Vegan Vegetable Sushi

Avocado Cucumber Carrot Sushi with Sweet Chili Sauce

This vegan avocado sushi recipe is the perfect summer meal. It’s flavorful, refreshing, crunchy and loaded with a sweet garlicky chili sauce. Yum! It uses one of my favorite condiments, Mae Ploy Sweet Chilli Sauce, which you can find all over the U.S. at major grocery stores. A few things… ・This recipe takes time. You’ll need to make the sushi rice, allow it to cool … Continue reading Avocado Cucumber Carrot Sushi with Sweet Chili Sauce

Vegan Sushi Shiitake

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 is bringing you this vegan mushroom sushi recipe! A few … Continue reading Shiitake Mushroom Sushi Rolls

Vegan Paella Easy Recipe

Vegan Paella with Artichokes and Green Olives

Paella is a rice dish that originated in Valencia, Spain. Saffron, a spice derived from crocus flowers, is one of the main seasonings. In addition to making the rice yellow, it has a distinct flavor that’s a bit like honey. It’s very expensive, but it doesn’t take much of it to flavor a dish. This vegan vegetable paella recipe relies on saffron and smoked paprika … Continue reading Vegan Paella with Artichokes and Green Olives

Vegan Cauliflower Soup without Coconut Milk

Cauliflower Soup with Leeks

This easy vegan cauliflower soup recipe cooks up fast! Many cauliflower soups are super creamy or very cheesy. This soup is neither. It has light broth that’s savory, sour and herbaceous, which perfectly compliments the cauliflower and leeks. There’s no coconut milk, no cashews, no potatoes, and no vegan cheese. It’s simple and tasty. If you prefer a little more weight to your broth (and … Continue reading Cauliflower Soup with Leeks

Farro Asparagus Salad Recipe Vegan

Asparagus Salad with Walnuts, Farro and Lemon Vinaigrette

The best part of this herby asparagus farro salad is the texture! It’s crisp from the lightly steamed asparagus and chewy from the farro. Together, it’s very satisfying and filling. Not to mention, the flavors work so well! This vegan asparagus salad recipe works great as an everyday or Easter side dish. It also works well for lunch. If you’re planning to pack it for … Continue reading Asparagus Salad with Walnuts, Farro and Lemon Vinaigrette

Zucchini Stuffed with Italian Herb Risotto

This is a delicious vegan stuffed zucchini recipe. Zucchini boats filled with herb risotto is almost too perfect. Because let’s get real here, zucchini loves fresh basil 💚 This recipe makes ~6 stuffed zucchini boats and works well as a main course for dinner. It would taste awesome paired with a side of Fennel and White Bean Salad or Heirloom Tomato Salad. It takes time … Continue reading Zucchini Stuffed with Italian Herb Risotto

Brussel Sprout Soup Vegan

Brussels Sprout Soup with Potatoes

I might be someone that has mistakenly called a Brussels sprout, a “brussel sprout”. I had no idea those tiny cabbages were named after Brussels, Belgium! Regardless of how you’ve said it, maybe we can agree that they can be absolutely delicious? Pair them with caraway seeds, mustard powder, a little smoked paprika and white wine vinegar, and you’ve got one tasty vegan Brussels sprout … Continue reading Brussels Sprout Soup with Potatoes

Vegan Tofu Vegetable Pot Pie

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, especially at Thanksgiving and the holidays. This vegan pot pie … Continue reading Vegan Tofu Pot Pie

Vegan Quiche Tofu Recipe

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 taste like eggs. To some degree, it has the texture. … Continue reading Vegan Tofu Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and Arugula

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers No Dairy

Vegan Stuffed Red Peppers with Chickpeas and Rice

This vegan stuffed peppers recipe is partly inspired by UVK’s Couscous Salad with Golden Beets, Slivered Almonds and Currants and to some extent, it’s inspired by elements of Indian cuisine. This dish is easy to make, tastes amazing, and is completely gluten free. It works awesome for dinner! A few things… ・The size of your baking pan will depend on the shape of your red … Continue reading Vegan Stuffed Red Peppers with Chickpeas and Rice

