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…

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…

Smoky Gnocchi with Sweet Corn, Collard Greens and Tempeh Bacon

Inspired by the U.S.’s Southern cuisine, this vegan recipe using gnocchi is smoky, savory and hearty! It works for any time of year. If you use prepackaged vegan gnocchi, it cooks up under 30 minutes. Is it the way fresh basil interacts with the smoky notes of the tempeh bacon? Or the hint of sage…

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…

Za’atar Chickpea Pitas

This is one simple vegan chickpea pita recipe. You’ll have to mix the ingredients for the za’atar chickpeas the night before, because they need time to marinate. Other than the marinating time, this recipe is quick and easy. No air fryer for the marinated chickpeas? No worries. Below are two alternatives that work great! ・Follow…

Zucchini and Tofu Ricotta Calzones

Calzones… delicious, hot pizza pockets from Italy. Even though they take a bit of time to make, this vegan zucchini and tofu ricotta calzone recipe is easy to execute, hearty, and oh so tasty. I love to serve them with some marinara or pizza sauce on top. Total yum! For this vegan calzone recipe, I…

Ginger Miso Slaw

Dry roasted almonds, crunchy chow mein noodles, fresh celery and crisp napa cabbage make this vegan Asian coleslaw recipe hearty enough to be a meal. It works well for summer or really any time of year. It’s a great protein-packed salad for dinner, lunch, and/or cookouts. If you aren’t eating this right away, it’s better…

Grilled Barbecue Soy Curl Quesadillas

This super easy vegan quesadilla recipe brings grilling and soy curls together. BBQ sauce, soy curls, green peppers, red pepper, red onion and a healthy amount of gooey vegan cheese sandwiched between two flour tortillas grilled to perfection. Serve it with vegan classic coleslaw. It tastes like an American cookout in a quesadilla. So good!…

Gnocchi with Pesto and Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

Whether you make your gnocchi from scratch, buy your gnocchi prepackaged, or use a gluten free variety, it is always absolutely delicious. This vegan gnocchi dinner recipe is easy, hearty and packed with summer flavors. Vegan pesto is amazing on grilled vegetables, and it is also amazing on gnocchi. When vegan pesto, grilled vegetables and…

Vegan Pesto

You can use this fast, easy recipe for vegan pesto as a condiment, to dress pasta or zoodles, as a pizza sauce, on grilled vegetables with gnocchi, stirred into risotto and more! It yields ~1 cup. For the best flavor, make it right before you want to use it. Sautéing whole garlic cloves in the…

Beet Chorizo Burgers

Chorizo is a pork sausage that’s popular in Europe and Latin America. It varies in preparation based on the region. Years ago, I used to frequent a Mexican restaurant in San Jose, California that offered soy chorizo as a taco filling. Maybe they made their own, but I have a feeling they used good ol’…

Lemon Potato Salad with Mint

Inspired by the Arab Salad (or Israeli Salad), this recipe features many of its hallmark ingredients–tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, and more. But then, it takes a detour. In the end, this lemon mint potato salad recipe tastes refreshing, loaded with satisfying textures and absolutely delicious! Summer heat can be brutal on fresh…

Summer Millet and Chickpea Salad

This is the perfect summer grain salad to serve for lunch, dinner or as a cookout side. The combination of the fresh herb dressing, the hearty millet grains, the satiating chickpeas, juicy cherry tomatoes and crunchy pumpkin seeds make this one simple, satisfying whole grain summer salad recipe! Make sure to let the cooked millet…

Asian Orzo Pasta Salad

Inspired by Asian flavors, this easy vegan orzo salad recipe makes a good warm side dish or cold pasta salad. After having time to sit overnight in the fridge, I thought it tasted even better. It uses few ingredients. It works well for a cookout, picnic, road trip cooler, camping trip, simple meal, or lunch….

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…

Vegan Creamy Polenta with Roasted Vegetables

Sometimes, I think I should have called this blog, “The Hearty Vegan Kitchen”. It’s probably taken already, but I want to think it rings true for nearly all the recipes that can be found here. And this homemade vegan polenta recipe is no exception. Plus, the vegetables smell absolutely exquisite roasting in the oven. Is…

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…

Summer Wild Rice Salad

While I think of wild rice as an American staple (especially in states like Minnesota), it always feels pretty seasonal. One eats wild rice in the fall or winter. I rarely see it outside of soup or stuffing recipes. It’s a shame, because it has a lot of vital mineral and vitamins, and possesses a…

Kidney Bean Succotash

Lima beans are my least favorite vegetable. If they are in front of me, I will eat them, because they are food. And in my opinion, food should never be taken for granted or wasted. But, for the most part, I avoid lima beans. When I think of the American classic succotash, I think of…

Grilled Okra with Curry Spices

This vegan okra recipe combines all my favorite things—okra, curry spices, and grilling! Best of all, it is incredibly easy, quick to make, and flavorful. It makes an awesome side to any cookout or summer meal. To pull this off, I used a disposable aluminum sheet pan, lined it was non-stick aluminum foil, and then,…

Vegan Farro Salad with Kale and Tomatoes

Bursting with fresh Italian flavors, this vegan farro salad recipe is quick, easy and makes a delicious side, lunch, a picnic, or light dinner. A few notes… ・If you aren’t into baby kale, you could use arugula. ・The fresh oregano is maybe the best part, but if you want to substitute 1 tsp dried oregano,…

Thai Pineapple and Cucumber Salad

From the spicy notes of Thai basil to the sweet, juicy addition of pineapple, this pineapple and cucumber salad recipe takes inspiration from Thai cuisine. It’s fresh, easy and oil free. It brings together spicy elements with sweet and sour elements. Overall, it’s a refreshing salad that is perfect for summer. I’ve been going through…

Black Bean Salsa with Avocado

This vegan black bean salsa recipe with avocado is… the perfect answer for “lunch?” A 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, this recipe is my go-to, whether it is…