Vegan Smoky Bean Soup with Potatoes

Smoky Red Bean Soup

This vegan red bean soup recipe is inspired by preparations of Slovak Fazul’ová Polievka (or “bean soup”). There are many versions using different varieties of beans (like white beans, cranberry beans, red beans), meats (smoked bacon, sausage, etc), and add-ins (sour cream, vinegar, etc). However, most involve potatoes, carrots, and paprika in some way. Inspired, I put together this vegan smoky bean soup recipe to … Continue reading Smoky Red Bean Soup

Sauerkraut and Beets Potato Salad

Beet Potato Salad with Sauerkraut

This cold beet potato salad recipe is inspired by vinegret, a popular Russian and Ukranian salad. Beets, potatoes, carrots, onions and sauerkraut or diced pickles are staples in traditional preparations. It is also often dressed in additional brine from the sauerkraut or pickles, and sunflower oil. Positively delicious. While this recipe uses many of the common ingredients, it diverts from tradition. Fresh dill is added, … Continue reading Beet Potato Salad with Sauerkraut

Refrigerator Pickles with White Vinegar

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

In the summer, my cousins and I would play outside all day. Periodically, we’d sneak into the refrigerator in the garage and eat icebox dill pickles. It’s one of my fondest childhood memories. And I still love dill pickles. For years, I wasted my money buying them at the store. But these days, I like to make them with one of my grandmother’s pickle recipes. … Continue reading Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Vegan Goulash with Sauerkraut

Vegan Sauerkraut Goulash

Inspired by Slovak Segedinský Guláš, this vegan recipe using sauerkraut is very easy to make, and savory-sour in all the right ways. Sauerkraut seasoned with loads of paprika? Yes please! This vegan goulash recipe combines my favorite things–sauerkraut and seitan. Smoked paprika to bring a bit of the flavor of pork. Cashew cream for heavy cream. And seitan, because it’s hearty and soaks up the … Continue reading Vegan Sauerkraut Goulash

Vegan Cheesy Potato and Bacon Pierogi

This homemade vegan pierogi recipe is rich in flavor. Hello vegan bacon! They have no prepackaged vegan cheese products and are totally nut free. All it takes is some plant based staple pantry items to put these together. Similar to the Vegan Mushroom Sauerkraut Pierogi recipe, we’ll walk through the process of making this vegan pierogi filling recipe, folding the pierogi, and finally, boiling them. … Continue reading Vegan Cheesy Potato and Bacon Pierogi

Vegan Pierogi Dough

While many recipes for pierogi dough have eggs or sour cream in them, it isn’t necessary to enjoy pierogi. This easy vegan pierogi dough recipe does the trick with basic pantry staples. Once you finish following the directions of this recipe, you’ll be ready to add vegan pierogi fillings, like Vegan Mushroom and Sauerkraut Pierogi, Vegan Cheesy Potato and Bacon Pierogi, or the filling of … Continue reading Vegan Pierogi Dough

Radish Salad Dill

Radish Salad with Fresh Dill and Scallions

Inspired by Slavic flavors, this radish salad recipe uses simple ingredients, is easy to make, and has a refreshing, crunchy texture. It’s works well for the winter or spring, but really, you could enjoy this year round. This recipe for radish salad is best served right away. The flavors and the crunchiness are at their height! As always, fresh dill is the best choice. You … Continue reading Radish Salad with Fresh Dill and Scallions

Slow Cooker Vegan Cabbage Rolls with Sauerkraut Tomato Sauce

Inspired by Slovak stuffed cabbage (also known as holubky or halupki), these vegan cabbage rolls with sauerkraut, tomato sauce, brown rice and tempeh bacon are packed with savory, sour delicious flavors. And they are so good! So, what goes with this vegan cabbage rolls recipe? Mashed potatoes. A big, huge mound of mashed potatoes topped with some melted vegan butter. Get a little of the … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Cabbage Rolls with Sauerkraut Tomato Sauce

Carrot and Beet Salad with Fresh Dill and Roasted Pistachios

I’ve made this carrot and beet salad recipe 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 are. This vegan recipe for beet … Continue reading Carrot and Beet Salad with Fresh Dill and Roasted Pistachios

Green Bean Soup Vegan

Vegan Slavic Green Bean Soup

This recipe is inspired by the Slovak soup, Polievka zo Zelenej Fazule. There are lots of regional differences in how green bean soup is prepared, but I took a little bit from one recipe, a little from another, and then, took some liberties. We end up with a soup that is creamy, slightly sour, fresh and delicious. This vegan green bean and potato soup recipe … Continue reading Vegan Slavic Green Bean Soup

Slavic Cabbage Soup

This vegan cabbage soup recipe is inspired by Slovak Kapustová Polievka, or Cabbage Soup, and maintains many of the ingredients of traditional recipes. While many recipes for this soup involve no meat, others do. There are regional (and personal) differences in how it is prepared. While I incorporated some traditional elements, I also took some liberties in my preparation. I added smoked paprika to conjure … Continue reading Slavic Cabbage Soup

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 potatoes. While this is not an authentic recipe, it utilizes … Continue reading Vegan Slavic Sauerkraut Soup

Slow Cooker Tempeh Sauerkraut Stew

Growing up, I ate a lot of sauerkraut. Slovaks and Slovak Americans, who feel close to their ethnic roots, know what I am talking about. We seemingly can’t get enough of it. 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. … Continue reading Slow Cooker Tempeh Sauerkraut Stew

Garlicky Potato-Zucchini Pancakes

This vegan potato and zucchini pancake recipe is inspired by Slovak 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. All in all, they are easy to make, smell amazing baking in the oven, and work well as a side, especially with Soy Curl … Continue reading Garlicky Potato-Zucchini Pancakes

Vegan Cabbage and Noodles with Caraway Seed and Sauerkraut

Cabbage and Noodles

If you’re an American with Slavic roots, you may be familiar with cabbage and noodles. In our household, it consisted of butter, onions, cabbage, broad noodles, salt and lots of black pepper. And before my family went vegetarian, it sometimes included smoked sausage. After I went vegan, I had to settle for versions of it with Italian noodles, because broad noodles have eggs in them. … Continue reading Cabbage and Noodles

Vegan Mushroom Sauerkraut Pierogi

Because it’s been a few years since this recipe went out, it felt like a good time to revisit it.  And basically, I did very little to the actual vegan pierogi recipe, but included a few tips to make it easier to make. With almost 3-4 hours of prep time, it’s a time commitment to make homemade vegan pierogi, but it is also a great … Continue reading Vegan Mushroom Sauerkraut Pierogi

Sauerkraut Recipes with Beans

White Beans and Sauerkraut

Do you love sauerkraut? Well, this blog is chock-full of vegan recipes with sauerkraut. To list just a few, there’s Vegan Slavic Sauerkraut Soup, Slow Cooker Vegan Cabbage Rolls with Sauerkraut Tomato Sauce, Vegan Sauerkraut Goulash and more. Like the rest of UVK‘s sauerkraut offerings, this braised sauerkraut with white beans recipe is absolutely delicious. It works awesome as a sauerkraut side dish, but also … Continue reading White Beans and Sauerkraut

Golden Beet Soup

Slavs love borscht, and thus, there’s so many ways to make it. This recipe takes inspiration from the classic soup, and creates a tasty, vegan borscht recipe with fresh dill and golden beets. The sweet-sour flavor, potatoes soaking up the delicious flavors (or breaking down and thickening the soup), and those unforgettable savory leeks… I get hungry just thinking about it! Some people like to … Continue reading Golden Beet Soup