Watermelon Salsa

Some people need to sneak veggies into food, so their kids will eat them. I have to add fruit into savory recipes, so I’ll eat it. I often find the sweetness to be too much, so I like balancing it with other flavors. Maybe you can relate? Whether you positively love fruit or have to…

Italian White Bean Burgers

Inspired by Italian flavors, these delicious vegan white bean burgers are rich from the almond ricotta, savory from the onions and garlic, and slightly herby from the dried basil and parsley. And they stay together! They are pretty easy to flip, and aren’t too messy to eat. This recipe makes 3 large or 4 medium…

Black Bean, Sweet Corn and Jicama Salad

Jicama is a plant from Mexico. Many people associate the term, jicama, with the plant’s edible tuberous root. This part of the plant is crisp, starchy and slightly sweet. In Mexico, it is often enjoyed raw with lime juice, chili powder and salt. Jicama was a perfect candidate to add some dimension to this delicious…

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…

Vegan Pita with Grilled Eggplant and Pomegranate Molasses Tempeh

This is an easy tempeh pita recipe. You’ll need to get the tempeh marinade prepared the night before, and allow the tempeh time to marinate. Other than that, it is very simple to make and tasty! This Middle Eastern inspired vegan eggplant pita recipe makes 4 pitas. To make this gluten free, use gluten free…

Mediterranean Eggplant Chickpea Salad

This vegan eggplant chickpea salad recipe has it all! The grilled eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, chickpeas, pistachios and a tasty oregano dressing really make it happen. It’s easy and simple. It’s hearty enough to be a lunch or meal, but could also work well as a side dish. It holds up well, so make it in…

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…

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…

Chickpea Millet Salad with Fresh Herbs and Pumpkin Seeds

This is the vegan millet salad recipe 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…