Za’atar Chickpea Pitas

This is one simple vegan chickpea pita recipe. You’ll have to mix the ingredients for the za’atar chickpeas the night before, because they need time to marinate. Other than the marinating time, this recipe is quick and easy. No air fryer for the marinated chickpeas? No worries. Below are two alternatives that work great! ・Follow…

Air Fryer Za’atar Chickpeas

Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend. There’s a lot of variation in it’s preparation, but it almost always includes thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. In the U.S., you can buy it at many chain grocery stores, at international grocers, or online. You can also make it from scratch. Chickpeas taste awesome marinated in za’atar….

Slow Cooker Vegan Cabbage Rolls with Sauerkraut Tomato Sauce

Inspired by Slovak stuffed cabbage (also known as holubky or halupki), these vegan cabbage rolls with brown rice, tempeh bacon, sauerkraut and tomato sauce are packed with savory, sour delicious flavors. And they are so good! So, what goes with this vegan cabbage rolls recipe? Mashed potatoes. A big, huge mound of mashed potatoes topped…

Vegan Slow Cooker Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes

Upon trying these green beans, my husband announced that this is the only way he wants to eat them from now on. This recipe takes inspiration from the U.S.’s Southern-style green beans and tomatoes. Usually, meat is used to add complexity and flavor to this popular side dish, but I wanted to see if I…

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 it easy to use, but after a few hours of simmering, you have a dish saturated in deliciousness. And this slow cooker vegan stew is a phenomenal example of how things can go really right! I’ve made…

Slow Cooker Vegan Chili Verde

When I bought the ingredients for this recipe, the cashier at the grocery store commented, “Now, that’s what I call the right ratio of chiles to tomatillos.” I told him, “If you’re gonna do it, then do it.” He probably didn’t realize that I was going to cook up a recipe for vegan chili verde…

Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja

Today’s recipe is inspired by the Cuban national dish, ropa vieja.  The English translation of ropa vieja is “old clothes”, because the shredded beef and vegetables look like rags.  This vegan version uses thin sliced seitan, shredded jackfruit, dry white wine, peppers, red onion, crushed tomatoes, green olives, and savory herbs and spices. Simmer it…

Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas, Okra and Tomatoes

Before leaving on a road trip, I like to make food to freeze, so there is less concern about where to get a vegan meal on the road. As a bonus, the frozen meals act as “ice packs” for our food in the cooler! Planning ahead has allowed worry-free exploration of some of the more…

Slow Cooker Jackfruit Porcini Ragù

This is a revision of a previous vegan ragu recipe. While it has a few more steps than the original, it doesn’t take much time at all to put together (less than 20 minutes). These steps were essential to creating the unbelievable flavor of this recipe. Sautéing the onions and garlic creates a nice base….

Slow Cooker Vegan Persian-Style Green Bean Stew

Khorake Loobia Sabz (Persian Green Bean Stew) is a traditional dish from Iran, which usually involves beef, green beans, carrots, potatoes, onions, turmeric and tomato paste. While this is not an authentic recipe, it incorporates many of the elements to produce a delicious, Persian-inspired vegan stew. The acidity in this vegan green bean stew recipe…

Slow Cooker Eggplant Lentil Stew with Pomegranate Molasses

A few months ago, I was reading about fesenjoon, a Persian stew that uses ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses to create a savory, sweet and sour flavor.  While there are variations in how to make the stew, it usually involves chicken or duck.   This vegan eggplant lentil stew recipe takes inspiration from fesenjoon, but…

Slow Cooker Vegan Potato Soup

This vegan potato soup recipe combines Russet potatoes with caramelized onions, garlic, smoked paprika, fresh thyme, a pop of jalapeño, and the savory goodness of fresh chives.   It is creamy, hearty, flavorful and warming.  And very easy to make!  The biggest time suck is caramelizing the onions, but if you get that going while…

Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Beef

So, what’s Italian beef? A Chicago classic, a U.S. Midwestern favorite. Scraps of meat are slow simmered in au jus, served in a hearty roll, and topped with hot giadiniera. This vegan Italian beef recipe combines shredded young jackfruit and thinly sliced seitan to create an unforgettable texture. Together, they are magical. The au jus…

Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Eggplant Chickpea Stew

This vegan eggplant chickpea stew recipe is inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine—pomegranate molasses, saffron, cardamom, and more. It smells absolutely heavenly while it’s cooking!  The flavor is warming, slightly tangy, and comforting all at once. And it tastes delicious served over a bed of fluffy couscous or short grain brown rice. Pomegranate molasses is a common…

Slow Cooker Tempeh Sauerkraut Stew

Growing up, I ate a lot of sauerkraut. Slovaks and Slovak Americans, who feel close to their ethnic roots, know what I am talking about. We seemingly can’t get enough of it. Sauerkraut remains one of my favorite comfort foods, especially when it is paired with a heaping pile of fluffy mashed potatoes.  It’s the…

Slow Cooker Cajun Kidney Beans and Rice

Taking inspiration from Louisana’s Cajun cuisine, this vegan kidney beans and rice recipe involves stewing the beans, green peppers, celery, and onion with a bit of smokiness, a bit of heat, and a lot of savory flavor. I love it on top of some short grain brown rice, but you could also have it over…