Vegan Stovetop Chili Mac and Cheese

Easy to execute (no baking), yields a lot of food, and tastes cheesy, spicy and smoky. The perfect hearty vegan mac n’ cheese dish for any time of year.

Brandy Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

With the holidays on the horizon, I felt like it was time to come up with a new gravy.  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, loaves, or really anything…

Spinach and Fennel Sourdough Stuffing

This recipe is incredibly flavorful and savory.  It’s perfect for a cold winter’s night or a holiday celebration.  The ingredients are a break from what I think of as traditional US holiday stuffing–carrots, celery, onion, and stuffing mix seasoned with sage. This version incorporates vegan Italian sausage, spinach, fennel, and sourdough bread cubes. It’s deeply…

Slow Cooker Sauerkraut Tempeh Stew

Growing up, I ate a lot of sauerkraut. Sauerkraut remains one of my favorite comfort foods, especially when it is paired with a heaping pile of fluffy mashed potatoes.  It’s the whole food equivalent to sea salt and vinegar potato chips.  Delicious. This stew takes some inspiration from Eastern European cuisine.  It uses simple ingredients…

Shiitake Mushroom Brussels Sprout Farro

Awhile back, my cousin was looking for Brussels sprout recipes.  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 family…

Slow Cooker Ginger-Harissa White Bean Stew

This stew has it all–fresh herbs, fresh ginger root, spicy harissa paste, lemon, garlic cloves, sweet potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, spelt berries, and cannellini beans  Together, it is balanced, hearty, and delicious.  With about 15 minutes of total prep time and 4 hours to simmer in the slow cooker, it delivers on flavor. Spelt berries add a…

Slow Cooker Cajun Kidney Beans and Brown Rice

Sautéing aromatics, like onions, garlic, and spices, goes a long way towards deepening the flavor of slow cooker meals.  While some slow cookers allow you to sauté right in the cooker, others do not.  It might mean dirtying a skillet, but it goes a long way towards developing a richer flavor.  I would argue that…

White Bean Jackfruit Chili

As the kiddos go back to school, I can’t help but think of chili.  It tastes great on it’s own, or loaded up with non-dairy sour cream, scallions, avocado, or with a bit of shredded non-dairy cheese.  For the contrast in textures, I like a few crushed tortilla chips in mine.   For this recipe, I…