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 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 them 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 I could engineer some flavor vegan-style. These are not intended to … Continue reading Vegan Slow Cooker Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes

Slow Cooker Seitan and Green Pea Stew

As cooler months approach, I get more and more excited to breakout my slow cooker. Not only is it easy to use, but after a few hours of simmering, you have a dish saturated in deliciousness. And this slow cooker vegan stew is a phenomenal example of how things can go really right! I’ve made this a few times. This seitan stew recipe freezes very … Continue reading Slow Cooker Seitan and Green Pea Stew

Vegan Caribbean Papaya Stew

Stoba is a popular stew from Curacao, which may include green papaya, beef, pork tail or goat. Also popular in Aruba and Bonaire, it is a hearty mainstay on the ABC islands. Taking inspiration from Curacao’s stoba, I put together a vegan papaya stew recipe that is rich in flavor and hearty. While some recipes for stoba incorporate green papaya (unripened), I used a ripe … Continue reading Vegan Caribbean Papaya Stew

Slow Cooker Vegan Chile Verde

When I bought the ingredients for this recipe, the cashier at the grocery store commented, “Now, that’s what I call the right ratio of chiles to tomatillos.” I told him, “If you’re gonna do it, then do it.” He probably didn’t realize that I was going to cook up a recipe for vegan chile verde inspired by the Northern Mexican classic. Nevertheless, this is one … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Chile Verde

Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas, Okra and Tomatoes

Before leaving on a road trip, I like to make food to freeze, so there is less concern about where to get a vegan meal on the road. As a bonus, the frozen meals act as “ice packs” for our food in the cooler! Planning ahead has allowed worry-free exploration of some of the more remote corners of the United States. It has also meant … Continue reading Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas, Okra and Tomatoes

Slow Cooker Vegan Persian-Style Green Bean Stew

Khorake Loobia Sabz (Persian Green Bean Stew) is a traditional dish from Iran, which usually involves beef, green beans, carrots, potatoes, onions, turmeric and tomato paste. While this is not an authentic recipe, it incorporates many of the elements to produce a delicious, Persian-inspired vegan stew. The acidity in this vegan green bean stew recipe comes from tart golden prunes. WOW, they really made the … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Persian-Style Green Bean Stew

Slow Cooker Eggplant Lentil Stew with Pomegranate Molasses

A few months ago, I was reading about fesenjoon, a Persian stew that uses ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses to create a savory, sweet and sour flavor.  While there are variations in how to make the stew, it usually involves chicken or duck.   This vegan eggplant lentil stew recipe takes inspiration from fesenjoon, but then, goes down a vegan rabbit hole.  I added thick … Continue reading Slow Cooker Eggplant Lentil Stew with Pomegranate Molasses

Seitan and Wheat Berry Chili

This vegan wheat berry chili recipe is easy, tasty and hearty. Wheat berries and seitan amp up the chili’s texture and bring additional protein and fiber. It’s one delicious, satisfying meal! A few notes.. ・Use store bought or make seitan from scratch ・Plan to make the wheat berries for the recipe ahead of time.  They need ~60 minutes to boil.  If you soak the grains … Continue reading Seitan and Wheat Berry Chili

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

Seitan Pozole Rojo

Pozole.  A delicious brothy soup accompanied by piles of fresh garnishes.  Traditionally, it’s made with chicken or pork and hominy.  And usually, it’s a food of celebration.  And it’s easy to understand why, it’s beautiful and tasty! Years back, I had a bowl of vegan pozole rojo at a restaurant in Santa Cruz, California.  And while it was not a bad bowl of soup, it … Continue reading Seitan Pozole Rojo

Slow Cooker White Sweet Potato, Sweet Corn and Green Plantain Stew with Cilantro and Lime

Sancocho is a Latin American stew, which can be found in Puerto Rico, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Columbia, Peru, Venezuela, and a number of other countries.  It is often a stew of celebration.  Traditionally, it is made with a variety of meats and root vegetables. Many say the secret to a delicious sancocho is allowing it to cook for a very, very long time. Some even say … Continue reading Slow Cooker White Sweet Potato, Sweet Corn and Green Plantain Stew with Cilantro and Lime