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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 […]

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Gluten Free Vegan Cheeses

Vegan Tofu Ricotta Cheese

Since the 80’s, my family has been making lasagna with tofu. Back then, we smashed up the tofu with our hands, and then, used it instead of ricotta. Easy peasy. As the years have gone by, I’ve stepped up my vegan ricotta game. This tofu ricotta recipe is still really easy to do, but packs […]

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Salads Sides

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 […]

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Entrees

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 […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

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 […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

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 […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner Sides Warm Side Dishes

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 […]

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Gluten Free Sauces & Condiments Vegan Cheeses

Vegan Almond Ricotta Cheese

What is a vegan substitute for ricotta cheese? Vegan almond ricotta! It tastes creamy, bright, cheesy, and salty. It’s everything people love about ricotta cheese with none of the dairy! This recipe for vegan almond ricotta makes ~1 cup. It has no oil, no tofu, no nutritional yeast and no cashews. Just good ol’ slivered […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Zucchini and Tofu Ricotta Calzones

Calzones… delicious, hot pizza pockets from Italy. Even though they take a bit of time to make, this vegan zucchini and tofu ricotta calzone recipe is easy to execute, hearty, and oh so tasty. I love to serve them with some marinara or pizza sauce on top. Total yum! For this vegan calzone recipe, I […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Gnocchi with Pesto and Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

Whether you make your gnocchi from scratch, buy your gnocchi prepackaged, or use a gluten free variety, it is always absolutely delicious. This vegan gnocchi dinner recipe is easy, hearty and packed with summer flavors. Vegan pesto is amazing on grilled vegetables, and it is also amazing on gnocchi. When vegan pesto, grilled vegetables and […]

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Gluten Free Sauces & Condiments

Vegan Pesto

You can use this fast, easy recipe for vegan pesto as a condiment, to dress pasta or zoodles, as a pizza sauce, on grilled vegetables with gnocchi, stirred into risotto and more! It yields ~1 cup. For the best flavor, make it right before you want to use it. Sautéing whole garlic cloves in the […]

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Orange Zest and Fennel Risotto

Risotto is one of my all-time favorite meals. It is simple, requires few ingredients, and is quite satisfying. While I have given tips about making a risotto in the past, there are only a few principles you need to adhere to to have success. Use Italian short-grain rice, like arborio rice. Constantly stir the pot. […]

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Appetizers & Snacks Sides Warm Side Dishes

Sicilian Eggplant Crostini

Fancy appetizer, delicious snack, light lunch, hearty side. However you look at it, this vegan eggplant crostini recipe is where it’s at! Some crushed red pepper, green olives, eggplant and fresh tomato… it’s really something. A few bites, and it’s on to the next one. This vegan crostini recipe tastes amazing straight out of the […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

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 homemade vegan polenta recipe is no exception. Plus, the vegetables smell absolutely exquisite roasting in the oven. Is […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes

This vegan gnocchi recipe with swiss chard is fast, hearty and delicious. I use prepackaged gnocchi, but you can also make your gnocchi from scratch. If you want to make this gluten free, make gluten free vegan gnocchi! As an additional time saver, I also have used prepackaged Swiss chard that’s already washed, chopped and […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner Sauces & Condiments

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. […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

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, a Chicago-style relish of spicy peppers and pickled vegetables. This vegan Italian beef recipe combines shredded young jackfruit and thinly sliced seitan to create an […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Spinach and Tomatoes

When I am tight on time, this is one of my favorite vegan gnocchi dishes.  It is quick, easy, and hearty.  And it has…drum roll…8 ingredients, including the salt and the optional vegan parmesan!  Sometimes, simple is best, and leave it to Italian food to perfectly showcase this maxim.   Because this vegan gnocchi dinner […]

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Salads Sides

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 […]

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Gluten Free Sauces & Condiments

Vegan Marinara Sauce

Is marinara sauce vegan? Most of the time! When in doubt, read the label or ask. Marinara sauce is usually pretty simple, and this easy vegan marinara sauce recipe stays true to that ethos. Because marinara sauce uses few ingredients, it’s important to pick quality ones. If using canned tomatoes, try brands like Pomi, Mutti […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Zesty Pesto and Artichoke Ricotta Vegan Lasagna

Having experimented with vegan artichoke ricotta for the recipe for Carrot Artichoke Tortellini, I decided it might be worthwhile to whip up a summer lasagna that incorporated it, as well. As such, this is a recipe for vegan lasagna without tofu and without cashews. Garden tomatoes, fresh basil, and a tasty, zesty pesto.  The pesto’s […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Pizza with Wild Mushrooms, Fennel and Almond Ricotta

Wild mushrooms, fennel, fresh basil, heirloom tomatoes and almond ricotta make for one fancy, delicious vegan pizza recipe.  Using the freshest produce you can find makes a big difference in the flavor.  Heirloom tomatoes are unreal in this recipe, and no doubt, just because they are heirloom tomatoes.  And it’s a hearty pizza.  Seriously delizioso! […]

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Soups

Vegan Minestrone Soup

Is minestrone soup vegan? Sometimes. Some cooks use chicken stock, some add parmesan cheese. Other times, it’s straight up vegan. It’s best to read the label or ask. This vegan minestrone soup recipe is loaded with fresh veggies and pasta. A little dry white wine and wow, super delicious. Or better yet, make it a […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Italian Tempeh and Peppers with Farro

In my quest to think of more creative vegan recipes with tempeh, I bring you Italian Tempeh and Peppers.  Grilled red and green peppers and red onion mingle with tempeh seasoned with fennel seeds, crushed red pepper, garlic and oregano, and all of it served over a bed of toasted farro with fresh basil, parsley […]