Vegan Italian Herb Risotto

When it comes to creating creamy risotto, stirring is everything.  As the rice grains rub against one another during the stirring, they release some of their starch.  This creates the creamy consistency.  The creaminess doesn’t come from cheese, milk or cream.  It comes from good old fashioned stirring. And that means, it’s important to use a rice with a high starch content. This recipe for … Continue reading Vegan Italian Herb Risotto

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

Lemon Chickpea Asparagus Soup

Through times of stress, we must have compassion for ourselves and for others. Even though the uncertainty can feel crushing, it is possible to feel grounded again. To feel grounded again, means doing all the things–following a schedule, exercising, connecting with friends and family, getting fresh air, managing your anxiety or feelings of unease and eating food that comforts you. It also means demonstrating compassion … Continue reading Lemon Chickpea Asparagus Soup

Artichoke Potato Salad

Growing up in the U.S.’s Midwest, we had two types of potato salad—German and Classic American-Style. I didn’t like Classic, because many times, it had hard-boiled eggs in it. And even though German seemed more up my alley flavor-wise, there was bacon. Both salads were non-starters, so I avoided potato salad. In the 90’s, I discovered balsamic potato salads. Suddenly, potato salad was light, acidic … Continue reading Artichoke Potato Salad

Herbed Millet with White Beans and Asparagus

When I was growing up, my mother was a big fan of millet. She made a lot of millet loaf, which I would always smother in BBQ sauce. Years later, I would see millet become more popular in the U.S. due to the rise of the gluten free movement. Today, millet may still seem like quinoa’s little sister in the gluten free universe, but it … Continue reading Herbed Millet with White Beans and Asparagus

Middle Eastern Wheat Berry Salad with Kale, Cucumbers and Tomatoes

If you love tabbouleh, you’ll love this hearty vegan wheat berry salad recipe! 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 influenced by Middle Eastern flavors, and … Continue reading Middle Eastern Wheat Berry Salad with Kale, Cucumbers and Tomatoes

Air Fryer Cauliflower Side Dish Za'atar

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini and Za’atar

In Portland, Oregon, there is no shortage of very, very good vegan food.  Wait five minutes and another restaurant, natural foods store or food truck opens to the public.  And one of my favorite things is tasting everything vegan! After a recent trip to Aviv, a plant based Israeli restaurant in town, I was really impressed.  A lot of Israeli food is already plant based, … Continue reading Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini and Za’atar

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

Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Harissa Dressing

This vegan harissa chickpeas and carrots recipe works well roasted in the oven or cooked out on the grill.  I’ve included directions for how to do either method. No matter how you do it, I love the way the harissa dressing mingles with the carrots, red onions, chickpeas and garlic.  Served on a bed of quinoa and topped with fresh mint and parsley, it is … Continue reading Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Harissa Dressing

Artichoke, Fennel and Farro Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

In this salad, cooked farro is chewy and bouncy, and a nice contrast to crunchy raw fennel bulb.  The zip of the dijon pairs nicely with sweetness and slightly licorice flavor of tarragon. And shallots and garlic make everything savory! It’s a super tasty farro salad for lunch, a light meal, or as a side dish. It tastes great at room temperature or chilled. This … Continue reading Artichoke, Fennel and Farro Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Vegan Panzanella Primavera

Panzanella salad is a Tuscan salad of stale bread, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and fresh basil. It is usually dressed with olive oil and vinegar. And often enjoyed in the summer. Inspired by this Italian salad, this springtime vegan panzanella salad recipe is savory from the garlic and shallots, tangy from the lemon, a bit smokey from the tempeh bacon, a bit herbaceous from the arugula, … Continue reading Vegan Panzanella Primavera

Tortellini Vegani

Carrot Artichoke Tortellini with Garlic Butter Arugula

This vegan tortellini recipe is a fresh spin on the classic Italian pasta. The vegan tortellini filling uses grilled marinated artichokes, finely chopped carrots and fresh parsley. No nuts. No tofu. No soy. If you positively love artichokes, this is the one for you! Vegan wonton wrapper tortellini? Yes, it can be that easy to make DIY vegan tortellini. Just make sure the wonton wrappers … Continue reading Carrot Artichoke Tortellini with Garlic Butter Arugula

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 cashews, nutritional yeast, dijon mustard, lemon and garlic create the perfect … Continue reading Soy Curl Tetrazzini Primavera

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