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Beet Risotto

This vegan beet risotto recipe is a delightful blend of elements of Slavic borscht and Italian risotto. It’s flavorful and delicious. And while beauty is never a high priority, I cannot deny how lovely magenta risotto looks! As I’ve mentioned in other vegan risotto recipes, making risotto takes time and vigilance. It’s not the type […]

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Gluten Free Salads Sides

Cannellini Bean Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

This easy recipe for vegan cannellini bean salad with roasted garlic vinaigrette is very flavorful and perfect year round. It holds up well. It’s great to pack for lunch or a road trip. And it tastes so nice with toast. While flavor is always the most important thing to me, I cannot deny it.. this […]

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Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

This super simple vegan sun-dried tomato pesto recipe uses walnuts, fresh basil, shallots, loads of garlic, a touch of balsamic vinegar, nutritional yeast and more. It’s very flavorful, makes ~¾ cup, and stores in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Is sun-dried tomato pesto vegan? Pesto usually has a hard cheese in it, like parmesan or […]

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Vegan Stuffed Shells with Tofu Ricotta, Spinach and Fennel

This vegan stuffed shells recipe has tofu ricotta, spinach and fennel bulb. It’s garlicky, savory and totally nut free (no cashews, no almonds). And best of all, these tofu stuffed shells are super delicious and easy to make. A few things… ・It takes awhile for the water to boil for the pasta shells. Use this […]

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Vegan Baked Pasta with Tofu Ricotta and Eggplant

This Italian-inspired recipe for vegan baked pasta with tofu ricotta and eggplant 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 […]

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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. As the years have gone by, I’ve stepped up my vegan ricotta game. This vegan tofu ricotta recipe is still really easy to do, but packs a […]

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

This recipe for vegan sunflower pesto pasta salad with artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes and black olives is quick and tasty. By the time the fusilli pasta is done boiling, the rest of the ingredients are ready to go. Not only that, sunflower basil pesto doesn’t need nutritional yeast. This nut free vegan pesto has enough […]

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Italian White Bean Burgers

Inspired by Italian flavors, this delicious vegan white bean burger recipe is rich from the almond ricotta, savory from the onions and garlic, and slightly herby from the dried basil and parsley. And they stay together! These white bean burgers are pretty easy to flip, and aren’t too messy to eat. This recipe makes 3 […]

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Vegan Stuffed Zucchini with Italian Herb Risotto

This is a delicious vegan stuffed zucchini boats recipe. The herb risotto is almost too perfect. Because let’s get real here, zucchini loves fresh basil 💚 This recipe makes ~6 stuffed zucchini boats. Try to select medium zucchini that are all roughly the same size, so they cook through at the same rate. It takes […]

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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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Vegan Italian Herb Risotto

This is a delicious recipe for vegan herb risotto with fresh basil, oregano, parsley and nutritional yeast. It’s easy and uses simple ingredients, but it isn’t super quick. It takes time to stir, ladle, and stir some more. But, it’s worth it to end up with a super creamy, savory vegan herby risotto! When it […]

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Vegan Almond Ricotta Cheese

What is a vegan substitute for ricotta cheese? Almond ricotta! It tastes creamy, bright, cheesy, and salty. This recipe for vegan almond ricotta cheese makes ~1 cup. It has no oil, no tofu, no nutritional yeast and no cashews. It’s a very basic nut ricotta recipe with only 5 ingredients. The real secret is the […]

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Zucchini and Tofu Ricotta Calzones

Calzones… delicious, hot pizza pockets from Italy. Even though they take a bit of time to make, this recipe for vegan calzones with zucchini and tofu ricotta 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 calzones […]

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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 with pesto recipe is easy, hearty and packed with summer flavors. Vegan pesto is amazing on grilled vegetables, and it is also amazing on gnocchi. When pesto, grilled vegetables and […]

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Vegan Basil Pesto

This is an quick vegan pesto recipe with fresh basil, oregano, parsley and more. You can use this easy vegan basil pesto as a pasta sauce, a pizza sauce, on grilled vegetables with gnocchi, on burgers and more! It yields ~1 cup. For the best flavor, make it right before you want to use it. […]

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Fennel Risotto with Orange Zest

Risotto is one of my all-time favorite meals. This recipe for vegan fennel risotto with orange zest 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 […]

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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 tastes amazing straight out of the oven […]

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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 for creamy vegan polenta made with silken tofu and served with roasted vegetables is no exception. Plus, […]

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Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes

I love gnocchi and love thinking of new ways to enjoy it. And this vegan gnocchi with Swiss chard and tomatoes is quick and tasty. Who knew Swiss chard gnocchi could be this good? A few things… ・You can use store bought gnocchi or make your gnocchi from scratch. ・Any chard will do…red, rainbow, etc. […]

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Vegan Slow Cooker Jackfruit Porcini Ragu

This is a revision of a previous vegan slow cooker jackfruit porcini ragu recipe. While it has a few more steps than the original, it doesn’t take much time at all to put together. Each step is essential to creating the flavor of this vegan mushroom ragu recipe. Sautéing the onions and garlic creates a […]

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Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Beef

This easy slow cooker vegan Italian beef recipe combines shredded young jackfruit and thinly sliced seitan with a super savory au jus loaded with red miso, reduced sodium soy sauce, onions, garlic, and Italian herbs and spices. Slow cooked in a crock pot for hours, it makes such a delicious filling for vegan Italian beef […]

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Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Spinach, and Tomatoes

When I am tight on time, this gnocchi and white beans recipe is one of my favorite quick vegan dishes.  It is fast, 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 this recipe for gnocchi with cannellini beans, spinach […]

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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 Italian dressing. While I was putting together this vegan Italian broccoli pasta salad recipe, I couldn’t help […]

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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 […]