Grilled Tempeh Vegan Dinner

Vegan Pita with Grilled Eggplant and Pomegranate Molasses Tempeh

This is an easy tempeh pita recipe. You’ll need to get the tempeh marinade prepared the night before, and allow the tempeh time to marinate. Other than that, it is very simple to make and tasty! This Middle Eastern inspired vegan eggplant pita recipe makes 4 pitas. To make this gluten free, use gluten free pitas or forget the pita and make this a salad. … Continue reading Vegan Pita with Grilled Eggplant and Pomegranate Molasses Tempeh

Quick Lemon Tahini Dressing

Lemon Tahini Dressing

This easy lemon tahini dressing recipe improves almost any food it touches–kale salad, roasted cauliflower, grilled tempeh pitas, broccoli and more. It’s super creamy, tangy, savory, and 100% dairy free. Whether as a salad dressing, savory sauce or delicious dip, lemon tahini dressing is quick, easy and delicious! This recipe makes ~¾ cup, and will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. Often, tahini will … Continue reading Lemon Tahini Dressing

Pita Vegan Recipe

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 the air fryer za’atar chickpeas recipe, but use 1 garlic … Continue reading Za’atar Chickpea Pitas

Chickpeas in Air Fryer Vegan

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. In fact, these easy marinated chickpeas taste delicious without the … Continue reading Air Fryer Za’atar Chickpeas

Lemon Potato Salad with Mint

Inspired by the Arab Salad (or Israeli Salad), this recipe features many of its hallmark ingredients–tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, and more. But then, it takes a detour. In the end, this lemon mint potato salad recipe tastes refreshing, loaded with satisfying textures and absolutely delicious! Summer heat can be brutal on fresh veggies. If your celery, yellow pepper or cucumber are feeling … Continue reading Lemon Potato Salad with Mint

Middle Eastern Wheat Berry Salad with Kale, Cucumbers and Tomatoes

If you love tabbouleh, you’ll love this hearty vegan wheat berry salad recipe! In some ways, it is very similar—tomatoes, cucumber, lemon juice, and olive oil are all involved. In other ways, it’s a departure—no parsley, loads of oregano, wheat berries, kale and capers. Add some additional spices, and we’re on our way to flavor heaven. This is heavily influenced by Middle Eastern flavors, and … Continue reading Middle Eastern Wheat Berry Salad with Kale, Cucumbers and Tomatoes

Air Fryer Cauliflower Side Dish Za'atar

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini and Za’atar

In Portland, Oregon, there is no shortage of very, very good vegan food.  Wait five minutes and another restaurant, natural foods store or food truck opens to the public.  And one of my favorite things is tasting everything vegan! After a recent trip to Aviv, a plant based Israeli restaurant in town, I was really impressed.  A lot of Israeli food is already plant based, … Continue reading Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini and Za’atar

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 ingredient in Persian and Mediterranean cuisine.  Everything about it is … Continue reading Slow Cooker Middle Eastern Eggplant Chickpea Stew

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

Persian-inspired vegan spinach herb frittata

Vegan Spinach Frittata with Fresh Herbs

Kuku sabzi is essentially a Persian frittata. It’s heavy on the herbs and greens, but light on the eggs. Traditionally, it’s served at Persian New Year. This vegan spinach frittata recipe is inspired by the classic Iranian dish, kuku sabzi.  Who doesn’t love the idea of a frittata that is more parts leafy greens? Fresh dill, chives, parsley, tarragon and spinach are combined with scallions, leeks … Continue reading Vegan Spinach Frittata with Fresh Herbs

Kale Salad and Lemon Dressing

Kale Fattoush Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Back in 2003, I was flipping through an issue of Vegetarian Times. I came across a recipe for fattoush salad that sounded delicious. The chewy and crisp toasted pita, the crunch of fresh cucumbers, and the lip puckering goodness of lemon and sumac, it was everything a salad should be.  Light, refreshing and yet, hearty at the same time.  While this pita bread salad takes … Continue reading Kale Fattoush Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing