit can be enjoyed in many ways–on a sandwich, in a taco, on pizza, on top of a baked sweet potato, and more. The naturally sweetened barbecue sauce is sweet, slightly spicy and smoky delicious.

Swiss Chard, Potato and Garbanzo Savory Turnovers

Generally served with grilled fish or meat, blitva is a traditional Croatian side of swiss chard, potatoes and loads of garlic.  Some would say it’s Croatia’s most popular side dish, and with good cause.  It’s sinfully easy to make, and very, very good. Today’s dish is inspired by humble, flavorful blitva.  Adding in some garbanzos…

Slow Cooker Seitan Goulash

It’s a drizzly day in Portland.  It felt like the perfect time to revisit this recipe, which was first published 6 months ago.  I’ve made some changes from the original, but I think it brings it up a notch.  Sautéing the onions and seitan together created a deeper flavor in the overall dish.  I chose…