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,…

Slow Cooker Vegan Coconut Collard Greens

Sometimes, I sit around thinking about the Coconut Stewed Greens off the menu at Papa G’s, a vegan cafe in Portland, Oregon. Those tasty coconut greens are soft, flavorful and totally delicious. Since moving away from Portland, I can’t help but miss them. After hours of simmering in the crock pot, this vegan collard greens…

Vegan Funeral Potatoes

Church potlucks. Family gatherings. The perfect potato dish to bring over to a neighbor going through something. That’s right, I’m talking about funeral potatoes. A classic American casserole for people who love casseroles. I’m looking at you, Midwest and Intermountain West! So, what are funeral potatoes? They’re a crowd-pleasing cheesy potato casserole that got their…

Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries, Apples and Walnuts

I’m one of those people that saves bread heels in the freezer, because you never know when you’ll need bread crumbs or bread cubes. Making this vegan wild rice stuffing recipe with cranberries, apples and walnuts was the perfect excuse to put those heels to work. So, I popped those scraps of bread into a…

Sweet Potato Lentil Soup

This sweet potato lentil soup recipe is vegan Thanksgiving in a bowl! It’s savory, hearty comfort food. I found it hard to resist, and ended up eating the entire pot. Even better, it’s pretty budget-friendly and easy to make. Great for fall, winter, or any time you are craving a satisfying, warming bowl of sweet…

Chickpea Millet Loaf

This vegan chickpea millet loaf recipe is perfect for fall, winter, Thanksgiving, holidays or any time you’re craving savory plant based comfort food. It’s absolutely delicious on its own, smothered in roasted garlic gravy or topped with some homemade bbq sauce. And if you have leftover loaf, slice it and enjoy it on a sandwich…

Roasted Garlic Gravy

Finally, a vegan gravy recipe without mushrooms! Roasted garlic does an excellent job of providing the flavor to this simple vegan gravy recipe. It’s perfect on loaf, mashed potatoes, stuffing, or really anything you like to smother in gravy. And it makes a nice, flavorful addition to any Thanksgiving or holiday spread. The most time…

Cowboy Skillet Pie

In this vegan shepherd’s pie recipe, I try to take the best elements of baked beans and balance them into one savory, slightly sweet, and very hearty meal. Perfect for a grown Paul Newman (à la Butch Cassidy), cowboy, or really anyone that is looking for a deeply satisfying, delicious vegan shepherd’s pie. It takes…

Vegan Tater Tot Casserole with Broccoli and Mushrooms

When I was a kid, the church potluck was where it was at! So many delicious hot dishes made with love, and ready to share with one another. And while there were many options to choose from, I always gravitated towards the casseroles. Tater tot casserole! Broccoli cheese rice casserole! Green bean and mushroom casserole!…

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…

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…

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice, Apples and Walnuts

With the holidays swiftly approaching, it’s time to think about a vegan main course that’s worthy of celebration. This vegan stuffed acorn squash recipe is absolutely delicious, has a nice presentation, and possesses delightfully contrasting textures. It takes a bit of time to roast the squash, but it’s easy to do with my step-by-step directions….

Roasted Carrots and Farro with Citrus, Ginger and Dill

This vegan farro recipe works well as a warm side dish or as a cold grain salad. As a warm vegan side dish, it can be served directly after combining all the elements together. If you choose to serve it cold and it has been marinading in the fridge for a few hours, make sure…

Roasted Coconut-Maple Yams

Traditionally, candied yams recipes require a lot of refined sugar. I wanted to develop a recipe that was quicker, required less sugar overall, had no refined sugar, and didn’t sacrifice too much on flavor. It seemed like it might be an impossible feat, until I called my best friend to talk it over. Never underestimate…

Vegan Curry Shepherd’s Pie

I used to have an obsession with the Madras Potatoes from the Whole Foods’ Hot Bar. After a long run or a tough workout, all I wanted to do was load up a brown paper take-out box with their delightful, spicy potatoes. When we left California’s Bay Area, it marked the end of Whole Foods’…

Hazelnut Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato, Rutabaga and Green Apple

Man, this is a delicious, vegan lacinato kale salad recipe! Roasted sweet potatoes, rutabaga and red onion mingle with crisp green apples, crunchy hazelnuts and fresh lacinato kale. The hazelnut vinaigrette is a mix of lemon juice, hazelnut oil, agave and kosher salt. Seriously good stuff. Is adding hazelnut oil to your pantry worth it?…

Vegan Pear Galette with Pecans and Fennel

My first time creating a savory vegan galette recipe, I came up with the Southern Cornmeal Galette.  It used cornmeal, and tasted so good. I thought, I might be done making galettes. But man, if they aren’t so easy to make? Right? This vegan galette is a savory-sweet pastry that proudly shouts, “Winter!”  Maybe it’s…

Vegan Lentil Loaf with Porcini Mushrooms, Walnuts and Cashews

Traditionally, I am not a fan of “loaf” of any kind.  I usually find them a bit underwhelming.  So, I felt challenged to create a vegan lentil loaf recipe that was flavorful, savory, and stayed together.   I used dried porcini mushrooms, because the flavors are more concentrated than using fresh mushrooms. Plus, there is…

Brandy Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

With the holidays on the horizon, I felt like it was time to come up with a new vegan mushroom gravy recipe.  I tend to make the same one every year.  Why not jazz it up with a little brandy and shiitake mushrooms?  Why not, indeed?!  This gravy tastes amazing on mashed potatoes, stuffing, lentil…

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?”…

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…

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Lentils and Breadcrumbs

Maybe you aren’t vegan, but someone you love is and they are coming over for a holiday dinner? Well, making this vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms recipe says, “Hey, I thought of you, and wanted you to have something delicious to dine on at this gathering.” If this is you and you’re reading this, kudos to…

Vegan Shells and Cheese

This easy vegan shells and cheese recipe takes inspiration from Velveeta Shells and Cheese. Much like the beloved boxed cheesy pasta, the vegan cheese sauce is blended until it’s aerated, creamy and smooth.  Unlike Velveeta Shells and Cheese, these vegan cheesy shells are baked and topped with crispy, garlic bread crumbs. Altogether, it’s so good!…

Vegan Cornmeal Galette with Sweet Potatoes, Black-Eyed Peas and Greens

Black-eyed peas were first introduced to Virginia during the 17th century.  Grown throughout Asia and West Africa, black-eyed peas favor warm climates, and are extremely tolerant to drought.  Thus, crops of black-eyed peas proliferated throughout the Southern United States, and to this day, continue to play an important role in Southern cuisine. This recipe blends common…