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 casserole that got their name, because…

Sweet Potato Lentil Soup

This soup 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. This soup is great for fall, winter, or any time you are craving a satisfying, warming bowl of vegan lentil…

Chickpea Millet Loaf

This vegan loaf 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 the next day!…

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 is no exception. Plus, the vegetables smell absolutely exquisite roasting in the oven. Is it the roasting…

Slavic Cabbage Soup

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my grandma. She could make delicious food out of very little. Everything was hearty. Everything used simple ingredients. For her, cooking was visual, led by taste, and was built upon years of making the same recipes over and over again. This vegan cabbage soup recipe is inspired by…

Roasted Coconut-Maple Yams

Traditionally, candied yams recipes require a lot of refined sugar. I wanted to develop a recipe that was quicker than most traditional candied yams recipes, required less sugar overall, had no refined sugar, and didn’t sacrifice on flavor. It seemed like it might be an impossible feat, until I called my best friend to talk…

Vegan Slavic Sauerkraut Soup

Slavs love dried mushrooms, sauerkraut, potatoes, dill, and soups. This vegan sauerkraut soup recipe took inspiration from Machanka, a meatless Slovak soup that’s popular during Catholic Lent season. It also took some inspiration from the general Slovak recipe canon. In putting it together, I tried to think back to my granny’s favorite things—pork products and…

Vegan Stovetop Truffle Mac n’ Cheese

This vegan macaroni and cheese recipe cooks up fast (25 minutes or less!), and does not require any baking at all. This is my go-to stovetop meal when I want a satisfying dinner that isn’t a total time suck. To help it take even less time, I like to get my water boiling and boil…

Slow Cooker Jackfruit Porcini Ragù

This is a revision of a previous recipe. While it has a few more steps than the original, it doesn’t take much time at all to put together (less than 20 minutes). These steps were essential to creating the unbelievable flavor of this recipe. Sautéing the onions and garlic creates a nice base. Allowing the…

Wild Rice Mushroom Soup

This vegan soup recipe is hearty, flavorful, and healthy.  I love how sherry vinegar makes a good mushroom soup, an extraordinary mushroom soup.  It’s the secret ingredient that really makes this recipe!  I do not recommend skipping it, because you’d be missing out.  But, if you really have a hard time finding it or you…

Vegan Greek Spinach Pastry

While traditional Greek spanakopita has feta, eggs, and butter, this vegan spanakopita-inspired 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, I love what the fresh herbs bring to this recipe.   Fresh marjoram is like…

Tempeh Turnip Hash

Recently, I was out for brunch with some friends, and had a very subpar vegan hash.  All I could think was, I am positive I could do this better.  And so, I went home and thought about it for a few days.  In the end, this hash is where it is at!   Using turnips…

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Like most of the U.S. population, potatoes are one of my absolute favorite comfort foods.  And while it’s definitely a food associated with North America, it has a much longer history with South America.  Cultivation of the potato in South America is thought to be somewhere around 10,000 years ago.  North America can thank Peru…

Pecan, Pear and Fennel Galette

My first time creating a vegan galette, I came up with the Southern Cornmeal Galette.  If you haven’t tried it, it is savory, hearty and tastes amazing.  After I tasted it, I thought, “My work with galettes is done.” Until now. This vegan galette recipe is a savory-sweet pastry that proudly shouts, “WINTER!”  Maybe it’s…

Swiss Chard Gratin

I didn’t knowingly eat Swiss chard until I was in my 30’s. And once I did, I thought I had made an amazing personal discovery. I wanted to eat it all the time. That’s one of my favorite things about trying new foods! This vegan gratin recipe is creamy, comforting and loaded with Swiss chard….

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup

When I was a kid, my favorite vegetable was broccoli.  Every year on my birthday, my mom would let me pick what I wanted to eat for dinner.  With zero hesitation, it was almost always Mollie Katzen’s recipe for The Enchanted Broccoli Forest.  But I have to give it to Mollie, how could a veggie…

Shiitake Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts with Farro

Awhile back, my cousin was looking for a Brussels sprout recipe.  I realized that I didn’t have any to share.  While we eat them roasted throughout the fall and winter season, that’s about the extent of it.  So, I challenged myself to think of a new way to incorporate Brussels sprouts into our rotation of…

Slow Cooker Cajun Kidney Beans and Brown Rice

As being vegetarian became more mainstream in the U.S., my family of origin joined the movement. Along with many other books about vegetarianism, my mother read Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé. Written in the 1970’s, Diet for a Small Planet centered around going vegetarian for environmental reasons, and how world hunger…

Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Harissa Dressing

This recipe works well roasted in the oven or cooked out on the grill.  I’ve included directions for how to do either method. No matter how you do it, I love the way the harissa dressing mingles with the carrots, red onions, chickpeas and garlic.  Served on a bed of quinoa and topped with fresh…

Olive Cauliflower Salad

While I used Castelvetrano olives in this cauliflower salad recipe, feel free to substitute other olives.  Castelvetrano olives are well-known for their mild flavor, so if you prefer a stronger olive presence, go with a bolder olive.  If you have trouble tracking down Castelvetrano olives, you may consider substituting Manzanilla green olives.  It will add…

Mandarin Orange Avocado Salad

One very cold and snowy evening in Colorado, I was looking through my pantry asking myself the age old question, “What can I make for dinner tonight?”   Sometimes, it’s good to be stuck in a snowstorm.  It’s like your very own episode of Chopped.   I ended up recruiting some stray items from the…

Shiitake Mushroom Soup

Whenever I feel the slightest bit of illness coming on, this is my go-to soup.  While some people may believe in chicken noodle soup, I believe in the power of shiitake mushrooms. Considered a medicinal mushroom, shiitakes boost immunity, are a powerful antioxidant, and offer a fair amount of vitamin B and D.  During this insane flu…

Swiss Chard, Potato and Garbanzo Savory Turnovers

Generally served with grilled fish or meat, blitva is a traditional Croatian side of swiss chard, potatoes and loads of garlic.  Some would say it’s Croatia’s most popular side dish, and with good cause.  It’s sinfully easy to make, and very, very good. Today’s dish is inspired by humble, flavorful blitva.  Adding in some garbanzos…

Apple Celeriac Salad

If stored properly, celeriac can keep for 6 to 8 month–making it an ideal vegetable for the long, cold winters of Central and Eastern Europe.  While it isn’t much of a looker, it boasts a high level of vitamin C, is a good source of B vitamins, and offers a high amount of dietary fiber….