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 thyme, nutmeg, and mushrooms). While I used a high speed … Continue reading Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Wild Rice Casserole

Vegan Greek Spinach Pie

Inspired by Greek spanakopita, this savory vegan spinach pie recipe uses silken tofu, quinoa, and a bit of vegan shredded cheese.  Kalamata olives and fresh herbs add complexity.  While you can use dried herbs for this recipe, the fresh marjoram and thyme are very nice.  Fresh marjoram is like a sweeter, woodsier oregano. The Greeks thought of it as a symbol of happiness. And when … Continue reading Vegan Greek Spinach Pie

Sourdough Stuffing with Spinach, Fennel and Vegan Italian Sausage

This vegan sourdough stuffing recipe is incredibly flavorful and savory.  It incorporates vegan Italian sausage, spinach, fennel, and sourdough bread cubes. It’s perfect for fall, winter, Thanksgiving, holiday celebrations or any time you want really good vegan stuffing.   When my family gets together, I always ask, “What dish do you want me to make?” And the reply is generally, “That stuffing.” If they’re in … Continue reading Sourdough Stuffing with Spinach, Fennel and Vegan Italian Sausage

Roasted Garlic Spinach Artichoke Dip

Traditional spinach artichoke dip is loaded with cheese, cream cheese, and sometimes, even sour cream. This vegan artichoke dip recipe takes inspiration from the classic appetizer, but it is not meant to be a perfect copycat. Instead, it depends a lot less on vegan dairy products to bring the flavor, and a lot more on silken tofu and roasted garlic! Blended silken tofu is the … Continue reading Roasted Garlic Spinach Artichoke Dip

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

Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Spinach and Tomatoes

When I am tight on time, this is one of my favorite vegan gnocchi dishes.  It is quick, easy, and hearty.  And it has…drum roll…8 ingredients, including the salt and the optional vegan parmesan!  Sometimes, simple is best, and leave it to Italian food to perfectly showcase this maxim.   Because this vegan gnocchi dinner recipe has so few ingredients, it’s important to follow the … Continue reading Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Spinach and Tomatoes

Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup

Butternut squash, spinach, sage, celery, onion, and garlic. This is a savory vegan butternut squash and spinach soup recipe that’s perfect for the cooler months of the year.  Not only that, it cooks up fast, especially if you use frozen butternut squash.  The entire soup leaves you wanting more, and that’s the sign of a hit!  As a variation, stir in 1 cup of dehydrated soy curls … Continue reading Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup

Zesty Pesto and Artichoke Ricotta Vegan Lasagna

Having experimented with vegan artichoke ricotta for the recipe for Carrot Artichoke Tortellini, I decided it might be worthwhile to whip up a summer lasagna that incorporated it, as well. As such, this is a recipe for vegan lasagna without tofu and without cashews. Garden tomatoes, fresh basil, and a tasty, zesty pesto.  The pesto’s secret ingredient, a jalapeño!  It brings the perfect amount of … Continue reading Zesty Pesto and Artichoke Ricotta Vegan Lasagna

Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

The first time I had orzo, I thought it was rice. Little did I know, it was pasta masquerading as rice. Since discovering it’s true nature, I am constantly thinking of ways to incorporate it into my meal rotation. So good, so pasta! This frugal, easy vegan orzo cannellini beans recipe cooks up quick, and is packed with savory flavors.  You can’t beat an orzo … Continue reading Spinach Cannellini Bean Orzo

Vegan Minestrone Recipe

Vegan Minestrone Soup

Is minestrone soup vegan? Sometimes. Some cooks use chicken stock, some add parmesan cheese. Other times, it’s straight up vegan. It’s best to read the label or ask. This vegan minestrone soup recipe is loaded with fresh veggies and pasta. A little dry white wine and wow, super delicious. Or better yet, make it a soup and salad meal by pairing it with Panzanella Primavera, … Continue reading Vegan Minestrone Soup

Spinach, Wild Mushroom and Pea Gnocchi

I made vegan gnocchi for the first time in college.  It was during the time I was studying the Italian language, and it was an epic fail.  My gnocchi were too wet, and fell apart in the water.  The ones that didn’t fall apart clumped together on the bottom in one big, oddly shaped ball.  I didn’t understand using a colander or boiling them in … Continue reading Spinach, Wild Mushroom and Pea Gnocchi

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

Pear Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

While working on another UVK recipe, I was snacking on a D’anjou pear.  I dipped it into some lemon tahini dressing meant for the other recipe, and found it to be incredibly tasty.  So here we are. This vegan pear salad recipe makes a satisfying lunch or a simple side salad. It’s just so vibrantly green. Pear Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing Dressing ½ cup … Continue reading Pear Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing