Shiitake Mushroom Sushi Rolls

Some years ago, I had vegan sushi in San Francisco at Cha-Ya, a vegan sushi restaurant. Being raised vegetarian and spending most of my adult life as a vegan, I had never had sushi. Needless to say, it was so good! Since that time, I’ve become a big fan of vegan sushi. And thus, UVK…

Vegan Tofu Pot Pie

When I was growing up, my mom’s close friend was vegan. In the 1980’s, this was uncommon in the U.S.’s Midwest. She was a wonderful role model–compassionate, kind, and giving. She’d often shared recipes with my mom. And it didn’t take long for her tofu pot pie recipe to become a staple in our household,…

Vegan Tofu Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and Arugula

This was one of UVK’s first recipes. It’s been through several revisions over the years, but this is by far, the best vegan tofu quiche recipe of them all. Sun-dried tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, arugula and a little vegan parmesan? All of the above! A few things… ・This recipe for vegan quiche is not meant to…

Vegan California Benedict with Portobello Mushroom

Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino, California is an incredible vegan resort. Of course, one of the best parts is going to Raven’s Restaurant for one of their legendary meals. It’s always absolutely delicious. This vegan mushroom benedict recipe is inspired by Raven’s Restaurant’s Portobello Benedict and by classic California Eggs Benedict. There’s a…

Vegan Tater Tot Casserole with Broccoli and Mushrooms

When I was a kid, the church potluck was where it was at! So many delicious hot dishes made with love, and ready to share with one another. And while there were many options to choose from, I always gravitated towards the casseroles. Tater tot casserole! Broccoli cheese rice casserole! Green bean and mushroom casserole!…

Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Wild Rice Casserole

This vegan mushroom and spinach wild rice casserole recipe is creamy, savory, and delicious. It works well as a main dish (plenty hearty!) or as a side dish. It’s fancy enough for the holidays, but doesn’t have to be a holiday dish. It’s gluten free, has no nutritional yeast, and loaded with fall-winter flavors (think…

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…

Savory Mushroom Burger

Many vegans, plant based folks, vegetarians, and the culinary adventurous enjoy a good old fashioned mushroom veggie burger recipe. I have had my fair share over the years. Some incredibly tasty. Some more or less forgettable. And so, I thought for a very long time about this homemade mushroom vegan burger. Over a year. I…

Vegan Slavic Sauerkraut Soup

Slavs love dried mushrooms, sauerkraut, potatoes, dill, and soups. This vegan sauerkraut soup recipe took inspiration from Machanka, a meatless Slovak soup that’s popular during Catholic Lent season. It also took some inspiration from the general Slovak recipe canon. In putting it together, I tried to think back to my granny’s favorite things—pork products and…

Stovetop Vegan Truffle Mac and Cheese

This vegan truffle mac and cheese recipe cooks up fast (25 minutes or less!), and does not require any baking at all. This is my go-to stovetop meal when I want a satisfying vegan dinner that isn’t a total time suck. To help it take even less time, I like to get my water boiling…

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….

Wild Rice Mushroom Soup

This vegan wild rice and mushroom soup recipe is hearty, flavorful, and healthy.  I love how sherry vinegar makes a good mushroom soup, an extraordinary mushroom soup.  If you don’t have any on hand, you can also substitute red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.  It won’t be exactly the same, but it will add…

Vegan Lentil Loaf with Porcini Mushrooms, Walnuts and Cashews

Traditionally, I am not a fan of “loaf” of any kind.  I usually find them a bit underwhelming.  So, I felt challenged to create a vegan lentil loaf recipe that was flavorful, savory, and stayed together.   I used dried porcini mushrooms, because the flavors are more concentrated than using fresh mushrooms. Plus, there is…

Brandy Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

With the holidays on the horizon, I felt like it was time to come up with a new vegan mushroom gravy recipe.  I tend to make the same one every year.  Why not jazz it up with a little brandy and shiitake mushrooms?  Why not, indeed?!  This gravy tastes amazing on mashed potatoes, stuffing, lentil…

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Lentils and Breadcrumbs

Maybe you aren’t vegan, but someone you love is and they are coming over for a holiday dinner? Well, making this vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms recipe says, “Hey, I thought of you, and wanted you to have something delicious to dine on at this gathering.” If this is you and you’re reading this, kudos to…

Shiitake Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts with Farro

Awhile back, my cousin was looking for a Brussels sprout recipe.  I realized that I didn’t have any to share.  While we eat them roasted throughout the fall and winter season, that’s about the extent of it.  So, I challenged myself to think of a new way to incorporate Brussels sprouts into our rotation of…

Pulled Shiitake Mushrooms with Homemade Brandy BBQ Sauce

This pulled mushroom sandwich recipe happened, because the flavor and texture of shiitakes is awesome. Plus, I love making homemade barbecue sauces, so why not make a new one? 🙂 Brandy likes to hang out with shiitake mushrooms.  They work well together.  Fresh ginger seemed like a good choice.  And hey, why not add a…

Thai Coconut Tofu Soup

This vegan coconut tofu soup recipe is inspired by the Thai soup, tom kha.  While tom kha soup is totally delicious, it isn’t always vegan.  It often has chicken or fish sauce in it. The flavor in this soup is created by adding dulse seaweed and fake chicken broth.  Some of the elements remain the…

Tofu Scramble

I grew up eating Fantastic Foods Tofu Scrambler.  During college, I couldn’t always afford it. So, I started making my own from scratch. Sometimes, I would throw in a little oatmeal, as a nod to the old Fantastic Foods’ mix.   Since then, I still make my own tofu scramble, but I’ve gotten a little…

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!…

Miso Shiitake Soup with Tofu and Bok Choy

 This bok choy and shiitake mushroom soup recipe relies on red miso, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and scallions to create a brothy, comforting bowl of soup.   When I was growing up, we never bought vegetable broth or bouillon cubes.  We would finish a dish by adding miso at the end of cooking….

Soy Curl Tetrazzini Primavera

Tetrazzini is an American pasta dish named after an opera singer.  It involves a cheesy sauce, some kind of meat (usually chicken or tuna), and some vegetables.  When I was a kid, I thought it sounded very classy.   This vegan chicken tetrazzini recipe is built around a delicious cashew cream sauce.  White wine, raw…

Seitan Beef Stew

Whether you buy it or make your own, seitan is a great source of vegan protein.  One serving can boast up to 21 grams of protein!  Cost effective, versatile, and possessing a nice chewy texture, seitan is one of my favorite vegan proteins to cook with. Fry it, roast it, braise it, or bake it,…