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Savory Vegan Bread Pudding with Leeks and Rainbow Chard

Is savory bread pudding a side dish or a main course? Is it a casserole for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Basically, it is all of these things. This savory vegan bread pudding recipe is a bread casserole that transcends fitting neatly into a box. I’ve eaten it for breakfast and enjoyed it with a salad […]

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Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner Salads Sides

Kale and Tofu Salad with Spicy Tamari Dressing

For awhile, I debated titling this vegan kale tofu salad recipe either “Crunchy Tofu Salad” or “Super Seedy Tofu Kale Salad”. A generous helping of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds create a delightful texture that’s crunchy and satisfying. And they pair so nicely with the hot chili oil tamari dressing, the marinated baked […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Stuffed Shells with Tofu Ricotta, Spinach and Fennel

This vegan stuffed shells recipe has tofu ricotta, spinach and fennel bulb. It’s garlicky, savory and totally nut free (no cashews, no almonds). And best of all, these tofu stuffed shells are super delicious and easy to make. A few things… ・It takes awhile for the water to boil for the pasta shells. Use this […]

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Gluten Free Salads Sides

Sriracha Tofu Salad

This is a delicious, easy vegan sriracha tofu salad recipe has a lot of versatility! For a protein-packed meal, enjoy it solo. Or fill a tortilla with it with additional cucumber slices and fresh cilantro to make a tasty sriracha tofu wrap. Maybe add some cold orzo pasta? And enjoy a Thai-inspired tofu orzo salad. […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Tofu Enchiladas with Mushrooms and Sweet Corn

This recipe goes out to the hermetically sealed silken tofu that’s been living in my pantry for a year. It’s dutifully sat on the shelf ready for action. There’s a number of vegan silken tofu recipes that this bad boy could have been used in (creamy polenta, cheesy grits, Greek spinach pie, etc), but instead, […]

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Gluten Free Vegan Cheeses

Vegan Tofu Ricotta Cheese

Since the 80’s, my family has been making lasagna with tofu. Back then, we smashed up the tofu with our hands, and then, used it instead of ricotta. Easy peasy vegan tofu ricotta! As the years have gone by, I’ve stepped up my vegan ricotta game. This tofu ricotta recipe is still really easy to […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

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. And she’d often shared recipes with my mom. It didn’t take long for her savory vegan tofu pot pie recipe to become a staple in […]

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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. A tofu quiche with sun-dried tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, arugula and a little vegan parmesan? Yes please! A few things… ・This recipe for vegan quiche is not […]

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Breakfast Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner Sides

Vegan Cheesy Grits

This recipe for vegan cheesy grits first came out several years ago. It was embedded in another recipe, which was a shame. It is so creamy and delicious, and felt like it deserved it’s own post. You can enjoy vegan grits with cheese for breakfast, as a savory vegan grits meal or as a gluten […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Zucchini and Tofu Ricotta Calzones

Calzones… delicious, hot pizza pockets from Italy. Even though they take a bit of time to make, this recipe for vegan calzones with zucchini and tofu ricotta 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 calzones […]

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Salads Sides

Ginger Miso Slaw

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

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner Sides

Marinated Grilled or Baked Tofu

Whether the tofu is sliced or cubed, this grilled or baked marinated tofu can be used on sandwiches, on salads, in tacos, in burritos, on pizza, in a grain bowl, in vegan sushi, or whatever your imagination can come up with!

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

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 recipe for creamy vegan polenta with roasted vegetables is no exception. Plus, the vegetables smell absolutely exquisite roasting […]

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Vegan Feta

If you’re looking for a homemade vegan feta recipe, this is it. It’s salty, acidic, and a touch herbaceous. While using extra firm tofu helps cut down on the fat, there’s also plenty of protein, texture and flavor. This faux feta cheese works well in salads. Or serve it as part of a vegan charcuterie […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

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 […]

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Appetizers & Snacks Gluten Free Sides

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 […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Coconut Tofu Soup

This vegan coconut tofu soup recipe is inspired by the Thai soup, tom kha.  While tom kha soup is totally delicious, it isn’t always vegan.  It often has chicken or fish sauce in it. This vegan coconut soup has dulse seaweed and fake chicken broth.  Some of the elements remain the same as traditional preparations. In […]

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Breakfast Entrees Gluten Free

Tofu Scramble

I grew up eating Fantastic Foods Tofu Scrambler.  During college, I couldn’t always afford it. So, I started making my own from scratch. Sometimes, I would throw in a little oatmeal, as a nod to the old Fantastic Foods’ mix.   Since then, I still make my own tofu scramble, but I’ve gotten a little […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Grilled Lemon Garlic Herb Tofu Skewers

 When I think of tofu marinades, I usually think of soy sauce or BBQ.  And yet, this lemon and herb tofu marinade works so nicely! These grilled tofu skewers are not hard to make, but do need time to marinade (~3 hours). If you are able to marinade a bit longer, it’s even better. Pressed […]

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Gluten Free Salads Sides

Vegan Tofu Salad with Curry-Lime Dressing

This Thai-inspired vegan tofu salad recipe has roasted cashews, a medley of vegetables, fresh basil, cilantro and an oil free curry-lime dressing. It’s got texture and flavor. And it couldn’t be easier to make! This tofu salad recipe uses smoked tofu. It can be found in many major U.S. grocery stores (including Walmart, Whole Foods […]

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Gluten Free Soups

Miso Shiitake Soup with Tofu and Bok Choy

 This bok choy and shiitake mushroom soup recipe relies on red miso, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and scallions to create a brothy, comforting bowl of soup.   When I was growing up, we never bought vegetable broth or bouillon cubes.  We would finish a dish by adding miso at the end of cooking. […]

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Breakfast Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Spinach Frittata with Fresh Herbs

Kuku sabzi is essentially a Persian frittata. It’s heavy on the herbs and greens, but light on the eggs. Traditionally, it’s served at Persian New Year. This vegan spinach frittata recipe is inspired by the classic Iranian dish, kuku sabzi.  Who doesn’t love the idea of a frittata that is more parts leafy greens? Fresh dill, […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Soy Curl Paprikash

This is yet another revision of this vegan paprikash recipe. Now, it is gluten free and eliminates the prepackaged vegan sour cream. There’s also a richer, creamier sauce made with silken tofu, raw cashews, lemon juice and more. This is still the kind of meal that you want to serve over egg-less ribbon noodles, mashed […]

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Gluten Free Salads Sides

Vegan Antipasto Salad

This Italian-inspired vegan antipasto salad recipe hardly qualifies as “ugly”.  It’s completely gorgeous, which is just so Italian. They have a way of making everything beautiful. And while it may not be a traditional antipasto (an appetizer that includes meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables, olives, artichokes, etc), it’s a delicious, fresh and herbaceous vegan Italian salad! […]