Carrot and Beet Salad with Fresh Dill and Roasted Pistachios

I’ve made this salad a few times for guests. Every time, someone asks, “Is this on your blog?” And I say, “No, I keep leaving it out, because how many beet salads can one blog have?” And then, they tell me that it’s really good, and it should be on my blog. So… here we…

Sicilian Eggplant Crostini

Fancy appetizer, delicious snack, light lunch, hearty side. However you look at it, these vegan crostini are 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. They taste amazing straight out of the oven or after several hours…

Vegan Broccoli Mushroom Tater Tot Casserole

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!…

Vegan Slow Cooker Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes

Upon trying these green beans, my husband announced that this is the only way he wants to eat green beans from now on. This recipe takes inspiration from the U.S.’s Southern-style green beans and tomatoes. Usually, meat is used to add complexity and flavor to this popular side dish, but I wanted to see if…

Roasted Carrots and Farro with Citrus, Ginger and Dill

This recipe works well as a warm side dish or as a cold grain salad. As a warm side, it can be served directly after combining all the elements together. If you choose to serve it cold and it has been marinading in the fridge for a few hours, make sure to taste it and…

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Creamy Curry Dressing

Inspired by Indian flavors, this is a zippy, flavorful sweet potato salad that’s perfect for the summer. Pop those sweet potatoes on the grill outside, and keep your house from feeling like a total inferno. It’s all about timing with the grilled sweet potato. Leave it on the grill too long, and you’ll have a…

Italian Grape Tomato, Baby Kale and Farro Salad

A little while ago, we moved back to California. As soon as we got a little settled, I planted a garden. While there’s been a learning curve around growing vegetables (there are so many threats to a plant’s survival!), it has been very gratifying. Not to mention, the flavor of a homegrown vegetable is amazing….

Black Bean Avocado Salsa

Black bean avocado salsa… the perfect answer for “lunch?” The crowd-pleasing homemade addition to a potluck. An awesome topping to a baked sweet potato. A delicious filling for a tortilla wrap. A tasty topping to a Southwestern-themed green salad. Over and over, black bean avocado salsa is my go-to, whether it is the meal, a…

Mediterranean Kale Wheat Berry Salad

If you love tabbouleh, you’ll love this hearty salad! 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…

Roasted Coconut-Maple Yams

Traditionally, candied yams recipes require a lot of refined sugar. I wanted to develop a recipe that was quicker than most traditional candied yams recipes, required less sugar overall, had no refined sugar, and didn’t sacrifice on flavor. It seemed like it might be an impossible feat, until I called my best friend to talk…

Swiss Chard Gratin

I didn’t knowingly eat Swiss chard until I was in my 30’s. And once I did, I thought I had made an amazing personal discovery. I wanted to eat it all the time. That’s one of my favorite things about trying new foods! This vegan gratin recipe is creamy, comforting and loaded with Swiss chard….

Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

Light and refreshing, this is the perfect fruit salad for warm days.  Fresh cantaloupe, crisp cucumber, mint, lemon, and rich macadamia nuts, it’s the perfect cookout side or works well as a cooling side dish on a lazy, hot evenings. The best parts… the way mint works with cantaloupe, the refreshing cucumber mingling with lemon…

Vegan Shells and Cheese

On very rare occasions, my mother would purchase Velveeta Shells and Cheese.  The smooth, creamy goodness that was packed with salty, delicious flavor. Man, I loved that stuff. If it had been less expensive, I am sure I could have talked my mom into it more often. This recipe takes inspiration from Velveeta Shells and…

Texas Caviar

I still remember the first time I had Texas Caviar.  It was a work potluck to celebrate a baby shower.  While my co-worker used bottled Italian dressing, it was still really, really good.  As I recall, it was the one dish that didn’t make it home.  We devoured it straightaway.   I was inspired to…

Garlicky Potato-Zucchini Pancakes

This recipe is inspired by Slovakian zemiakové placky. It preserves some traditional elements (potatoes, garlic, etc), but does take some departures (vegan sour cream, etc). I also prepare them by baking them, instead of frying them. The flavor is still there. All in all, they are easy to make, smell amazing baking in the oven,…